Date lodged: 6 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11772 by Derek McKay on 25 October 2017, for what reason it did not meet the commitment to publish the Whole Government Accounts "during 2018".
Answered by: Kate Forbes 27 February 2019
An update on progress in preparation of the public sectors accounts was provided to PAPLS at the meeting on 29 November 2018 https://www.parliament.scot/S5_Public_Audit/Meeting%20Papers/PAPLS_Meeting_papers_PUBLIC_29_Nov_2018.pdf .
The committee was advised that, as Audit Scotland acknowledges, the Scottish Government delivers on all its financial reporting requirements and has delivered a range of new financial publications as a result of the Scotland Acts. We are progressing a plan to achieve audit and publication of a 2017-18 product, as explained in the letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Convener on 23 November, and included in these committee papers.