Important Information: Scottish Parliament Election 2021 

The Public Petitions Committee has started planning for the end of the current session of Parliament, in advance of the next Scottish Parliament election.

While you can still submit a public petition to the Scottish Parliament, due to the timescales involved in processing new petitions and preparing associated research briefings, any new petitions received by the clerks after 23 November 2020, will not be considered by the current Public Petitions Committee.  

Please be assured that any new petitions received after this date will be scheduled for consideration by the new Public Petitions Committee, once it has been established, at the start of the new parliamentary session.

If your petition seeks emergency action or relates to an urgent policy change in response to the COVID-19 public emergency, we would advise you to contact one of your 8 MSPs or the Scottish Government directly. Please be aware that the public petitions process is a thorough and often lengthy process and is not designed to respond to emergencies.

Before submitting a petition to the Scottish Parliament, you may wish to read the following documents—

  • Vision Statement - this sets out the Public Petitions Committee’s vision for the period 2020-21.
  • Statement of Expectations - this sets out what petitioners can expect from their engagement with the team during the petitions process.

You can also watch a short animated video which sets out how to petition the Scottish Parliament. A British Sign Language version of the video is also available.

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