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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:12 pm on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Purvis Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrat 4:12 pm, 25th March 2010

The Government has indicated that the bill is similar to the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill that the UK Parliament has passed. It is worth reflecting on the fact that the official Opposition at Westminster, far from underhyping the UK bill, did a fair share of hyping it by claiming that key elements of it were the "abolition of Parliament bill". I hear Mr Brownlee say from a sedentary position that the difference is a result of devolution; he is a late convert, but a convert nevertheless.

The policy memorandum oversold the bill. When it was introduced, the Government suggested that it was a key part of radical reform of the delivery of public services in Scotland. That suggestion was part of the Finance Committee's consideration of the bill.