24 Sep 2014
Finance secretary John Swinney has confirmed there will be no programme for government in Holyrood until beyond mid November.
He told MSPs the schedule would be confirmed once a new First Minister had been elected.
However, that cannot happen until the new SNP leadership has been confirmed by a vote at the party’s conference which ends on November 15.
The work of the Scottish Parliament has been dominated by the referendum for more than two years.
Today’s confirmation means that period of inactivity will now endure for several months more.
The delay in putting forward a new government programme was only revealed after questions by Scottish Conservative MSPs during a Scottish Parliament debate this afternoon.
Scottish Conservative finance spokesman Gavin Brown MSP said:
“It was bad enough with Scotland being on pause for a considerable amount of time in the run-up to the referendum.
“It is truly ridiculous that this period of a zombie government will now run well into November.
“Usually the first debate after the summer recess is the forthcoming programme for government, but this isn’t happening now for several months afterwards.
“What’s more, this was only revealed after we asked questions about it in the Scottish Parliament today.
“We’ll also have the incredible position of the draft budget coming out in October, a month before the programme for government.”