Scottish news bulletin: 9th December 2008

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All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper's website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.

Economy

Murphy's economic team: Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy yesterday announced a panel of experts will be brought together to help him find solutions to the economic crisis facing Scotland.
The remit and membership of the group will be announced in January. (Scotsman page 7, Express page 5)

HBOS: Further coverage of the proposed Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS and the case brought to the Competition Appeal Tribunal. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 32, Times page 12, Express page 2, Mail page 11, Record page 2, Courier page 8, P&J page 11, Telegraph page 2)

Scottish economy: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman (page 31) questions whether a distinct Scottish economy really exists.

Cash in hand: The UK’s cash in hand culture is costing the UK Government more than £2bn a year in lost taxes. (Herald page 1, Express page 18, Mirror page 6)

Small businesses: Banks yesterday agreed to a stronger code of practice governing their dealings with small businesses. (FT page 2)

Crime

Crime maps: A map of crime across Scotland was revealed yesterday as part of new police league tables. (Scotsman page 10, Courier page 4)

Education

League tables: Fiona MacLeod in the Scotsman (page 9) comments on the use of exam league tables.

Lunchtime curfew: S1 pupils from eight of Glasgow’s secondary schools are to be banned from leaving school grounds at lunchtime under a pilot scheme aimed at improving healthy eating. (Herald page 1)

Health

Assisted suicide: Margo MacDonald MSP launched a consultation on plans to make assisted suicide legal yesterday. (Scotsman page 13, Sun page 2, Times page 5, Express page 10, Mail page 10, Record page 2, Courier page 6,P&J page 9, Telegraph page 4)

Elected health boards: Dr John Garner in the Scotsman (page 39) argues against the Scottish Government’s proposal for elected health boards.

NHS staff: The NHS in Scotland hired more managers than doctors and nurses last year according to research by the Daily Mail. (Mail page 1)

Politics

Damian Green: Yesterday Labour was accused of orchestrating a cover up over the police raid of Damian Green’s parliamentary office after the Government used its commons majority to delay an internal inquiry into the affair.
The Government won the vote by only 4 votes. There is also speculation that the Speaker, Michael Martin, will stand down at the next election. (Scotsman page 8, Brian Monteith in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Sun page 2, Guardian page 10, Times page 21, Mail page 8, Courier page 10, P&J page 5, Telegraph page 8)

Green power: The Scottish Council for Development and Industry has forecast that a three fold increase in the number of on-shore wind turbines will be needed over the next ten years if Scotland is to meet its renewable energy targets. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Alf Young in the Herald, Times page 18, Mail page 18, Record page 10, Courier page 3, P&J page 1, Telegraph page 10, FT page 4)

First Minister's Christmas card: Comment on the First Minister’s choice for his official Christmas card. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 6, Sun page 4, Express page 5, Courier page 3, P&J page 7)

Holyrood: The controversial Scottish Parliament building has been voted the eighth ugliest building in the world by Virtualtourist.com. (Scotsman page 13, Burning Issue in the Scotsman)

Welfare: Further comment on the Government’s proposed welfare reforms. (Greg Rosen in the Scotsman, Courier page 9, Telegraph page 1, FT page 2)

Opinion poll: Labour is closing the gap on the Conservatives according to a new Populus poll. The Conservatives were on 39% with Labour on 35% and the Lib Dems on 17%. (Times page 1)

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