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PM to fulfill promises to Scotland

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Prime Minister David Cameron with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Mr Cameron agreed in September 2014 to hand substantial new powers to Scotland during the referundum

Prime Minister David Cameron with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Prime Minister David Cameron with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (File)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a framework for devolution of more powers on tax and welfare to Scotland should be agreed by February.

She was speaking after holding talks with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street., BBC reported.

Mr Cameron agreed in September 2014 to hand substantial new powers to Scotland in the event of a No vote in last year’s independence referendum.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister and First Minister agreed on ways to strengthen co-operation between the Scottish government and the UK government on security and intelligence matters. This will result in even closer liaison, helping to ensure that people in Scotland and the rest of the UK are protected from the threat of Daesh-inspired terrorism.

After Scotland voted to remain in the UK, the Smith Commission was set up to decide the extent of the new powers and the future funding of Scotland, which has been based for decades on the Barnett formula. The Smith recommendations were embodied in the Scotland Bill, which is now being debated by the UK Parliament.

New tax and welfare powers for Scotland were agreed by the Smith Commission after the “No” vote in the 2014 independence referendum.

The package has been translated into the Scotland Bill which is currently in the Lords and is due to become law before next year’s Holyrood elections.

Speaking after the meeting, Scotland Office Minister, Lord Dunlop, said: The Prime Minister and the First Minister enjoyed a constructive meeting and much progress was made on security and intelligence co-operation, particularly around the sharing of information to help counter the terrorist threat across the country. The UK government is absolutely committed to working together with the governments of our devolved nations on security and counter-terrorism matters, and today’s discussions reflected that.