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Scottish and UK Governments criticised for lack of voting information

Both the Scottish and UK governments have come under fire Photo: Danny Lawson:PA Wire:Press Association Images

Both the Scottish and UK Governments have been criticised for not giving Scottish voters enough information ahead of the 2014 referendum on independence.

A House of Lords report published today says people don't have enough detail on issues such as currency, defence, negotiations with the EU and how the UK and Scottish assets and debts would be separated.

It calls on both governments to publish their "red lines" ahead of the vote, so that voters can make an informed choice on a "once in a generation decision."

"We hope that our report provides a road map for all the key issues - single market, division of assets and liabilities, North Sea oil, currency, taxation and debt, international issues including membership of the EU and defence."

– Lord MacGregor, Chairman, House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee
Lord MacGregor Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Many of these issues could not be clarified - if there is a "yes" vote - until after negotiations following such a vote. So we recommend in particular that the Scottish and British governments should indicate the "red lines" of their negotiating stance on them before the referendum so that voters can make an informed choice."

– Lord MacGregor, Chairman, House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee