The Scotland bill, framed to implement the Coalition’s Programme for Government commitment to implement the recommendations of the Calman Commission, had its second reading in the House of Lords in October. It has also been reconsidered by the Scottish Parliament during the autumn, following a first consideration in late 2010 and early 2011. The Lords Committee stage has been put on hold pending its reconsideration at Holyrood. Following May’s election, the new Parliament has a very different composition to the old one. Despite the conditional approval given to the bill by the old Parliament before the election and the wider demands of the SNP majority, the UK Government has declined to change the bill.
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The endgame for the Scotland bill
[First Published on Friday 10th December 2010]
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Amid sit-ins in London, Cambridge, Leeds, Plymouth and Edinburgh, kettling in Whithall and threatened rebellion in Westminster, MPs voted yesterday to raise the cap on tuition fees to £9,000 a year from the current £3,290 for students starting university in September 2012.