Government’s National Marine Plan ‘not fit for purpose’ claims Committee


A draft National Marine Plan for Scotland, developed by the Scottish Government over a five year period is still not ‘fit for purpose’ according to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Mental health bill supported by Health Committee


Legislation which introduces changes to how people with mental health conditions access treatment has been supported by the Health and Sport Committee.

Change needed to put the power into empowerment


Changes are needed to ensure legislation designed to empower communities delivers on its promise.

Committee welcomes extension of community ‘right-to-buy’ to all of Scotland


The Scottish Government’s ambition to give communities across Scotland greater access to purchase land for the benefit of local people is to be welcomed, but the ‘devil’s in the detail.’

NHS Highland financial management to be focus of Parliamentary Committee meeting in Inverness


NHS Highland’s management of its finances in 2013/14 will be the focus of a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee in Inverness on Monday 2 February.

Community Charge Debt Bill Given Go-Ahead from MSPs


Legislation that would end the collection of historical Community Charge (commonly known as the poll tax) debt in Scotland has been supported in a report by Holyrood’s Finance Committee.

Holyrood Committee launches loneliness inquiry


The experiences of lonely and isolated people are set to be heard at Holyrood, as the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee launches its inquiry into social isolation.

First-time voters were enthusiastic and informed, Committee survey finds


An overwhelming majority of 16 and 17-year-olds who were eligible to vote in last year’s historic referendum did so, with four out of five saying they want a vote in all future elections, a Scottish Parliament committee survey has found.

Review of infrastructure funding recommended to help meet climate change targets, finds Committee


The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has recommended that the Scottish Government review infrastructure funding for tackling climate change, to help Scotland meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Holyrood launches urgent inquiry into plight of dairy farmers


The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is launching an urgent inquiry into the milk pricing crisis.

Justice Committee invites views on proposals to tackle human trafficking and exploitation


The views of people directly affected by trafficking and slavery are invited by the Justice Committee as part of its call for evidence on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill published today.

Fuel poverty target unlikely to be met, finds Economy Committee


The statutory target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016 is unlikely to be met according to a report into the Scottish Government’s budget for 2015-16 by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Committee cites ‘tensions’ between forestry and farming as factor in decline of Scotland’s trees


‘Frustrating’ tensions between the forestry and farming sectors have been cited by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee as contributing to declining planting rates in Scotland.

MSPs begin scrutiny of the Assisted Suicide Bill


Proposals to legalise assisted suicide will today be scrutinised by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee.

Bridging the gap – school attainment to be focus for education committee


The progress being made by the Scottish Government in reducing the educational attainment gap will be explored by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee as it begins a year long piece of work on the issue.

Call for Clarity on the impact of the Block Grant Adjustment on the Scottish Budget


The UK and Scottish Governments have been urged to reach agreement on the size of the Scottish block grant in a report issued today by the Finance Committee.

Justice Committee reports on the legal aspects of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill


In a report published today, the Justice Committee makes a number of recommendations on the processes and possible implications of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill for the Health and Sport Committee to consider as it begins lead scrutiny of the Bill.

Presiding Officer to attend bicentennial of Canada’s Scots-born Prime Minister


The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP will take part in events in the City of Kingston to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Glasgow-born Sir John A. Macdonald.

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