Date lodged: 18 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the system used for the selection of members to ask portfolio questions is operating as planned.
Answered by: Andy Wightman (on behalf of the SPCB) 26 June 2018
The randomised draw system that is used to allocate General and Portfolio questions is working as expected and in accordance with the Parliament's requirements. The Chamber Desk routinely monitors each draw to ensure that there are no discrepancies or unusual patterns arising that would suggest any problems, and has not identified any issues in this regard. A verification of the system was also undertaken in January 2018 by BIT, which found that the randomized functionality works as expected. As a matter of good practice, the Presiding Officer has asked for a full statistical analysis of draw results to be undertaken in the summer recess by SPICe.