Countdown to Parliament birthday party


The Scottish Parliament is counting down to the biggest birthday party it has ever seen. The birthday cards are signed, the cake is iced and more than 140 ten-year-olds are gearing up for the birthday of a lifetime.

Holyrood committee sets out vision for Scotland's energy future


A political vision for the future of energy production and use in Scotland was set out today in an extensive report from the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

It's power to the people as Holyrood publishes Annual Report


Increased visitor numbers, more events and a ground-breaking new community project are just some of the highlights featured in this year’s Scottish Parliament Annual Report, published today.

Finance Committee recommends improvements to budget scrutiny


Improvements to the parliamentary process to enhance the level of scrutiny of Scottish Government spending are recommended in a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Committee calls for Scottish Government action to safegaurd future of Scotland's pig industry


Scotland’s pig industry can have a thriving future, providing crucial underlying structural issues are addressed, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee.

Committee convener requests Auditor General probe into rail franchise passenger figures


The convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee today requested that the Auditor General for Scotland, looks into figures that were used as the basis for predicting the number of passenger trips in the SPT area.

Scottish Parliament anniversary tartan revealed


A textiles student from Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels has won the competition to design the first official Scottish Parliament tartan to mark the 10th anniversary since devolution.

Committee discovers disturbing evidence of under-5s with mental health issues slipping through the net


Disturbing evidence that under-5s are not being monitored for mental well-being by statutory services has been highlighted by the Health and Sport Committee in its report published today.

Finance Committee calls for review of public sector executive bonuses


The Scottish Government should review its policy of awarding bonuses to senior executives, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Committee support for schools consultation bill


The Scottish Government’s plans to modernise the consultation process on school closures have been given support by the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee in a report published today.

Committee calls for strengthening of proposed arbitration legislation


Proposals to reform arbitration laws in Scotland need to be strengthened, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Committee calls for evidence on reform of Scotland's public sector landscape


The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee is seeking views on new legislation designed to simplify and streamline public bodies in Scotland.

Blog your way to Holyrood


As from today blogging, Wikipedia and YouTube will be some of the new social media tools introduced by the Public Petitions Committee as part of its report publication.

Parliament for 10-year-olds


A range of fun activities showcasing Scottish talent will take place in Holyrood on Wednesday 1 July as part of the Parliament’s 10th birthday activities.

Spotlight on Scotland's coastline as Holyrood committee visits Solway Firth


The competing demands on the Solway Firth will be the focus of a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee in Kirkcudbright on Monday 22 June.

Transport Scotland criticised over serious governance failures


Transport Scotland seriously mishandled the conflict of interest of a senior member of staff, according to a report published today by the Public Audit Committee.

Students debate devolution babies at Holyrood


More than 100 school children will be talking about devolution babies in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament today as part of the biggest schools debating tournament in Scotland.

Committee calls for urgent talks on equal pay


Local authorities, trade unions and lawyers need to hold urgent discussions on how to deal with equal pay in local government, according to a report published today by the Local Government and Communities committee.

Committee calls for action to safeguard future of EU funding schemes during global downturn


The global financial crisis is having a negative effect on Scottish businesses trying to access multi-million-pound European Union funding schemes.

Holyrood committee sets out budget choices


Scottish Government spending is set to decline in the next few years as public finances come under increasing pressure from the effects of the recession, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Independent examination to be carried out on Holyrood's expenses system


Sir Neil McIntosh is to be appointed to carry out an independent examination of Holyrood’s expenses system, it was announced today by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).

Holyrood welcomes United Nations address


A top UN relief chief will deliver a public lecture on global humanitarian challenges in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber on Friday 5 June at 6pm.

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