Colin Beattie, SNP MSP for Midlothian North & Musselburgh, was unanimously elected chair of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit this afternoon at Parliament.
The Commission, which consists of five MSPs from four political parties, primarily has the responsibility to examine Audit Scotland’s use of resources and expenditure and to review their budget needs and report on them to the Parliament. They also appoint the auditors to Audit Scotland, and publish a copy of Audit Scotland’s accounts and that auditor's report on them. The Commission also appoints the non-executive directors, and the Chair, to Audit Scotland.
Commenting, Colin said:
“I’m pleased to be elected to chair the commission for a second parliamentary session and to help direct its important work in the coming years. As further powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament the role of Audit Scotland and that of the Commission in ensuring that use of public funds are well scrutinised and transparent becomes even more vital. Efficient government is crucial to fulfilling our responsibilities to the public and the Commission is a critical part in that process.
"I look forward to working with my fellow commission members.”