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Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

He might be back.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

I did. [Laughter.]



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

Yes—and I am still the token Tory.

I just wanted to thank you, convener. This committee is very special; it is about scrutinising the Government, of whatever colour, and organisations. I enjoy it so much because it is all about effective spend and value for money. It really does not matter that you are the arch-socialist and I am the token Tory, because this is not about politics. It is about spending taxpayers’ money.

I just want to say that it is no mistake that you have been nominated as—and have become—politician of the year for several years, because you have done an excellent job. I do not know whether your successor will have the Rottweiler qualities that you have, but I hope that we will get someone who takes on board the approach that you have taken. I think that the whole Parliament respects the job that you have done on the committee, and from my point of view it has been a tremendous pleasure working for you. I think we have done very good work on the committee and I know that it will continue.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

Convener, I wonder whether you will allow me to say a few words as deputy convener on behalf of the committee. When I came to Parliament in 1999, and you were sitting there as the arch-socialist on the Health and Community Care Committee and I was the token Tory, I never imagined that we would be sitting here and working so well.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

Yes, I agree.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

We heard that ROS had problems that had been highlighted over many years. ROS is essential to the success of the project, as well.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

We heard that two years ago.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

So, you know what is coming, you know exactly what the glitches may be, you know what snagging may be, and you know what will come forward in the testing. As a “layperson”, as you said to the Finance Committee, you can say that you will overcome all that, and say with confidence that you will be up and running on 1 April.



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

So, you can sit here and say that in February and March people will “play” with the system, and you can guarantee with confidence that snagging for glitches, be they small or large, will be overcome and all will be well on 1 April. Is that what you are saying?



Public Audit Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mary Scanlon

We have no reason to believe that the tax will not be collected on 1 April, but we have read a report that says that there is “increased risk” relating to your ability to collect on 1 April.

In response to Tavish Scott’s questions you talked about testing in January. Three weeks ago at the Finance Committee, Ms Emberson said:

“It is our intention to do in February and March what I, as a layperson, would describe as snagging: making absolutely sure that there are no little glitches.”—[Official Report, Finance Committee, 26 November 2014; c 31.]

The truth is that you may have little glitches, and you may have big glitches: you do not know. In “snagging”, which you have told the Finance Committee you will be doing, how can you be absolutely sure and totally confident that staff will not have to write out 800 transactions?

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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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Motion S4M-11901.1: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11627: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11398.1: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11327: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11326: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11145: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10829.2: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10735: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10716: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10471: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23736: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-23635: Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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