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Informing Scotland on historic new powers

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UK Government taking steps to ensure people have a better understanding of the devolution settlement.

Following the historic all-party agreement on new powers for the Scottish Parliament, the UK Government will now take steps to ensure the public is properly informed about these important changes to the way Scotland is governed.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael told the House of Commons today that the Government was committed to delivering on one of Lord Smith’s key recommendations - ensuring the Scottish public has a better understanding of the devolution settlement.

Mr Carmichael said material explaining the new powers for Scotland would be made available digitally, via local media and directly to every household in the country over the next few weeks.

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Mr Carmichael said:

Lord Smith was very clear people in Scotland need a better understanding of what powers are devolved to Scotland – both what is currently devolved and the new powers that are coming. These are major changes and it is important people understand what they will mean for them.

That’s what we are providing – the simple facts about what the UK Government is doing to further strengthen the powerful Scottish Parliament.

With two governments working together, I believe Scotland has the best of both worlds. The Scottish Government can deliver solutions tailored to specific Scottish needs which is backed up by the safety, security and strength which comes as part of the wider United Kingdom.

The information being provided builds on a programme of stakeholder events across Scotland which are being held to engage people about the new powers being provided and gather feedback.

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