200th Act of the Scottish Parliament receives Royal Assent


The two hundredth Act of the Scottish Parliament will become law later this week when the Forth Road Bridge Bill receives Royal Assent.

Protection of the environment must come first for SNH, as well as SEPA, says Rural Affairs Committee


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

Call for evidence on Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill


A call for evidence has been published today on the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee.

Should corroboration be removed, asks committee as part of Criminal Justice Bill scrutiny?


Views on the Bill that proposes to remove the need for corroboration and would increase a jury majority to two-thirds for a guilty verdict are welcomed by the Justice Committee.

Reform of Public Services is not delivering


The patchy progress being made to improve public services across Scotland needs to be addressed now according to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee in a report issued today (26 June).

Finance Committee announces parliamentary inquiry into the creation of a ‘Scottish OBR’


Proposals to set up a Scottish ‘Office of Budget Responsibility’ (OBR) are to be the subject of a new inquiry from the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, it has been announced.

Views called for on major reform of bankruptcy legislation


Legislation aimed at improving debt advice, debt relief and debt management, including financial education and money advice from an approved money adviser, will be scrutinised by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Direct air link to China called for by Committee


Scotland should have a direct air link to China, according to a report published today by the European and External Relations Committee.

Committee calls for local authorities to teach one foreign language from primary through to secondary school


Local authorities should ensure one language is taught across primary schools and into secondary schools according to a report published today (Friday 21 June) by the European and External Relations Committee.

New national strategy to tackle teenage pregnancy needed


A new national strategy for tackling teenage pregnancy should be developed by the Scottish Government according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, following a six month inquiry into the issue.

A timetable for a statutory right to childcare called for by Equal Opportunities Committee


A timetable for a statutory right to childcare that includes children up to the age of fifteen and disabled children, has been called for by the Equal Opportunities Committee.

More effort needed to engage and enable voters in local authority elections


Lack of engagement at party political, local and Scottish Government level is leading to local authority elections becoming the ‘third tier’ of democracy according to a report published today (17 June).

Scottish Parliament Committee to visit projects aimed at reducing health inequalities in Stirling


The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament will visit Stirling to see a range of initiatives that are tackling health issues across the city, as part of events being planned for Parliament Day, which is to be held in Stirling on 21 June.

Scotland’s finest young debaters test their skills at Holyrood


On Thursday evening, more than a hundred of Scotland’s finest high-school debaters will gather to compete against each other in the Grand Final of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament 2013.

UK Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP to give evidence to Rural Affairs Committee


The UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson MP will give evidence to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on Wednesday 12 June

Calling all voluntary sector and community organisations in the Forth Valley – your Parliament needs you


Understanding how the Scottish Parliament works and how organisations, charities and social enterprises can influence its agenda will be the focus of a conference taking place on Saturday 22 June in Stirling.

Will the new Tribunals Bill simplify and improve the current system, asks the Justice Committee?


Are you a parent who has gone to an Education Appeals Committee on behalf of a child or have you appealed the banding of your council tax to a Valuation Appeal Committee? If so, your views are wanted by Justice Committee.

Meet the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee


The Scottish Parliament’s Subordinate Legislation Committee has today been renamed as the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.

Pupils from Our Lady’s Primary School look forward to Parliament Day


Pupils from Our Lady’s Primary School look forward to Friday 21 June when the Scottish Parliament will come to Stirling for Parliament Day.

Justice Committee calls for review on complex property factor legislation


Complex legislation may be acting as a barrier for both homeowners and property professionals to switch property factors and enforce common repairs, according to a new report from the Justice Committee.

Better communication vital for victims and witnesses, says Justice Committee


Communications between criminal justice organisations and victims and witnesses must be improved, according to the Justice Committee in its Stage 1 report published today on the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

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