Holyrood plays host to budding debaters


The seventh annual St Andrew’s Day Debate will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 2 December.

Held in partnership with the English Speaking Union and Education Scotland, this unique event brings together students from schools and universities across Scotland. The student teams pair up to compete in heats in the hope of making it through to the final to be held in the Parliament’s Debating Chamber.

Deputy Presiding Officer John Scott MSP who will be chairing the event said:

“Hosting this Debate is an apt way for the Scottish Parliament to mark St Andrew’s Day and it is fitting that the Debating Chamber will play host to these budding debaters.

“The calibre of debate from these young people is extremely high and I would urge members of the public to come along and hear the debate.”

The finals will take place in the Parliament’s Debating Chamber from 16.40 on Monday 2 December. Members of the public are welcome to attend and winners will be announced at completion of events. There will be five prizes awarded for:

  • Best University Speaker of the Day
  • Best School Speaker of the Day
  • Best Contribution from the Floor
  • Runner-up St Andrew’s Day Debating Championship
  • Winner of St Andrew’s Day Debating Championship


The St Andrews Day debate will be broadcast live on Parliament TV and motions covering a range of topical and current issues will be debated.

The schools participating in today’s event include:

  • Annan Academy
  • Balfron High School
  • Bearsden Academy
  • Bellshill Academy
  • Bucksburn Academy
  • Crieff High School
  • Craigmount High School
  • Deans Community High School
  • Douglas Academy
  • High School of Dundee
  • Forfar Academy
  • Stewart's Melville College
  • Linlithgow Academy
  • Loretto School
  • Madras College
  • Menzieshill High School
  • St Margaret's High School
  • St Margaret’s Academy
  • Tain Royal Academy
  • Uddingston Grammar School
  • Wallace High School
  • Wellington School
  • Whitburn Academy


Photographs of the event will be available free of charge. Please contact Scottish Parliament photographer Andrew Cowan on 0131 348 5878.

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