Holyrood committee conveners to quiz Salmond on government plans
The heads of Holyrood committees are being given the chance to quiz Scotland's first minister on his government's programme.
In a Scottish Parliament first, Alex Salmond will appear before the committee conveners in September.
Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick believes the change will give MSPs a chance to hold the government to account in a "broader sense".
The prime minister already appears before committee heads at Westminster.
Ms Marwick, who is chairwoman of the conveners' group said: "This initiative brings a new dimension to the scrutiny of the government's programme and recognises the unique role of the conveners' group.
"Given their collective knowledge and experience, the conveners' group is well placed to question the first minister about both the broad themes and the detail of his government's programme.
"This session will enable conveners to hold the government to account in a much broader sense and complements the detailed work which already happens in committees on individual pieces of legislation."
The session will be open to the public and to the media.
Members of the conveners' group include;
- Elaine Smith (convener)
- Nigel Don
- Mary Fee
- Murdo Fraser
- Kenneth Gibson
- Rob Gibson
- Christine Grahame
- Iain Gray
- Stewart Maxwell
- Christina McKelvie
- Michael McMahon
- Duncan McNeil
- David Stewart
- Kevin Stewart
- Dave Thompson
- Maureen Watt