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Salmond Sets out 15 Holyrood Bills

Magazine article Public Finance

Salmond Sets out 15 Holyrood Bills

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First Minister Alex Salmond has announced his legislative programme for Holyrood in the coming year, dominated by the Bill to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in autumn 2014.

Other measures among the 15 Bills include proposals to legalise same-sex marriages and to ensure greater social, economic and environmental benefit from public procurement Legislation is also proposed to restructure the college sector, prepare for the devolution of landfill tax and stamp duties, and reform criminal justice.

Merging adult health and social care is also planned, with a Bill requiring NHS health boards and councils to integrate budgets though health and social care partnerships.

Salmond told MSPs: 'It is an historic package of measures. The record of this Parliament is the clearest possible message that the best people to make decisions about the future of Scotland are the people who choose to live and work in this country. …

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