RE: National Assemby for Wales Inquiry
That looks a useful report - we are due to review our structure and procedures soon so it will be handy to have your report as a reference of what goes on elsewhere.
On the recommendation that Scrutiny should be given dedicated staff not involved in policy work for the Executive; where would the line management of those staff sit? Some of my Scrutiny Committee Members have previously expressed concern that although the officers here (all 2 of them at the moment!) are a dedicated resource for Scrutiny work, we are still civil servants and line-managed by the States Chief Executive Officer. Personally it has never been a problem as we have never experienced any attempts at interference with our work.
I just wondered, when there is talk, as seems to occur frequently, of making Scrutiny and its officers more independent, how independent does "independent" have to be?
I'm surprised you don't have ring-fenced budgets for Scrutiny work. Are there public records kept of how much is spent though? It would be difficult to prove that Scrutiny work is value for money if there is no real idea of how much it costs.
Thanks for sharing this report.