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OPPOSITION DELAYS SCOTTISH REFORM BILL

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Opposition parties were last night claiming a victory in their battle against Scottish structural reform, as they u...
Opposition parties were last night claiming a victory in their battle against Scottish structural reform, as they used a procedural wrangle to stall the Local Government Reform Bill's committee stage, the Scotsman reports (p6).

Labour, Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party MPs insisted on a larger committee with a smaller Tory majority than the government had planned, delaying a decision by the Commons committee of selection.

However, the Scotsman says well placed sources reported Scottish Secretary Ian Lang was not worried by developments, and believed the government could make up any lost time in later stages.
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