Bruce Pattullo

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Sir Bruce Pattullo is former Governor of the Bank of Scotland, retiring in 1998 after 37 years service [1].

In 1997, Sir Bruce became embroiled in the proposed devolution plans of the new Labour government. Though he did not feel it was his place to comment on the rights or wrongs of the principle of home rule, he was opposed to the proposal to give the Scottish Parliament tax raising powers of 3%, dubbed the "tartan tax". Sir Bruce felt that this would be bad for business and make Scotland uncompetitive [2].

In the end the comments of Pattullo and other objectors to home rule were irrelevant when the Scottish people voted yes-yes to the two questions of the referendum [3].


  1. ^ HBOS Plc (1999) Report and Accounts 1999, last accessed 20/04/07
  2. ^ BBC Politics (1997) Prescott Attacks Bank Governor Over Devolution, last accessed 20/04/07
  3. ^ Devine, T. (1999) The Scottish Nation 1700-2000. Penguin; London