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Law Society welcomes Smith Commission Agreement

27 November 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has today welcomed the publication of the Smith Commission report. 

Alistair Morris, President of the Society said:  "The proposals from the Smith Commission offer Scotland a radically enhanced constitutional settlement with major new powers over the money which is raised directly by the Scottish Government.  Lord Smith and his team are to be commended for reaching an agreement within such a tight and challenging timescale. 

"After a politically charged and divisive 12 months, it has been great to see Scotland's political parties working together and developing a set of proposals which seeks to deliver on promises made during the referendum campaign. 

“We are particularly pleased to see that reserved tribunals, such as employment tribunals, are to be devolved.  This will undoubtedly benefit those seeking recourse through the administrative justice system.  We also welcome the proposals for improving the cooperation between the UK and Scottish governments in relation to EU matters and that Scottish Ministers are to be fully involved in agreeing the UK position in EU negotiations relating to devolved policy matters.  

"It's now important that any new constitutional settlement stands the test of time and crucially maintains cross party support. That is why the UK and Scottish governments must consider the practicalities of devolving further powers and consult as widely as possible as the new legislation is developed." 


Note to Editors 

The Law Society of Scotland’s submission to the Smith Commission can be found on our website 

For more information journalists can contact Louise Docherty on 0131 476 8204


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