Cabinet (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 13 June 2013.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

The First Minister cannot hide behind the Police Authority’s operational independence. As Andrea Quinn’s letter points out, the Scottish Government has been involved every step of the way on the structure of the new Police Authority. The chief executive was going, but the matter was kept quiet. As a result, we will be without a permanent chief, and we have had three chief executives in just one year. If that is continuity, I do not know what not having continuity is. Why was the recruitment process not started earlier? The First Minister told me that the chaos was sorted in January. Then, in February, Andrea Quinn resigned. We led a police debate in March, but Parliament was not told about that. Did the Government ask the chairman to keep the resignation quiet to avoid embarrassment? Did the Government tell Vic Emery to keep that quiet?