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Parliamentary Matters

The Deputy First Minister's Statement to Parliament

On 17 November 2016 the Deputy First Minister made a statement to Parliament regarding changes to the remit of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, Inquiry Panel membership and the commitment to a formal process of consultation and engagement with survivors on the issue of redress. The amended Terms of Reference can be found here.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has accepted the resignation of Glenn Houston from the Child Abuse Inquiry panel

Mr Houston has stood down as a panel member due to a change of circumstances in his working life. He has been a member of the panel since October 2015 sharing his expertise in health and social care and providing ongoing support to the inquiry’s important work. Copy of the relevant documets are linked below.

Resignation Letter

News Release

Letter to Education and Skills committee

The Rt Hon Lady Smith has been appointed by as Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Rt Hon Lady Smith has been appointed by the Deputy First Minister as Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Lady Smith, a senior Scottish judge, started her role from 1 August 2016. Further information on Lady Smith can be found here.

Resignation of Inquiry Chair

On Monday 4 July 2016 the Chair of the Inquiry, Ms Susan O’Brien QC, wrote to Ministers tendering her resignation from the position with immediate effect. The Deputy First Minister has issued a statement  and letter to Convener of the Education and Skills Committee at Scottish Parliament on Ms O’Brien’s resignation and copies of correspondence to which that statement refers are published below.

Letter 1

Letter 2

Letter 3

Letter 4

Resignation Letter - Susan O'Brien QC