© Leonard William McComb / National Portrait Gallery, London
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15 in. x 11 5/8 in. (381 mm x 295 mm) uneven
Purchased with help from the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 1999
Following referendums in 1997, The Scottish Parliament is opened and Welsh Assembly established in 1999. The new Scottish Parliament has the powers to pass legislation and alter tax. The Welsh Assembly currently has less legislative authority but controls a budget for Wales and can amend legislation passed by Westminster.The House of Lords Act removes all but 92 Hereditary Lords from the second chamber.
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