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PremierLeague-News.Com - Nicola Sturgeon said she would order changes to the current system after admitting being 'uncomfortable' with her own government’s lack of transparency
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The outcomes of complaints about bullying and other unacceptable behaviour by Scottish ministers will be routinely published in future, following a secrecy row.Nicola Sturgeon said she would order changes to the current system after admitting being “uncomfortable” with her own government’s lack of transparency.The First Minister made the commitment after the Scottish Government blocked the outcome of an inquiry into claims of bullying by Fergus Ewing, the former Rural Economy Secretary.Previously, it has claimed that revealing the findings of the investigation could stop future complaints being made and could also breach data protection laws.Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the situation pointed to a “culture of secrecy and cover up at the heart of the SNP”, claiming the party’s first response is always to “close ranks”.Responding, Ms Sturgeon revealed that she had ordered a review of the system with the aim of publishing the outcomes of similar investigations in the future.She said this would involve making changes to the ministerial code and probably also to the Scottish Government’s complaints procedure, which has only recently been revamped in the wake of the Alex Salmond affair.More from ScotlandScotland finance Secretary says £41m cost of living pot could cover public sector pay rises23 June, 2022Scottish Government has still not decided what to do with £41m cost of living cash22 June, 2022Scotland's plan for National Care Service sparks backlash from unions21 June, 2022However, she said the changes could not be applied to previous investigations, meaning that the outcome of the inquiry into Mr Ewing will remain secret. He has previously denied all accusations of wrongdoing.
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.“That is not a situation I am comfortable with. I wasn’t comfortable with it, as people probably could see, when I answered these questions before, the last time I was asked about it.“As a result of that, I sought further advice. I asked for advice on whether in future there would be ways of making it possible for us to report publicly the outcome of complaints involving ministers and if there was a way of doing that without breaching the legal requirements that I have referred to.”Mr Sarwar said it was “convenient” that the new rules would not apply to past investigations, adding: “Even legal experts believe there is not a case to hide behind GDPR here.“No one is asking to publish personal details of the victim, but it’s perfectly reasonable to ask the Scottish Government to make clear the outcome of investigations into Scottish ministers.”Ms Sturgeon’s official spokesman said later there was no timetable for when the changes will be made.
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