Committee welcomes ‘toolkit’ for tackling empty homes and businesses


Proposals to give local authorities the power to vary empty property relief have been welcomed as a useful addition to the ‘toolkit’ available to help tackle the problem of long term empty homes and businesses.

Support advocated to help Scottish researchers access European funds


Support to help Scottish researchers in accessing European grants including Horizon 2020 should be better promoted, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee.

Questions to be raised about when children are taken into care


The decisions made about when or if a child should be removed from the family home are to be examined by the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee

Committee hears evidence on Legionnaire’s outbreak


The Health and Sport Committee today held an evidence session on the Legionnaire’s outbreak in Edinburgh.

£30 million tourism spend to be probed by Economy Committee


Glasgow 2014, London 2012, the Disney film Brave, Homecoming 2014, the Ryder Cup. All these major events are being used to promote tourism in Scotland, assisted by £30million of funding for VisitScotland. But what impact do these events have?

Call for clarity on health spending


Scotland’s annual health spend is more than £11 billion but there remains a lack of clarity as to how that budget is being spent by NHS boards, according to a report by the Health and Sport Committee.

Gordon Brown headlines at Festival of Politics 2012


Former Prime Minister Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP will headline the eighth Festival of Politics at the Scottish Parliament in delivering the inaugural Campbell Christie Lecture.

Cabinet Secretary to give committee progress report


In a first for a Scottish Parliament committee, the Education and Culture Committee will mark the end of the first year of this Parliament by getting an in-depth ‘progress report’ from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

‘Cultural change’ needed to deliver public services


A ‘cultural change’ is needed in order that public bodies can work together to successfully deliver vital public services according to a report of the the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Legionnaires’ outbreak to be probed by Health and Sport Committee


The management and response to the outbreak of legionnaire’s disease in Edinburgh is to be focus of an evidence session by the Health and Sport Committee at a meeting on 26 June.

Committee visits Fife for renewables inquiry >> Image gallery


On Monday, the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee visited Fife as part of its inquiry into the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets.

Investment in the renewable energy industry is the focus of a visit by MSPs


Equipping our future workforce with the right skills to meet anticipated growth in the renewable energy industry is the focus of a visit to Fife by MSPs from the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

World Press Photo exhibition returns to Parliament in summer


The very best of international photojournalism returns to the Scottish Parliament in July when the World Press Photo (WPP) winners will be on display in the Main Hall. Award winning photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien will also give a free public lecture.

Renewable energy inquiry to conclude evidence gathering


The four-month renewable energy inquiry, set up by the Economy Energy and Tourism Committee will conclude its evidence gathering into whether the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets are achievable, at a meeting on Wednesday (20 June).

Presiding Officer greets Olympic torch bearers


Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP formally greeted Olympic torch bearers outside the Scottish Parliament this morning.

Moving Stories comes to Inverness


An exhibition dedicated to showing how people have connected with the Scottish Parliament to achieve change moves to Eden Court, Inverness today (Tuesday, 12 June).

Committee visits Barnardo’s service


Barnardo’s support service in Glasgow for childen at risk of sexual exploitation was the focus of a fact-finding visit on Monday 11 June by MSPs from the Public Petitions Committee.

Deputy Presiding Officer hosts reception for John Smith Fellows


On Monday evening, Deputy Presiding Officer Elaine Smith MSP hosted a reception and dinner for the 2012 John Smith Fellowship Programme.

MSPs visit Orkney and Caithness to see renewable energy in action


The development of the renewable energy industry in Orkney and Caithness is the focus of a visit by MSPs from the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Images from BIMR conference at the Scottish Parliament


The 42nd Conference of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is taking place at the Scottish Parliament.

Committee makes fact-finding visits in Central Scotland


Members of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee will visit Central Scotland on Monday 11 June and Tuesday 12 June.

How we inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland is the focus of Business in Parliament


Two of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs, Sir Tom Hunter and Jim McColl will today be part of a major event in the Scottish Parliament.

Sir Tom Hunter gives keynote speech to Business in Parliament conference


Sir Tom Hunter today gave a keynote speech to the seventh annual Business in Parliament conference at the Scottish Parliament.

Ministerial statement on Legionella outbreak


The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Nicola Sturgeon MSP today made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Legionella outbreak in Edinburgh.

Parliament agrees reform measures


Reform measures which will see the chamber sit three afternoons a week and make Parliament more responsive to topical and emerging issues have been agreed.

Donald Dewar tournament inspires topical debate


More than 100 students from secondary schools across Scotland will attend the final of the annual Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 14 June at 18.30.

Parliamentary relevance at the heart of the debate


An international conference debating how to make Parliaments more relevant will take place at the Scottish Parliament on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 June. The theme will be explored by more than fifty international Parliamentarians.

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