December

Fiscal Commission should produce official fiscal forecasts

05.01.2016

The Scottish Fiscal Commission should be given the role of producing the official forecasts for the devolved taxes according to a report published today

Fixed odds betting terminals - the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling - should be banned says Committee

21.12.2015

A controversial form of hard gambling which can see players lose hundreds of pounds in minutes should be banned from bookmakers.

More clarity needed for measures to succeed

17.12.2015

More clarity is needed on measures aimed at improving the governance of Scotland’s higher education institutions. This is the conclusion of a report issued today (17 December) by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Holyrood Committee to scrutinise impact of UK Trades Union Bill

16.12.2015

Holyrood’s Devolution (Further Powers) Committee is to scrutinise the potential impact of the UK Government’s Trades Union Bill early in the new year, it has been announced.

Remit agreed for inquiry in to Forth Road Bridge defects

16.12.2015

A Committee inquiry to consider issues around the structural defects that have led to the current closure of the Forth Road Bridge will get underway early next year.

Greater transparency and engagement can strengthen Holyrood petitions

16.12.2015

Although research reveals people who petition the Scottish Parliament find it a positive experience, the process is to be further strengthened through greater transparency and by asking the public directly what they want

Lobbying Bill could leave important information unregistered, says parliamentary committee

15.12.2015

The Lobbying (Scotland) Bill in its current form could leave a “great deal” of important information unregistered, says a Holyrood parliamentary committee.

Significant overhaul required of Scotland’s welfare system, finds Committee

14.12.2015

Claimants should be treated with dignity and respect by the social security system, according to a report published today (14 December) by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

BBC spending probed by Committee

14.12.2015

How much income is collected from the licence fee in Scotland and how the BBC spends it are just two of the questions being asked by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee as it begins its scrutiny of the new BBC Charter.

Is improved access to new medicines being delivered in Scotland, asks Committee?

09.12.2015

The effectiveness of changes to the process and the organisation that regulates new medicines is to come under further scrutiny by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee.

Holyrood Committee: stronger Bill essential to delivering ambitious land reform

04.12.2015

The Scottish Government’s Land Reform Bill requires strengthening in key areas to deliver on its radical ambitions, according to a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE).

Community at heart of Parliament Day

03.12.2015

The Scottish Parliament is coming to Dunfermline on 7 December. The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, will make a number of visits within the area.