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There are still unanswered questions on the poor performance of the SPA, says Holyrood Committee


A Holyrood Committee has outlined a number of significant outstanding concerns about the performance of some of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board members.

‘Creative funding process completely unsatisfactory’ says Parliamentary Committee


‘Completely unsatisfactory’ is the view of a Scottish Parliament Committee on hearing Creative Scotland’s response to questions about its Regular Funding process.

Holyrood committee inquiry: is €940m European funding working, and what will replace it?


The effectiveness to the Scottish economy of European funding with an overall value of €940m*, and its post-Brexit replacement, will be two key issues for an upcoming Holyrood Committee inquiry

Scotland should give homeless people a permanent place to call home


Scotland should make a number of improvements in its approach to tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, including the implementation of a ‘Scottish style Housing First’ that would give people a safe and permanent home.

Holyrood committee: Scottish Government must help public better understand ‘new gold’ of economic data


Economic data is ‘the new gold, informing policy making, influencing business decisions and affecting our pay and pensions’, and the Scottish Government must help the public and media better understand it, according to a report.

Does the Crown Estate Bill allow for the best running of Scotland’s land?


Can Scotland’s new Crown Estate Bill be improved? And does it allow for the best management of Scotland’s diverse landscapes and assets?

Parliamentary Committee to scrutinise the farmed salmon industry in Scotland


The future of Scotland’s farmed salmon industry will come under the scrutiny of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee as it encourages individuals and organisations to share their views as part of its upcoming inquiry.

Plea for clarity over Brexit negotiations


The Culture Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MSP for a fifth time to ask him to give evidence on the UK Government’s position on Brexit.

Scottish Parliament building banishes plastic drinking straws forever


Plastic drinking straws have been banished for good at the Scottish Parliament, it has been announced.

Outdated IT systems, reluctance to change and confusion over data sharing are preventing innovation in the NHS, finds a Parliamentary Committee


In a report, which it will send to Scottish Government, the Committee highlights how a reluctance to adopt new ways of working, coupled with multiple, outdated IT systems that are often incompatible, remain a major obstacle for change.