New member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission annouced to Parliament


Matt Smith OBE has been appointed to the Scottish Human Rights Commission, it was announced today to the Scottish Parliament.

Committee asks for comment on changes to registrable interests


Proposed changes to categories of interests that MSPs are required to register, such as remuneration, sponsorship and gifts, have been published today in a consultation by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Health and Sport Committee warns over increasing budgetary pressure on NHS boards


A Scottish Parliament report published today raises concerns that “fundamental weaknesses in NHS management” may be influencing decisions on spending, budgeting and staff resources.

Holyrood scores with festival football debate


As the opening event at this year’s Festival of Politics, the Scottish Parliament will play host to 400 football fans for a live debate on the future of Scottish Football in the main Parliamentary Chamber.

Committee highlights worrying gaps in Mental Health Act


A worrying lack of data to allow for comprehensive scrutiny and assessment of whether the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 is delivering on its duties of equality and non-discrimination has been highlighted by committee.

Holyrood inquiry welcomes new opportunities for enhanced engagement in Europe


The Scottish Parliament should change the way it engages with the European Union and scrutinises EU matters to take advantage of new opportunities for enhanced engagement created by the introduction of the Treaty of Lisbon, according to committee.

Annual Report marks busy year for Holyrood


A busy year for legislation and for engagement activity was highlighted today when the Scottish Parliament published its Annual Report.

Views sought as Holyrood inquiry focuses on preventative spending


The use of public money to prevent rather than deal with negative social outcomes is the focus of an inquiry launched today by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Finalists descend on Holyrood for annual debating championship


More than 110 pupils will descend on the Scottish Parliament today to compete against each other in Scotland’s largest annual schools debating tournament.

Committee to examine modernised wildlife protection proposals


Proposed changes to game licensing, poaching legislation, deer management, snaring laws and the prevention and control of invasive non-native species are among issues Committee is seeking views on.

Research reveals steep rise in Public Sector spending on international engagement


The amount of money spent by Scotland’s public sector on key areas of international engagement has increased by 54% in the last five years, according to research published today by the European and External Relations Committee.

Committee says Scotland can benefit from EU cash, but more must be done


The Scottish Government needs to work hard to ensure Scotland maintains existing levels of EU funding during a period of austerity, according to a report published today by the European and External Relations Committee.

Public Sector preparations for budget cuts are patchy and lack urgency, says Holyrood committee


Efforts by public sector leaders to prepare for forthcoming budget cuts are patchy and lacking in urgency, according to a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Committee support for national children's hearing body


A single national body to replace local children’s panels comes one step closer today as the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee publishes its Stage 1 report on the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill.

Mixed views from migrants on life in Scotland


The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee met in Glasgow’s City Chambers yesterday where it heard first-hand experiences from more than 25 people who arrived in Scotland as migrants.

Housing Bill received qualified support at stage 1


The reform of laws on the right to buy social housing and HMO licensing came one step closer today as the Local Government and Communities Committee gave qualified support to the Housing (Scotland) Bill in its stage 1 report.

Scottish Parliament exhibition 'Moving Stories' opens in Benbecula


A travelling exhibition exploring ten people’s experiences of interacting with the Scottish Parliament will open in Museum nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula on Tuesday 15 June.

Holyrood seminar sets out future for banking and financial services in Scotland


The ability of Scotland to recover from the global economic crisis and to re-affirm its position as a leading centre of banking and financial expertise will be discussed by influential industry figures, policy makers and politicians.

Seminar aims to improve voter turnout


Ways to improve voter turnout will be examined in a seminar to be held at the Scottish Parliament on Friday 4 June.

Migrants tell Equal Opportunities Committee about life in Scotland


Over 25 people who arrived in Scotland as migrants will tell the Equal Opportunities Committee about their first-hand experiences of life here.

"Why are most MSPs boys?", asks island schoolchild


The whistlestop one-day visit by the MSP was part of the Scottish Parliament’s educational outreach programme.

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