The year at the Scottish Parliament


This year, Holyrood welcomed 494 school visits, involving 13,077 pupils. Parliament staff delivered 703 sessions in local communities across Scotland, attended by 17,626 pupils.

Committee seeks views on Forth Road Bridge Bill


The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee is today inviting interested individuals and organisations to contact it with their views on the Forth Road Bridge Bill.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee meet with UK Committee on Climate Change


The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today met with The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben who is Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change and David Kennedy who is their Chief Executive.

The rise in underemployment to be probed by the Economy Committee


One impact of the recession has been the increase in people taking on part time jobs or work that does not utilise all the skills they have. What is known as ‘underemployment’ is not well understood.

Committee launches inquiry on teaching languages in primary schools


An inquiry into the teaching of languages in primary schools has been launched today (Friday 14 December) by the European and External Relations Committee.

What are the benefits of purposeful activity in prison, asks Justice Committee?


Does access to work, addiction programmes and vocational training actually encourage prisoners to stop re-offending in the long term? The Justice Committee is asking exactly that question in its inquiry launched today.

Finance Committee welcomes Scottish Government emphasis on Capital Investment


The Finance Committee has welcomed the capital investment the Scottish Government is providing in this year’s budget, in its report on the Draft Budget 2013-14 published today.

How can unequal participation of women in work be addressed, asks Equal Opportunities Committee?


The glass ceiling, unequal pay and the availability of childcare. These are all issues that limit the ability of women to participate in our workforce. The Equal Opportunities Committee has issued a call for evidence today.

Views sought on the shape of further education in Scotland


Proposals to reshape further education in Scotland are to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee as part of its consideration of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill.

Views wanted on new stamp duty tax bill


Home buyers across Scotland will be among those paying close attention to a call for evidence issued today by the Finance Committee.Home-buyers across Scotland will be among those paying close attention to a call for evidence issued today by the Finance C

Scotland’s future as a Hydro Nation supported


Scotland’s future as a ‘Hydro Nation’ as set out in the Water Resources (Scotland) Bill has been supported by the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Better private sector engagement needed for employability opportunities, says Finance Committee


Early private sector involvement is vital if employment initiatives are to succeed, according to the Finance Committee in its report on Improving Employability, published today.

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