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Scottish Executive to Review Scrutiny Bodies

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Executive to Review Scrutiny Bodies

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The Scottish Executive is to freeze the appointment of scrutiny bodies and czars, Finance Minister Tom McCabe announced last week

He told the Scottish Parliament's finance committee that a review of regulation and scrutiny would look objectively at the structures needed.

'In the meantime, the Executive has agreed to a moratorium on new scrutiny bodies until 2007 [the year of the next Scottish Parliament elections],' McCabe told MSPs.

However, pressed by the committee convener, Des McNulty, McCabe admitted that existing plans for five new commissioners were likely to go ahead as decisions had already been made. These will cover human rights, civil enforcement, road works, police complaints and complaints about the legal system.

The moratorium announced by McCabe follows concerns voiced by MSPs and others about the growth in the number of czars, commissioners and scrutiny bodies since devolution.

Auditor general Bob Black recently called for a fundamental review of the system of scrutinising public services in Scotland. …

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