April

Integrating British Transport Police into Police Scotland backed by Justice Committee

28.04.2017

A majority of members on Holyrood’s Justice Committee have backed the Scottish Government’s plan to integrate the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland into Police Scotland.

Presiding Officer sets by-election date for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

27.04.2017

The by-election for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017, it has been announced.

Action needed now on child protection in sport says Holyrood committee

26.04.2017

A scheme intended to protect children from abuse in sport may not be working and needs to be rectified now, according to a Holyrood parliamentary report.

Improvement needed to keep children at heart of hearings system

25.04.2017

Improvements are needed to ensure that children remain at the heart of the system designed to protect them. This is the conclusion of a report by the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee.

‘No room for complacency’ in Scotland’s squeezed Prosecution Service

25.04.2017

Scotland’s public prosecutor must do better in a number of key areas according to a report issued today by Holyrood’s Justice Committee.

Young people to have their say on Scotland’s future relations with Europe

25.04.2017

Young people from across Scotland are coming to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday 25 April) to have their say on what sort of future relations they would like to see between Scotland and the EU, after Brexit.

New research highlights significant international precedent for a bespoke immigration policy for Scotland

24.04.2017

New research for Holyrood’s European Committee highlights significant international precedent for Scotland having its own distinct immigration policy, in order to attract EU migrants and help meet its demographic and labour needs after Brexit.

Justice Committee backs Bill lifting time bar on Childhood Abuse civil litigation

20.04.2017

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has endorsed the general principles of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill, but states that some aspects of the Bill need further consideration to ensure the right balance is struck.

Armed Forces community open their doors to MSPs to show what life is like on the frontline

18.04.2017

Service women and men working in the Royal Navy, Army and RAF will welcome MSPs to their bases as part of a new programme launched today at the Scottish Parliament.

Clear plan needed for transfer of social security powers

11.04.2017

A clear plan is needed for the successful transfer of welfare powers according to a joint letter issued today by Holyrood’s Social Security Committee and Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee.

Harry Benson exhibition to go on display in Aberdeenshire

07.04.2017

Following the success of the Harry Benson: Seeing America exhibition at the Scottish Parliament last year, it has been announced today that it will go on display in Aberdeenshire.

OECD economists and budget experts to gather at Holyrood on 6 April

05.04.2017

Some of the OECD’s most influential economists are to gather in Holyrood’s chamber this week to discuss how parliaments across the world can better scrutinise government budgets and economic and fiscal forecasts.

Are City Region Deals worth the headlines, asks Committee

04.04.2017

A Holyrood committee has called for the public to submit their views on City and Region Deals, as it begins its research into the economic growth deals.

Urgent action needed to stop damaging impact of deer

03.04.2017

There’s no time to wait in addressing the challenges of wild deer across Scotland, warns a Holyrood committee.

Holyrood’s Finance Committee endorses Air Departure Tax Bill but criticises the Government’s lack of evidence

01.04.2017

The general principles of the Scottish Government’s Air Departure Tax (ADT) Bill have been endorsed in a parliamentary report published today.