Beattie Media

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:27 pm on 30th September 1999.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar Labour 12:27 pm, 30th September 1999

I must give an important explanation. We have asked officials to investigate the use of public relations and professional lobbying organisations by all Scottish public bodies for which we have responsibility. The investigation is not directed at Beattie Media alone, although any contracts that it has will be included in the examination. That is the right thing for us to do. I have already made it clear that we will make every effort to ensure that there is no possibility of abuse in the future. Mr Swinney will no doubt lodge questions on the matter, which, as always, the Executive will try to answer as honestly and as fully as possible.