8. HOW TO RESPOND
You are invited to respond to this consultation by 20 June 2012. Please note that no extensions to this date can be permitted.
Responses can be sent by email or by post:
Matt CartneyMarine Scotland
1 - A South
General enquiries may also be made to the email and address above. You can also contact Matt Cartney by telephone on 0131 244 6231.
If responding by email or post, please clearly indicate in your response which questions or parts of the consultation you are responding to. You do not have to respond to all questions in this consultation. Feel free to answer just a few questions relating only to your interests or expertise.
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 in this consultation paper 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 If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential and treat it accordingly.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.
For those unable to view this consultation online, hard copies can be requested from:
Matt CartneyMarine Scotland
Area 1-A South
Tel: 0131 244 6231
This consultation can be viewed online at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations
The Scottish Government now has an email alert system for consultations ( SEconsult: http://Scotland.gov.uk/consultations/seconsult.aspx). This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including a web link). SEconsult complements, but in no way replaces Scottish Government distribution lists and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all Scottish Government consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.
Next steps in the process
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public (see the enclosed Respondent Information Form), these will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library and on the Scottish Government consultation web pages. We will check all responses where agreement to publish has been given for any potentially defamatory material before lodging them in the library or placing them on the website. 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.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to Matt Cartney at the above address.