Presiding Officer to lead Tartan Day 2007 Parade in New York


The Presiding Officer the Rt Hon George Reid MSP today departs Scotland for this year’s Tartan Week activities.

Motion of thanks to Presiding Officer to bring Parliamentary session to close


The second session of the Scottish Parliament draws to a close today (29 March) with a motion of thanks to the outgoing Presiding Officer George Reid.

Scottish Youth Parliament to sit in Holyrood's debating chamber


In a first for the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, more than 100 Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) will take their seats in the debating chamber this weekend, as part of a two-day general meeting.

European Committee calls for greater engagement with Brussels


Both the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Executive should play a stronger role in the development of European legislation, according to a report published today by the European and External Relations Committee.

Holyood visitor is one in a million


Eleven year-old Eilidh Willis became the official one-millionth visitor to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood earlier today.

Holyrood hosts Scots-Québec Exhibition


A unique historical exhibition highlighting the achievements of Scottish settlers in Canada opens to the public tomorrow (Friday 16 March) at the Scottish Parliament.

Photo finish for Commonwealth Week at Holyrood


Commonwealth Week 2007 will be marked in the Scottish Parliament this week by the opening of a unique photographic exhibition from one of Scotland’s top sport photographers.

Environment committee urges Executive to reform marine law


The Scottish Parliament’s Environment and Rural Development Committee has called on the Executive to undertake urgent, comprehensive reform of marine environment legislation after finding existing laws complex and inadequate.

Executive departments failing to work together on community planning


The Scottish Executive must fundamentally change its way of working if community planning partnerships are to become significantly more effective, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Audit Committee.

Future Forum goes online with alcohol and drugs latest developments


Scotland’s Futures Forum has taken its ‘Fresh Perspectives on Alcohol and Drugs’ online with a dedicated website facility that will allow the 250 leading experts already involved in the project shape the debate as the forum’s year-long inquiry develops.

Environment Committee rejects Cairngorms Park Boundary Bill


The Scottish Parliament should not agree to the general principles of the Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill, according to a report published today by the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

Evaluation of free personal care to be scrutinised by the Health Committee


The delivery of Scotland’s policy of free personal care for the elderly will be examined during a committee hearing tomorrow (Tuesday, 6 March).

Airdrie-Bathgate railway moves a step closer


A Scottish Parliament committee has secured a series of improvements to the Airdrie-Bathgate railway proposals which will minimise noise disruption and improve community mediation along the route.

Presiding Officer to talk about his four-year term in office


The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon George Reid MSP will address a gathering of students from the University of Glasgow and academics on Tuesday 6 March.

Executive's implementation of relocation policy 'flawed and inconsistent'


The implementation of the Scottish Executive's relocation policy has been “flawed and inconsistent” according to the Scottish Parliament’s Audit Committee.

Flemish delegation to follow Holyrood's lead


The “exemplary role played by the Scottish Parliament” in engaging with the public will be the focus of a visit to Holyrood by a cross-party delegation of Flemish politicians today (Thursday).

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