- 8 Mar 2021
Date received: 23 Jan 2021
Date responded: 4 Feb 2021
"Is it possible to find out the procedure to select the top civil servant in Scotland!
Is he/she chosen by Westminster or is it under the complete gift of the Scottish Government?"
All civil service appointments are governed by the Civil Service Commission (Civil Service Commission (independent.gov.uk) whose remit is to ensure that selections for appointment to the UK civil service are made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. In the case of the appointment of the Scottish Government Permanent Secretary, the process is run by the Cabinet Office, with close co-operation from the Scottish Government People Director. The First Minister is consulted throughout the process and makes the final selection decision from the appointable candidates.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House