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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13870: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13333 by Annabelle Ewing on 10 January 2018, whether ministers have received a copy of the Review of Procurement of Structural Fire Kit and PPE report, which was referred to in the minutes of the 5 October 2017 meeting of the SFRS Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, and, if not, whether they have been made aware of the report and its conclusions and recommendations.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 24 January 2018

Procurement of Structural Fire Kit and PPE is an operational matter for SFRS. Ministers do not routinely see copies of Internal Audit reports as this is a matter for the SFRS management and Board.

The Internal Audit review of Procurement of Structural Fire Kit and PPE was commissioned by SFRS and its findings subsequently provided on 27 October 2017. The review was commissioned to ensure a thorough independent investigation was carried out to enable robust scrutiny of the processes in place and ensure lessons could be identified. SFRS has accepted all of the recommendations in the Audit Report and further consideration will be given by the SFRS Board and the relevant governance committee.