Scotland’s former first minister appears before MSPs investigating inquiry by Nicola Sturgeon’s government into complaints made against him

1.04pm GMT

Mitchell asks about the informal resolution procedure for complaints? Was mediation used?

Informal resolution and mediation are not the same thing, Salmond says. It is important that first minister does not get involved in mediation. It should be dealt with by the deputy first minister, and then a panel of three, and then final adjudication by the first minister.

1.01pm GMT

Mitchell: Was there a high bar for formal complaints to be investigated? Did the procedure work well?

Before FAW there was no process to hold ministers to account. It was difficult to subject ministers to the same complaints policy as civil servants because of the ministerial code, Salmond said.

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