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  1. UK government publishes draft legislation on new powers for Holyrood
  2. David Cameron meets Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh
  3. 'Scotland spoke, we listened and now here we are delivering' - PM
  4. Ms Sturgeon says legislation represents 'some progress' but key areas 'watered down'
  5. The bill won't be enacted until after the General Election on 7 May
  6. The Conservatives, Labour & the Lib Dems pledge to ensure it becomes law

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We're now wrapping up this special Holyrood version of Scotland Live for today. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

The law and so much more

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

More power for Scotland is about the law, but it is also about the election.

Read Brian Taylor's take on today's events here.

David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

'Stronger parliament guaranteed'

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron says he guarantees a stronger Scottish parliament but also wants to pursue English votes for English laws.

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"Of course where funding decisions are made in the UK as a whole, they have a consequence for Scotland, or Wales or Northern Ireland, that is important," he said

"When the Westminster parliament is discussing things that are only of application to England, or to England and Wales, then English and Welsh MPs should have the decisive say.

"If I am prime minister after May 7th, Scotland will get its stronger parliament guaranteed, but I will also address the question of English votes for English laws which has been left alone for far too long."

Holyrood powers - Your views


David Armstrong, Dundee: To suggest, as some have, that Scotland has ever "imposed" any form of government on England is utter nonsense, not to mention numerically impossible. Furthermore whether you choose to agree with their policies or not, the SNP have every right as our elected representatives to do all they can to secure a better deal for Scotland. I am not interested in how this upsets England or the London based parties - if they don't like it, they shouldn't have put so much pressure on our population through their negative No campaign and should instead have allowed us to separate from them entirely.

'Cooperation, coordination but no vetoes'

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

The prime minister added that he would "guarantee there is no veto" on changes to the benefit system.

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"For instance, if Scottish ministers want to change the rules over the Spare Room Subsidy, they absolutely have the power to do that.

"The only reason for legislation is if we have two welfare systems working together we need coordination, we need cooperation, but no vetoes."

Holyrood powers - Your views


David Munro: It is time for the SNP to respect the will of the moderate majority. They are showing complete disregard to the democratic process. Nationalism is dangerous and we are seeing the evidence of that, with people disregarding other peoples opinions.

Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is about to get under way on BBC One, with comprehensive coverage of today's events at Holyrood.

Watch it here.

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Brown: This cannot be undervalued

Gordon Brown said he was pleased that there are new powers "of huge significance in employment and welfare that no one can undervalue with credibility".

He added: "Two issues have dominated Scottish politics for the past 30 years: the call for action on jobs and social justice.

"And the Scottish Parliament will now have substantial powers in both areas, as well as in tax matters, which will enable it to secure jobs and make decisions in fairness for the people of Scotland.

"This will ensure the new Scotland Act is a modern version of home rule for Scotland in an interdependent world."

'A great day for Scotland'

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron has told BBC Scotland: "It's a great day for Scotland and a great day for the United Kingdom."

David Cameron

He said: "Of course the Scottish National Party, who want to break up our country, are going to say that any devolution agreement is not enough, because what they want is separation.

"Well I don't want separation and neither did the Scottish people vote for separation, they voted for a strong devolved parliament and this is what they will have."

Brown wants Commons debate

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has asked the Speaker of the House of Commons for a debate on the new constitutional arrangements.

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Mr Brown, whose late intervention was credited with securing a No vote in the Scottish referendum, said: "In light of today's publication of the government's command paper, which adopts the recommendations of the Smith Commission, it is now clear that the issue is no longer about whether The Vow is being delivered - it is being delivered - but how the powers are used. "

Holyrood powers - Your views

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Kris, Edinburgh: Those politicians trying to claim these limited powers represent 'home rule' are (to put it politely) misleading us completely. Welfare? Tax? Benefits? Equalities laws? Labour laws? On all of these issues and so much more the new powers are either partial or non-existent.

'Raise what we spend'

Home Rule campaigner Ben Thomson added: "Scotland, had and still has responsibility for 60% of its spending but it wouldn't have responsibility for raising most of its taxes or its welfare.

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"We would propose that we raise what we spend. These proposals give would Scotland the power to raise 37% of what it spends, well short of a real incentive, to make them responsible

"On welfare, Scotland would be responsible for the outcomes such as getting back into work and poverty alleviation, but the key elements of welfare, like universal credit, is not part of this package, it remains reserved to Westminster."

'Not home rule, nor an enduring settlement'

The chairman of the Campaign for Scottish Home Rule said the draft proposals were "certainly not modern home rule nor an enduring settlement, as is its title".

