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S5W-18691: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-17946 by Humza Yousaf on 29 August 2018, who the independent consultant engaged through Harvey Nash Recruitment is, and what work they (a) have done and (b) will do.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 24 September 2018

Regarding the interim professional advisor engaged by the Scottish Government, I should explain that the Scottish Government must balance its obligations of transparency, accountability and openness with the rights of people who entrust us with their personal information, as well as be compliant with legislation. We have released information that we believe is appropriate under FOISA but are unable to name the individual.

They have been engaged in work to coordinate the programme as well as working with partners to develop the Target Operating Model.

We are currently assessing the future need for support with regards to the devolution of railway policing. The arrangements with Harvey Nash is on a rolling basis and we are keeping it under close review. We do not propose that the arrangement continues in the long term.