Scottish Parliament celebrates International Women’s Day


Nearly 400 women from all over Scotland and further afield will gather in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Health and Sport Committee welcomes 1000th witness


Fiona Collie from Carers Scotland gave evidence to the Health and Sport Committee this morning and was the Committee’s 1000th witness this session.

UK Government should reintroduce post-study work visas, says Holyrood’s Devolution Committee


UK Government policy has been a major factor in seriously restricting higher and further education institutions from attracting international students to Scotland, says a parliamentary report.

Committee support for new property tax


Legislation that would levy a supplement on the purchase of additional residential properties has been given the backing of MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee today.

Bill on criminal jury reform fails to gather Justice Committee support


A Bill which would both abolish Scotland's not proven verdict and change the majority required in jury trials for a conviction has failed to receive the backing of Holyrood’s Justice Committee.

Members’ Bill a positive step to ban pavement parking


A positive step in the right direction. This is the conclusion of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee on proposed legislation to ban parking on pavements.

The new BBC Charter must include greater decentralisation of decision making, commissioning and budgets, says Committee


The new BBC charter must ensure there is greater decentralisation of decision making, commissioning and budgets to Scotland according to a report issued today (8 Feb) by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Committee recommends strengthening burials and cremation legislation


Legislation which aims to provide a modern framework for burials and cremations in Scotland has been supported by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

MSPs disappointment at welfare reform minister’s failure to meet committee


Members of Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee today expressed their continuing disappointment at the failure of UK Government Ministers to answer questions on their welfare reform programme in Scotland.

Absence of detail stifles scrutiny of funeral industry Bill


A Bill, which aims to create a modern burial and cremation sector in Scotland, lacks detail and ambition according to a report issued today

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