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    Committee reports & research briefings

    The Parliament has recently launched a digital hub for committee reports and research briefings produced by SPICe.

    Find the most recent committee reports & research briefings


    Committee reports & research briefings

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    How it all happens

    How the Parliament Works

    Read about how MSPs are elected, how committees work and how the Scottish Parliament makes laws.

    Find out more


    How it all happens

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    Current Bills

    Proposals for new laws are introduced in the Parliament as Bills

    Follow new and ongoing Bills as they progress through Parliament.

    Current Bills


    Current Bills

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    Public Petitions

    The public petitions process is a key part of the Parliament's commitment to participation.

    Individuals, community groups and organisations can drive the policy process by raising issues of concern.

    Public Petitions


    Public Petitions

Parliamentary Business

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Business Bulletin

The Business Bulletin is published each morning when the Parliament is in session. It includes details of current, future and past business of the Parliament.

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Official Report

The Official Report is the full and authoritative written report of proceedings in the Scottish Parliament and its committees.

Committee meeting


Committees play a central role in the work of the Parliament, including taking evidence from witnesses, scrutinising legislation and conducting inquiries.

The Graduate Endowment Abolition Bill next to the Mace


Bills are draft laws that can be introduced by a member of the Scottish Government, a parliamentary committee, or an individual member of Parliament.

The Parliament's Mace

The Chamber

The Debating Chamber is used for full meetings of the Members of the Scottish Parliament, including First Minister's Questions.

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Motions, Questions and Answers

Parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. Motions are used by MSPs as a device to initiate debate or propose a course of action.

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Research Briefings and Fact Sheets

Research briefings are written by research specialists in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). They are used by MSPs to support parliamentary business.

Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament

Parliamentary Procedure

Information on the Parliament's procedures, which are primarily governed by the Standing Orders, and the Parliamentary Bureau.

The Canongate Building

Public and Privilege Holidays

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not dissolved, but is not meeting for a particular length of time. Find out the dates of forthcoming periods of recess.

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