The Scotland Bill: Whence and Whither?

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At a time when a growing body of opinion in Scotland is expressing support for greater financial powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the recent reports of the Holyrood and Westminster committees charged with scrutinising the Scotland Bill make particularly interesting reading.1 The Bill is the most significant amendment to the devolution settlement to date. Published in March 2011, both reports are detailed considerations of the provisions of the Bill, financial and otherwise, and constitute an important review of the current state of academic and political thinking on the range and scope of fiscal powers that ought to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Whilst many of the arguments have already been made in various working papers, official reports, and the press, the committees represented a coming together of various, often isolated, strands of the debate about financing Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-37
Number of pages37
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue numberSpring
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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