March

Foreign language teaching to be subject of debate at Holyrood

29.03.2013

The teaching of foreign language learning in Scottish primary schools will be the focus for a conference taking place at the Scottish Parliament in May.

Confusing landscape for children in care

28.03.2013

The systems designed to help Scotland’s most vulnerable children need to work better together in order to help the very people they are trying to protect according to a report issued today (28 March).

National strategy on purposeful activity in prisons urged by Justice Committee

28.03.2013

A strategy to ensure all prisoners in Scotland are offered equal access to purposeful activities such as work, education and rehabilitation programmes, has been urged by the Justice Committee in its report published today.

Finance Committee support for new ‘Stamp Duty’ Tax

27.03.2013

The Finance Committee has registered its support for the general principles of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill in a report published today.

Annie Lennox OBE, Special Envoy to CPA Scotland Branch will today visit the Scottish Parliament

27.03.2013

Annie Lennox OBE, Special Envoy to CPA Scotland Branch will today visit the Scottish Parliament as part of the recent David Livingstone bicentenary events within Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.

Committee demands Ministerial leadership on Gypsy/Travellers

26.03.2013

Ministerial leadership and a national public awareness campaign to deter discrimination against Gypsy/Travellers have been demanded by the Equal Opportunities Committee in its report published today.

Higher profile for local authorities needed to tackle climate change

22.03.2013

A lack of focus on the role of local authorities in tackling climate change has been highlighted in a report published today (22 March) by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Behaviour change the key to meeting ambitious climate change targets, according to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

22.03.2013

A step change is required in societal behaviour if Scotland is to meet ambitious climate change targets relating to housing and transport, according to a report by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Climate change plan must improve if Scotland is to meet its targets finds Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

22.03.2013

The Scottish Government needs to improve on proposals and policies in order to secure delivery of the step-change required for Scotland to meet its climate change targets, according to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Greater clarity called for on climate change plans, according to the Economy Committee

22.03.2013

The Scottish Government’s draft second report on proposals and policies (RPP2) sets out the necessary framework for tackling climate change but lacks clarity in a number of areas, finds the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Committee calls for evidence on Referendum Bill

21.03.2013

The Scottish Parliament committee charged with scrutinising the legislation to hold an independence referendum has issued a call for evidence on the Bill.

Committee welcomes principles of post-16 education reform

20.03.2013

The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee has, by majority, supported the general principles of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill but has some concerns about the proposed legislation.

Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press – Implications for Scotland

19.03.2013

The implications for Scotland of the Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press are to be considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee

Prioritise education and engage communities to halt biodiversity loss, urges Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

18.03.2013

Educating the next generation and engaging communities across Scotland about the importance of our wildlife, nature and environment are critically important if we are to halt biodiversity loss.

President of Malawi to make first official visit as Head of State to the Scottish Parliament

18.03.2013

Her Excellency Joyce Banda, the President of the Republic of Malawi, will make her first state visit to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 19 March.

European and External Relations Committee visit Fort William

18.03.2013

Fort William today hosts two visits by Jamie McGrigor MSP on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee.

Forth Road Bridge Bill continues its progress

18.03.2013

The future arrangements for the management and maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge have been endorsed in a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

MSPs leave for Malawi

15.03.2013

As part of the Scottish Parliament’s on-going links with Malawi, Sarah Boyack MSP and former Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Alex Fergusson MSP, will undertake a five day programme to Malawi, departing Today (15 March).

Scottish Parliament on its way to the Western Isles

14.03.2013

The Scottish Parliament will soon be on its way to the Western Isles. On Friday 15 March the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, will make her first ever visit to the area as part of the “Parliament Day” programme of events.

Referendum Bill Committee calls for evidence from young people on the Franchise Bill

12.03.2013

The Scottish Parliament committee charged with scrutinising the legislation to hold a referendum has issued a call for evidence on the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

Committee wants to know: How can community transport systems be improved?

11.03.2013

How people are travelling in their communities outside of commercial public transport systems is to be the focus for a Scottish Parliament Committee inquiry.

People and Petitions at the heart of the second Parliament Day

07.03.2013

The people of the Western Isles and the issues which matter to them the most are to be at the heart of the ‘Parliament Day’ taking place on Friday 15 March 2013.

Protecting Scotland’s children - what more needs to be done?

06.03.2013

Measures aimed at protecting the most vulnerable members of society are to be explored in an inquiry launched today by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

Scotland’s women of influence meet at Parliament

05.03.2013

The Influence of Women is the focus of this year’s International Women’s Day to be celebrated at the Scottish Parliament this Saturday.

Energetic focus on Scottish-Irish relationships

04.03.2013

Deputy Presiding Officer John Scott MSP will lead a delegation of MSPs this week as they attend the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) in Donegal, Republic of Ireland.