Date lodged: 11 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on 10 January 2018 (Official Report, c. 17), on what dates (a) the cabinet secretary and (b) officials have communicated with (i) the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and (ii) DCC Iain Livingston or the Police Scotland senior management team regarding the return of Chief Constable Phil Gormley.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 January 2018
The Scottish Government engages with the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and Police Scotland on a regular basis to keep abreast of developments on a range of policing matters. Responsibility for decisions on the Chief Constable’s leave lies with the Scottish Police Authority, and as such it would be for them to communicate with the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner or the Police Scotland command team regarding the return of Chief Constable Phil Gormley.
As confirmed to the Justice Committee on 23 January 2018, Paul Johnston, DG Education, Communities & Justice, had a call with DCC Iain Livingstone on the afternoon of 9 November 2017, during which he advised him of developments in relation to the Chief Constable’s leave arrangements.