Malcolm Chisholm MSP

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  • Member for: Edinburgh Northern and Leith
  • Region: Lothian
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

Thank you.



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

But why have you waited until January to recruit those 11 staff instead of advertising for them in November or whenever?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

You have said that you do not really need any contingency because you are going to have the staff, but if you were short of operational staff, would it be possible for some of the programme people to stay longer, or are they doing completely different things? Are they not interchangeable, as it were?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

You have admitted that you would rather have had more programme team staff earlier. Is there any relationship between that staff shortage and some of the slippage in operational decision making?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

I think that that explains the reference to the four months. Thank you.

I want to move on to the staffing side of things. You have indicated where we are now, but I want to go back to the past. Page 12 of the report makes various references to slippage. It says:

“confirm job descriptions and grades by the beginning of October 2014 (originally August)”

and

“confirm job descriptions and grades by mid-October 2014 (originally September).”

Was there slippage in terms of decisions about staff and the advertising for staff? If so, why did that arise?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

I will go back to the past, which seemed to be the source of some of the concerns. I will stick with IT first. There is more than one reference to slippage on page 13 of the report. One sentence in paragraph 30 states:

“Revenue Scotland aimed to identify a supplier for the IT system by April 2014, but this took four months longer than planned”.

There is then a reference to advertising a tender in mid-June. Did the advertising and the decision about what kind of IT system was required and how to commission it slip in the way that the Auditor General suggests? If so, why?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

Was it in your plan at that stage that all this would be tested externally in January?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

I want to go slightly into the past but, before I do that, I have one question on that issue, although Gavin Brown has covered it exhaustively. Gavin asked about paragraph 32 of the report in detail, and he quoted the sentence that states:

“The public-facing part of the system through which people will submit their tax returns online will be developed after this, which may be after April 2015.”

You said at the beginning that you checked the report for accuracy. Would you have challenged that at the time that it was raised with you? Would you not have told the Auditor General that the system would definitely be tested in January? How did the comment about April arise?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

Do you see any risks in the devolution of welfare that you are suggesting? If there is a big rise in unemployment, for example, how will that be catered for within the devolved settlement?



Finance Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Malcolm Chisholm

Perhaps you are a bit more divergent from the STUC on welfare. What would be your top priority for additional welfare powers, beyond what has been proposed?

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-11495: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09793: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09717: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09451: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08996: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08757: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08510: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08101: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07756: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07713: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03850: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03818: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23400: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23058: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03674: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03630: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03451: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03423: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03359: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21681: Malcolm Chisholm, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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