Reform Scotland News: 16 October 2012


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted and underlined.

In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News


Referendum deal: Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday agreed on a deal to hold a single question referendum on Scottish independence in 2014. The referendum agreement hands power over legislating for the referendum to the Scottish Parliament, meaning details such as the date of the vote and the extent of the franchise will be decided at Holyrood. (Scotsman page 1, Matt Qvortrup in the Scotsman page 3, Peter Jones in the Scotsman page 25, Ewan Crawford in the Scotsman, Stephen Noon in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, John Curtice in the Herald page 4, Times page 1, Magnus Linklater in the Times, Rachel Sylvester in the Times page 21, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Express page 1, Kerry Gill in the Express page 12, FT page 1, Janan Ganesh in the FT, Sun page 1, Bill Leckie in the Sun, Record page 1, Joan McAlpine in the Record, Guardian page 1, Courier page 1, Mail page 1, P&J page 1)

Liberal Democrat commission: A commission set up by the Liberal Democrats is expected to recommend that the Scottish Parliament be given greater powers if Scotland votes No in the 2014 referendum, suggesting that constitutional change should not be halted if Scotland rejects independence. (Herald page 5)

EU opt outs: UK Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday announced that Britain will opt out of 130 European Union criminal justice measures as Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly comes under greater pressure from leading Eurosceptics in his party.  (Herald page 6, Telegraph page 4, Express page 1, FT page 5, Sun page 2, Courier page 17, Mail page 12)

Hall’s :The owner of the Hall’s meat processing plant in Broxburn have announced the closure of the factory, resulting in the loss of 1700 jobs. The move comes after Vion, the Dutch owners, rejected two late bids for the site. (Herald page 1, Express page 4, Sun page 2, Record page 1, Mail page 4)

Electricity prices: Scottish Power has become the latest electricity provider to increase its prices, imposing a 7% rise on the average bill. The move comes soon after energy providers nPower and Scottish Gas announced prices rises. (Scotsman page 18, Herald page 1, Express page 4, Mail page 2)

West Coast trains: The UK Government will give a short-term franchise to Virgin Trains to run the West Coast London to Glasgow service as it attempts to re-start the bidding process for the long-term future of the line. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 8, FT page 2, Sun page 2, Courier page 22, P&J page 12)

Smoking: Scientists have called for a ban on smoking in cars as researchers from Aberdeen University found that passive smoking in cars is extremely harmful to children’s health. They found that toxin levels are 11 times higher in smoking cars compared to non-smoking vehicles. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 11, Courier page 19)