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Scotland No vote: rapid devolution plan urged

Surveyors have called for a rapid agreement on which powers will be handed over to Scotland after the country voted against becoming fully independent last night.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said ministers at Holyrood and Westminster should provide “clarity, reassurance and direction” following the referendum.

Scotland will remain part of the UK after the narrow ‘No’ vote but promises have been made to hand over further powers to the devolved government.

Jeremy Blackburn, head of policy and parliamentary affairs at RICS, said: “During the debate, UK party leaders pledged further devolution of powers to the Scottish government.

“We call on all political parties to quickly agree on a robust devolution settlement, providing a concise and comprehensive timeline for implementation.”

Institution of Civil Engineers director-general Nick Baveystock said the ICE would speak to ministers in both countries about the value of infrastructure spending.

“ICE’s State of the Nation: Infrastructure 2014 report sets out the challenges and opportunities that policy makers and industry faces in delivering infrastructure networks that are resilient and fit for purpose,” he said. “A full review of Scotland’s infrastructure will be published in advance of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.”

ACE Scotland called upon all parts of the UK and Scottish governments to work together to secure the best outcomes from construction and infrastructure investment.

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