Before section 87

Part of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:45 am on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Donald Gorrie Donald Gorrie Liberal Democrat 10:45 am, 8th March 2007

The amendment is excellent but I would like the minister to tell us what would happen during the rest of the year, not just when the annual report is published. Experience shows that it is not always as easy as it should be for an MSP to get information from ministers about the operation of boards, quangos and so on that are carrying out Government policy but are not part of Government departments. When many people were coming to MSPs with information about the serious problems that were being experienced by Disclosure Scotland and the regulatory body that dealt with the voluntary sector's applications, we found that it was difficult to get those problems dealt with by the Executive. Could the minister indicate the degree to which ministers will be able to query during the year if apparent failures by the new regulatory system are brought to their attention?