Annex A - Responding to this Consultation
We are inviting responses to this consultation by 22nd November 2023. This public consultation follows targeted engagement with stakeholders in both 2022 and 2023. In order to allow Scottish Ministers an appropriate length of time to reflect on the findings of this consultation it is necessary to have a nine week consultation. This will also ensure there is enough time, if legislation is brough forward, to allow for the required period of Parliamentary scrutiny before the sunset clause takes effect, on 30 April 2024.
Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space. You view and respond to this consultation online here. You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 22nd November 2023.
Handling your response
When using Citizen Space (https://consult.gov.scot/population-health/review-of-the-minimum-unit-pricing-and-contination) you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to published.
If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included in this document. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.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.
Next steps in the process
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence as part of policy consideration. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to Minimumpricingconsultation@gov.scot
Scottish Government consultation process
Consultation is an essential part of the policy making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.
You can find all our consultations online: http://consult.gov.scot. Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.
Consultations may involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as public meetings, focus groups, or other online methods such as Dialogue (https://www.ideas.gov.scot ).
Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:
- indicate the need for policy development or review
- inform the development of a particular policy
- help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
- be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.
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