The Presiding Officer has this afternoon announced that the Scottish Parliament is to be recalled on Monday 12 April following the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. A motion of condolence will be the only item of business.
Announcing the recall, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh said:
“I have this afternoon decided that the Parliament should be recalled to show our respect to the Duke of Edinburgh following today’s sad announcement.
“His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, lived a life dedicated to duty and public service and his support for this institution was clear.
“This is why I have taken the decision to recall in order that we may take the time to pause, remember and pay tribute to his work.”
The meeting will take place on Monday 12 April at 11am
Further details of the motion and the detailed timings will follow. The format is likely to see contributions from each of the party leaders.
This will be the sixth time the Scottish Parliament has been recalled. Most recently it was recalled on 4 January 2021 to discuss the ongoing Covid emergency.
The other recalls were as follows:
• 13 October 2000 – Death of Donald Dewar, First Minister
• 3 April 2002 – Death of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
• 24 August 2009 – Ministerial Statement on the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi
• 30 December 2020 – Debate on the trade and co-operation agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union