The Scottish Parliament will next week be invited to nominate Rosemary Agnew to Her Majesty for appointment as the new Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
Ms Agnew is expected to succeed the current Ombudsman Jim Martin who stands down from the post on 30 April this year.
The date of next meeting of Accountability Scotland will be advised once Rosemary Agnew is in post as SPSO on 1st May 2017, and the deadline for submissions to the Commission on Parliamentary Reform has been extended to midnight on 27th March 2017.
Non-committee members are welcome.
The meeting took place in the Parliament building with Huw Williams (Secretary to Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and Private Secretary to the Presiding Officer) Janice Crerar (Officer holder Services) and Susan Duffy (Head of Committees and Outreach) and Accountability Scotland who were represented by Mr. Peter Stewart-Blacker, Dr. Richard Burton and Professor Walter Humes.
Read these three letters to appreciate the obstacles to our progress in Holyrood.
By email from the Committee Office, The Scottish Parliament, 9 June 2016
Dear Mr Stewart Blacker
Thank you for your request, on behalf of Accountability Scotland, to meet with officials and I apologise for the delay in replying. I understand you wished to discuss (i) the administrative justice system in general, (ii) that the Committee system isn’t working properly and in particular that Members are not sufficiently informed and that a different approach should be adopted to the in-gathering of evidence, and (iii) that the Parliament and the SPSO would benefit from being subject to ISO9001 as the quality of work would improve.