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  1. Devolution plans published
  2. Alistair Carmichael makes Commons statement
  3. World's End murder trial begins
  4. Woman finds three-inch leech up her nose

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By Paul McLaren and Aiden James

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That's all from the Scotland Live team today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the news, sport, traffic and travel as it happens across the country.

Statement ends

That's the end of the Commons statement on Scottish devolution.

You can watch the rest of today's business in the UK Parliament on the BBC's

Democracy Live website.

Tomorrow, MPs will take part in a general debate on the devolution proposals.

'Ill-thought out'

Labour MP Gemma Doyle says it would be wrong to "rip apart" the UK Parliament because of what she calls "ill-thought out" proposals from the Conservatives on English votes.

Public spending 'premiums'

Another Conservative, Philip Hollobone, alleges that people in Scotland get "premiums" for public services unrelated to levels of deprivation.

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Alistair Carmichael says public spending allocations are part of a UK policy to "share and pool" resources, which Scotland has voted to support.

What about Wales?

Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards asks what more powers will come to Wales.

Mr Carmichael says any announcement on Wales would have to come from Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb.

'Social justice'

"We have failed to deliver on social justice," claims Scottish Labour MP Katy Clark. She calls for new powers to be used to deliver social justice.

Powers for England

The Conservative MP for Reigate in Surrey, Crispin Blunt, says that neither he nor his constituents will agree to more devolution for Scotland without more powers for England.

Mr Carmichael says "that discussion will not hold up" more powers for Scotland.

'How long?'

Labour MP Brian Donohoe asks the Scottish Secretary during the devolution debate: "How long before we are getting demands from the SNP for another referendum?"

brian donohoe

Alistair Carmichael says another referendum would be "damaging" for Scotland and claims the SNP "will suffer" if they don't accept the referendum result.

'Include Northern Ireland'

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley Jr calls on the Smith Commission to reflect "the needs of the whole United Kingdom in all its diversity, including Northern Ireland".

ian paisley jr

Alistair Carmichael says the commission's remit does not extend beyond Scotland.

English devolution 'unclear'

Scottish Lib Dem MP Sir Malcolm Bruce says he supports devolution for England but that the details of this are "unclear".

He says a constitutional convention is needed.

No cut in Scottish MPs

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael rejects a call from Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan to consider reducing the number of Scottish MPs.

English devolution

Labour MP John Denham says: "Scotland will now get what Scotland wants, so England must get what England wants."

He argues that people in England should have the same opportunity to debate that Scotland has had, rather than "some obscure Cabinet committee" planning devolution for England.

'Devo max'

SNP MP Pete Wishart describes the referendum as an "incredible, transformational event" and claims a large majority of Scots want "devolution maximum".

pete wishart

Mr Carmichael says over 60% of Mr Wishart's own constituents rejected independence, and warned the SNP against seeking "independence by the back door".

'English votes'

Conservative MP Liam Fox says that more Scottish devolution should be accompanied by a "rebalancing" of the constitutional settlement, including English votes for English laws.

liam fox

Mr Carmichael says that the process should "open the door" for change across the UK, but says the UK government "will not delay" the timetable for Scottish devolution to wait for other parts of the UK.

Labour response

Labour's shadow Scottish secretary, Margaret Curran, is responding to the Commons statement.

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She pays tribute to Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown for campaigning in favour of the Union.

She adds that Labour will work with other parties in the Smith Commission.

'Working together'

Mr Carmichael says: "I am confident that all five Scottish parties working together in collaboration" will produce a strong Scottish Parliament and UK.

Submissions welcome

Mr Carmichael welcomes the SNP and Scottish Green party's submissions to the Smith Commission talks on more powers for Scotland.

He adds that the command paper represents the next stage in the timetable for more powers.

'Accept result'

Mr Carmichael says "it is important that everyone accepts" the referendum result.

Plans for more powers "are already being put into practice", he adds.

Statement begins

Alistair Carmichael's Commons statement is underway.

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"I am pleased to report," he begins, "the people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom."

'Damp squib'

Responding to the UK government's command paper, Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said: "This so-called command paper is a damp squib.

"It simply repackages what the three UK parties put forward in the spring, since when public debate has moved on considerably and public expectations have been built up.

He added: "In the closing stages of the referendum campaign promises were made about deep devolution and near-federalism, way beyond what the parties originally proposed.

"That gulf must be closed, and Scottish Greens will continue to argue for meaningful public involvement in agreeing a package of powers that will give Scotland real autonomy."

More on command paper

The UK government has said it will provide support to all the parties involved in further devolution discussions.

The Smith commission is expected to reach an initial agreement at the end of November.

The paper says: "The UK government's response will take the shape of draft legislative proposals accompanied by an explanatory text in January 2015.

"These will form the basis of a Scotland Bill to be brought forward by the next UK government in the new Parliament."

Devolution statement coming up

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael is due to make a statement to the House of Commons shortly.

alistair carmichael

It follows publication of the UK government's

command paper on giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament, following the vote against independence.

Gym hall demolished

Work has begun to demolish the gym hall at an Edinburgh school where a pupil was crushed to death earlier this year when a wall collapsed.

Keane Wallis Bennett
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Keane Wallis Bennett, 12, died in April when a modesty wall in the PE changing rooms at Liberton High School fell on her.

