International Relations Office

The Scottish Parliament is an open, participative and progressive parliament. Other parliaments, governments and organisations around the world often want to meet and learn from us and discuss issues of mutual interest. As a young organisation, we are keen to learn from the experience and expertise of others across the range of our responsibilities. This assists the Parliament and its Members in fulfilling their role. Visits also increase awareness of the Scottish Parliament in the outside world and give Scotland greater global influence.

The framework for the Scottish Parliament’s International Strategy is agreed by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body at the start of each parliamentary session. Implementation of the Strategy is taken forward by the International Relations Office (IRO) which supports the Presiding Officer and other MSPs when they represent the Scottish Parliament both in the Parliament and on international visits. The Office also provides the secretariat to the Scotland Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (of which all MSPs are members) and secretariat functions to the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

For examples of the work we do, you may also wish to read about the work of the Presiding Officer  in representing the Scottish Parliament at home and abroad.

For more information, please contact the International Relations Office, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP, Scotland. 

Telephone: +44 131 348 5328 
Fax: +44 131 348 5301