Young people at heart of technology debate in Holyrood


Chancellor Gordon Brown and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates heard that Scotland’s youth are the citizens of today, not tomorrow at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum, which concluded at Holyrood today.

Lifelong education emerges as key theme in Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Opening Ceremony


The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, George Reid MSP, today welcomed more than 400 visiting international delegates to the Parliament and to the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum.

MSPs welcome international dignitaries to Holyrood


Foreign leaders, distinguished guests and more than 400 visiting international delegates will receive a warm welcome from the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

Teens to quiz Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates during 2007 Government Leaders Forum


Young people from across Europe and Scotland will take part in the prestigious Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe, taking place this week at the Parliament.

Committee to meet in Blair Atholl to discuss the Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill


Holyrood’s Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet in Blair Atholl on Monday, 5 February, as part of its inquiry into proposals to extend the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park.

Photography exhibition launched to coincide with Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe conference


Scottish Parliament in Pictures 1999-2007 is the theme of a new photography exhibition launched by the Parliament.

Photographer Harry Benson visits Holyrood


The internationally acclaimed Scottish photographer Harry Benson arrived at Holyrood today ahead of his commission to take portrait photographs of Presiding Officer George Reid and the former Presiding Officer Sir David Steel.

Holyrood hosts debate ahead of Microsoft Government Leaders Forum


Two debates will take place at the Parliament ahead of the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe.

Health Committee hearing into the treatment and rehabilitation of drug users


The Health Committee will begin its 2007 work programme by hearing from an expert panel on the treatment and rehabilitation of drug users tomorrow, 23 January.

Presiding Officer presents statue of Somme war hero


A bronze statue of an heroic World War One piper will be presented to a school in Perthshire today by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer George Reid, in exchange for an historic set of bagpipes which were played at the Battle of the Somme.

Holyrood's crèche to re-open


The free public crèche at the Scottish Parliament will re-open its doors to children today.

His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, to attend Microsoft Government Leaders Forum 2007


His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, will open the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum 2007.

Communities Committee calls for Health and Nutrition Bill to include independent schools and early years sector


Proposals to promote health and nutrition in schools were endorsed by the Scottish Parliament’s Communities Committee today. View the committee's report (pdf).

A tale of two treaties: Scottish Parliament marks 1707 Act of Union


Announced on the eve of the 300th anniversary of when the treaty was ratified by the first Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood conference launches 'Futures Forum' study into alcohol and drugs in Scotland


A major Holyrood conference on alcohol and drug use in Scotland will mark the launch of a new, year-long study on the subject by Holyrood’s think-tank, Scotland’s Futures Forum.

Justice 1 Committee welcomes Executive commitment to make Mesothelioma bill retrospective


A bill aimed at removing the “terrible dilemma” faced by sufferers of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease, has been welcomed by the Parliament’s Justice 1 Committee.

Health Committee supports introduction of Health Board elections


The Health Committee has today come down in favour of direct elections to Scotland’s area health boards in its report on the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill.

Futures Forum report says Scotland's ageing 'crisis' is a myth


The first major report to be published by Scotland’s Futures Forum (SFF) has concluded that Scotland’s ageing “crisis” is a myth and that the nation can afford to grow old – if it acts now.

Committee demands substantial changes to prostitution bill


Substantial changes must be made to the Prostitution (Public Places) ( Scotland ) Bill before it can be recommended to Parliament, according to a report published today.

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