Parliamentary Procedure

The Parliament's procedures are primarily governed by the Standing Orders. These Rules are revised from time to time. Guidance has been produced by to explain how key aspects of Parliamentary business operate in practice, by reference to relevant standing orders, determinations, conventions and practices. Although the guidance is aimed primarily at MSPs and clerks, it is also a useful reference source for anyone wishing to follow Parliamentary proceedings in detail

The carved Scottish Royal Arms which is located at the public entrance to the Scottish Parliament in the Main Hall

Parliamentary Bureau

The Parliamentary Bureau's role includes proposing and amending the Parliament’s business programme, and establishing the remit and membership of committees.

Desks in the Debating Chamber

Office of the Clerk dates

When the Office of the Clerk is open, these days are defined as ‘counting days’. This page gives information when the Office of the Clerk will be open.

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