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LAST SCOTTISH BILL MAKES PROGRESS AT WESTMINSTER

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The Scottish Enterprise Bill, which increases the development agency's financial limit from£3,000m to£4,000m to a...
The Scottish Enterprise Bill, which increases the development agency's financial limit from£3,000m to£4,000m to allow it to operate until March 2001, was given an unopposed second reading in the lords. Following that date, responsibility for the future of Scottish Enterprise will be with the Scottish parliament.

Former Liberal Democrat Leader Lord Steel said that at such a late hour and with so few peers in the chamber, no one might suspect it was a historic occasion.

He said: 'I suspect that it is the last time that this house will consider a [purely] Scottish Bill. We are looking forward to the advent of the Scottish parliament. The 300 years during which this house has had to look after Scottish legislation is coming to an end. That is one reason for giving this Bill three cheers. The other is that, like other speakers, I welcome the increased funding which Scottish Enterprise will have'.
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