Although the Scottish government can make many decisions it is still tied to Westminster. Westminster makes laws on so called reserved powers like defence, immigration and social security. The Scottish parliament and Executive deal with devolved powers like health, education and social work. Whether these powers have been enough for Holyrood is questioned.
- This clip is from:
- First broadcast:
- 11 December 2003
After watching this clip, students could look in more depth at the division of power between Westminster and the Scottish parliament. What do the students think about devolution? What are the advantages and disadvantages of devolving political power? Pupils could research and discuss the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. How would they vote and what are the issues? Do they think that other parts of the UK such as Wales, or some regions of England might also want more powers given to them by Westminster?