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:
Scottish Office Pensions Agency
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:
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.