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    Full Scots fiscal power ruled out


    The commission will give its final report on devolution in 2009


    Moves to hand full financial powers to Scotland have been ruled out by the body considering reforms to devolution.
    The Calman Commmission said devolving full fiscal autonomy would be inconsistent with the United Kingdom.
    The finding came as the commission, set up by Scotland's opposition parties, delivered its first, interim report.
    Its chair, Sir Kenneth Calman, also dismissed criticism that the report drew no detailed conclusions, insisting it had been a serious piece of work.
    He said some issues had come through "loud and clear" in the evidence, including a feeling that, while devolution had been a great success since it came about in 1999, functions such as defence and national security could only be dealt with at a UK level.
    This has been a very serious deliberation on Scotland's future


    Sir Kenneth Calman


    And he said financial issues, such as the devolution of tax powers and the block grant which Scotland gets from the Treasury, would be looked at in future.
    But he added: "Full fiscal autonomy is inconsistent with the Union and we do not consider it further."
    The commission said a number of areas had been flagged up for further consideration, including whether issues including broadcasting, firearms, energy policy and the misuse of drugs should be overseen by Westminster or Holyrood.
    The report was welcomed by Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy and the Scottish Conservatives.
    But a spokesman for Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who is currently conducting his own "National Conversation" on Scotland's constitutional future, dismissed it.
    "We need the economic and financial powers to build a lion economy," said the spokesman, adding: "Unfortunately, what the Calman Commission has produced is a constitutional mouse."
    'Final conclusions'
    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott urged the commission to produce a final report which would provide a "blueprint" for Scotland's future.
    The Calman Commission, due to publish its conclusions in 2009, released the interim report after seven months of work, involving more than 160 written submissions and more than 30 oral evidence sessions and public sessions across Scotland and in Newcastle.
    Sir Kenneth told a media conference at the Scottish Parliament: "We've had quite a lot of evidence already. We do need some more before we come to any final conclusions." But he stressed: "We haven't been wasting our time, I don't think. This has been a very serious deliberation on Scotland's future." The body was set up after winning the backing of Scotland's pro-union parties, Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats, in a Scottish Parliamentary vote.


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    Default Re: Full Scots fiscal power ruled out

    Fuckin right if a Jock PM can put us in debt for the forseeable future then we need every little Hamish and Morag doing their bits to get it paid off again.
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    Default Re: Full Scots fiscal power ruled out

    fucking good

    they need to put it back to how it was. all this multiple government shite is stupid. it's nice getting free prescriptions and university fees but it would be nicer if they could just have one central government that gives that to all of the uk

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