Summer Cabinets


First Minister Alex Salmond and other Scottish Government Ministers will be in Bute for an historic first meeting of the Cabinet on the island. This is the third of four Cabinet meetings and associated events being held outside Edinburgh over the summer.

Next week's engagements, including a public discussion at Rothesay Pavilion, follows recent Cabinet events in Dornoch and Stirling, attended by a total of around 500 people. Further summer Cabinet events will be held in Kilmarnock at the start of September, just before the end of the Parliamentary recess. The summer Cabinet visits aim to give local communities a greater opportunity to speak directly to Ministers about important issues of local and national concern.

Summer Cabinet programmes have been held in the previous two years - involving hundreds of people in Dundee, Melrose, Stornoway, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dumfries, Inverness, Pitlochry and Skye.

On Monday afternoon, Enterprise Minister Jim Mather will visit a local business near Port Bannatyne. There will be a reception in the evening - celebrating Scotland's Year of Food & Drink - at Mount Stuart. The reception will recognise the contribution of local individuals, organisations and businesses to promoting quality Scottish produce.

On Tuesday the FM will chair a formal meeting of the Scottish Cabinet at Eaglesham House in Rothesay. A public discussion event with Ministers on the Government's 'Vision for Scotland', hosted by the First Minister, will take place later at Rothesay Pavilion. Members of the public and representatives from local civic organisations are attending that meeting.

The FM said:

"For a third consecutive summer, the Scottish Government is taking Cabinet directly to the people. As a Government, we are committed to staying in touch with the people of Scotland and the local and national issues that matter to them. Taking the Cabinet out of Edinburgh to areas such as Bute provides us with a greater opportunity to meet many individuals and organisations from the local communities and listen to their views on a range of issues.

"Our previous summer cabinets have been a huge success, enabling us to engage directly with hundreds of people in their own communities. I am delighted to be bringing Ministers to Bute for an historic first Cabinet meeting on the island and very much looking forward to our public engagements at Mount Stuart and in Rothesay."