Harassment Complaints (Scottish Government Handling)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 24 March 2021.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

The First Minister has acknowledged the catastrophic failure of the Scottish Government in the handling of harassment complaints, and I welcome her comments.

The development of the policy was flawed, the appointment of the investigating officer was wrong and documents were even withheld from the Court of Session. I do not believe that the First Minister is happy with any of that, so why, three years on, has no one assumed responsibility? Why does she still have confidence in the permanent secretary who presided over all that terrible mess?