This page contains details of major pieces of work completed by the Committee during Session 3.
Review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct
The Committee has published a consultation report on possible changes to Section 2 of the Code of Conduct and guidance on the categories of registrable interests. The inquiry page sets out more information about the Committee's report and consultation exercise.
Commission on Scottish Devolution (Calman)
The Parliamentary Bureau referred to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee a number of the recommendations from the final report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (Calman Commission). The Committee considered these recommendations and reported to the Parliament in September 2010, setting out the Committee’s views on whether, and how, the recommendations should be implemented.
Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill
The Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced in June 2009. The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee was designated a secondary committee for a number of areas of the Bill.
Together with the Subordinate Legislation Committee, the lead committee for the Bill, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee issued a call for evidence. 9 responses to the call for evidence were received by the Committees.
The Committee published its report to the Subordinate Legislation Committee on the Bill at Stage 1 (103KB pdf) on 2 October 2009.
The Committee also took the opportunity to consider other subordinate legislation Standing Order rule changes which might be implemented at the same time as those required once the Bill was enacted and in January 2010 published an interim consultation report inviting any comments on such rule changes.
The Committee published its final report, with recommendations for draft rule changes, in September 2010. The rule changes were agreed by the Parliament and will come into effect for the next Session of the Parliament.
Financial Resolutions and Financial Memoranda
The Committee undertook an inquiry into the transparency, financial scrutiny and debate of Financial Resolutions and amendments. As part of this inquiry, the Committee also investigated the possibility of amending Standing Orders in relation to the Financial Memoranda which accompany Bills.
Further information can be found on the Financial Resolutions Inquiry homepage.
Scrutiny of SPCB supported bodies
The Review of SPCB Supported Bodies (RSSB) Committee asked the Committee to consider whether Standing Order changes would be necessary to implement a recommendation, set out in the 1st report of the RSSB Committee, that enhanced monitoring and scrutiny of SPCB supported bodies should be undertaken by committees. The Committee’s conclusions and recommended rule changes were set out in its 2nd Report 2011.
The Committee’s 7th Report 2009 proposed changes to Standing Orders to introduce procedures for Hybrid Bills (Public bills which affect private interests). The changes to Standing Orders were agreed by the Parliament on 25 June 2009.
Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings
The Presiding Officer wrote to the Committee asking that it consider procedures in relation to the accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings. The Committee published a report on its findings on to this matter on 5 May 2009. On 18 June 2009, the Committee received a response to its report from the Scottish Government (102KB pdf).
Following further consideration, the Committee published a further report on 12 October 2010, setting out guidance on the process for requesting corrections to possible inaccuracies in parliamentary proceedings. The Committee subsequently received correspondence from the Minister for Parliamentary Business (192KB pdf), suggesting a change to the guidance to clarify the distinction between the parliamentary processes and the Ministerial Code.
The Convener wrote to the Minister (154KB pdf) to confirm that the Committee was content with the changes proposed by the Minister and that these would be reflected in the guidance when published.
Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament
The Committee's 11th Report 2008 on Section 6 of the Code of Conduct, and 9th Report 2008 on its review of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct were agreed by the Parliament on 25 March 2009.
Reporting on mainstreaming equalities in the work carried out by committees
Inquiry into the proposal for a Standing Orders rule change to require committees to review and report on the mainstreaming of equalities in their work. The Committee's 4th Report 2009 recommended that such rule change be made and was agreed by the Parliament on 22 April 2009.
Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill
The Committee wrote to the Finance Committee, the lead Committee for the Bill, in relation to the inclusion of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland in Schedule 3 of the Bill.
In February 2010, the Committee wrote to the SPCB in connection with an amendment agreed to the Bill at Stage 2 which provides for the SPCB to propose or consent to the Scottish Government laying draft orders to amend the functions of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland. The Committee's letter and the response from the SPCB are published below.
Report CPA/2007/02 from the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland
Report CPA/2007/02 from the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland concerns certain appointments made by Scottish Ministers to the Cairngorms and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authorities. At its meeting on 15 January 2008, the Committee agreed to publish all correspondence in relation to its consideration of the report.
Freedom of Information
A review of the operation of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is being undertaken by the Scottish Government. As part of this review, the Scottish Government wrote to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee seeking the views of the Committee on the possible inclusion of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner as one of the bodies subject to the Act.
The Committee considered the Scottish Government’s letter in private at its meeting on 2 October 2007. The Committee agreed a response to the Scottish Government and also agreed to publish the response.