SPCB announces panel members for review of parliamentary allowances


The membership of a panel appointed to carry out a full scale review of parliamentary allowances was announced today by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).

Independently chaired, with a majority of independent members, the five-strong panel will be as follows:

  • Sir Alan Langlands, principal and vice chancellor of the University of Dundee and former chief executive of the NHS in England. In 2004, Sir Alan chaired the Independent Commission for Good Governance in Public Services.
  • Alastair MacNish, chairman of the Accounts Commission and former Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council.
  • Isobel Sharp, President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a partner in Deloitte and Touche LLP where she specialises in financial reporting, company law and corporate governance.
  • James Douglas-Hamilton, former UK government Minister, Member of Parliament and Member of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Tom McCabe MSP, a former Finance Minister and currently a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

The panel will bring together expertise from the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on experience in finance, accountancy and corporate governance.

The inclusion of former MSP, James Douglas-Hamilton, along with SPCB member Tom McCabe will ensure that the review panel has direct access to experience of the requirements of Members carrying out parliamentary duties.

Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson said:

"The Corporate Body has moved quickly to bring together a high calibre panel with strong experience in the fields of finance, accounts and corporate governance.

"We are very grateful to Sir Alan Langlands and the rest of the panel for agreeing to undertake this review. Under Sir Alan’s chairmanship, the panel will be asked to report back to Parliament no later than March 2008.”

Last week, (20 June 2007) the SPCB announced that there should be a full scale review of parliamentary allowances, with a review panel reporting as soon as practicable, and no later than March 2008.

The review will cover all three main allowance categories:

  • the Members’ Allowances Scheme,

  • the Party Leaders’ Allowance Scheme, and

  • the Equipment & Furniture Scheme.

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