The Scottish Parliament has today published its Annual Report (pdf 29.34MB) detailing the work of Holyrood from 1 July 2006 to 2 April 2007. In a year which saw the one millionth visitor welcomed to the Parliament and the 1000th petition received, the Parliament continued to engage with people across Scotland and beyond.
Further highlights from the reporting period include the expanded programme for the award-winning Festival of Politics and the welcoming of some 120 international delegations from across the world.
The report for the period leading up to the Scottish election covers the day-to-day work of Holyrood, including in-depth information on each parliamentary committee, as well as a look at key Chamber debates and legislation.
Over the period, 27 bills received royal assent and became Acts of the Scottish Parliament. Of these Acts, 20 were Scottish Executive bills, four were private bills, two were Member’s bills and there was one committee bill.
The new Acts included:
- Planning etc ( Scotland ) Act 2006
- Adoption and Children ( Scotland ) Act 2007
- Crofting Reform etc Act 2007
- Criminal Proceedings etc (Reform) ( Scotland ) Act 2007
- Scottish Commission for Human Rights Act 2006
- Waverley Railway ( Scotland ) Act 2007
Reflecting on the Annual Report, the Scottish Parliament’s new Presiding Officer, Alex Fergusson said:
"The report is evidence of a Parliament engaging with people domestically and internationally. We have seen 27 bills receive royal assent and become Acts, our one millionth visitor come through the doors at Holyrood and 120 international delegations meeting with our elected Members.
”Highlights across the year also include the Parliament taking its place on the international stage with Bill Gates and Gordon Brown addressing the 2007 Microsoft Government Leaders’ Forum for Europe, the Festival of Politics receiving a Channel 4 Political Award nomination and 30,000 visitors coming to see the World Press Photo exhibition showcasing the world’s leading photo journalists.”
Other facts and figures from the 48-page report include:
- 324 committee meetings were held, lasting a total of 628 hours and hearing from 1,460 witnesses. Video-conferencing facilities were also used enabling evidence to be heard from locations as diverse as Addis Ababa and Brussels.
- The Festival of Politics 2006 attracted in excess of 3,000 people to 45 events over four days.
- After opening in August 2004, the one millionth visitor arrived at Holyrood on 15 March 2007 .
- The Parliament’s telephone enquiry line received more than 60,000 calls and handled over 8,500 enquiries received via email, telephone and letter.
- More than 4,500 pupils took part in the educational programme at Holyrood. The outreach education service visited 269 classes, including some further education colleges, reaching 6,500 students across Scotland.
- 18,000 delegates attended receptions, briefings and participative events.
Copies of the Annual Report are sent to wide range of organisations, all Scottish secondary schools and partner libraries in every constituency. The report is also available in Gaelic.