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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Meeting of the Commission 01 September 2021

Agenda: Interests, Chair, Deputy Chair, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Audit Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2021 and Auditor’s Report on the Accounts



Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh) (SNP)

Good afternoon, and welcome to the first meeting in session 6 of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit. As the oldest member of the commission, I have the pleasure of chairing this meeting until we formally choose the chair.

Agenda item 1 is declarations of interests. Each of us has to declare any interests that are relevant to the commission’s work. Background information is provided in paper 1.

I have no relevant interests to declare.

Sharon Dowey (South Scotland) (Con)

I have no relevant interests to declare.

Richard Leonard (Central Scotland) (Lab)

I do not have an declarable interests. However, I draw the commission’s attention to my voluntary entry in the register of members’ interests.

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green)

I have nothing to declare.

Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern) (Lab)

I point members to my declaration of interests. In particular, I am a director of a company with retail interests. I am also a trustee and vice chair of the ADHD Foundation charity.

I ask for clarification on declarations of interests from the secretary to the commission. Is it relevant to declare any governance or, indeed, audit roles with external organisations that we might have? Members might want to reflect on making those declarations.

Jane Williams (Secretary to the Commission)

The SCPA is able to make its own procedures but, in practice, it has generally followed the same procedures that committees have followed. It is for each member to determine what they consider to be interests that are relevant to the commission’s remit.

Daniel Johnson

I request that members reflect on whether they have any audit or governance roles with external organisations and maybe use the opportunity to declare those now.

Colin Beattie

In that regard, I am on the audit committee of the National Mining Museum Scotland.

It seems that no one else has any audit roles that they wish to declare.