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The Big Debate airs on BBC Radio Scotland each Friday lunchtime.

If you would like to join the audience, please fill in the form below.

The 60-minute long discussion, covering topical stories, takes place from a different location each week and you can put your questions to a panel of politicians and prominent figures from the world of business, academia and the arts.

The audience is at the heart of the programme so we are looking for people who want to ask questions and interact with our panellists rather than just observe. So please submit two questions.

As we look to cover the big issues of the week, please ensure your questions are topical. The best way to do this is to e-mail us at with the questions you would like to ask at the debate in the days leading up to the programme.

If your application is successful, you can expect to receive a confirmation a few days before the programme.

If you are unable to join the audience, listen to the debate at 12:00 on BBC Radio Scotland on 92-95 FM and 810 MW or you can access the programme online.

Where are the next Big Debates? When are the next Big Debates?

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

24 October

The auditorium, Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews

31 October

Greyfriar's Church, Lanark

7 November

(No programme due to Children in Need)

14 November

St Andrew Blackadder Church, North Berwick

21 November

An Lanntair, Stornoway

28 November

Application form to join the Big Debate audience

1. Name and address

2. Your Contact Details

3. What is your occupation?

4. Which of the Big Debates are you interested in attending? More than one venue can be picked.

5. To help us ensure a broad range of views, we'd like to ask if you've decided how you might vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

6. If there were a General Election tomorrow, which political party would you be most likely to vote for?

Other (please state)

7. Are you a member of a political party?

If Yes which party

8. The audience for BBC Scotland Debates is totally proactive and we wish to ensure that the opportunity to put forward questions and take part in the debates is given to those people wishing to participate. Would you please confirm that you are keen to get involved and if selected will ask your question.

9. What two questions would you like to ask?

10. Which of these groups do you consider yourself to belong to?

Other (please specify)

11. Of what nationality do you consider yourself?

Other (please specify)

12. Do you consider yourself to have any disabilities?

13. If you are disabled, do you require wheelchair access?

14. Have you been on a BBC Scotland TV or Radio Debate before?

15. How old are you?

16. The information you provide will be collected by the BBC. Are you happy for your email details to be retained so that we may contact you about appearing in the audience for other BBC programmes?

* Required information

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