Independence White Paper Q/A events to travel length and breadth of country

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People across the country will be given the opportunity to quiz ministers on Scotland’s Future – the Scottish Government’s detailed blueprint for an independent country – in a series of public meetings in the run-up to the referendum.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced that the Scottish Cabinet would tour Scotland, holding face-to-face discussions on the detail of the white paper and outlining what independence would mean for communities the length and breadth of Scotland.

The First Minister made the announcement at the first Cabinet stakeholder engagement event today at the EICC in Edinburgh, where more than 300 people from organisations across civic Scotland met to put questions to the Cabinet about Scotland’s Future.

Representatives from large and small businesses, trade unions, the voluntary and public sector, charities and other Scottish organisations had the opportunity to receive direct answers from Cabinet ministers on what an independent Scotland would mean for them.

During the event, the First Minister also said that Scotland’s Future had so far had a “fantastic reception from the public”, reaching nearly 50,000 digital downloads, and attracted more than 900,000 page views since its launch on 26 November.

Speaking at the EICC event, First Minister, Alex Salmond said:

“Scotland’s Future is the most detailed blueprint for an independent country ever published and the Scottish Government wants to provide as much information as possible to allow people in Scotland to make an informed choice in next year’s referendum.

“I am therefore delighted to confirm that today’s stimulating stakeholder session at the EICC will be the first in a series of Scotland-wide events that will see Cabinet ministers answer any questions people might have about the detail in Scotland’s Future, and any issues on which they would like more information.

“We want people to continue to talk about Scotland’s future, and we want to take this conversation out to communities across Scotland. We want people to know the ways in which the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland and ensure that everyone benefits from our natural wealth and talent. “

The First Minister added:

“The White Paper has had a fantastic reception from the public with more than 900,000 page views and nearly 50,000 downloads of the document. This is a document for the people of Scotland; it is their guide to independence, and it provides both a vision for Scotland’s future and the answers on independence.”