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Scottish Parliament

MSPs unanimously backed the legislative consent motion (LCM) for the Scotland Bill after a debate on 18 April 2012.

Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy Secretary Bruce Crawford called on the parliament to back the LCM when he opened the debate but said the bill was a "missed opportunity" and it had been "bypassed by history and events".

Mr Crawford said the Scottish government stood in the election in May 2011 on a clear programme of improvements to the Scotland bill, but this had fallen on the "stony ground" of the anti-independence parties.

The minister said "important changes" had been made to the bill which had removed any potential for harm to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland.

Holyrood will be given new income tax and borrowing powers as part of a deal struck between the Scottish and UK governments.

It has also been agreed that the role of the UK Supreme Court in Scots law will be reviewed.

Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly said the bill had produced a "substantial package of measures" that should be welcomed by the parliament.

Mr Kelly said the changes to income tax would ensure fiscal responsibility was attached to the parliament and make MSPs more accountable.

He said support for the initial proposals in the Scotland Bill were described by Finance Secretary John Swinney as a poison pill and the subsequent "clarion call" from the first minister on six demands to be included in the bill "melted away to a damp squib".

David McLetchie, the Scottish Conservative MSP said the Scottish government's LCM could be viewed as a "humiliating climbdown or a tactical retreat, or perhaps a mixture of both".

The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the legislation was a "significant step forward" which for the Liberal Democrats was towards a home rule parliament for Scotland within the UK.

The second part of the debate can be viewed below:

Scotland Bill: LCM debate 2


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