The SPA has submitted written evidence to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee (PAPLS) ahead of a session scheduled for Thursday 11 May 2017.
SPA have provided the notes held of all internal governance-related discussions within meetings over the last 15 months, which fulfils the commitment given verbally by the chair to the Committee last month. We are publishing the information on the SPA website to ensure that everyone with an interest in this issue is able to consider information to the same level of detail.
These notes demonstrate that:
* developing revised governance approaches were a feature of member discussions throughout 2016 and did not simply emerge in the lead up to the December 2016 approval of a new framework;
* members prepared themselves to take public decisions on the revised governance framework with considerable awareness of the range of views of other stakeholders, including HMICS;
* members acknowledged and debated that there were both potential benefits and potential challenges in adopting the revised approach, and;
* agreed the need for the review of revised approach in order to weigh benefits and any drawbacks.
Above all, they demonstrate a sustained thread of comment from the Chair and other SPA members of the need for the important issues and decisions on policing to be addressed in public.
The written submission and associated documentation can be accessed from the following links.
SPA Evidence to PAPLS Committee - 11 May 2017
Current SPA members David Hume, Iain Whyte and George Graham will attend the PAPLS evidence session on 11 May 2017 to provide further evidence to the Committee.