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BUSINESS SAYS NO TO SCOTTISH TAXES

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The Daily Telegraph (p1) reports more dissention to devolution from Scottish businessmen. Scottish secretary Donald...
The Daily Telegraph (p1) reports more dissention to devolution from Scottish businessmen. Scottish secretary Donald Dewar is said to be worried that opposition from the business community could damage the government's chances of achieving a double 'yes' vote on questions about a Scottish parliament and tax-varying powers in the referendum.

According to the Telegraph, Alistair Grant, chairman of the brewers Scottish & Newcastle, said he feared that Scottish business might be hit if there were a rise in income or business rates. He is quoted: 'In competitive markets, such disadvantages can affect recruitment, investment and overall business performance.'

Meanwhile, the Labour MP for Linlithflow Tam Dalyell launced another attack on devolution last night. He is quoted: 'There are grounds for concern that the tax power could deter investment through Scottish-based institutions, thus putting in jeopardy jobs in Scotland.'
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