Saturday, December 08, 2007

Scottish petition update

The Petition by D W R Whittet calling for the Scottish Parliament to set up an Appeal Tribunal to review final decisions by the Public Services Ombudsman where any complainer so requests.

To view the debate click here. The debate about the petition is approx 1hour 12 minutes into the session. Move the side bar to quickly access the debate.
The MSPs recognised that the problem might lie with the people running the spso and not actually the legislation that governs them. One MSP asked that the petitions committee contact Audit Scotland to see what they could do, however this was not recorded in the minutes of proceedings see below.

Outcome
The Committee agreed to seek responses to the issues raised in the petition from the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Scottish Government and British and Irish Ombudsman Association.

As far as England is concerned I also think the problem lies with the people running the English Local Government Ombudsman's organisation and not the actual legislation that governs them.

A tribunal of foxes will always find a fox innocent.

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