I’ve only just noticed that the appointment of a new permanent secretary for the Scottish Government was announced on 21 May. The Cabinet Office”s news release for the appointment is here, and the Scottish Government’s is here. Sir John Elvidge is to retire toward the end of June, and his successor as permanent secretary will be Peter Housden, currently permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government. It’s an intriguing appointment, as Housden has a local government background, rather than a traditional Whitehall one; presently heads a department that is almost entirely English in its responsibilities; and has never worked in Scotland at all.
It’s also interesting that Housden’s appointment was made following the Calman principle, whereby the UK Prime Minister has no involvement. This is probably the first part of the Commission’s recommendations actually to be implemented!