Permanent secretary Leslie Evans was asked if female staff had been advised not to be alone with the former FM.
Permanent secretary Leslie Evans denies harassment policy was 'engineered' to target the former FM.
Scotland's top civil servant Leslie Evans is due to give evidence before MSPs in Tuesday's opening session.
Potential witnesses in Holyrood's inquiry include Nicola Sturgeon, her husband Peter Murrell and Alex Salmond.
The former first minister was cleared of all charges of sex offences by a jury in the High Court.