Ben Thomson

Ben Thomson told Newsdrive: "This is a delivery of the Smith Commission.

"Smith called for public submissions, and he had got nearly 18,000 of them. The vast majority of them called for tax and welfare to be fully devolved.

"The tax proposals don't go as far as the Liberal Democrats' ones. And the welfare ones don't go as far as the Conservatives' or Labour's proposals before the referendum."

Holyrood powers - Your views


Richard James: If the SNP hold the balance of power after the General Election and try to use it to obtain significant extra powers for Scotland, there will be tremendous dissent in England. Too often in the past Scottish votes have imposed a Labour Government on England. This would be the final straw.

David Francis: A load of Westminster Double-Speak being used here. Barely 30% of tax and a meagre 15% of welfare powers do NOT "Home Rule/Devo Max/Nearest thing to Federalism", make. This was the promise that Brown and others from Better Together made in the last week before the Referendum vote. Either Westminster and the Unionist parties think us Scots have very short memories, or they are, once again, treating us with utter contempt. Come May, Scots have the ability and the power to tell those Westminster parties what we think of the watered-down drivel we have been offered.

Oil support

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK government is launching an immediate consultation on the allowances that apply to North Sea oil and gas exploration.

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Mr Cameron said that was the issue the industry "most wanted" addressed.

The Scottish government and Labour have been calling for changes to oil and gas taxation ahead of the budget in March.

But the prime minister said it was right that decisions were "properly considered" and that any announcements would come in the budget and not before.

Mr Cameron has been meeting oil and gas executives in Edinburgh. The industry has been shedding jobs as the oil price has fallen sharply.

'Remarkable developments'

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael believes the draft proposals could be law by the end of the year. But BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor told Newsdrive that we are still some way short of knowing when the powers could actually be in force.

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He said: "Alistair Carmichael said it was agreed by all three parties that it would be in the first Queen's speech immediately after the 7 May UK general election.

"There would then be a bill introduced very swiftly indeed - his view that it could be in law by December of this year.

"Now being implemented is another matter, because the Scotland Act 2012 is still working its way through system and we haven't yet got the tax powers from that, and yet it is now proposed to go further than that. This is really quite a remarkable series of developments.

"The prime minister described today's proposals as the enduring settlement for the future of Scotland. Perhaps there are others who take a distinctly different view from that."

So who benefits?

BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor says there is still much disagreement about who has the power to create new benefits in devolved areas.

David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon have met at the Scottish Parliament

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme: "It's about interpretation here. Ms Sturgeon interprets that as being a potential veto, the prime minister says she is flatly wrong on that - it simply means consultation.

"So if the Scottish government, for example, wants to remove the so-called bedroom tax, then they can do so."

'No veto'

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron says he can "absolutely guarantee there is no veto" for UK ministers if the Scottish government proposes changes to the welfare system under the new powers to be devolved to Holyrood.

In a BBC interview, Mr Cameron said there would be a need for some co-ordination and consultation but no vetoes.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claims the Smith commission agreement on further devolution has been "significantly watered down" and called for the draft legislation to be redrawn.

Cameron on 'a united future'

David Cameron has praised plans for new Scottish Parliament powers describing them as central in "securing our united future".

David Cameron

The prime minister stated that "Holyrood is here to stay" and that these new powers are "guaranteed", regardless of the general election result.

He said it made the Scottish Parliament "one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world".

Watch his speech here.

Coming up

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW with the latest reaction to today's story on more proposed Holyrood powers.

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'Westminster veto'

Ms Sturgeon added: "Lord Smith and his commission proposed the Scottish Parliament should have the power to vary elements of universal credit, so - for example - we could get rid of the bedroom tax.

"But the clauses which have been published today would leave Westminster with effectively a veto over whether or now the Scottish Parliament could do that.

"I think there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure the Smith proposals are fully, both in terms of the letter and the spirit of what was proposed, translated into law."

Key areas 'watered down'

Following a speech in Edinburgh by Prime Minister David Cameron on proposed new powers for Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there remained "work to be done".

Nicola Sturgeon

"What today is about is looking at whether or not the UK government is translating the Smith proposals fully into legislation," she told BBC News.

"These are draft clauses - there is still work to be done on them, but as I look at them in key areas there appears to be a very significant watering down from what Lord Smith and his commission proposed."

Holyrood powers - what do you think?

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Kris, Edinburgh: Those politicians trying to claim these limited powers represent 'home rule' are (to put it politely) misleading us completely. Welfare? Tax? Benefits? Equalities laws? Labour laws? On all of these issues and so much more the new powers are either partial or non-existent.

