About the Inquiry
In its letter to the Permanent Secretary dated 19 May, the Committee sought information from the Scottish Government in relation to the investigation of the complaints themselves under the handling of harassment complaints involving current or former ministers procedure. The following evidence from the Scottish Government has been published in line with the Committee's written statement on handling of evidence. Redactions in purple have been made by the Scottish Parliament in accordance with that statement, all others have been made by the Scottish Government.
The Committee requested from the Scottish Government a written statement with an overview of the process involved in the handling of complaints. The written statement is published below.
This page should be referred to alongside the written evidence page, which contains information relating to the whole inquiry, including this phase of the inquiry.
The Scottish Government made an initial submission to the Committee on 30 November 2020. This statement and an accompanying letter from the Deputy first Minister can be found below.
The documents referred to in each footnote have been hyperlinked within the written statement for ease of reference. These documents have also listed separately below - for example; Phase2FN5 contains the documents provided by the Scottish Government to support footnote 5 in its written statement.
Scottish Government written statement, 30 November 2020 (332KB pdf)
Following its initial submission on 30 November 2020, the Scottish Government submitted a revised written statement and supporting documents on 18 December 2020. This statement and an accompanying letter from the Deputy First Minister can be found below.
Again, all documents referred to in the footnotes have been hyperlinked within the written statement for ease of reference. Most of the footnotes refer to documents previously provided in the initial submission, however some are new. In addition to being hyperlinked within the written statement, these new documents are also listed below.
The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 3 August 2020 regarding the review of the Scottish Government's procedure for the handling of harassment complaints involving current or former Ministers:
Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 3 August 2020 (155KB pdf)
The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 31 August 2020:
Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 31 August 2020 (150KB pdf)