Correspondence

This page contains general correspondence related to the work of the Committee.

Correspondence relating to a specific phase of the Committee's inquiry has been published to the page relating to the relevant phase. Where correspondence relates to multiple phases or multiple phases and general issues it has been posted on all relevant pages and marked as such.

2019

At its meeting on Wednesday 20 February 2019, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Read the letter:

Letter from the Convener to the Scottish Government, 26 February 2019 (160KB pdf)

At its meeting on Thursday 28 March 2019, the Committee considered a response from the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government to its letter of 26 February. The response can be read below:

Response from the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government to the Convener, 22 March 2019 (136KB pdf)

The Committee agreed at its meeting on Thursday 28 March 2019 to respond to the Permanent Secretary's letter of 22 March, and to write to the First Minister. Copies of these letters can be found below:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 3 April 2019 (81KB pdf)

Letter from the Convener to the First Minister, 3 April 2019 (82KB pdf)

The Committee received a response from the First Minister on Monday 15 April 2019 and from the Permanent Secretary on Wednesday 1 May 2019:

Response from the First Minister, 15 April 2019 (241KB pdf)

Response from the Permanent Secretary, 1 May 2019 (299KB pdf)

The Committee agreed at its meeting on Thursday 9 May 2019 to respond to the letters from the First Minister and Permanent Secretary:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 21 May 2019 (99KB pdf)

Letter from the Convener to the First Minister, 21 May 2019 (76KB pdf)

The Committee received a response from the Permanent Secretary on Wednesday 12 June 2019 and from the First Minister on Thursday 13 June 2019:

Response from the Permanent Secretary, 12 June 2019 (396KB pdf)

Response from the First Minister, 13 June 2019 (70KB pdf)

At its meeting on 5 September 2019, the Committee agreed to write back to the Permanent Secretary. This letter was sent on 12 September 2019 (this letter is also published on the Judicial Review page):

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 12 September 2019 (81KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary responded on 26 September 2019:

Response from the Permanent Secretary, 26 September 2019 (228KB pdf)

 At its meeting on 2 October 2019, the Committee agreed to write back to the Permanent Secretary. This letter was sent on 9 October 2019 (this letter is also published on the Judicial Review page):

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 9 October 2019 (100KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary responded on 31 October 2019 (this letter is also published on the Judicial Review page):

Response from the Permanent Secretary, 31 October 2019 (245KB pdf)

2020

The Convener wrote to the Permanent Secretary on 30 April 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 30 April 2020 (151KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary responded on 13 May 2020:

Response from the Permanent Secretary, 13 May 2020 (151KB pdf)

The Convener wrote back to the Permanent Secretary on 19 May 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 19 May 2020 (101KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary replied on 3 June 2020:

Response from the Permanent Secretary, 3 June 2020 (363KB pdf)

The Convener wrote back to the Permanent Secretary on 5 June 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 5 June 2020 (102KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to the Permanent Secretary on 30 June 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 30 June 2020 (111KB pdf)

The Convener sent two letters to the Permanent Secretary on 17 July 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary regarding evidence from civil servants, 17 July 2020 (97KB pdf)

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary regarding release of documentation under FOI, 17 July 2020 (101KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary responded to these letters on 24 July 2020:

Response from the Permanent Secretary regarding evidence from civil servants, 24 July 2020 (172KB pdf)

Background note from the Scottish Government referred to in the above letter

Response from the Permanent Secretary regarding release of documentation under FOI, 24 July 2020 (164KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary wrote to the Convener on 20 July 2020 regarding further Scottish Government submissions: 

Letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Convener, 20 July 2020 (163KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to the Permanent Secretary on 31 July 2020 inviting her to an upcoming evidence session and also provided an initial response to elements of the Permanent Secretary's letter of 20 July 2020.

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary, 31 July 2020 (80KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary replied to the 31 July letter on 7 August 2020:

Letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Convener, 7 August 2020 (161KB pdf)

The Convener wrote back to the Permanent Secretary regarding both written and oral evidence on 11 August 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Permanent Secretary regarding written and oral evidence, 11 August 2020 (137KB pdf)

The Committee received the following letters and timeline from the Scottish Government in response to its letters dated 11 August 2020 (these letters are also published on the Judicial Review page):

Letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Convener, 13 August 2020 (164KB pdf)

Scottish Government written statement on the on the development of "the procedure": chronology of events (789KB pdf)

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 14 August 2020 (201 KB pdf)

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Jackie Baillie MSP and Murdo Fraser MSP sent a joint letter to the Convener on 19 August 2020, the Convener responded to this letter on 20 August 2020:

Joint letter from Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Jackie Baillie MSP and Murdo Fraser MSP, 19 August 2020 (109KB pdf)

Letter from the Convener to Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Murdo Fraser MSP and Jackie Baillie MSP, 20 August 2020 (137KB pdf)

The Permanent Secretary wrote to the Convener on 9 September 2020 following up on her evidence session on 8 September:

Letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Convener, 9 September 2020 (166KB pdf)

Following the Committee meeting on 8 September the Convener wrote to the Deputy First Minister on 10 September 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 10 September 2020 (77KB pdf)

Email correspondence from Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP to Clerks, 12 September 2020:

Email from Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP, 12 September 2020 (112 KB pdf)

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 1 October 2020:

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 1 October 2020 (337KB pdf)

The Convener responded to the Deputy First Minister's letter of 1 October 2020 on 7 October 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 7 October 2020 (73KB pdf)

The Convener received a letter from the legal firm Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP on 29 September 2020:

