Committee Conveners to Question First Minister


Holyrood’s Committee Conveners will once again quiz the First Minister on her Government’s programme and priorities.

In what will now be a bi-annual 90 minute session, the First Minister will face questions on a broad range of issues. The session will take place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 18 April.

Speaking as the session was announced, Chair of the Conveners Group, Christine Grahame MSP, said:

“Committees often hear from Government Ministers and officials as they undertake detailed scrutiny of legislation and policy. However this session enables Conveners to question the First Minister directly on the broad spectrum of the Government’s programme.

“There are relatively few opportunities for Conveners to question the First Minister in this way so the addition of an extra session each year is a welcome development.

“This session is not about political theatre. It is an important mechanism through which Parliament can hold the Government to account and I expect Conveners will make full use of the opportunity.”


The session is open to the public, and tickets can be booked via the Parliament’s Visitor Services. The session will also be streamed live on both Facebook and Parliament TV. To watch live, select Committee Room 2 on Parliament TV.

It will take place between 12:30 and 2pm, on Wednesday 18 April, and will be chaired by Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP.

The last session took place on 25 October 2017.

Media wanting to attend the session in person on the day should reserve a space by contacting Greg Black. It will be in Parliament’s Committee Room 2.

Parliament’s visitor services can be contacted on 0131 348 5200 or

Images will be available after the session. Call 0131 348 6266 to arrange distribution.

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