Date lodged: 2 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government further to the statement by the First Minister on 6 September 2016 (Official Report, c.17) that "over the next few weeks we will confirm the appointment of an independent widening access commissioner"; what progress is being made with this appointment, and by what date it expects the post to be filled.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 November 2016
This is an important appointment and it is right that we take the time necessary to identify the right candidate. The Commission on Widening Access recommended that an appointment be made by the end of the year and we are working to progress this as a matter of priority.