Students to battle it out at Holyrood as Parliament hosts final of St Andrew's Day debating championship


Students from six of Scotland’s universities and a team of Scots studying at Oxford University will battle it out at Holyrood today to win the coveted St Andrew’s Day debating prize.

Committee improves rules on MSPs conduct in constituencies and regional areas


The Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has today published a report on its review of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct for MSPs of the Scottish Parliament.

Register for declaring employment of Member's close relatives published online


A new register detailing the employment by MSPs of close family members has been published today on the Scottish Parliament’s website.

Fife school holds its first ever mock Scottish Parliamentary Election


Pupils from Bell Baxter High School in Cupar will hold their first mock parliamentary election on Monday 24 November, with each of the five S1 candidates supported by an MSP from each political party in the Scottish Parliament.

Poet Laureate's Parliament poem goes Gaelic


The poem penned by Scotland’s Poet Laureate Edwin Morgan to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament building will be recited at Holyrood again this week – in Gaelic.

Committee embarks on fact-finding visits as inquiry looks at the future of energy in Scotland


The Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee is today beginning a series of fact-finding visits to gather evidence for an inquiry into the future of energy consumption and production in Scotland.

Fact-finding visit explores Scotland's gaming industry


The Convener of the Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee visits Dundee today to hear first-hand about the challenges facing Scotland’s software development industry and the value of the sector to the Scottish economy.

Parliament unveils five-year Gaelic language plan


The Scottish Parliament will launch its five-year Gaelic Language Plan next week.

Drivers who abuse disabled parking bays come one step closer to being penalised


Drivers who abuse disabled drivers’ parking bays have come one step closer to being penalised with the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee giving its initial approval to a Members’ Bill from Jackie Baillie MSP at Stage 1.

Knife crime debate proposed by Public Petitions Committee


A debate on knife crime is to be hosted by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee in mid-January 2009 in direct response to a petition.

Groundbreaking Parliament partnership programme launched


A groundbreaking project to give a voice to people typically under-represented in political life has been launched today by the Scottish Parliament.

Focus on budget as Holyrood Finance Committee holds meeting in Ayr


Scottish Government spending plans will be scrutinised when the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee visits the County Buildings in Ayr on Monday, 10 November.

Free tours announced at Holyrood


Guided tours are to be provided free of charge to visitors at the Scottish Parliament from next year, it was announced today by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).

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