SUBSTANTIAL further powers for Scotland are necessary, says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking as the Queen set out David Cameron’s legislative programme, the leader of the SNP warned the Prime Minister that “the Scotland Bill must deliver the Smith proposals in full”.

Sturgeon added: “But that must not be portrayed by the UK Government as some kind of concession – delivering Smith would only be fulfilling the pledge they have already signed up to and the promise they have made to the people of Scotland.

“In addition, we believe the massively changed political circumstances in Scotland provides a mandate for substantial further powers beyond those recommended by the Smith process, and we will continue to make a strong case to the UK Government for those powers to be delivered.

In a speech lasting just under nine minutes, the Queen’s mention of Scotland was slightly more than half way through.

She said: “My Government will also bring forward legislation to secure a strong and lasting constitutional settlement, devolving wide-ranging powers to Scotland and Wales. Legislation will be taken forward giving effect to the Stormont House Agreement in Northern Ireland.”

The Prime Minister said that the Scotland Bill will make Holyrood the most powerful devolved assembly anywhere in the world.

The legislative package also includes measures aimed at giving English MPs the final say on legislation affecting only England at Westminster.

“Governing with respect means respecting the wishes of the English too,” the Prime Minister said.

“That’s why we will address the fundamental unfairness devolution causes in England by introducing English votes for English laws.”

Cameron insisted that the Scotland Bill, published today, will “deliver in full” what was agreed by the Smith Commission.

Ahead of the Scotland Bill’s publication, the UK government said that Holyrood will be given the power to raise about 40 per cent of Scotland’s taxes, and be responsible for around 60 per cent of spending.

Holyrood can also expect to collect money from VAT revenues, air passenger duty and the Aggregates Levy to the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs will have welfare powers, and allowing ministers will be able to vary the frequency of the new Universal Credit, and rules for a range of benefits for carers, disabled people and the elderly.

The Barnett formula is expected to be retained.

Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray said: “The tabling of the Scotland Bill is a significant moment. We will work to ensure the ‘vow’ made during the referendum is delivered.”