Referendum Outcome (Government Policy)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael The Secretary of State for Scotland 11:30 am, 15th October 2014

I wish to echo the words of Margaret Curran, the shadow Secretary of State, about the sad passing of Angus Macleod. He was a true highland gentleman and a thorough professional, and our political and public life in Scotland will be much the poorer without him.

The referendum result ensures that Scotland remains part of our United Kingdom. I welcome the fact that all parties have chosen to participate in cross-party talks chaired by Lord Smith to deliver further devolution. On Monday, the Government published a Command Paper. Following receipt of Lord Smith’s report, we will publish draft clauses before Burns night.