Tories to report on Scotland

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The Independent Online
THE RESULTS of the Prime Minister's 'taking stock' exercise on reforms for Scotland are to made public early in the new year.

The timing was disclosed yesterday in a message from Lord Sanderson, the Scottish Tory party chairman, who gave no hint of what they were likely to be.

A home rule parliament, however, of the type demanded by Opposition parties in Scotland, will not be in the proposals.

Mr Major's exercise began almost immediately after the general election, when he promised a long, hard look at ways to address Scottish grievances.

Staging the EC summit in Edinburgh was the first tangible evidence of his determination to give Scotland a higher profile.