November

Young debating talent takes over at Holyrood

30.11.2012

The sixth annual St Andrew’s Day Debate will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 3 December.

National BT Alba Gaelic schools debate winners

28.11.2012

Eoghann Beaton and Breigha Morrison from Tain Royal Academy are this year's winners of the National BT Alba Gaelic schools debate.

Commitment to improvement must “come from the top” says Local Government and Regeneration Committee

28.11.2012

Work to improve how local authorities can learn from others, reduce costs and improve services has been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Presiding Officer visits Irish Parliament

28.11.2012

The Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, is undertaking a programme of meetings at the Irish Parliament, the Oireachtas on Wednesday and Thursday.

Welfare Reform Committee visits Atos Healthcare assessment centre

27.11.2012

Members of the Welfare Reform Committee today undertook a visit to an Atos Healthcare assessment centre in Edinburgh.

Members’ expenses information published

27.11.2012

The latest details of all MSPs' parliamentary expenses are published on the web today.

Gaelic Language Day

27.11.2012

Gaelic Language Day is split over two days at Holyrood this year, with events and activities to promote the Scottish Parliament’s commitment to the language.

Referendum Bill Committee unanimously recommends Section 30 Order to Parliament

23.11.2012

Holyrood’s Referendum Bill Committee has unanimously recommended to the Parliament that a draft section 30 Order be approved, bringing the independence referendum in Scotland one step closer.

Olympic standard family fun at the Parliament

23.11.2012

Measuring your Olympian potential and the making the tallest tower are just two of the amazing challenges on offer at Family Day on Saturday 1 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Renewable target achievable but only if a number of issues are addressed

23.11.2012

The Scottish Government’s efforts to develop the renewable industry are supported by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee as necessary if the Government is to achieve its generation targets.

Post-legislative scrutiny inquiry announced

21.11.2012

An inquiry into post-legislative scrutiny has been announced today by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Subordinate Legislation Committee publish annual report

20.11.2012

The Subordinate Legislation Committee has today published its annual report.

Rural areas shouldn’t lose out in ‘winning years’ tourism strategy

19.11.2012

Glasgow shouldn’t be the only area to benefit from the Commonwealth Games when they come to Scotland in 2014, according to a report by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee into VisitScotland’s ‘winning years’ strategy.

Modern Studies students talk justice at Holyrood

15.11.2012

Law and order is the focus for more than 150 sixth year pupils taking part in the Advanced Higher Modern Studies Conference event tomorrow (Friday 16 November) at Holyrood.

Stornoway in Spotlight for Second Parliament Day

15.11.2012

Stornoway will be in the spotlight next March as the venue for the Scottish Parliament’s second ‘Parliament Day’ (15 March 2013).

Committee makes fact-finding visit to Fort William

15.11.2012

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is visiting Fort William on 16 and 17 November as part of its scrutiny of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

Access to new medicine sessions to focus on cancer and rare illnesses

14.11.2012

The inquiry on access to new medicines, being undertaken by the Health and Sport Committee, will take further evidence from clinicians and patient representatives, to inform their inquiry on access to new medicines.

Duncan Smith again declines to give evidence to Welfare Reform Committee

14.11.2012

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP, has again declined to attend a Committee meeting.

Does 'working together' work in practice asks Local Government and Regeneration Committee

09.11.2012

How local authorities and other public bodies can work together to benefit communities across Scotland is to be explored by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visits Aberdeenshire and Montrose

08.11.2012

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is visiting Aberdeenshire and Montrose on 9 and 10 November.

'Unforgettable' performance for Poppy Appeal at Scottish Parliament

08.11.2012

On Thursday, Jai McDowall, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2011, performed his version of the Nat King Cole classic 'Unforgettable' in the Parliament's Main Hall. The song has been recorded for this year's Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Committee seeks removal of Royal exemption from Freedom of Information Bill

02.11.2012

The Finance Committee is asking the Scottish Government to remove the Royal exemption provision from its Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill according to its Stage 1 report on the Bill published today.

Holyrood comes to Hawick

02.11.2012

The inaugural Parliament Day takes place in Hawick on Monday 5 November with an action-packed day of visits by the Presiding Officer to local organisations, school visits by MSPs and a workshop and formal meeting of the Finance Committee.