Marine Scotland staff incident

Permanent Secretary statement on the completion of a review.

Earlier this year I was asked by the First Minister to carry out a full review into the circumstances surrounding an image of a Marine Scotland employee taped to a chair. 

I am clear that this was completely unacceptable, whatever the circumstances. 

A comprehensive internal review has now concluded. The Scottish Government has robust disciplinary procedures to address behaviour that falls below expected standards and I am satisfied that these have been followed thoroughly and objectively in relation to this incident. 

A broad set of actions are underway in Marine Scotland to ensure a working environment which meets both the Civil Service Code and Scottish Government Standards of Behaviour. 

I do not normally comment publicly on staffing matters but I am issuing this short statement to update the public record given the previous parliamentary and wider interest in this issue.  

My unwavering commitment to ensuring a positive workplace for all employees in the Scottish Government remains.   

Leslie Evans


Scottish Government
Communications Directorate
St Andrews House


Telephone: 0300 244 4000 (Central Enquiry Unit)

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