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Integrating British Transport Police into Police Scotland backed by Justice Committee


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


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


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.

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


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.

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


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

Improvement needed to keep children at heart of hearings system


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.

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


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


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


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


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.