Date lodged: 21 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment in the report by the Auditor General, The 2017/18 audit of the Scottish Police Authority, regarding the BTP merger that "Given the range of transformational challenges facing the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland there is a risk that the ongoing uncertainty continues to absorb resources at the expense of wider strategic objectives".
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2018
On 27 August, I announced that we would re-examine all options for the devolution of railway policing, recognising the pressing need to fully examine appropriate interim arrangements. I explained to the Justice Committee on 18 September and I announced during that meeting that I would update Parliament on progress before the Christmas recess.
We will continue to support the SPA and Police Scotland to deliver transformation and to ensure strong financial planning going forward.