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Section 2 — The Commissioner's functions
Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3
Sandra White (Scottish National Party)
Amendment 6 concerns the investigation of complaints—we will now see which members are liberals and democrats and who believes in transparency.
The bill asks the commissioner to investigate complaints. All that amendment 6 seeks is that the complaints and the results of investigations be laid before Parliament so that MSPs can see why the complaints were lodged, whether they were upheld and why the commissioner upheld them or otherwise. It is a simple amendment, which opens the process up to scrutiny and makes it transparent. I ask all MSPs to support the amendment. If members do not support it, we will wonder whether the Parliament and certain MSPs have something to hide. The amendment is innocuous. The commissioner is being asked to consider evidence and come back with results. All that the amendment seeks is that the results of the investigations be laid before the Parliament so that MSPs can see them.
I move amendment 6.