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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener

Thank you very much. We will now discuss the committee’s work programme, so I ask those who should not be here to remove themselves.

10:01 Meeting continued in private until 10:40.  

Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Convener (Bruce Crawford)

Good morning, colleagues, and welcome to the third meeting of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. As usual, I remind colleagues to switch off their mobile phones or put them into a mode that will not interfere with our proceedings.

Agenda item 1 is a decision on whether to take in private item 2. Are we agreed?

Members indicated agreement.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

I would like to correct the record, because I made a mistake—I missed out the word “not”. I should have said:

“They are not reported centrally to Parliament.”

However, that information is available in the annual accounts.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

But the main point as far as voluntary exit schemes are concerned is that, as is made entirely clear in the letter that we got from the head of the civil service,

“The numbers of staff leaving through voluntary exit schemes and the associated costs are reported in the consolidated annual accounts for each public body. They are ... reported centrally to Parliament.”

Therefore, there is oversight by the Parliament of that aspect.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

I agree that we should note the submission, but Ken Macintosh made some pretty sweeping statements and, without looking at some of the numbers, I am not prepared to accept what he said as far as the health service is concerned. I would need to look at the figures. Because Ken Macintosh says something, that does not make it right.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

The general thrust of my comments is that we need to come back to the issue at a later date. For me, paragraph 2 is one of the key paragraphs in the response, as it highlights what the Government is trying to do to shift the balance of care and the various methods that it is trying to employ. The paragraph goes on to suggest that savings might be available in the acute sector because of that. I for one am not convinced about that. There might be savings, but the money will not necessarily transfer to care in the home, given the huge pressures that we all know are on the health service. Although there might be savings in the acute sector, the money will not automatically go to other parts of the service, as it might have to remain in the acute sector to allow it to continue to deliver. When we get the update, I would like to understand where any savings that are identified will be applied.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

Colleges used to be standalone organisations. Now that new arrangements are in place, we need to know how they will make governance better.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

To take up Willie Coffey’s point, we should ask the Scottish Government to explain how the changes that have been made to the college structure will approve accountability. That is the real issue.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

First, I want to ensure that we know exactly what we are doing. On the specifics of the college involved, we need to know what guidance was available and what the Scottish funding council and the Scottish Government knew about it. More generally, in relation to the rest of the college structure, we need to know what the Government knows about what actually happened on the ground as the mergers went through.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bruce Crawford

But I recognise how tough it might be for the Government to get the information.

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-11449: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11352: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10583: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10524: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10092: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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