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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01350: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether, as reported in The Ferret on 7 July 2016, officials told Police Scotland “We do not want you to provide us with detailed answers to all of the questions Ms McInnes asks" and, if so, for what reason and what action it will take.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 9 August 2016

A number of the Parliamentary Questions asked by the former MSP Alison McInnes in March 2016 sought information on the governance and regulation of policing activity whilst others sought detailed information on the delivery of operational policing activity. Responsibility for the delivery of operational policing activity lies with Police Scotland with oversight of the Scottish Police Authority and the Scottish Government’s approach to requesting information reflected this position.