Parliament performance to hit the high notes


Parliament performance to hit the high notes

Views sought on Local Government Finance Bill


Measures to encourage owners of long-term empty properties to bring them back into use will be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Events force unusual preface to Criminal Cases report


“Very unusual circumstances,” surrounding the Justice Committee’s consideration of the Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill, has meant the committee has prefaced its Stage 1 report with an explanation regarding part 2 of the Bill.

Committee to examine the reality of Gypsy/Traveller lives


The reality of life for Gypsy/Travellers is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee as part of an inquiry into accommodation.

New Auditor General for Scotland to be approved by Parliament


The Scottish Parliament will tomorrow be asked to approve the nomination of Caroline Gardner as the new Auditor General for Scotland.

Greater ambition needed for the future of broadband in Scotland


Greater ambition is needed for the future of broadband in Scotland, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Committee supports the end of ultra-long leases in Scotland


Ultra-long leases should no longer exist in Scotland according to a report published today by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Presiding Officer sews first stitch on Great Tapestry of Scotland


The first stitch on what is believed to be the longest embroidered tapestry in the world will be sewn at the Scottish Parliament this morning by the Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP.

Community connections take centre place at Parliament


The successful conclusion of a three year outreach programme will be marked by a conference at the Scottish Parliament next week on Tuesday 27 March.

Views sought on Scottish Welfare Reform Bill


How Scotland implements the UK Welfare Reform Act is back under the spotlight today as the Welfare Reform Committee has asked for comments on the general principles of the Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

Parliament finalises Diamond Jubilee plans


Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP today outlined the Scottish Parliament’s plans to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Committee welcomes 'cultural change' to tackling homelessness


The significant advances made in how homelessness is tackled in Scotland has been welcomed by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee in a report issued today.

Renewables inquiry witnesses announced


The initial tranche of witnesses for the Scottish Parliament’s Committee inquiry into the achievability of the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets has been announced.

Annie Lennox addresses audience at Parliament


Singer and activist Annie Lennox visited the Scottish Parliament yesterday in her capacity as special envoy on Africa to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Sir Hugh Orde gives evidence to Justice Committee


Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, today gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Annie Lennox returns to Parliament for Commonwealth Day


Annie Lennox returns to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday March 14 as part of Commonwealth Day events taking place on the day. Ms Lennox will address an audience on the Global Plan and the development of the UNAIDS targets.

Spotlight on Education and Lifelong Learning at International Women’s Day


Women from across Scotland will gather together at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the importance of education and lifelong learning

Clarification of Ministerial power needed in relation to National Library of Scotland Bill


Clearer justification is needed for reforms contained within the National Library of Scotland Bill, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Parliament first as committee tweets out report


The Health and Sport Committee made Twitter history today as the first Scottish Parliament Committee to use its own twitter account @SP_HealthSport to alert followers to the Stage 1 report on the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill.

UK Minister speaks to committee on CAP reform


UK Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice MP today gave evidence to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on the Common Agricultural Policy reform proposals.

Holyrood to welcome international culture ministers


The Scottish Parliament has confirmed it will welcome the Edinburgh International Culture Summit in August, with early responses indicating very positive interest in the event.

Committee backs minimum-pricing Bill


A minimum price for a unit of alcohol came one step closer today with the publication of the Stage 1 report on the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill by the Health and Sport Committee.

Renewables inquiry evidence-gathering to begin


Invitations are being issued to individuals and organisations, including the Trump Organisation, asking them to provide the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee with views on the achievability of the Scottish Government’s renewable-energy targets.

Committee calls for 'greater clarity' in Land Registration Bill


‘Greater clarity’ is needed from the Scottish Government in relation to land-registration reform according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

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