Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
Karen Carlton Commissioner for Appointments in Scotland MWB Business Exchange 9-10 St Andrew Square Edinburgh EH2 2AF Public Room TG.01 EDINBURGH EH99 1SP Tel (clerk): 0131 348 5239 Fax: 0131 348 5252 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 4 October 2007
Dear Commissioner I write in relation to your report (CPA/2007/02) laid before Parliament concerning appointments to the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority. At its meeting on 2 October 2007, the Committee considered your report as well as the recent correspondence between you (and your office); and the Minister for Environment (and officials). The Committee carefully considered the views both you and the Minister expressed and agreed that both views appear to be legitimately held. However upon reflection the Committee agreed that it would be premature for it to recommend a course of action to the Parliament to resolve this issue without first providing the Minister and yourself a further opportunity to reach agreement on the way forward for future appointments to these bodies. The Committee therefore agreed that I should write to strongly encourage you and the Minister for Environment to work together to seek a practical, joint solution for future appointments of this nature. In this regard the Committee would welcome a written response detailing any agreed suggested course of action from you by Monday 7 January 2008. A similar request will also be made of the Minister for Environment. These responses will then be considered by the Committee at its meeting on 15 January 2008 and, if necessary, the Committee will then also consider what further, if any, action should be taken as a result of the responses from you and the Minister.
The Committee welcomed your commitment to adopt a flexible and proportionate response to the requirements of the Code and is optimistic that by working together you and the Minister can agree a workable solution for future appointments.
Keith Brown MSP Convener Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee