New decrofting legislation backed by Rural Affairs Committee


Legislation that will allow owner-occupier crofters to decroft their land has been supported by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Justice Sub-Committee on policing sets out work programme


A focus on the ICT provision for the new single police force kicked off the Justice sub-committee on policing’s work programme yesterday, when it heard from representatives from the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland.

Planning for Bannockburn 2014 must remain focussed according to the Economy Committee


Planning for the Bannockburn 2014 event must remain focussed if it is to be a success according to a report published today (28 May) by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Creation of a forum for adults placed in care supported by the Health Committee


Proposals to create a National Confidential Forum, which will provide an opportunity for adults who were placed in institutional care as children to recount their experiences, including abuse, have been supported by the Health and Sport Committee.

What more needs to be done to support Scotland’s children and young people?


Measures aimed at making “Scotland the best place for children to grow up in” will be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee as it scrutinises the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

Parliament Conveners’ Group to Question First Minister


In a parliamentary first, the Scottish Parliament’s Conveners’ Group today announced it will question the First Minister in September following his statement on the Government’s legislative programme.

Marine environment should take priority in the planning process according to the Rural Affairs Committee


Protection of the marine environment should take priority over other considerations, including that of the economy, in planning decisions when the evidence of its impact is unclear.

Scottish Parliament launches Gaelic language plan


The Scottish Parliament is to launch its second five-year Gaelic Language Plan as part of its commitment to give the language equal respect as English.

“Use your Gaelic”, visitors to Parliament encouraged


The Scottish Parliament has a push on the use of its Gaelic services, encouraging visitors, MSPs and staff to take advantage of the many opportunities to use and learn about the language.

DWP decision criticised as ‘insulting’


The decision by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to refuse to send officials to brief the Welfare Reform Committee has been strongly criticised today.

Committee calls for views on crofting bill


Legislation which will allow owner-occupiers to decroft their land will be scrutinised by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Teaching one plus two languages for under 12s is examined


Teaching primary children two languages in addition to their mother tongue will be examined as the topic of debate in the Scottish Parliament today (Friday 10 May) as part of an inquiry by the European and External Relations Committee.

Government should set out “core audit data” for patient records on NHS waiting lists


The Scottish Government should set out the core audit data that all NHS health boards must input into patient records, says a Holyrood parliamentary report published today.

BBC Scotland’s capacity to handle major events questioned by parliamentary committee


The ability of the BBC to deliver quality programming to cover major events in Scotland is a serious concern according to a report published today (9 May) by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Stirling to be the home of Parliament for the day


The Scottish Parliament will hold a Parliament Day in Stirling on Friday 21 June.

School children from across Scotland to take part in annual Euroquiz event


Can you name the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia? Or when Latvia joined the European Union? Or what about the nationality of footballer Robin Van Persie?

Presiding Officer sets date for Aberdeen Donside by-election


The Aberdeen Donside by-election will be held on Thursday 20 June, it has been announced.

Parliamentary committee endorses Referendum Franchise Bill


The general principles of the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill have been endorsed by a leading parliamentary committee.

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