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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14320: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to make public appointments to the Scottish Police Authority board open and accessible.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 February 2018

Ministerial public appointments to the board of the Scottish Police Authority are made under a system regulated and monitored by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. A key purpose of that system is to achieve a fair, open and accessible appointment process.

In the current round to appoint Members to the Board of the Scottish Police Authority, the person specification listed required skills and experience, explained what these meant, the level they would be required at and how they would be tested. Care was taken, for example, not to use terms or descriptors that might inadvertently rule out people with the appropriate skills and experience to apply.

A ‘teaser’ campaign was run to alert people that an advertisement was forthcoming. The Chair did a video clip to encourage applications and the advertisement was publicised widely. Candidates selected for interview were able to request adjustments to enable them to attend interview.