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Tuesday, 22 February, 2000, 05:56 GMT
Poll points to devolution 'failure'

Parliament scene
Many respondents do not think the parliament has made a difference


Many Scots believe devolution is failing to deliver, according to a newspaper poll.

Only 37% of Scots who took part in a poll by The Scotsman newspaper think that having the parliament in Edinburgh has been good for Scotland.

Of the rest, 41% thought the devolved body had not made any difference.

Majority unimpressed

The ICM survey, which took in opinion across the UK, found that the majority of voters were not impressed with devolution so far.

In Wales, 48% who took part thought that the assembly there had achieved nothing, with 42% believing that devolution had been a failure.

Interviews were conducted with 502 adults in Scotland, 500 in Wales and 507 in England between 14 and 18 February.

It was one of the first surveys to sample opinion simultaneously in all three mainland nations of the UK.

William Hague William Hague: "Wasting time"
Earlier this month, Conservative leader William Hague said the parliament was not addressing the issues it was established to tackle.

On a visit to Scotland he said: "What we're seeing is a lot of resignations around the staff of the first minister.

"We're seeing great controversy within the people making up the executive, we're seeing the Liberal party sell out on everything they stood for in the election just so they can ride around in a few ministerial Mondeos.

'Wrong' issues

"I don't think that, when people voted for the Scottish Parliament, that that was what they wanted to see.

"They want to see debate about the NHS and crime and schools. People in power like the executive are spending their time on issues like Clause 28.

"This is a classic example of spending time on the wrong things on the part of the people who make up the executive."
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