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Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

10. What discussions he intends to have with ministerial colleagues on the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution. (300134)

I have had many discussions with Cabinet colleagues during preparation for the Government’s proposals for the future of Scotland within the United Kingdom, and with your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a statement on that this afternoon.

My right hon. Friend is about to make a statement to the House and I do not wish to steal his thunder, so I merely ask whether the commission’s report is the outcome of diverse national conversations.

The commission’s report is the work of months of research and evidence and is based on the support of the Scottish Parliament. The process is supported by the Labour party, the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats. Only one party stands outside the consensus, and unfortunately the Scottish National party Government continue to boycott the entire process.