Post-legislative scrutiny: The National Fraud Initiative


About the Inquiry

On 29 September 2016, the Parliament agreed that the Public Audit Committee should also include post-legislative scrutiny within its remit. The Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee is conducting its first ever piece of post-legislative scrutiny. The Session 4 Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments (SPPA) Committee, in its report on post-legislative scrutiny, stated that post-legislative scrutiny "will normally involve an assessment of the extent to which the policy intentions of a particular piece of legislation are being delivered and, if they are not wholly being delivered, the reasons for this."       

The Parliament’s decision means that the Committee can now decide to consider previous Acts of the Scottish Parliament to determine whether they have achieved their intended purpose. This may mean examining a specific part of an Act rather than the legislation as a whole.

The Committee has agreed to examine Section 97 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010, which put the National Fraud Initiative(NFI) on a statutory footing, to consider whether any improvements could be made to the NFI.

The Committee's work on the NFI can be read here (new page).

The remit for our post-legislative scrutiny is:

To consider whether -

  • the policy intentions of putting the National Fraud Initiative in Scotland on a statutory basis have been realised;
  • any further policy or legislative changes are required to improve the effectiveness of the National Fraud Initiative.


At its meeting on 27 April 2017, the Committee agreed to take evidence from the following witnesses on the following dates:

1 June

Panel One: Aberdeen City Council, Midlothian Council, Moray Council, South Lanarkshire Council

Panel Two: Audit Scotland, Cabinet Office, Northern Ireland Audit Office, Wales Audit Office

Official Report of 1 June meeting (521KB pdf)

15 June

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution

Official Report of 15 June meeting (546KB pdf)


The Committee launched a call for written submissions with a deadline of Friday 31 March for written submissions from public bodies.


At its meeting on 15 June 2017, the Committee agreed to consider a draft report in private at future meetings.