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The Smith Commission

On 19 September, 2014, following the Referendum vote, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin had agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Information on the Smith Commission

Terms of reference:

To convene cross-party talks and facilitate an inclusive engagement process across Scotland to produce, by  30 November, 2014, Heads of Agreement with recommendations for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.

This process will be informed by a Command Paper, to be published by 31 October and will result in the publication of draft clauses by 25 January, 2014. The recommendations will deliver more financial, welfare and taxation powers, strengthening the Scottish Parliament within the UK.

The Scottish Government has published More Powers for the Scottish Parliament, setting out its proposals for the way ahead and beginning its own conversation with the people of Scotland on future governance.

To join the discussion send your comments or questions to