Next Steps Agencies

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 28th July 1999.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S1W-696

To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made regarding its Next Steps Agencies.

Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar Labour

The Executive has decided to retain the current management system. Ministers will take an active interest in setting targets and monitoring the progress of Agencies within their areas of responsibility.

The Executive has sole responsibility for ten Agencies. These are:

Historic Scotland

Fisheries Research Services

Scottish Agricultural Science Agency

Scottish Court Service

Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency

Scottish Office Pensions Agency

Scottish Prison Service

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Registers of Scotland

National Archives of Scotland

Registers of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland are distinctive in that they are self-standing Departments.

The following necessary procedural steps have been put in hand:

Agency Annual Reports and Accounts for the year to 31 March 1999 are being prepared in the usual way, and will be laid before both the Scottish Parliament and the United Kingdom Parliament.

Targets for each Agency for 1999-2000 will be agreed between Ministers, Departments and Chief Executives. These will be announced in the Scottish Parliament in due course.

Ministers will reply to Members’ correspondence relating to policy issues and Chief Executives will reply to Members’ correspondence on operational matters.

Discussions are taking place on arrangements for answering Parliamentary Questions relating to Agencies.

All Agency Framework Documents will be updated to reflect the Executive’s departmental structures and the responsibilities of Scottish Ministers. Copies of updated Framework Documents will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre in due course.

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