Committee calls for views on environmental regulation reform


Legislation that aims to simplify regulation that protects our environment and introduces new enforcement and sentencing powers for tackling environmental crime will be scrutinised by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Committee calls for evidence on the reform of regulation


Legislation that aims to tackle the adverse impact of inconsistently applied regulations by improving the way that they are applied throughout Scotland, whilst also supporting sustainable economic growth, will be scrutinised.

Portobello Park Bill introduced to Parliament


The City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill was introduced on 25 April.

Communities come together to make change happen


The power of communities to make change happen will be the focus of discussion as community representatives from across Scotland meet at the Scottish Parliament today (26 April).

Views sought on Holyrood scrutiny of HMRC’s collection of Scottish Rate of Income Tax


The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee is calling for views from tax and audit experts on the level of scrutiny and transparency HMRC should be subject to when collecting the Scottish Rate of Income Tax.

UK-wide approach needed on press regulation


A UK-wide approach is required to ensure proper regulation of the press according to a letter issued today (24 April) by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Will court reforms affect local access to justice, asks Committee?


Individuals, communities and organisations from Annan to Wick have been invited to give their views to the Justice Committee today on the local impact of the proposed reform of Scotland’s Court Services (SCS).

SPPA Committee announces consultation on Members Interests Bill


A consultation on a new Members Interests Bill has been launched today by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

What are the barriers to tackling the sexual exploitation of children?


The barriers in tackling the sexual exploitation of children are to be explored by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

Lord Gill asked to reconsider decision not to appear before committee


Lord Gill has been asked to reconsider his decision not to appear in front of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee in a letter issued by Convener David Stewart MSP on behalf of the Committee.

New name proposed for Subordinate Legislation Committee


Holyrood’s Subordinate Legislation Committee should be renamed, says a parliamentary report published today.

Impact of welfare reform to be heard in Glasgow


The impact of welfare reform on people in Glasgow will be discussed when the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee meets in City Halls next week (Tuesday 23 April).

Increasingly insecure labour market a risk finds Economy Committee


Individuals working fewer hours than they want to, or taking on jobs which don’t utilise all their skills, are at risk of damaging their earning potential in the long term, according to a report published today by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

Bureau agrees to move debate on legacy of Baroness Thatcher


Following this morning’s meeting of the parliamentary Bureau, Members unanimously agreed to recommend that the Scottish Green Party and Independent Group debate There is Still Such a Thing as Society be rescheduled from Wednesday to Thursday this week.

Committee hears evidence from Lord McCluskey on future of press regulation


The Education and Culture Committee today took evidence on the 'The Royal Charter - the implications for Scotland', looking at the future of press regulation in Scotland following the Leveson Inquiry.

Getting out and about in the local community


How easy is it to get out and about in Scotland’s local communities if you are elderly and / or disabled and find it difficult to access public transport?

Committee commissioned research demonstrates poor to get poorer through welfare reform


The most deprived areas in Scotland will take the biggest financial hit when the present welfare reforms come into effect. This is the conclusion of research published today commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Spotlight on South Ayrshire for Local Government and Regeneration Committee


The power of communities to help ensure the best possible public services are delivered will be the focus of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee as it visits South Ayrshire on Monday 15 April.

Parliament to host US leaders conference


In another first for the Scottish Parliament, it has been announced that an influential group of legislative leaders from the USA will meet in Holyrood this summer, the first time the three day event will have taken place outside of North America.

Presiding Officer receives medal from Carnegie Hero Fund


During her visit to Pittsburgh as part of the Parliament's Scotland Week programme, the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP was presented with a Centennial Commemorative Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

Holyrood to be first Parliament ever to host Andy Warhol exhibition


In a first for any Parliament, the Scottish Parliament is set to host an exhibition of more than forty Andy Warhol works of art exploring the themes of power and politics.

The Scottish Parliament takes part in Scotland Week 2013


The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, and Committee Conveners Duncan McNeil MSP and Bruce Crawford MSP have begun a series of engagements on behalf of the Scottish Parliament to mark Scotland Week.

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