Recess Dates

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not sitting.


Parliamentary recess dates in 2021

There is no February recess in 2021.

The Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Act 2020, allows changes to the normal arrangements for elections. This means dissolution of the Parliament is now expected to take place on 5 May 2021, the day before the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May 2021.

The Parliament has agreed it will go into recess from 25 March until 4 May 2021.

Recess dates for Session 6 of the Parliament will be agreed after the election.

Attend a debate or a committee meeting

When the Parliament is sitting you can visit and attend a plenary or a committee meeting.  Details on how to book tickets in advance.

Fact Sheet

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not dissolved, but is not meeting for a particular length of time. The dates of recesses are decided by the Parliament on a motion from the Parliamentary Bureau that has regard to Scottish school holidays (rule 2.3).

Scottish Parliament Fact Sheet: Dates of Recess, Dissolution and Parliamentary Years

Office of the Clerk dates

When the Office of the Clerk is open, these days are defined as ‘counting days’.

Motions, amendments and questions may be lodged and Bills introduced on days when the Office of the Clerk is open.

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