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S5W-09083: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 28 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the evidence given by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to the Justice Committee on 10 January 2017 (Official Report, c. 30), whether the Inspectorate of Prosecutions for Scotland is considering introducing alternative approaches to staffing and, if so, what external advice it has (a) commissioned and (b) received.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 11 May 2017

Both the Scottish Government and the Inspectorate of Prosecution will reply formally to the recommendations within the Justice Committee’s recent report on its Inquiry into the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, published on 25 April, including with reference to the staffing of the Inspectorate.

The Inspectorate currently employs a permanent business Inspector from the Scottish Government and has previously recruited associate inspectors from different backgrounds where the subject matter of the inspection programme warrants different skill sets. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector has confirmed that she takes account of future programmes of inspection when recruiting inspectors to ensure that the Inspectorate has the requisite skills for that programme.