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Scottish independence: 30 year papers reveal budget row

The National Archives has released Cabinet papers from 1984 that detail attempts by ministers to make "secret" cuts to the Scottish budget during Margaret Thatcher's premiership.

The then Conservative Scottish Secretary George Younger insisted he would only agree to half the cuts the Treasury was demanding and only if they were "invisible" to the government's critics.

BBC Scotland's Westminster correspondent Tim Reid reports on how George Younger's refusal to accede to bigger cuts disappointed Mrs Thatcher and sparked a cabinet row.

  • 03 Jan 2014