What can MSPs do?

What sort of thing can MSPs do for their constituents?

In representing their constituents, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) can take a number of actions.

An MSP can:

  • lodge a motion to get support for an issue or to put it forward for debate in the Parliament
  • attend a committee meeting
  • speak in a debate
  • introduce a bill to change the law
  • propose an amendment (a change) to a bill
  • ask a question of the Scottish Government
  • refer matters to, or ask questions of, another person or organisation
  • ask a question of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Where can I find out more?

Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament contains detailed information on MSPs' engagement and liaison with constituents.

Related Documents

Read more about what MSPs do in our MSPs and their Work leaflet.