Date lodged: 12 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason no minute was taken of the meeting of 9 November 2017 between the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the chair of the Scottish Policy Authority.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 26 January 2018
Scottish Ministers are routinely involved in a range of stakeholder meetings as part of normal Government business. Decisions about whether a record of a meeting is required are a matter of official judgement. On this occasion senior officials were clear that the actions were for the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority to take forward, so no record was taken. A full account was given to Parliament by me on 10 and 24 January, as well as in a follow up letter to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee from Paul Johnston, Director General, Education, Communities & Justice. Going forward, the Government is committed to ensuring that appropriate records are kept of meetings between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Police Authority.