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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05403: Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the Scottish Police Authority and its committees carry out their functions in ways that are proportionate, accountable and transparent and consistent with principles of good governance, as required by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 15 December 2016

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (‘the 2012 Act’) requires the SPA to ‘try to carry out its functions in a way which is proportionate, accountable and transparent and which is consistent with any principle of good governance which appears to it to constitute best practice’ (Section 2(2)(3) of the 2012 Act). It is for the SPA regulate its own procedures and to demonstrate compliance with the principles and requirements set out in the 2012 Act.