The SNP Government has been accused of a ‘cover up’ by the Scottish Conservatives over a report into its failed IT system used to process CAP payments.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing confirmed today that the Scottish Government would not publish a “highly critical” report into the CAP cash crisis because it contains “sensitive commercial information”.
The Scottish Government has been under criticism over its decision to keep the report secret. Various MSPs who were given an executive summary said it was “damning” and “highly critical.”
The report, by Fujitsu, was commissioned after the Scottish Government IT system for processing CAP payments failed to get the money through to farmers, causing massive delays and pushing many to the brink of going out of business.
Scottish Conservatives Farming Spokesman Finlay Carson said:
“Quite frankly, this stinks of a cover up.
“The SNP have presided over a CAP crisis which has seen Scotland’s rural communities starved of hundreds of millions of pounds.
“In yet another blow to Scotland’s farmers, the SNP have ruled out publishing a report that might help us all get to the bottom of the issue once and for all. It is an insult to everybody in Scotland who cares about our rural communities.
“If the Scottish Government were truly concerned about commercial sensitivity they would publish a redacted version of the report.
“It is clear now that we have a Scottish Government more concerned with saving face and playing politics than getting down to the job of serving our vital rural communities of Scotland.”