Young debating talent takes over at Holyrood


The sixth annual St Andrew’s Day Debate will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 3 December.

National BT Alba Gaelic schools debate winners


Eoghann Beaton and Breigha Morrison from Tain Royal Academy are this year's winners of the National BT Alba Gaelic schools debate.

Presiding Officer visits Irish Parliament


The Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, is undertaking a programme of meetings at the Irish Parliament, the Oireachtas on Wednesday and Thursday.

Commitment to improvement must “come from the top” says Local Government and Regeneration Committee


Work to improve how local authorities can learn from others, reduce costs and improve services has been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Gaelic Language Day


Gaelic Language Day is split over two days at Holyrood this year, with events and activities to promote the Scottish Parliament’s commitment to the language.

Welfare Reform Committee visits Atos Healthcare assessment centre


Members of the Welfare Reform Committee today undertook a visit to an Atos Healthcare assessment centre in Edinburgh.

Olympic standard family fun at the Parliament


Measuring your Olympian potential and the making the tallest tower are just two of the amazing challenges on offer at Family Day on Saturday 1 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Renewable target achievable but only if a number of issues are addressed


The Scottish Government’s efforts to develop the renewable industry are supported by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee as necessary if the Government is to achieve its generation targets.

Referendum Bill Committee unanimously recommends Section 30 Order to Parliament


Holyrood’s Referendum Bill Committee has unanimously recommended to the Parliament that a draft section 30 Order be approved, bringing the independence referendum in Scotland one step closer.

Post-legislative scrutiny inquiry announced


An inquiry into post-legislative scrutiny has been announced today by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Subordinate Legislation Committee publish annual report


The Subordinate Legislation Committee has today published its annual report.

Rural areas shouldn’t lose out in ‘winning years’ tourism strategy


Glasgow shouldn’t be the only area to benefit from the Commonwealth Games when they come to Scotland in 2014, according to a report by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee into VisitScotland’s ‘winning years’ strategy.

Committee makes fact-finding visit to Fort William


The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is visiting Fort William on 16 and 17 November as part of its scrutiny of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

Stornoway in Spotlight for Second Parliament Day


Stornoway will be in the spotlight next March as the venue for the Scottish Parliament’s second ‘Parliament Day’ (15 March 2013).

Modern Studies students talk justice at Holyrood


Law and order is the focus for more than 150 sixth year pupils taking part in the Advanced Higher Modern Studies Conference event tomorrow (Friday 16 November) at Holyrood.

Duncan Smith again declines to give evidence to Welfare Reform Committee


The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP, has again declined to attend a Committee meeting.

Access to new medicine sessions to focus on cancer and rare illnesses


The inquiry on access to new medicines, being undertaken by the Health and Sport Committee, will take further evidence from clinicians and patient representatives, to inform their inquiry on access to new medicines.

Does 'working together' work in practice asks Local Government and Regeneration Committee


How local authorities and other public bodies can work together to benefit communities across Scotland is to be explored by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visits Aberdeenshire and Montrose


The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is visiting Aberdeenshire and Montrose on 9 and 10 November.

'Unforgettable' performance for Poppy Appeal at Scottish Parliament


On Thursday, Jai McDowall, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2011, performed his version of the Nat King Cole classic 'Unforgettable' in the Parliament's Main Hall. The song has been recorded for this year's Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Holyrood comes to Hawick


The inaugural Parliament Day takes place in Hawick on Monday 5 November with an action-packed day of visits by the Presiding Officer to local organisations, school visits by MSPs and a workshop and formal meeting of the Finance Committee.

Committee seeks removal of Royal exemption from Freedom of Information Bill


The Finance Committee is asking the Scottish Government to remove the Royal exemption provision from its Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill according to its Stage 1 report on the Bill published today.

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