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Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con)

I thank the permanent secretary for her opening comments. I merely comment that, yes, there has been a—[Inaudible]—by the Scottish Government, but I note and regi...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

Thank you.

Under the procedure, could the decision to make a complain...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

It is about whether a decision to make a complaint public could be viewed as a form of reputational sanction on a former minister. Clearly, in this instance, ther...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

Okay.

Clearly, the First Minister had orig...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

In your role, if you thought that something was going to reflect very badly on the reputation of the Scottish Government, would it be paramount for you to seek to...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

When the decision was made to—[Inaudible.]—the complaints and refer them to Alex Salmond, he offered arbitration. You rejected that. Alex Salmond thought that the...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

I refer you to the evidence that you correctly say that you gave on 17 November, during which this issue was addressed. You said that arbitration was not provided...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

Clearly, arbitration would have been a win-win situation—[Inaudible.]—had it been found that the Scottish Government was acting with apparent bias and in the proc...

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

Thank you for that answer. I understand that that was my final question, convener. I merely comment that—[Inaudible.]

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints 12 January 2021 [Draft] : 12 January 2021 View PDF version
Margaret Mitchell

Permanent secretary, I return to document FN43, which contains numerous emails about complaints handling. Specifically, an email sent on 2 August 2018 to Ms B fro...

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