Holyrood powers - Your views

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Kevin Riddet, Dumfries: How can they [new powers] be guaranteed? No government can tie the hands of their successors.

Bruce MacOdrum: The powers proposed to be devolved to Scotland would still mean the Scottish Parliament has less powers than the Provincial Legislatures in Canada such as Ontario, Quebec, etc.

Marc, Dundee: These new powers are not 'home rule' or as 'near to federalism' as possible as was promised to the Scottish people - both yes and no voters. The fact is this draft legislation contains vetoes for the UK Government allowing them to interfere.

'Determined to find something to be unhappy'

Mr Torrance added: They (the SNP) have developed - Alex Salmond chiefly started developing - a betrayal narrative the day after the referendum. To an extent, the Scottish Government - the SNP - set up this whole process, the Smith Commission, to fail because it was never going to deliver what they want - chiefly independence - but even underneath that, what they call devo-max or home rule, that is the devolution of everything except defence and foreign affairs.

"The fact that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has honed in on this rather technical point on reaching agreement with the Secretary of State for Scotland is, I think, evidence that they were determined to find something that they would be unhappy about.

"At the end of the day, welfare powers - as a result of this document - will be a shared function between the two governments. Of course, that would require agreements, cooperation, negotiation between two levels of government.

"They have latched on to a fairly technical point to indicate, ahead of the General Election, that this doesn't go as far as they want."

Analysis - David Torrance

Political commentator David Torrance, speaking on BBC News, said: "The pledges on more powers which came from all three parties - the two coalition parties and the Labour party in Scotland - were actually made at varying points at the beginning of 2014.

David Torrance

"They were certainly formalized and toughened up in the closing stages of the referendum as a direct response to the very dramatic narrowing of the opinion polls. More broadly, it is eminently fair to say none of this would be happening without first the rise of the SNP and chiefly because of last year's referendum."

Speech over

David Cameron's speech at the press conference on proposed powers for the Scottish Parliament has now ended.

We will continue to bring you the latest news and reaction from it, and other developments on this landmark day in Scottish politics.

Cameron: A devolution first

In his speech, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I believe it is a great day for Scotland and a great day for the United Kingdom too, and I am very proud to be standing here as your Prime Minister.

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"In September, the people of Scotland came out in record numbers to decide the future of the United Kingdom. They voted clearly and decisively to keep our family of nations together. But a no vote didn't mean no change.

"The leaders of the other political parties and I promised extensive new powers for the Scottish Parliament - a vow with a clear process and a clear timetable.

"It was a devolution first and now here we have it."

English votes for English laws

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

PM; If I am your Prime Minister after May 7, you (Scotland) will get more powers in full but English MPs will have the decisive say on English issues.

'We won the debate'

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

David Cameron: my government made the big, bold audacious decision to allow an in-out referendum and my side won that debate.

'Best economic results'

In his speech earlier, Danny Alexander said: "Scotland will have the ability to choose which levers to pull to get the best economic results to deliver growth and jobs and fairness to the people of Scotland.

"But importantly, within a much wider framework of the family of nations that is the United Kingdom."

Cameron speech

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

PM David Cameron says Scotland spoke, we listened and now we have delivered.

Guaranteed powers

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

PM describes it a "a great day for Scotland"... "Be in no doubt, whoever forms the UK Govt after May 7th, these new powers are guaranteed."

'No didn't mean no change'


BBC journalist Nick Eardley

tweets: "A no vote didn't mean no change..." parties promised "extensive new powers" to Scotland after #indyref says @David_Cameron

Alexander: This is built to last

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has said new powers for Scotland will no be affected by the result of the general election.

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He said: "Delivery of these powers is guaranteed whichever combination of parties forms the next government. This package devolves huge responsibility for Scotland - home rule within the United Kingdom.

"This new settlement is built to last because it makes the Scottish Parliament one of the most powerful devolved institutions in the developed world. For the first time, the majority of the Scottish government's budget will come from Scottish tax rather than the block grant."

Crystal ball cracked

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

A small clarification. Earlier I predicted first minister's questions would be dominated by more powers for Scotland. In reality, Labour raised the NHS, while the Conservatives focussed on Scotland's new property tax. The Lib Dems did it, though!

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Holyrood powers - Your views

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Worried, Angus: To all the YES voters, just wait until your taxes go through the roof to pay for the idle and feckless.

Kim: I am happy enough with the new powers, just very worried about the future tax rises that are going to come. Income tax has to rise to pay for what the SNP want to do.

Cameron meets Sturgeon

David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

Prime Minister David Cameron is pictured shaking hands with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the latter's office, as they met to discuss proposed new powers for the Scottish Parliament.