Date lodged: 21 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the Urgent Question regarding the merger between the British Transport Police in Scotland and Police Scotland by Michael Matheson on 21 February 2018 (Official Report, c. 1), by what date the (a) reported issues regarding (i) IT, (ii) pensions, (iii) third-party contracts and (iv) employees' terms and conditions will be resolved and (b) merger will go ahead.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 2 March 2018
The Joint Programme Board, as the appropriate body to manage the programme, has made progress in a number of key areas in the past eight months. This includes agreement that officers and staff will retain their current terms and conditions, including access to their current pension schemes. The Joint Programme Board has been advised that operational aspects of the integration will not be ready for April 2019 as planned; Ministers have therefore agreed that a re-planning exercise should take place in the coming months to ensure all aspects have a clear delivery plan in place. After that the Board will agree what the most appropriate integration date should be.