Our website has been designed to be clear, accessible and easy to navigate. The following short guide offers a quick introduction to the main areas.
This channel is home to key publications and information relating to the Parliament's work – both in the Debating Chamber and through its committees.
Sections within Parliamentary Business include:
The Committees page contains at-a-glance information on the current work of all of the Parliament’s committees.
Similarly, the colourful icons on the Current Bills page make it easy to scan this page and see quickly the stage that a specific bill is at in terms of its consideration by MSPs.
Use this channel to find out about the activities, posts and interests of all 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) – and read about Members from previous sessions, right back to the Parliament’s establishment in 1999.
The MSPs channel contains sections on:
In each MSP’s section there’s now a Parliamentary Activities panel that contains details of that Member's most recent speeches, motions, questions and voting records – and also a Member-specific search.
You can use Visit & Learn to find out more about how the Parliament works, learn about its history, take a virtual tour of our famous building, find how to visit the real thing and submit a request for a free guided tour.
The channel includes:
In addition, you can access information on Events and Exhibitions.
As many visitors to Education will be children and young people, this part of the site has friendly, colourful styling. In addition, there are now a greater number of interactive resources and games to help younger visitors learn about devolution and the work of MSPs in a fun, informal way
Our new Getting Involved channel brings together information on how you can engage with the Parliament, whether it be by responding to a consultation, submitting a petition or participating in one of our events for young people.
The channel includes information on:
As Cross-Party Groups provide members of the public with an opportunity to meet MSPs and discuss a shared interest in a particular subject, there is also a prominent link to this section.
Whenever one of the Parliament’s committees issues a call for evidence, our Current Consultations page is updated automatically.
You can also subscribe to the Current Consultations RSS feed, which is an easy way to make sure you’re notified whenever a new opportunity to submit your views is announced.
News and Media Centre channel
Journalists and non-journalists alike can use the News and Media channel to stay on top of the latest events at the Parliament, and tune-in to live video coverage of official business and special events.
This channel includes:
Our webcasting service, previously available at www.holyrood.tv, has been integrated into the main Scottish Parliament site.
You can now watch meetings of the Parliament and committees, and catch up on recent business in our weekly highlights programme, by going to Parliament TV.
In addition, video content appears where it's most useful or relevant – from the feature panel on the homepage, to individual committee sections.
This channel is about the Parliament as an organisation. It contains information on our structure and management, our corporate policies and annual reports and on key services such as Procurement and Human Resources.
About the Parliament contains specific sections on:
It's also where you can find information on the role and activities of the Presiding Officer.
Interested in working at the Parliament? Subscribe to our Recruitment RSS feed to make sure you hear about any opportunities that are announced.
Header and Footer
Do you have questions about the Parliament, or need help using the site? To ensure that you're never more than one click away from guidance, we've placed the key sections that help people to navigate the site and find useful contacts in the header and footer.
The header and footer – which can be accessed from every page – include:
Our website includes a prominent text-size option. Now, wherever you are in the site, you can make the onscreen characters smaller or larger just by clicking in the header. It's also possible to change the site's colour scheme.
Accessing content in languages other than English is also possible. The Gaelic option appears wherever there is an equivalent page in that language; further options, including Arabic, Bengali, British Sign Language, Traditional Chinese, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu can be accessed through the Languages link in the header.