An investigation into the tragedy by the Health and Safety Executive is ongoing.

Edinburgh City Council has approved £2.5m worth of investment for replacement facilities at the school.

Raise a glass...

Production at a new malt whisky distillery on Speyside will begin later this month, according to its owners Chivas Brothers.

chivas whisky

The Dalmunach facility will be capable of producing up to 10million litres of spirit a year.

It has been built at a former distillery near Carron in Moray.

French-owned Chivas said the construction of the new distillery was a "clear demonstration" of its confidence in the long-term growth prospects of the Scotch whisky sector.

Barras market raided

Thousands of counterfeit DVDs have been seized during a raid on the Barras market in Glasgow.

barras market

Police and the Federation Against Copyright theft recovered music and film DVDs said to be worth more than £163,000.

Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the raid.

Breast cancer drug ruled out

The organisation which dictates which medicines should be routinely available on the NHS in Scotland has decided

not to approve breast cancer drug Kadcyla.

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Cancer charities argued the drug adds an average of six months to the lives of some women whose breast cancer has become inoperable.

Women in England, Wales and Ireland have already been refused access to the drug on cost grounds.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium also had concerns about cost effectiveness.

Who the blazes is that?

Police in Aberdeen are appealing for witnesses after a video was posted online showing a gang of youths setting fire to a derelict factory.

The video, which appeared on Youtube last week, shows several teenagers lighting a fire in the Broadford Works.

The former textile mill is a regular target for vandalism and wilful fire-raising.

Edinburgh Evening News

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Drumbrae home shooting
Edinburgh Evening News

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Castle visitors up

Edinburgh Castle has welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors this summer.

Edinburgh Castle

Historic Scotland said 767,566 people visited the attraction between June and September, a 3% rise on last year.

Other historic Scotland attractions also enjoyed record-breaking visitor numbers over the summer period, including Skara Brae in Orkney, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.

Hanley out of Poland game

BBC Sport


Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for the

2016 European Championship qualifier in Poland on Tuesday night.

grant hanley

The 22-year-old suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 Group D win over Georgia at Ibrox on Saturday.

Manager Gordon Strachan has Brighton's Gordon Greer, Christophe Berra of Ipswich and Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds as possible replacements.

Commons statement

Alistair Carmichael, the Secretary of State for Scotland, will make a statement to MPs at the House of Commons later,

following the publication of the UK government's command paper on more powers for Scotland.

Houses of parliament

It is expected to start between 16:30 and 17:00 and we will bring you live text coverage.

Command paper published

The UK government has published its

command paper on more powers for the Scottish Parliament. The paper is a government document presented to the UK Parliament.

It contains devolution proposals made by the three main pro-Union parties - the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

It adds: "The UK government absolutely recognises that any changes to the relationship between the UK and Scottish Parliaments will have wider implications for the constitutional settlement across the UK, and that these will need to be considered in the round."

Elderly care concerns

Inspectors have found issues with documentation including "Do not resuscitate forms" in

Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH).

Elderly woman's hand

During an August inspection Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) found that forms were completed inconsistently.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have been asked to improve in 14 areas "as a matter of priority".

The visit was part of the HIS programme of inspections on the standard of care for older people in acute care.

Pay deal for hepatitis drug

The NHS in Scotland is to be reimbursed for the cost of a new hepatitis drug if sufferers

fail to clear the virus.

Hepatitis virus

The novel approach was revealed after the drug Olysio was cleared for use by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).

The drug's manufacturer claims the move will help cut prescribing costs.

It is estimated Scotland wastes up to £44m each year on medicines for all conditions that are unused, ineffective or are taken incorrectly.


BBC Scotland Weather


Things continue to improve across western parts of the mainland this afternoon. For most, top temperatures will be between 12C and 14C, a bit lower in the Northern Isles. Winds will be light.

Team sought for Mac restoration

Glasgow School of Art is looking for a design team to lead the restoration of the fire-damaged Macintosh building.

Temporary roof is hoisted into place at Glasgow School of Art

The school is calling on architect-led, multi-disciplinary design teams from around the world to register their interest by 10 November.

The world-renowned, A-listed building was engulfed in flames in May, leading to the loss of about a tenth of the structure and 30% of its contents.

Art school bosses want to restore the structure - designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh more than a century ago - to its former glory as a fully functioning art, architecture and design school.

Weapons stash sentences reduced

Four men jailed after a stash of guns and ammunition was found at a railway station have

had their sentences reduced. on appeal

Four men have had their jail terms reduced on appeal

Serving soldier William Dempsey left bags of weapons at Carlisle station after getting off a train to Glasgow.

He collected them from James Ashdown in Kent. They were destined for Barry Kelly and Craig Colquhoun in Scotland.

They have all now had their jail terms reduced by judges sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court.

Beware the tyrant leech king

While Daniela Liverani's nose-dwelling leech might seem like a rare occurrence, this is

not the first time the BBC has reported on this phenomenon.

Back in 2010 scientists found a species of leech in South America with a preference for living up noses.

The Tyrannobdella rex - which translates as "tyrant leech king" - was first discovered in 2007 in Peru when a specimen was plucked from the nose of a girl who had been bathing in a river.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Big new Speyside distillery, Dalmunach, starting on site of old Imperial. Capacity: 10m spirit litres pa. Chivas Bros production jobs: 8.