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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07701: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 6 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the statement in the publication, On Board: A Guide for Board Members of Public Bodies in Scotland, that the "Chief Executive of the public body is employed and appointed by the Board (with approval of Scottish Ministers)", whether it considers that the recommendation in Professor Crerar's report, Proposals on Governance and the Creation of a Strategic Board, that ministers should appoint members to the proposed Strategic Board, as well as agency chairs, (a) will have an impact on the autonomy of the agencies and (b) is consistent with the guide.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 15 March 2017

The Scottish Government is considering the detail of the proposals outlined by Professor Crerar, the views of the Ministerial Review Group and wider interests in taking forward the development of the Strategic Board. In line with “On Board” guidance, we have confirmed that individual Agencies will continue to employ and appoint Chief Executives to undertake their formal responsibilities in delivering the functions of the agencies. The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work has committed to make a statement to Parliament in the coming weeks.