Scotland Government Timeline

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Secretary of Scotland Act passed

1885

-formalized position of Scottish Secretary

Proposal for Scottish Assembly

1979

-not enough support
-40% of vote

Scottish Constitutional Convention established

1989

Parliament earns powers to vary income tax rate

1997

-majority votes

Scottish Executive and Scottish Parliament officially convened

1998

Scotland elected its own parliament for the first time in three centuries

1999

Scotland Office established

1999

Scotland celebrated the opening of its 129 member parliament

1999

First minister of the new parliament dies at age 63

2000

Scottish Parliament Building Opens

2004

Scottish National Party becomes largest party

2007

Forms a minority government

Scottish National Party/Scottish Green party sign agreement to work together

May 2007

Membership in Scottish National Party Increases

July 2007

From 12571 in 2006 to 13585

Scottish National Party Achieves Highest Approval Rating

August 2007

48%

Scottish National Party Government signs "white paper"

August 2007

to start "National Conversation" on Scotland's future. It set out three choices for citizens to discuss.