Presiding Officer to stand down at 2016 Scottish election


The Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, has announced that she is standing down from Parliament at next year's Scottish election.

Battle of Stirling Bridge memorial to be unveiled


A project to increase awareness about the Battle of Stirling Bridge will be unveiled by Stewart Maxwell MSP, Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Scottish Rate of Income Tax to be Examined


What rate should the new Scottish Rate of Income Tax be set at and why? This is one of the questions being asked by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee as it begins its scrutiny of the 2016-17 draft budget.

Committee bill to increase transparency introduced


A new Bill to increase the transparency of MSPs’ financial interests has been introduced by Stewart Stevenson MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Holyrood set to rock as nation-wide music competition is launched


A nation-wide music competition which aims to find the best new musical talent in Scotland, whilst encouraging young people to use their vote in the 2016 Holyrood election, has been launched in the Scottish Parliament.

Parliament Day comes to Orkney


The Scottish Parliament comes to Orkney on Monday 8 June, during which, local people will have the opportunity to meet the Presiding Officer and MSPs.

Committee urges Scottish Government to consider third cycle of IVF


The Scottish Government has made progress in treatment times for IVF

Devolution Committee supports principles of franchise Bill


The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee has today supported the general principles of a Bill that would allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Views sought on Community Justice (Scotland) Bill


The Justice Committee has issued a call for written evidence as it prepares to consider the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill.

Carers from across Scotland to give their views to MSPs


Carers from across Scotland will today give their views to MSPs of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee on new legislation that aims to improve the support available to them and set out their rights in law.

Holyrood committee backs mandatory climate change reporting for public sector


The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE) has voiced its support for mandatory climate emissions reporting for many public sector organisations.

Committee calls for view on proposed alcohol legislation


Proposed legislation which has the aim of promoting public health and reducing alcohol related offending is being scrutinised by the Health and Sport Committee who has today issued a call for views on the proposals.

Draft Scotland Bill “falls short” in some “critical areas”- Devolution Committee


The previous UK Government’s draft legislative clauses for the new Scotland Bill do not meet the “spirit or substance” of the Smith Commission’s recommendations on welfare and benefits

More ambition needed to increase Scotland’s exports


The agency tasked with supporting Scottish companies to export needs to be more ambitious according to a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee.

Edinburgh’s Craigmillar to host Parliament Day


People living in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh are being asked how changes to the benefits system have affected them as the Scottish Parliament visits the south east side of the city on Monday 18 May.

Holyrood loneliness inquiry comes to Islay


Social media savvy young islanders, a ground breaking housing project and a ceilidh attended by more than one-hundred senior citizens are set to help MSPs understand how to tackle loneliness and isolation

School pupils quizzed on Europe at Holyrood


In which European city could you find the oldest amusement park in the world? Which European country has the ‘zloty’ as its currency? Do you know when the European Coal and Steel Community was founded?

Justice Committee hears from Lord Cullen on FAI Bill


The Justice Committee will today host its first evidence session on the Inquiries Into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill.

Holyrood Committee launches race and employment inquiry


The challenges faced by Scotland’s ethnic minorities when trying to access work are set to be heard at Holyrood, as the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee launches its inquiry into race, ethnicity and employment.

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