Homeless young people asked for their views by Equal Opportunities Committee


Young people who have experienced homelessness have been asked to give their views to the Equal Opportunities Committee in a call for evidence on preventing youth homelessness published today.

British Irish Parliamentary talks to take place in Dublin


British and Irish parliamentarians will gather in the Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin on Monday where the programme includes key note addresses from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive, Ryan Air.

Views called for on creation of new food standards body


Views on the creation of a new food standards body are being sought by the Health and Sport Committee as they begin scrutiny of the Food (Scotland) Bill.

MSPs suggest five changes to Iain Duncan Smith on improving the Work Capability Assessments


Five changes have been suggested to Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to make Work Capability Assessments (WCA) more “effective and humane”.

George Wyllie's Burd finds a home at the Scottish Parliament


The smaller sibling to the world-famous Berlin Burd together with a sculpture and drawing by the celebrated Scottish artist George Wyllie MBE, will be permanently housed at the Scottish Parliament

Flexibility needed on building repairs legislation


Measures to assist local authorities in recouping the costs they incur in making defective or dangerous buildings safe have today been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Committee seeks more information on national planning


In a report published today, the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has called for more information from the Scottish Government in relation to key aspects of its National Planning Framework.

Public Audit Committee calls for safeguards on college funding foundations


A Holyrood committee has called for safeguards to be put in place to protect the financial interests of Scotland’s colleges.

Views asked for on assisted suicide by parliamentary committee


A call for views on the legalisation of assisted suicide has been published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, as the parliamentary scrutiny process begins for the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

Energy Committee calls for further information on wind farm and unconventional gas planning rules


Scotland’s draft national planning framework and policy lacks clarity on planning rules for onshore wind farms and unconventional gas, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Energy Committee.

Key environmental issues should be improved in Scotland’s planning framework


The third National Planning Framework (NPF) is an ambitious document that will play a fundamental role in delivering reductions to Scotland’s greenhouse gas targets but needs to be improved in a number of key environmental areas.

Clearer link to national policies needed in National Planning Framework


The links between the third National Planning Framework (NPF) and other key national policies such as community regeneration need to be clearer according to a report issued today by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

As another UK Minister refuses to give evidence in public, Holyrood debates a year of welfare reform


“Insulting” is the view of the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee Convener Michael McMahon MSP following the refusal to give evidence in public to the Committee by UK Minister for Employment, Esther McVey MP

More competition needed to improve access to finance for SMEs


The dominance of two high street banks – RBS and the Bank of Scotland - should be broken up by establishing new sources of credit for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), according to a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee.

Committee to examine future management of Scotland’s historic environment


The future management of Scotland’s historic environment and how it should be championed is to be considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Public Audit Committee calls for greater transparency on Scottish income tax collection


Greater transparency is needed if Holyrood is to be able to scrutinise HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) collection of the new Scottish Rate of Income Tax, says a parliamentary committee.

What women want and need debated at Scottish Parliament


‘What women want, What women need,’ is the theme at this year’s International Women’s Day to be celebrated at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.

Scottish Parliament first UK legislature to welcome beehives


The Presiding Officer today oversaw the arrival of the latest feature in the Scottish Parliament garden – two bee hives.

Greek Ambassador to address MSPs on European priorities


The priorities of Greece as it holds the six-monthly presidency of the Council of the European Union will be outlined tomorrow by the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic of Greece to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Konstantinos Bikas.

Scottish Parliament experiences on economic competitiveness presented in Serbia


The experiences of the Scottish Parliament in promoting inward investment and economic competitiveness will be presented to a gathering of international parliamentarians by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Convener Murdo Fraser MSP.

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