Former MSP, North East Scotland
1. To ask the Scottish Government whether Police Scotland’s counter-corruption unit is to be abolished. (S4T-01369)
The future of the counter-corruption unit matters to Parliament because its activities have been of national significance. MSPs have spent months scrutinising its unlawful spying on journalist sources. Scottish ministers were happy to cut the ribbon and open the unit as a vital service in 2013. In September, I asked the justice secretary whether the Government was at all concerned about the...
It has been reported in the media that the unit’s powers will be handed to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner. If that is the case, the cabinet secretary will have to get involved, because the commissioner’s powers are set in statute. Will the cabinet secretary tell Parliament whether the Government has had any discussions with either Police Scotland or PIRC about...
Former Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election
Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2016 — Election
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