Codes of practice and conduct for successful applicants appointed to the Boards of public bodies: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03540
Date received: 20 November 2018
Date responded: 17 December 2018
Information requested
You asked for what measures are taken in order to keep members of secret societies out of public office as these people will have their own agenda within that particular role.

1. I enclose a hyperlink to the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland in response to your request. Please see Sections A16 and A17, on the role of selection panel members, section E6 on fit and proper persons, and Annex One on the Principles of Public Life in Scotland.Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

2. In addition, when completing an online application form for a public appointment all applicants are asked to read and sign a declaration which contains the following statement:

By virtue of submitting this completed form, I am confirming the following: “That I have read the members’ Code of Conduct for the Board, that I understand the Code and agree to be bound by it in the event that I am appointed”.

A hyperlink to the Model Code of Conduct is attached below:Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies

3. Successful applicants who are appointed to the Boards of public bodies are required to complete and sign a declaration outlining any political activity, other public appointments and non-executive directorships held, as well as providing a short biography. This information is then used as part of the press release announcing the Ministerial appointment.

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