Letter from Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP to the Convener, 29 September 2020 (121KB pdf)

The Convener responded to Levy & McRae's letter of 29 September on 7 October 2020:

Letter from the Convener to Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP, 7 October 2020 (117KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to the Former First Minister on 19 October 2020:

Letter from the Convener to the Former First Minister, 19 October 2020 (125KB pdf)

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 26 October regarding the Judicial Review and Ministerial Code phases of the inquiry as well as the forthcoming final tranche of evidence (this letter has also been published on the Judicial Review page):

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 26 October 2020 (283KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to legal firm Levy & McRae, who represent the Former First Minister Alex Salmond, on 6 November 2020 in response to their letters of 21, 22, and 26 October regarding the former First Minister's written submission and other issues (this letter has also been published on the Judicial Review page):

Letter from the Convener to Levy & McRae, 6 November 2020 (116KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to the Deputy First Minister on 6 November 2020 regarding the complaints handling phase of the Committee's inquiry as well as the Judicial Review phase (this letter has also been published on the Judicial Review page):

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 6 November 2020 (104KB pdf)

The Deputy First Minister responded to the Convener's letter of 6  November on 13 November 2020 (this letter has also been published on the judicial review page):

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 13 November 2020 (199KB pdf)

The Convener wrote again to former First Minister Alex Salmond on 12 November regarding his written submission to the Committee:

Letter from the Convener to Alex Salmond, 12 November 2020 (74KB pdf)

The Convener wrote again to the Deputy First Minister on 12 November 2020 regarding the provision of documentation for the complaints handling phase of the Committee’s inquiry:

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 12 November 2020 (74KB pdf)

Dave Penman, General Secretary of the FDA union wrote to the Convener on 12 November 2020 regarding witnesses appearing before the Committee:

Letter from Dave Penman to the Convener, 12 November 2020 (244 KB pdf)

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 19 November 2020 regarding the planned evidence session with Scottish Government Officials on 24 November. The Convener responded on 19 November 2020:

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 19 November 2020 (157KB pdf)

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 19 November 2020 (77.6KB pdf)

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 24 November 2020 regarding the provision of documents to the Committee and witnesses at evidence sessions:

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 24 November 2020 (152KB pdf)

The Committee received two communications from legal firm Levy & McRae, representing former First minister Alex Salmond, regarding the provision of documents to the Committee:

Email from Levy & McRae to the Clerks, 15 November 2020 (192KB pdf)
Letter from Levy & McRae to the Convener, 20 November 2020 (198KB pdf)

The Convener responded to Levy & McRae’s letter of 20 November on 30 November 2020:

Letter from the Convener to Levy & McRae (73KB pdf)

The Convener responded to the Deputy First Minister’s letter of 13 November on 26 November:

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 26 November 2020 (75KB pdf)

Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland wrote to the Convener on 16 November 2020:

Letter from Sandy Brindley to Convener, 16 November 2020 (170KB pdf)

2021

Legal firm Levy & McRae, representing Alex Salmond, wrote to Committee members on 8 January 2021 regarding the submission of evidence to the Committee:

Letter from Levy & McRae to Committee members, 8 January 2021 (46KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to Alex Salmond confirming an invitation to give evidence to the Committee:

Letter from the Convenor to Alex Salmond, 12 January 2021(72.1KB pdf)

Levy & McRae replied on behalf of Alex Salmond to the Convener's invitation to give evidence to the Committee:

Letter from Levy & McRae to the Convener, 13 January 2021 (35KB pdf)

The Convener replied to this letter on 14 January 2021:

Letter from the Convener to Alex Salmond, 14 January 2021 (15KB pdf)

Levy & McRae, on behalf of Alex Salmond, replied to the Convener's letter on 15 January 2021:

Letter from Levy & McRae to the Convener, 15 January 2021 (45KB pdf)

The Convener replied to this letter on 19 January 2021 with a further invitation to give oral evidence:

Letter from the Convener to Alex Salmond, 19 January 2021 (99KB pdf)

Levy & McRae, acting on behalf of Alex Salmond responded to this letter on 21 January:

Letter from Levy & McRae to the Convener, 21 January 2021 (55.1KB  pdf)

Following this letter, the Convener wrote again to Mr Salmond offering further dates for an oral evidence session:

Letter from the Convener to Alex Salmond, 22 January 2021 (77.1 KB pdf)

Levy & McRae, acting on behalf of Alex Salmond responded to the Convener's letter on 26 January:

Letter from Alex Salmond to the Convener, 26 January 2021 (34KB pdf)

The Convener responded to Mr Salmond on 27 January offering a further date for his evidence session:

Letter from the Convener to Alex Salmond, 27 January 2021 (97KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to Alex Salmond on 9 February 2021:

Letter from the Convener to Alex Salmond, 9 February 2021 (73KB pdf)

Levy & McRae, acting on behalf of Mr Salmond, emailed the Convener on 11 February 2021 regarding his written evidence and appearance before the Committee:

Email from Levy & McRae to the Convener, 11 February 2021 (49.7KB pdf)

The Convener wrote to the Deputy First Minister requesting documents relevant to the inquiry on 2 March 2021:

Letter from the Convener to the Deputy First Minister, 2 March 2021 (74KB pdf)

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 16 March 2021 regarding the publication of the review by Laura Dunlop QC of the Scottish Government’s procedure for handling harassment complaints involving current or former Ministers:

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 16 March 2021 (149KB pdf)

Following the publication of the Committee's report on 23 March 2021, the Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 24 March 2021 in response:

Letter from the Deputy First Minister, 24 March 2021 (146KB pdf)

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