Prime Minister (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

I believe that we can have confidence in Elish Angiolini’s investigation in relation to Edinburgh and that it will indeed try to get parents the answers that they desire. The inquiry is under way. I have checked and found no evidence that it is being blocked in any way by a lack of information. We should have confidence that Elish Angiolini will conduct the inquiry as we know she can and in the way that she has demonstrated many times in Scottish public life.

On a point of detail, in her letter of last night Ruth Davidson expressed concern about whether parents in Aberdeen will have the opportunity to make submissions to Lord Bonomy’s review. I can confirm that they will do. The date that she believed was the date for finalising the audit in Aberdeen is actually the date for the council debate; it is intended that the audit be finalised by the end of this month, and Lord Bonomy’s commission will have the time and opportunity to take any submissions from parents in Aberdeen that come out of that audit. I hope that that gives Ruth Davidson some reassurance.

When Elish Angiolini has reported and the Bonomy commission has established for this Parliament the best practice that can quickly be introduced across Scotland, to assure us that this sort of thing shall not happen again, we will of course carefully weigh up whether outstanding matters require to be further investigated.

I think that the balance of interests for parents and for society is in allowing Elish Angiolini to get on with her work and the Bonomy commission to establish best practice for Scotland, and then in carefully and sensitively weighing up what is best to be done, given that information.