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Coalition 'To Go Further Than Calman'

Magazine article Public Finance

Coalition 'To Go Further Than Calman'

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Newly appointed Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has pledged to put the economy and tax reform at the top of his political agenda.

He has also hinted that he might be prepared to back further powers than those proposed by the Caiman Commission on Scottish Devolution.

The Liberal Democrat MP was speaking" on May 31 following his surprise elevation to the Scotland Office as successor to Danny Alexander, who was appointed chief secretan' to the Treasury after the resignation of David Laws.

Moore, a qualified chartered accountant, said his priorities were to make sure that Scotland was on the 'right track' in tackling die economic problems and that the Caiman plans on the constitution were developed

'There is a very exciting, important agenda out there and it's for us to demonstrate that we are the people who can be trusted with those key policy areas and that they are right for Scotland and for the UK,' he added.

The new Scottish secretaiy said he had had 'constructive and positive' discussions with First Minister Alex Salmond, Finance Secretaiy John Swinney and the Scottish Conservative and Labour leaders.

Moore said: Tm pleased that die welcome was so wann and I'm keen for that to continue. I was able to set out my desire to make good progress on the implementation of the Caiman proposals, which is the commitment in the coalition agreement. …

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