INFORMATION ON CONSULTATION/INVITATION TO RESPOND
CONSULTATION ON RESERVOIR SAFETY IN SCOTLAND
Please send your views and comments on the proposals in this paper via e-mail, letter or fax to the address below by 18 April 2010.
Letter: Gordon GilchristWater, Air, Soils and Flooding Division
The Scottish Government
Fax: 0131 244 0259
If you have any queries please contact:
Gordon Gilchrist on 0131 244 0159 or
Fiona Quinn on 0131 244 7386
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 where your nearest public internet access point is.
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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 which forms part of the consultation. This will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. A copy of the form can be found here or as an insert at the end of 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 If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential and we will treat it accordingly.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 are 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 (see the attached Respondent Information Form), these will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library within 20 working days of the consultation closing date and on the Scottish Government consultation web pages within 25 working days of the consultation closing date. We will check all responses where agreement to publish has been given for any potentially defamatory material before logging them in the library or placing them on the website. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SE 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 on 18 April 2010, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on Reservoir Safety in Scotland. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process by June 2010 and introduce legislation in September 2010.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the contact details above.
Responses should reach us by 18 April 2010. Earlier responses would be welcome.