Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cer to probe lob­by­ing claims

The Herald - - NEWS -

CLAIMS civil ser­vants work­ing for the Scottish Gov­ern­ment “lob­bied” Holy­rood wit­nesses are to be probed by the Scottish Par­lia­ment’s Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cer.

Ken Mac­in­tosh said he would in­ves­ti­gate whether any rules had been bro­ken amid fears key fig­ures were “co­erced” into fol­low­ing the SNP line.

Emails re­vealed Holy­rood staff re­fused re­quests from civil ser­vants to hand over the iden­ti­ties of wit­nesses be­fore they gave ev­i­dence to a com­mit­tee about the so-called Named Per­son pol­icy.

The SNP’S con­tro­ver­sial plans would see a state guardian – such as a teacher or health vis­i­tor – ap­pointed for ev­ery child in Scot­land.

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