Call for written evidence on the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill


The Scottish Parliament is calling for views on a number of issues affecting the rights of NHS patients, from treatment times to the ability to make complaints, as it starts its consideration of a new Bill.

Committee calls for funding boost and better leadership to increase walking and cycling in Scotland


The Scottish Government should increase funding for walking and cycling schemes and provide better strategic leadership to stop Scotland from lagging further behind other European countries in terms of active travel.

Holyrood names committee rooms after historic Scots


The Scottish Parliament has revealed the six historical figures after whom Holyrood’s six committee rooms will be named.

Community conference to be held at Holyrood


A conference to showcase the results of a ground-breaking community project will be held at the Scottish Parliament this Friday.

Views Sought for Inquiry into Transport and Land-use Planning


The influence of transport and land-use planning policies over economic growth and climate change will be the focus of an inquiry launched today by the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change committee.

Economy Committee calls for more competition among banks


Greater diversity and more competition in banking is urgently needed in Scotland to meet present and future needs of our economy, according to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, in a report published today.

Justice Commitee takes evidence on stalking, knife crime and prostitution


The Justice Committee will take the unusual step of hearing evidence from witnesses at Stage 2 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill next week.

Anstruther pupils impress Petitions Committee


Pupils from Waid Academy in Anstruther made a big impression on the Public Petitions Committee yesterday when they presented their petitions.

Cautious support has been given to the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.


The committee also notes that the legal profession itself appears to be divided on some aspects of the Bill.

Health and Sport Committee recalls Whyte & Mackay and Tesco


Supermarket giant Tesco and distiller Whyte & Mackay are being asked to re-appear before the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee on 17 March to clarify the oral evidence they gave this week on the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill.

Local Government Committee visits Fife for Housing Bill scrutiny


Fife was on the agenda for the Local Government and Communities Committee this week as it met with Fife Council and local tenants at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, to inform its scrutiny of the new Housing (Scotland) Bill.

NHS IT services are failing patients, warns Health Committee


The Scottish Government must take action now to improve NHS computing systems as patients are missing out on better care and treatment, warns a report from the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

Petitions Committee visits Anstruther


Waid Academy in Anstruther is the first port of call for the Public Petitions Committee as part of this year’s external committee visits.

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Committee calls for written evidence


A Scottish Parliament committee is calling for written evidence to help shape its examination of the issue of “assisted death”.

Public Audit Committee criticises enterprise body over Cairngorm funicular railway


Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is facing serious criticism from a Scottish Parliament committee over its failure to identify and act upon key financial and operational risks in its management of the Cairngorm funicular railway project.

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