Although the question of the almost £300,000 payoff to former chief executive of Historic Scotland, Ruth Parsons was raised in Holyrood yesterday by Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, don't hold your breath for resolution any time soon. Parson's 30 months in charge were overshadowed by complaints about her management style, charges of bullying and the gradual politicisation of the agency. See previous stories here and here.
The live report from the BBC of first minister's questions:
Conservative leader Ruth Davidson (RD) asks why the boss of Historic Scotland left their job after two-and-a-half years with a £300,000 pay-off.1214:
She asks if ministers approved the pay-off. FM says ministers would only get involved if there was a problem, but would not intervene otherwise in personnel matters.
First Minister Alex Salmond insisted it would not have been appropriate for ministers to "intervene politically" in the case. The payoff was a recognition of a long career in the civil service, he said.
The papers this morning are not especially impressed. The Daily Record this morning calls for "clarity on the level of golden goodbye payments to departing senior civil servants". While the Herald refers to "anger" at the payoffs. Figures cited by the Conservative Party showed that 461 civil servants received packages worth £18m in the 2012/13 financial year.