The Justice Sub-committee for policing has today, Thursday 25 May 2017, published a report into the Governance of the Scottish Police Authority. The full report can be accessed from the Scottish Parliament's website at the following link:
https://sp-bpr-en-prod-cdnep.azureedge.net/published/JSP/2017/5/25/Report-on-governance-of-the-Scottish-Police-Authority/1st Report, 2017.pdf
Responding to the report Andrew Flanagan, Chair of the SPA said:
"As I have already done with the views of other parliamentarians, I and the SPA Board will consider this report very carefully over the coming days and reflect on its contents.
"As I indicated in my evidence to the Committee, I have publicly acknowledged recent mistakes without caveat or qualification. I also believe that in my time in office I have brought much improvement and clarity to the strategy, governance, sustainability, and relationships within policing.
"I remain focussed on building a broad consensus around my continuing leadership of the SPA, and my contribution to a stable and collaborative leadership within policing as a whole.
"Today, and in recognition of recent areas of contention, the SPA has backed my recommended changes to governance that will increase both the transparency of our meetings and the accessibility of information.
"This will begin to address the concerns of stakeholders, and the inspection report of HMICS will provide a further opportunity to build on that.
"I also look forward to further developing and broadening the Board's approach with the appointment today of Nicola Marchant as the first Deputy Chair."