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Thursday, 13 January, 2000, 13:25 GMT
Glasgow's miles better for parliament

Holyrood The parliament's permanent home will be at Holyrood


The Scottish Parliament has announced it is moving to Glasgow - but only on a temporary basis.

The parliament is having to vacate its temporary home on the Mound in Edinburgh when the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets in May.

The parliament will move to the west coast for two weeks, fulfilling a devolution pledge to take its business around the country.

It will sit in the former Strathclyde Regional Council building in Glasgow.

Former Strathclyde Regional Council building The former Strathclyde council building will be home for two weeks
There had been speculation that the parliament would move to the former school building on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, which was originally earmarked to house the parliament.

The last Labour government converted the school into a debating chamber for a Scottish assembly, but it remained empty when the referendum of 1979 was defeated.

After the Scottish Parliament elections in May, First Minister Donald Dewar and the Scottish Executive decided it was unsuitable and opted for a new building at Holyrood at a cost of more than 100m.

While it is being built, MSPs have been meeting on the Mound.

They will have to make way for the General Assembly and the parliament's business managers have decided to move to the west for two weeks.

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