Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP today condemned the Scottish Government’s attempt to avoid parliamentary scrutiny after it was confirmed that four ministerial statements are set to take place on the afternoon of 30th March - the final business before MSPs go on their Easter break.
Despite Liberal Democrat opposition, the Scottish Government will give statements on the final day of term on:
- Unconventional Oil and Gas
- Mental Health Strategy
- Transvaginal Mesh Implants
- Enterprise and Skills Review
Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:
“This is an unprecedented move by the Scottish Government who are squeezing in four major ministerial statements in one afternoon. This will mean that MSPs will have to wait 18 days until they are able to press SNP ministers further, which is unacceptable.
“All of these statements are incredibly important and people will be suspicious that bundling them together will result in a tsunami of bad news. While we are getting a vote on independence turned around within a week, we have a mental health strategy that has been expired for 445 days.
“The SNP are already ignoring the will of Parliament on issues such as the centralisation of HIE and our NHS and this latest move speaks of a Government that is running scared of proper scrutiny. This timetabling disrespects and undermines the role of Parliament and should not be allowed to happen.”