Give Presiding Officer power compel MSPs to answer questions

Give Presiding Officer power compel MSPs to answer questions

Give the Presiding Officer the power to compel MSPs to give an answer to all questions asked: that is, a direct reply that is relevant to the question. This should include a process for a deferred answer if an immediate answer cannot be given. This will improve public trust and engagement.

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Politicians don’t answer questions directly - they must be made to answer the question appropriately. The Presiding Officer must be able to address the MSP to ask them to fully answer the question and not waffle.

I don't see how this could work in practice. Lots of questions don't have direct answers. In the context of questions in the Scottish Parliament, the relevance of the answer will often depend on your political position. And, if the questions are usually asked for political point-scoring, surely the person responding should be able to put things in the context they see . . .

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