Speech

Queen's Speech: Scotland Bill

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Notes on: "My Government will introduce legislation to implement recommendations from the Final Report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution."

The purpose of the Bill is to:

The Bill would implement recommendations of the Final Report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (the Calman Commission).

The main benefits of the Bill

  • Strengthening the devolution settlement in Scotland.
  • Increasing the financial accountability of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Renewing the policy responsibility split between the UK and Scottish Parliament.
  • Improving the relationship between the UK Government and Scottish Ministers.

The main elements of the Bill

They will be made clear in due course.

Existing legislation in this area

The Scotland Act 1998.

Devolution

The issues addressed in this Bill concern the devolution of various powers to the Scottish Parliament.