From the archive: Suffragists and Scottish Home Rule Bill - 30 May, 1913

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A LETTER signed by officers of the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies, and having reference to the question of woman suffrage in relation to the Scottish Home Rule Bill, has been sent to members of Parliament.

The letter asks members to protest against the exclusion of women from any share of representation in the proposed Scottish Parliament.

The Bill proposes to set up a separate legislature in Scotland, and to deal with Scottish domestic and local matters, such as education, public health, marriage and divorce, regulation of conditions of labour for men and women. These matters especially concern women. It is expressly laid down in the Bill that the Scottish Parliament shall not have power to deal with Imperial matters, such as questions relating to the Army and Navy or the making of peace or war.