Monday, 21 December 2009
ALEX SALMOND AND SCOTTISH MINISTERS TO BE QUESTIONED BY WESTMINSTER COMMITTEE
The First Minister is to be quizzed by Westminster MPs next month, it was announced today.
The case of the Lockerbie bomber will loom large when Alex Salmond appears before the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. Also giving evidence with Mr Salmond on January 10 will be Sir John Elvidge, the Scottish Government's permanent secretary and most senior civil servant. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who turned down an application for Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al Megrahi to be transferred to a Libyan prison but granted an application for compassionate early release on health grounds, will be questioned by the committee after Mr Salmond.
I don't see why Scottish Ministers from a sovereign Parliament should be answering questions on devolved subjects before a Westminster Committee, particularly when the Chairman is Mohamed Sarwar, a man who has had several dubious allegations made about him.
When then are Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling coming before a Holyrood committee or indeed the whole Parliament to answer for their mishandling of the Scottish Economy?