Parliament performance to hit the high notes


Scottish Opera is bringing a mini version of Tosca to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 17 May at 12.30pm.

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

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.

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.

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.

Community connections take centre stage 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Report outlines Scottish Parliament's EU priorities


The has published its report, The Scottish Parliament’s EU priorities for 2012. The report sets out the Committee’s summary of the EU priorities of the committees of the Parliament, as envisaged by the Scottish Parliament’s EU Strategy.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Are you in charge of your care, asks committee?


Scots receiving social care are among those being urged to make their views known to the Health and Sport Committee today as the committee launches its call for evidence on the Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill.

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