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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20097: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the finding in the report by the Auditor General, The 2017/18 audit of the Scottish Police Authority, that, during 2017-18, Police Scotland spent (a) £4.3 millionon consultancy fees and (b) £4 million on agency staff, and what ministerial involvement there was with the decisions that led to this expenditure.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2018

Scottish Ministers allocate funding to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to allow it to maintain policing in Scotland.

It is for the Scottish Police Authority to prioritise its financial resources, ensuring this is done in line with guidance contained within the Scottish Public Finance Manual.

The Scottish Government welcomes the Auditor General’s view that the SPA and Police Scotland must have arrangements in place to monitor spend against these contracts, and ensure that the planned benefits and knowledge transfer and the desired contribution to the organisation’s strategic objectives are achieved, to enable spend on consultancy and agency staff to reduce in future years.