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Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

I think that it is our fault.



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

I am happy to note the report. However, on the issue of HEAT targets and HEAT standards versus LDP standards, I think that it was this committee that triggered the change by pointing out the confusion arising out of the two figures, although we did not suggest the name. I am not sure what LDP stands for, to be honest.



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

I understand the concern about micromanagement. It is not our job to micromanage the NHS, but we have a constructive job to do in pointing out anomalies and in working with the NHS to highlight the issues and help it to take matters forward. Sometimes, it needs a wee bit of focus brought from an external party such as the committee to ensure that that happens, and I think that it is responding. Some of the stuff that is coming back from Paul Gray is fairly positive. Yes, there is civil service jargon in there, but the NHS is moving in the right direction and we have a responsibility to ensure that it keeps doing so.



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

The area is very much work in progress and the committee has done good work in highlighting some of the issues that the national health service faces. To be fair to the NHS, it has picked up on those issues. Mary Scanlon mentioned specifically the definitions of self-referral and 999 emergency referrals. It is clear from what Paul Gray says that the question is one of consistent interpretation.

We have had that problem with data before. Consistently, over the years, there has been a problem in comparing data in different areas of the NHS. If some consistency and clarity are to be brought to that process, that is a good thing, and I can understand that it will take two or three months to get the changes in place.

The committee is doing its job by focusing on those things and by getting the NHS to focus on them. If we look at the conclusion to paper 3, the fourth bullet point in paragraph 7 might be the way to go. We can get a progress update and recommendations in the next Scottish Government progress report, which will be published in May 2015. That is a reasonable horizon.



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

My final question is in the interests of clarification.

Paragraph 52 talks about the amount of funding going from £21.3 million to £39.6 million. The Auditor General said that a good part of that was capital expenditure, which is required to ensure that the airport moves forward and achieves its goal of profitability. How much of that £39.6 million is capital expenditure for that purpose?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

Paragraph 31 of the report states:

“The Scottish Government’s business case for the purchase generally followed HM Treasury’s guidance.”

Exhibit 6 below that illustrates what looks like a robust process. However, which areas of the Treasury’s guidance were not followed, and what were the reasons for that?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

Is the group still in place?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

In paragraph 16, you comment that the multi-agency group

“is a good example of a number of public bodies working together to achieve a common goal.”

That has been running for some time now. You commented that it was a good example. How effective has it been?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

Just to be clear, are you saying that the good governance arrangements that you highlighted were put in place by the Scottish Government subsequent to the purchase?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Beattie

Which in six weeks, as you say, is reasonable.

Page 6 of the report states:

“Good governance arrangements are in place to monitor the airport’s ongoing business and financial performance. These include ... risk management and effective reporting”.

Were those arrangements in place anyway or are they additional arrangements that were put in place subsequent to the purchase? I am talking specifically about the audit and risk committee, which is quite important.

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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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Motion S4M-12094: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11967: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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