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Scotland struggles with its 'local'materials quandary

With talk of 'foreign' building materials continuing to bedevil the construction of Enric Miralles' new Scottish Parliament building, Scotland stands at a crossroads over the future of its indigenous mineral resources, writes Julian Holder.The furore over the original specification of Chinese granite as a cladding for the new Holyrood building has put the spotlight on a set of problems that both the stone industry and bodies such as Historic Scotland have been aware of for some time.

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