March

Science made fun at the Scottish Parliament

01.04.2015

This April, the Scottish Parliament’s Main Hall will play host to science themed fun, where visitors will be able to take part in live science experiments

Strategies, leadership and tailored support needed to grow Scotland’s creative industries

31.03.2015

Scotland’s creative agencies should work closely with the industry to establish clearly defined strategies and ensure that support can be tailored to industry needs, according to a report by a parliamentary committee.

Presiding Officer calls for Reform of Holyrood’s Committee system

31.03.2015

Cultural and structural change is needed to strengthen Holyrood’s committee system, says Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick.

Security of Scotland’s energy supply to be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry

27.03.2015

The security of Scotland’s energy supply will be the subject of an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Parents and schools must work together, according to survey of parents

27.03.2015

Parents and schools need to work to together to help children achieve their best. This is just one of the findings to come from a survey of parents conducted on behalf of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Carers asked for their views on legislation

27.03.2015

Carers are today being asked for their views on legislation that aims to improve the support available to them and set out their rights in law.

Improving attainment for children with a sensory impairment

25.03.2015

How attainment levels for school pupils with a sensory impairment can be improved is to be the focus of a short inquiry announced today (25 March) by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Call for evidence issued for FAI Bill

25.03.2015

The Justice Committee has issued a call for evidence as it prepares to consider the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Aberdeen the focus of export inquiry visit

23.03.2015

Businesses in Aberdeen will today be asked for their experience in exporting goods and services to the rest of the world by MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Licensing of Air Weapons in Scotland a Step Closer

23.03.2015

The licensing of air weapons has today (23 March) come a step closer following the publication of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee’s stage one report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Legislation process should be improved, says Committee

20.03.2015

Measures to make the legislative process in Scotland more transparent have today (20 March) been published by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Inspiring women to join Presiding Officer in major event for young women

20.03.2015

An impressive line-up of inspiring women are taking part in a forthcoming event at Holyrood on 23 March has been announced today by the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP.

Housing regulator scrutiny

20.03.2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator is to be asked to take forward work to deliver a range of improvements to its operations and to provide evidence on progress to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Justice Committee supports early release Bill

19.03.2015

Scottish Government plans to end the current system of automatic early release (AER) for certain types of prisoner have been supported in principle by the overwhelming majority of the Parliament’s Justice Committee.

Committee Calls for TTIP Assurances to Protect Public Services

17.03.2015

A Holyrood committee has called for a guarantee that the NHS and other public services in Scotland would not be adversely affected by a controversial trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and USA.

Surprised and Saddened: MSPs React to Mundell Food Bank Evidence

17.03.2015

Evidence that shows the link between the UK Government’s welfare reform and an increase in the use of food banks has been sent to Scotland Office Minister David Mundell MP by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Committee launches inquiry into the impact of welfare changes on women

14.03.2015

The impact of recent welfare reforms on women in Scotland will be the focus of a new inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

International Women’s Day celebrated at the Scottish Parliament

13.03.2015

Hundreds of women from diverse backgrounds will gather in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Saturday 14 March) to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Parliament Day comes to Easterhouse

11.03.2015

People from across Glasgow can find out how their Scottish Parliament works for them, quiz local MSPs on the issues that matter, and even sit in on a Parliamentary Committee

Longannet closure threat to be investigated by MSPs

11.03.2015

The future of Longannet power station in Fife will be investigated today by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Latvian Ambassador to address MSPs on European priorities

11.03.2015

The priorities of Latvia as it holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union will be outlined by the Ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom, His Excellency, Andris Teikmanis.

Schools should encourage discussions around elections, Parliamentary Committee recommends

11.03.2015

The enthusiasm with which 16 and 17 year olds embraced the opportunity to vote in last year’s referendum should be supported by schools in the run up to other elections, a Scottish Parliamentary Committee has recommended.

NHS Highland recalled to the Parliament’s Public Audit Committee

11.03.2015

NHS Highland is to be recalled to give evidence to the Public Audit Committee in order for MSPs to question them again on their management of NHS Highland’s finances in 2013/14.

Exploring Scotland’s International Connections

10.03.2015

The third sector and non-governmental organisations are today being asked to give their views to the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee as it launches the next stage of its ‘Connecting Scotland’ inquiry.

Further devolution plans to be scrutinised by the Public Audit Committee

09.03.2015

The adequacy of the audit and accountability arrangements of those who will be delivering the proposed new devolved powers in future is to be the focus of work launched today by Public Audit Committee.

Inspiring young women to be the best that they can be

09.03.2015

Inspiring young women to be the best that they can be is the key focus of a major event being held at Holyrood on Monday 23 March, hosted by the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP.

Greater transparency for Members’ financial interests proposed

06.03.2015

Measures to improve the transparency of information about MSPs' financial interests are today being proposed by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Holyrood’s Finance Committee calls for transparency in developing new fiscal framework for Scotland

04.03.2015

Greater transparency and accountability in discussions between the Scottish and UK Governments on further fiscal devolution have been called for by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee today.

Justice Committee begins taking evidence on Human Trafficking Bill

03.03.2015

The Justice Committee will host its first roundtable evidence session on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill today.

Freight the focus of Committee visits

03.03.2015

How freight is moved by rail and sea to the rest of the UK, Europe and worldwide was the focus of two Committee visits by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Report published on order to transfer powers for votes for 16-17 year olds

02.03.2015

The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee today published its report on the Section 30/63 Order that would see the powers allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote

Impact of Welfare Reforms On Children and Families Revealed

02.03.2015

Parents and people with disabilities are being hit hardest by the UK Government’s programme of welfare reform according to new research commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.