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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05275: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to implement national criteria or minimum standards relating to the appointment of building standards verifiers.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 13 December 2016

The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 allows Scottish Ministers to appoint verifiers on such terms or limitations as they feel appropriate. They must have regard to qualifications; competency; accountability to the public; and impartiality before making an appointment.

I am currently reviewing the appointment process of verifiers from May 2017 onwards and propose to introduce an operating framework for verifiers. This will set out the key verification functions and cover integrity and operational resilience; building warrant and completion certificate processing; and maintaining records.