RESPONDING TO THIS CONSULTATION
We are inviting written responses to this consultation paper by 17 February 2010. Please send responses with the completed Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below ) toAngela.Atkins@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Angela AtkinsScottish Government
47 Robbs Loan
This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations. You can telephone Freephone 0800 77 1234 to find out the location of your nearest public internet access point.
The Scottish Government now has an e-mail alert system for consultations ( SEconsult: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/seconsult.aspx). This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly e-mail containing details of all new consultations (including web links). SEconsult complements but in no way replaces SE distribution lists and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SE consultation activity and to be alerted at the earliest opportunity to consultations of most interest. We would encourage you to register.
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 (enclosed) as this will ensure that we will treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential and we will handle it accordingly.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made under the Act for information relating to responses to this consultation exercise.
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, copies will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government library by 25 February 2010. Where agreement to publish has been given, we will check all responses for any potentially defamatory material before logging them in the library. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting 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 Ministers reach a decision on the way ahead. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process by 17 March 2010.
Comments and complaints?
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to me at the address above.
Livestock Policy Branch