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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05631: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the outcome of its enterprise and skills review, what it considers the advantages to be of a statutory board compared with a non-statutory Strategic Forum.

Answered by: Keith Brown 22 December 2016

Our agencies and their staff already carry out excellent work and as Audit Scotland have noted, they have been successful in their respective roles, with clear strategies and good governance. However, we need to step up our performance to achieve our ambitions to rank in the top quartile of Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development countries for productivity, equality, wellbeing and sustainability.

To achieve this aim, we believe that we need to increase coherence and focus by creating a single board which is able to facilitate greater alignment between the various agencies and simplify the system for the user while also enhancing and measuring the collective activity of these bodies against a set of shared outcomes.