Deadline approaches for SNP referendum consultation
Published: 11th May 2012 02:29:58
The Scottish government's consultation into a referendum on independence has attracted more than 19,000 responses, according to ministers.
The deadline for public submissions on the issue is midnight on Friday.
The Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has used the occasion to call on the Scottish government to hold more talks.
He has written to Alex Salmond to propose a meeting to determine how the UK and Scottish governments can work together to deliver the referendum.
The UK government's own consultation ended in March, attracting about 3,000 responses.
Mr Moore said he was confident an agreement could be reached.
He said: "The Scottish government will want some time to consider the responses it has received and that is of course right.
In Scotland we've had more than 19,000 responses but at the UK level they had less than 3,000. I think that says very clearly where the people of Scotland's priorities lie as far as the referendum is concerned”
"But with both consultations now closed, and so many of the arguments well-aired and understood, I believe it is right that we resume our discussions in the next few weeks.
Mr Moore said that from meetings he had already had with Alex Salmond, he was confident the Scottish government supported a Section 30 Order, approved by the UK and Scottish Parliaments, to put the referendum on a "sound legal footing".
He also said both governments were clear there should be a single question asked in the referendum and the process should be overseen by the Electoral Commission.
He added: "With important matters, including the economy and job creation, high on the public agenda, Scots now expect their two governments to work positively and constructively to resolve the process issues on the referendum and move on to the great debate on Scotland's future and the vote itself.
"I look forward to sitting down soon with the first minister and finding a way forward."
Speaking ahead of the final day of the Scottish government's consultation, Strategy Secretary Bruce Crawford said: "As we have always said, we have no objection to Westminster extending a 'Section 30' power to the Scottish Parliament in relation to the referendum, but it must be on the basis of no strings being attached."
Mr Crawford told BBC Scotland: "In Scotland we've had more than 19,000 responses but at the UK level they had less than 3,000.
"I think that says very clearly where the people of Scotland's priorities lie as far as the referendum is concerned."
He said the Scottish government would be happy to meet with UK ministers on the issue of the referendum.
He added: "We're continually talking to the UK government about all sorts of things.
"Next week I'm in London talking about the commencement powers for the Scotland Bill."
Mr Crawford said once the consultation period had concluded, the Scottish government would subject it to a process of independent analysis.
At 12:04:36 in EnglandA miniature train accident at Longleat Adventure Park is being investigated by the rail watchdog, the BBC has learned.
At 12:00:40 in HeadlinesNato accuses Russia of "blatant violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty, including direct military operations
At 11:54:06 in EnglandIslanders are being warned they could face prosecution if they fail to ensure pets are free from pain.
At 11:53:36 in BusinessThe eurozone inflation rate has fallen to 0.3% in August, near a five-year low, adding to fears of a deflationary spiral, according to Eurostat figures.
At 11:53:23 in HeadlinesLarge areas of the country are not providing enough out-of-school childcare for primary-age children, a report suggests.
At 11:53:11 in EnglandAn 85-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving a car at another octogenarian.
At 11:49:45 in WalesA Welsh woman has told of a terrifying attack by a man armed with a machete while she was working in Morocco.
At 11:48:43 in ScotlandThe Ryder Cup trophy is to go on a tour of Scotland before the Gleneagles event tees off.
At 11:48:31 in ScotlandMidge Ure is among a number of big names who will perform at a one-off concert to mark the staging of golf's Ryder Cup in Scotland.
At 11:46:16 in SportCornish Pirates have signed lock Charlie Davey from London Irish.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Deadline approaches for SNP referendum consultation [Online] (Updated 11th May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1427842/Deadline-approaches-for-SNP-referendum-consultation [Accessed 29th Aug 2014]
News In Other Categories
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
The Ryder Cup trophy is to go on a tour of Scotland before the Gleneagles event tees off.
A miniature train accident at Longleat Adventure Park is being investigated by the rail watchdog, the BBC has learned.
It's a long old walk, and it's not for the faint hearted.
The eurozone inflation rate has fallen to 0.3% in August, near a five-year low, adding to fears of a deflationary spiral, according to Eurostat figures.
Comedy Neville's Island is to be staged in the West End for the first time in 20 years this autumn.