Islanders will have the chance to quiz members of the Scottish Cabinet about their plans for independence when they visit Stornoway next month.
First Minister Alex Salmond has given a commitment that over the next six months people across Scotland will be able to put their questions directly to himself and his Cabinet colleagues and have the opportunity to discuss the future the Scottish Government has set out in detail if there is a vote for independence on September 18th this year.
Ministers will host a public discussion session, focusing on the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland’s future, on April 16th at 12.30pm to 2.30pm in Stornoway Town Hall.
They want to hear as many views as possible and will answer questions from members of the audience.
Speaking exclusively to the Stornoway Gazette, ahead of the Cabinet visit, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am absolutely delighted to be bringing the Cabinet to Stornoway.
“This event will be our fourth meeting outside Edinburgh this year and is part of a series of Scotland-wide events that will allow Scottish ministers to engage with people in communities across the country about the hugely exciting future we envisage following a vote for independence.”
He added: “Taking the referendum conversation out to communities across the country offers us a fantastic opportunity to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and hear their views on independence, as well as listening to their questions and concerns.
“Over the next six months the people of Scotland will be able to debate and decide on their future through a civic and democratic process.”
Continuing he said: “This is the opportunity of a generation and we want to give as many people as possible in Lewis the opportunity to ask questions and air their views.
“We want to hear what local people have to say about the type of Scotland they want in the future and I would encourage readers of the Stornoway Gazette to come to Stornoway Town Hall on the 16th of April.
“We’ve already put forward our proposals for Scotland’s Future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland, but it’s crucial everyone who lives and works in Scotland considers and discusses with others the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.”
The public discussion event is being held on Wednesday, April 16th in Stornoway Town Hall between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
As well as the formal Q&A session, ministers will be happy to chat informally to audience members over tea and coffee at the end of the event.
Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government have asked that those who wish to attend register online at: www.scotlandsfuture.eventbrite.co.uk.
You can also register by calling 0300 244 2138
Scotland’s Future can be downloaded here: www.scotreferendum.com.