Phase 4 - Scottish Ministerial Code


About the Inquiry

In its letter to the Permanent Secretary dated 30 June, the Committee sought information from the Scottish Government in relation to the Scottish Ministerial Code. The following evidence from the Scottish Government has been published in line with the Committee's written statement on the handling of evidence. Redactions in purple have been made by the Scottish Parliament in accordance with that statement, all others have been made by the Scottish Government.

The Committee also requested from the Scottish Government a written statement about the Scottish Ministerial Code and an overview of the events that led to the First Minister's self-referral under the Code. The written statement is also published below.

This page should be referred to alongside the written evidence page, which contains information relating to the whole inquiry, including this phase of the inquiry.

Evidence and related correspondence

Evidence from the Scottish Government

The following documents are referred to within the written statement:

On 26 October 2020 the Scottish Government provided the committee with an additional chronology of events to accompany their earlier written statement:

Events that led to the First Minister's self-referral under the Code: chronology of events (776KB pdf)

Other correspondence relating to this phase of the Committee's inquiry

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 3 August 2020 regarding the Ministerial Code:

Letter from the Deputy First Minister to the Convener, 3 August 2020 (347KB pdf)

The Committee clerks received an email from Alex Salmond on 17 October 2020 relating to the Ministerial Code:

The Deputy First Minister wrote to the Convener on 13 January forwarding correspondence with James Hamilton, the Independent Adviser on the Scottish Ministerial Code:

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