Attainment gap for looked after children “unacceptably wide”


Some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children continue to fall behind in education despite measures being put in place to support them, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee

Committee calls for better communication on European matters


Shortcomings in the channels and nature of the dialogue between the UK and Scottish Governments on EU matters have been highlighted today in a report published by the European and External Relations Committee.

Oak tree planted to mark Diamond Jubilee


The Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP and Andrew Fairbairn of the Woodland Trust Scotland, today planted a tree in the landscaped area of the Holyrood building to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Parliament marks Diamond Jubilee


An oak tree will be planted at the Scottish Parliament today to signify Her Majesty The Queen’s lasting connection with Scotland’s Parliament and its people.

Holyrood’s new sitting patterns and reform measures set out for Parliament’s endorsement


Changes to Holyrood’s standing orders, which will see the Parliament’s chamber sit three afternoons a week, have been set out today by a parliamentary committee.

Evidence session on Broadcasting


Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC, Ken MacQuarrie, Director, BBC Scotland and Bruce Malcolm, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Scotland, today gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee on broadcasting.

Can Scotland’s public purse handle an ageing population? Committee asks for views


Scotland’s population is ageing but what will be the impact of this on their budget and, most importantly, the planning and delivery of vital public services? To answer these questions, the Finance Committee has launched an inquiry.

Public Audit Committee to visit Glasgow for cardiology services inquiry


MSPs from the Public Audit Committee are to visit Glasgow next month as part of a parliamentary inquiry into cardiology services in Scotland.

Passengers should be at the heart of delivery of Scotland's rail services


The Committee has drawn this conclusion in response to Transport Scotland’s consultation on the future of Scotland’s railways.

Horizon 2020 investment programme considered at Holyrood


Scotland’s business and academic research communities will gather at Holyrood on Friday (25 May) to discuss how Scotland can best engage with the EU’s Horizon 2020 proposals.

Parliament performance hits the high notes


It’s 20 minutes of high drama but it’s not First Minister’s Questions.

Bill seeking to lessen impact of UK welfare reform in Scotland moves forward


A Bill proposed by the Scottish Government to seek, as far as is possible, to limit the likely widespread impact of UK Welfare Reform Act on the poor and vulnerable in Scotland was recommended for approval in principle today.

Committee visits Perthshire for renewables inquiry


The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee is today carrying out a fact-finding visit in Perthshire as part of its inquiry into the Scottish Government's renewables targets.

MSPs see wind and hydro-power in action


Scotland’s third largest wind farm and a new hydro-power station in Perthshire were showcased to members of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee today (14 May). The first of three visits across Scotland, this will inform the Renewables Inquiry.

Schoolchildren gather at Scottish Parliament for annual Euroquiz competition


More than 120 Scottish primary schoolchildren will gather in the Scottish Parliament’s debating chamber on Monday 14 May to test their knowledge of European affairs by competing in a nationwide competition.

Partnership should be at heart of health and social care reform, says Health Committee


The voluntary sector and independent providers of care should have a greater role in delivering integrated health and social care, according to a report published today by the Health and Sport Committee.

Appoint Chief Constable and Fire Officer earlier says Justice Committee


The appointment of a chief constable and chief fire officer to oversee the new national police and fire and rescue service should be made as soon as possible, according to the Justice Committee in its stage 1 report on the Police and Fire Reform Bill.

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