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Scottish Affairs Committee announces new inquiry

6 January 2011

The Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster is to conduct an inquiry on the Scotland Bill, it was announced today.

Published on 30 November, the bill is based on the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (the Calman Commission). The previous Scottish Affairs Committee published its report on the Commission's proposals in March 2010.

The inquiry will examine the provisions set out in the Scotland Bill and the proposals in the accompanying white paper Strengthening Scotland's Future, and will particularly focus on the following questions:

  • Which of the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution are not implemented by the bill, and why?
  • What provisions are made in the bill, which were not recommended or considered by the Commission on Scottish Devolution?
  • What are the fiscal and financial implications of the provisions in the bill for Scotland?
  • What further provisions could/should be included in the bill in order to further amend and develop the Scotland Act 1998?

The committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on any, or all, aspects of the inquiry by Monday 31 January 2011. The committee will be arranging public oral evidence sessions, details of which will be announced in due course.

Submissions, in Word format and up to 2,000 words, should be sent by email to, with a contact name, telephone number and postal address in the covering email.


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