Resilience of the Scottish Parliament’s practices and procedures


About the Inquiry

The Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is seeking your views as part of its inquiry into the resilience of the Scottish Parliament’s procedures and practices in relation to its business.

Following the introduction of “lockdown” provisions in late March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Parliament has adapted its practices and procedures through the variation and suspension of some of the Rules in the Parliament’s Standing Orders. Since April 2020, the Chamber and Committees of the Parliament have met in a mix of virtual, hybrid and socially-distanced formats to ensure that parliamentary business continues. 

This inquiry seeks to evaluate those changes with a view to recommending permanent changes to Standing Orders to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can continue to function as effectively as possible in the context of the ongoing public health situation. The inquiry will also consider wider changes to the Parliament’s practices and procedures to promote the resilience of parliamentary business in the future.


The Committee launched its call for views on 13 October 2020, the closing date for submissions is 9 November 2020. 

Read the call for evidence

Read the written submissions


The Committee published its report on 23 February 2021 

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