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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:39 pm on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party 4:39 pm, 25th March 2010

No, I must finish.

A new state of the art office is being identified, a new business model is being established and we are now recruiting for a chair and board. Scotland owes immense gratitude to Ewan Brown and the team of Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd for getting us here. With the Parliament's approval, our new dynamic arts and culture body, creative Scotland, will shortly be established. The momentum and dynamic exist. I hope that it has the best will of Parliament.

I thank everyone who was involved in developing the bill. It is unusually large and varied in its scope. It is testament to the hard work and robust processes of all those involved—including John Swinney's determined and formidable leadership—that such an extensive bill can be brought together and reach fruition within a year.

I know that, across the Parliament, members have a keen sense of public service as individual MSPs. We may have different political views as to how public services are organised, but I am sure that, as a final note in the debate, members will join me in paying tribute to all the staff who work in our public bodies day in, day out to deliver quality public services to the Scottish people.

I ask members to endorse the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill.