4 How to Respond
This consultation is your opportunity to shape the referendum on Scotland's constitutional future. Responses should be made by 30 April 2010.
It would be helpful to have your response by email. The electronic response form can be accessed at the following website address: www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/government/draftreferendum.asp. You can also email your response to the mailbox below. We are of course happy to receive written submissions too.
Email submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written submissions:Referendum Bill Team
National Conversation, Referendum and Elections Division
We would be grateful if you would use the consultation questionnaire provided or would clearly indicate in your response which questions or parts of the consultation paper you are responding to, as this will aid our analysis of the responses received.
This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at: www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations.
You can telephone Freephone 0800 77 1234 to find out where your nearest public internet access point is.
The Scottish Government has an email alert system for consultations. This system, called SEconsult, allows individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email with details of all new consultations (including web links). SEconsult complements, but in no way replaces, Scottish Government distribution lists. It is designed to allow people with an interest to keep up to date with all Scottish Government consultation activity. You can register at SEconsult: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/seconsult.aspx.
Handling your response
We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form which forms part of the separate consultation questionnaire as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
If you tell us we can make your response public, we will put it in the Scottish Government Library within 20 working days of the closing date and on the Scottish Government consultation web pages. We will check all responses where agreement to publish has been given for any wording that might be harmful to others before putting them in the library or on the website. If you would like to see the responses please contact the Scottish Government Library on 0131 244 4565. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.
What happens next?
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision about the finalised Bill.
We will issue a report on this consultation process which will be published on the Scottish Government's website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/Recent.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to: Referendum Bill Team, National Conversation, Referendum and Elections Division, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.
RESPONDENT INFORMATION FORM
What are your views on the proposed referendum which seeks the people's views on two proposals for extending the powers of the Scottish Parliament?
What do you think should be the first proposal in that referendum: full devolution (Version 1 of Ballot Paper 1), or the Calman-based option (Version 2 of Ballot Paper 1)?
The Scottish Government proposes voting method 2 (two separate yes/no questions). What are your views on this?
What are your views on the wording and format of the ballot papers?
What are your views on the proposals for how the poll is conducted and on eligibility to vote?
What are your views on the proposed rules for the referendum campaign?
Do you have any other comments about the proposals in the draft Referendum (Scotland) Bill?
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