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Committee to look at public sector tsars

2 March 2006

Holyrood's Finance Committee is to look into the costs and performances of Scotland's ombudsmen and commissioners.

A parliamentary inquiry into their value will investigate the commissioners for children, freedom of information, public appointments and parliamentary standards, as well as the public service ombudsman.

The combined bill for these is likely to top £6 million next year - more, if the new post of human rights commissioner is created, although this post has been opposed by the Justice 1 Committee.

Finance committee convener Des McNulty said the group wanted to find out whether all the regulatory controls were in place to ensure such bodies were accountable for the money they spent.