March

Views called for on creation of new food standards body

28.03.2014

Views on the creation of a new food standards body are being sought by the Health and Sport Committee as they begin scrutiny of the Food (Scotland) Bill.

British Irish Parliamentary talks to take place in Dublin

28.03.2014

British and Irish parliamentarians will gather in the Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin on Monday where the programme includes key note addresses from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive, Ryan Air.

Homeless young people asked for their views by Equal Opportunities Committee

28.03.2014

Young people who have experienced homelessness have been asked to give their views to the Equal Opportunities Committee in a call for evidence on preventing youth homelessness published today.

MSPs suggest five changes to Iain Duncan Smith on improving the Work Capability Assessments

23.03.2014

Five changes have been suggested to Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to make Work Capability Assessments (WCA) more “effective and humane”.

George Wyllie's Burd finds a home at the Scottish Parliament

19.03.2014

The smaller sibling to the world-famous Berlin Burd together with a sculpture and drawing by the celebrated Scottish artist George Wyllie MBE, will be permanently housed at the Scottish Parliament

Flexibility needed on building repairs legislation

18.03.2014

Measures to assist local authorities in recouping the costs they incur in making defective or dangerous buildings safe have today been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Views asked for on assisted suicide by parliamentary committee

14.03.2014

A call for views on the legalisation of assisted suicide has been published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, as the parliamentary scrutiny process begins for the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

Key environmental issues should be improved in Scotland’s planning framework

14.03.2014

The third National Planning Framework (NPF) is an ambitious document that will play a fundamental role in delivering reductions to Scotland’s greenhouse gas targets but needs to be improved in a number of key environmental areas.

Committee seeks more information on national planning

14.03.2014

In a report published today, the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has called for more information from the Scottish Government in relation to key aspects of its National Planning Framework.

Energy Committee calls for further information on wind farm and unconventional gas planning rules

14.03.2014

Scotland’s draft national planning framework and policy lacks clarity on planning rules for onshore wind farms and unconventional gas, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Energy Committee.

Public Audit Committee calls for safeguards on college funding foundations

14.03.2014

A Holyrood committee has called for safeguards to be put in place to protect the financial interests of Scotland’s colleges.

Clearer link to national policies needed in National Planning Framework

14.03.2014

The links between the third National Planning Framework (NPF) and other key national policies such as community regeneration need to be clearer according to a report issued today by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

As another UK Minister refuses to give evidence in public, Holyrood debates a year of welfare reform

13.03.2014

“Insulting” is the view of the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee Convener Michael McMahon MSP following the refusal to give evidence in public to the Committee by UK Minister for Employment, Esther McVey MP

More competition needed to improve access to finance for SMEs

12.03.2014

The dominance of two high street banks – RBS and the Bank of Scotland - should be broken up by establishing new sources of credit for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), according to a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee.

Committee to examine future management of Scotland’s historic environment

10.03.2014

The future management of Scotland’s historic environment and how it should be championed is to be considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Public Audit Committee calls for greater transparency on Scottish income tax collection

10.03.2014

Greater transparency is needed if Holyrood is to be able to scrutinise HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) collection of the new Scottish Rate of Income Tax, says a parliamentary committee.

What women want and need debated at Scottish Parliament

07.03.2014

‘What women want, What women need,’ is the theme at this year’s International Women’s Day to be celebrated at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.

Scottish Parliament first UK legislature to welcome beehives

05.03.2014

The Presiding Officer today oversaw the arrival of the latest feature in the Scottish Parliament garden – two bee hives.

Greek Ambassador to address MSPs on European priorities

04.03.2014

The priorities of Greece as it holds the six-monthly presidency of the Council of the European Union will be outlined tomorrow by the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic of Greece to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Konstantinos Bikas.

Scottish Parliament experiences on economic competitiveness presented in Serbia

03.03.2014

The experiences of the Scottish Parliament in promoting inward investment and economic competitiveness will be presented to a gathering of international parliamentarians by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Convener Murdo Fraser MSP.