The deal setting out the terms of a referendum on Scottish independence has provoked a mixed reaction from political parties, business groups and charities.
Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour leader, said: "We are pleased that we have finally reached an agreement that should allow Scotland to have a fair and decisive referendum.
"Alex Salmond has the right to ask the question and now people have right to answer it. But we cannot allow this debate to distract from some of the real problems being faced by families in Scotland, things the SNP could act on now. Alex Salmond offers people only one solution to Scotland's problems - a referendum on independence - but his timetable makes us wait another two years to have our say."
Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said: "This deal signals the start of the real debate, and a yes vote in October 2014 would signal the start of a new Scotland. The public appetite for more powers is plain to see and it is essential that both sides put forward a clear vision for Scotland's future."
Margo MacDonald, the Independent MSP, said: "The political parties, as always, will try to shout down each other's ideas. But this referendum is not about them, it is about every individual person in Scotland. The parties should give us an idea of the sort of policies they would prefer for defence, EU, and economic management, for example."
However, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said a single yes/no question is "disappointing".
Martin Sime, chief executive, said: "A second question on more powers would win hands down, and that's why it won't be asked. A strong majority of people want more powers short of independence but the referendum will deny them the chance to vote for the kind of change they want to see."
The Electoral Reform Society also expressed its disappointment over a single question. Willie Sullivan, Scottish director, said: "This referendum has become a bit of a game with both sides intent on rigging the deck. We now have a deal that suits the interests of a few dozen people in Edinburgh and Westminster and excludes a large section of the Scottish people who want more powers within the UK."
Grant Costello, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said: "We believe it's entirely right the young people who are the future of Scotland should have their say on Scotland's constitutional future.
"Allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote shows society believes these young people, who can marry, work, and join the army, are capable of being full active citizens. At a time where far too often young people are ignored or vilified by society, today is a very positive step demonstrating 16- and 17-year-olds are valuable citizens whose hopes and ideas deserve to be heard."