Double Holyrood role for Annie Lennox


The Scottish Parliament has confirmed today that musician and campaigner Annie Lennox will return to Holyrood in two supporting roles, as a special envoy and a key speaker in this year's Festival of Politics.

Alcohol Bill given qualified support to allow it to proceed to next stage


The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee agrees that the scale of the country’s alcohol problem is such that it must be addressed, according to a report published today.

Public Audit Committee commends swift action over departure of mental-health tribunal president


Scottish ministers were today praised by a Holyrood committee over the way they handled the departure of a former president of the Mental Health Tribunal Scotland.

Parliament picks Queen portrait winner


A 23-year-old photography graduate from Glasgow has been selected to take a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of the Scottish Parliament.

Public Audit Committee questions payout to senior public servant


The decision by the Scottish Government to double a payment to the departing chief executive of Transport Scotland was criticised today by a Holyrood committee.

Call for better monitoring of antidepressant prescribing and resource allocation in mental health services


A Scottish Government target to halt the increasing rate of antidepressant prescribing is too simplistic and needs to be reviewed, according to a Scottish Parliament committee.

Three new partners for Holyrood community project


Three new organisations are set to team up with the Scottish Parliament as part of its innovative community project.

Holyrood committee agrees general principles of new Forth bridge


The building of a new bridge across the Firth of Forth moved a step closer today when the Scottish Parliament’s Forth Crossing Bill committee recommended the general principles of the legislation behind the project should be agreed to.

Schoolchildren descend on Scottish Parliament for Euroquiz competition


More than 120 Scottish primary school children will gather in the Scottish Parliament’s debating chamber on Monday 10 May to test their knowledge of European affairs by competing in a nationwide competition.

Committee recommends that crofting law proposals proceed


An effective regulatory framework will help ensure the future of crofting in Scotland and address issues such as absenteeism and the neglect of croft land, according to a report published today by the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee.

One boat, two MSPs and four Hebridean islands


Two MSPs will sail to the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna in a whirlwind one-day visit to bring the Scottish Parliament to island school children as part of an educational outreach programme.

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