Annex B - How To Respond To This Consultation
We are inviting responses to this consultation by 15 January 2015.
Please respond to this consultation online at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/digitalcommunications/ review-of-nuts. 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.
If you are unable to respond online, please complete the Respondent Information Form (see more information in the "Handling your Response" section) and send by post to:NUTS Consultation,
Office of the Chief Statistician and Strategic Analysis,
St. Andrew's House,
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. Your completed Respondent Information Form, which forms part of the consultation questionnaire, will help us to 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 If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential and we will treat it accordingly.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 so would have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
Information about Scottish Government Consultations
This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/
The Scottish Government has an email alert system for consultations, http://register.scotland.gov.uk. This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). It complements, but in no way replaces SG distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SG 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 and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552. 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 finalise proposals for NUTS areas in Scotland. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process by March 2016.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to Roger Halliday, The Chief Statistician, Scottish Government, St Andrew's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG or email Roger.Halliday@gov.scot
Email: Alastair McAlpine