Rennie attacks Scot Gov record keeping and calls for duty to record


Responding to Permanent Secretary John-Paul Marks writing to the Finance Committee to assure them that he will ensure “robust systems and processes” are in place for the recording and managing of information, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Willie has called for a new “duty to record” so that the public can access accounts of important ministerial meetings and decision-making processes.

Mr Rennie said:

"Recording ministerial decisions is a vital part of the role of civil servants. I'm glad that the Permanent Secretary has taken the time to set out his approach but really this is the bare minimum that the public should expect.

"From Nicola Sturgeon's secretive meetings over investigations into sexual harassment to the missing ferry documents, it's clear that Scottish Government record keeping is treated as a matter of convenience, not a record of action.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see a new ‘duty to record’ so that the public can access accounts of important ministerial meetings and decision-making processes.

"I wish Mr Marks all the best in corralling wayward ministers and special advisers into obeying his new regime."


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