SPPA Committee to launch inquiry into MSP Code of Conduct

09.11.2017

The Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is to launch an inquiry into the MSP Code of Conduct in relation to the protection of individuals from harassment

The committee has agreed to the Presiding Officer’s request to look again at whether the Code remains fit for purpose in terms of the complaints process against MSPs.

SPPA Committee convener Clare Adamson MSP said:

“Our committee is agreed that we need to take stock of our culture, processes and rules and to ensure that there is clarity around these.

“Our inquiry will want to hear from equalities groups in Scotland, employment law experts and also from trade unions.

“It is important we also look to other legislatures with experience in this regard such as Iceland.

“The committee will want to consider carefully the precise remit of the inquiry and the witnesses it wants to hear from.”