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Scottish Parliament, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishScottish Parliament, thethe Scottish ParliamentˌScottish ˈParliament, the  a group of elected politicians that has the power to make laws and increase some taxes in Scotland. It was established in July 1999 after a referendum in 1997 when the Scottish people voted to have their own parliament. Before that time, the British Parliament in Westminster had made all the decisions about Scotland. The Scottish Parliament can make decisions about matters such as education, farming, health, and justice, but many powers such as foreign policy are still held by the British Parliament. see also devolution
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