Irish focus for Europe


On Thursday 27 February, Members of the European and External Relations Committee will hear from their Irish counterparts via video conference as part of the Committee’s inquiry into the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland

Regeneration not delivering for our most deprived communities


Years of regeneration policies have delivered few long-lasting outcomes for the most deprived communities in Scotland according to a report issued today by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Will proposed reforms to civil courts improve quality of justice for the public, asks Justice Committee?


Views on far-reaching changes to the Scottish civil courts system are being sought by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee in a call for evidence published today.

Focus on housing for Parliament Day committee visit to Dumbarton


Do you want to know more about what the Parliament is doing to tackle poor conditions in the private rented housing sector? Or how landlords allocate social housing and tackle anti-social behaviour?

Presiding Officer visits Shieldinch


Shieldinch will welcome a new visitor later this month when the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, visits the set of the popular BBC One programme, River City.

Future of local government in Scotland to be examined


The future of local government in Scotland is to be examined in an inquiry launched today (Monday 10 February) by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Parliament to host international conference on political perspectives of women


An international conference exploring the experiences of female parliamentarians and the representation of women in politics is to take place at the Scottish Parliament on Sunday 16 March.

Finance Committee emphasises the need for a Scottish Fiscal Commission to be independent


The Finance Committee is keen to emphasise the importance of ensuring the independence, transparency and non-partisan nature of the Scottish Government’s proposed Scottish Fiscal Commission (SFC) in a report published today.

Proposals to make Agricultural Holdings legislation fully ECHR compliant backed by the Rural Affairs Committee


A proposed draft remedial order which seeks to amend the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 after the Supreme Court ruled that a provision in the Act was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

Justice Committee disagrees on case to abolish corroboration requirement


The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is not convinced that the case has been made to abolish the requirement for corroboration

Progress too slow on effective deer management plans, finds Rural Committee


In a letter to the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, the Committee unanimously calls on deer management groups (the voluntary system for managing red deer) to have plans in place by the end of 2016

Scrutiny of EU matters praised by European and External Relations Committee


Engagement and scrutiny by the Scottish Parliament Committees on European Union (EU) matters has been praised today by the European and External Relations Committee.

Measures to tackle blue badge misuse to be examined by Committee


Proposals to tackle the misuse of the disabled parking blue badge scheme are to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

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