Holyrood morning roundup: Thursday 8 March, 2012

by Mar 08, 2012 No Comments

Good morning – here are the top 10 stories in Scotland this morning:

Scotland better off than UK with ‘only’ £10.7bn overdraft (Scotsman)

Independent Scotland could hamper nuclear deterrent, warn MPs and peers (Daily Telegraph)

Scottish independence: MoD criticised for independence complacency (Scotsman)

Scottish independence: Electoral Commission concern over poll (BBC Scotland)

Alex Salmond challenged to test Scottish independence question (Guardian)

Scots blow for UK ministers (Press & Journal)

70% of teachers doubt ability to deliver new exams (STV News)

Rangers in crisis: Ibrox club staring into the abyss as administrators warn they are just days from going bust (Daily Record)

Edinburgh trams: No details of pay-off for TIE boss Richard Jeffrey (BBC News)

Salmond attacks Cable over RBS (Herald)

Scottish Parliament highlights:

- 9.15: The next battle in the war over Curriculum for Excellence will be fought this morning in the Scottish Parliament chamber, as Labour shadow education secretary Hugh Henry brings a motion for debate calling for a delay in the implementation of exams

- 10.00: Another controversial topic, the plans to redevelop Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens, will follow the first debate, with Sarah Boyack, Labour shadow local government minister, putting forward a motion raising concerns over the conduct of the referendum on the project, and the divided opinion of the public on the topic

- 12.00: With broadcaster Alex Neil claiming this week that Alex Salmond and Rupert Murdoch discussed a potential deal to reduce corporation tax in an independent Scotland in order to attract the headquarters of Sky to Edinburgh, opposition leaders may well reprise the First Minister’s relationship with the tycoon in today’s FMQs. Murdo Fraser (Con) has also tabled a question on the sale of farming subsidies to non-farmers

For a full roundup of Scottish Parliament events, check out the official Business Bulletin

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