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Scottish Devolution


Scotland’s tax powers are changing.


Glasgow University independence referendum


Relationship between Welsh Government and arms-length bodies "needs to be looked at"


Welsh Devolution: A Brief History

The Referendums Act 1997 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which made legal provision for the holding of two non-binding referendums in both Scotland on the establishment of a democratically elected Scottish Parliament with tax-varying powers and in Wales on the establishment of a democratically elected Welsh Assembly. It was introduced to the House of Commons by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair on 15 May 1997 just two weeks after the landslide Labour victory in the 1997 General Election and was the very first Bill to be presented to the Commons by the Blair Government of 1997-2007. The Act received royal assent on 31 July 1997.
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    • Background 

    • The Act 

    • Franchise 

    • Referendum in Scotland 

    • Referendum in Wales 

    • Outcome