On the same day that files relating to the stone were released for scrutiny, Mr Forsyth said that the consultation exercise would allow the views of all interested parties and individuals to be taken into account.
Mr Forsyth said:
'The prime minister's announcement to parliament on July 3 has generated an enormous amount of interest and comment in Scotland. I am very pleased about this because the return of the stone is a significant event for all Scots, but I am eager that we should focus now on the various criteria to be satisfied by the possible sites. That is why I am issuing this paper at this time.