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Scotland Bill due to be published

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:41 GMT, May 28, 2015 |
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Legislation giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament is due to begin its journey through Westminster. The Scotland Bill, outlined in the Queen’s Speech, could become law by February 2016 if approved by MPs.

David Cameron said the legislation would make Scotland the most powerful devolved assembly anywhere in the world. But the SNP have said it does not meet the recommendations of the Smith Commission.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell will lay the Scotland Bill before the House of Commons, with discussions on the principles of the legislation due to take place next month.

If it passes the usual parliamentary hurdles it could become law early next year, ahead of the Holyrood elections in May 2016.

The UK government said the new bill would embody the Smith Commission agreement which was signed by the SNP, the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Greens in November last year.