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PE01594: Specification of 'lying' as an example of public maladministration

Parliament Government

Petitioner: Richard Burton on behalf of Accountability Scotland


Date Lodged: 04 December 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 to define maladministration in such a way that formalises the Crossman Catalogue as a source of examples and adds lying to the list of examples.

Petition History:


12 January 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. Link to Official Report 12 January 2016

1 March 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that lying is already considered to fall within the definition of maladministration by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) and the Scottish Government is not minded to create a statutory definition of maladministration because this may unduly restrict the SPSO’s role and function. Link to Official Report 1 March 2016  

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