The Committee has held a number of oral evidence sessions to monitor the implementation of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.
This page details these sessions and includes links to the relevant Official Reports, as well as related correspondence.
The Committee first took evidence from Chief Constable Stephen House of the Police Service of Scotland and Vic Emery, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), as part of its budget scrutiny of the police budget 2013-14 at its meeting on 23 October 2012.
The Committee took evidence on general issues around police service reform and, more specifically, the dispute between the SPA and Chief Constable over their respective responsibilities under the Act, at its meeting on 27 November 2012. Chief Constable House, the Chair of the SPA and Andrew Laing, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland gave evidence.
Following that meeting, the Committee wrote to both the Chief Constable and SPA to seek a resolution on the dispute over responsibilities.
The Committee also wrote to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the SFRS Board seeking an update on the progress in establishing a single service. The Committee also asked for information about the responsibilities of both the SFRS and the SFRS Board in relation to human resources and finance.
The Committee considered the responses from Chief Constable House, the SPA and SFRS/SFRS Board at its meeting on 8 January 2013.
At the 8 February meeting, the Committee agreed to write again to the Chief Constable and SPA in relation to their responsibilities.
The Committee considered the responses at its meeting on 23 January 2013. The Committee agreed to write to the SPA to ask for a copy of the codicil mentioned in its response.
The Committee considered the additional information provided by the SPA at its meeting on 19 February 2013.
The Committee agreed to write again to the SPA seeking sight of the full document or exchange of correspondence that comprised the codicil.
The Committee received correspondence from the Scottish Police Authority in relation to day one business activities between the Police Service of Scotland and Scottish Police Authority.
Subordinate legislation arising from the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012
Justice sub-committee on the scrutiny of policing matters
At its meetings on 8 and 23 January 2013, the Justice Committee considered a mechanism for the closer scrutiny of policing matters.
The Committee considered this proposal again at its meeting on 19 February 2013 and agreed to write to the Parliamentary Bureau proposing a Justice sub-committee on the scrutiny of policing matters.