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SCOTTISH REFERENDUM GIVEN PRIORITY BY BLAIR

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The government is prioritising Scottish devolution, with a bill which could see a referendum held in September, rep...
The government is prioritising Scottish devolution, with a bill which could see a referendum held in September, reports The Times (p4).

Prime minister Tony Blair has instructed ministers to get the legislation in place as quickly as possible, and a bill is expected soon after the Queen's speech.

The government will also publish a white paper for a Scottish parliament in the summer, giving Scots the chance to study details before voting in a September referendum.

The referendum will include questions on whether there should be a Scottish parliament and whether it should have tax-raising powers.
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