Expanded Contents

CHAPTER 1 - MEMBERS

  • 1.1 The Scottish Parliament
  • 1.2 Oath of allegiance 
  • 1.3 Term of office 
  • 1.4 Disqualification 
  • 1.5 Vacancies 
  • 1.6 Code of Conduct 
  • 1.7 Withdrawal of rights and privileges
  • 1.7A Motion of censure
  • 1.7B Other sanctions under Interests Act
  • 1.8 Members’ interests: Parliamentary determinations and resolutions 

CHAPTER 2 - MEETINGS OF THE PARLIAMENT

  • 2.1 Session of the Parliament
  • 2.2 Meetings of the Parliament 
  • 2.3 Parliamentary recess 
  • 2.4 First meeting following a general election 
  • 2.5 Chairing of meetings 
  • 2.6 Witnesses and documents 
  • 2.7 Location 

CHAPTER 3 - OFFICERS OF THE PARLIAMENT AND OTHER OFFICERS

  • 3.1 The Presiding Officer and deputy Presiding Officers
  • 3.2 Election of the Presiding Officer
  • 3.3 Election of deputy Presiding Officers
  • 3.4 Resignation of the Presiding Officer and deputy Presiding Officers
  • 3.5 Removal of the Presiding Officer and deputy Presiding Officers
  • 3.5A Available officers all from the same political party
  • 3.5B Calculation of days
  • 3.6 Members of the Parliamentary corporation
  • 3.7 Election of members of the Parliamentary corporation
  • 3.8 Appointment of members of the Parliamentary corporation
  • 3.9 Resignation of members of the Parliamentary corporation
  • 3.10 Removal of members of the Parliamentary corporation
  • 3.11 Nomination of individuals for appointment by Her Majesty
  • 3.11A Nomination of individuals for reappointment by Her Majesty
  • 3.12 [deleted]
  • 3.13 Appointment of members of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit
  • 3.14 Resignation of members of the Commission
  • 3.15 Removal of members of the Commission
  • 3.16 Reports of the Commission

CHAPTER 3A - PARLIAMENTARY CORPORATION SUPPORTED BODIES

  • 3A.1Appointment of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland and members of the Standards Commission for Scotland
  • 3A.2 Directions to the Ethical Standards Commissioner
  • 3A.3 Reports by the Ethical Standards Commissioner
  • 3A.4 [deleted]
  • 3A.5 [deleted]
  • 3A.6 Annual reports and strategic plans

CHAPTER 3B - SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY PENSION SCHEME – FUND TRUSTEES

  • 3B.1 Application of this chapter
  • 3B.2 Motions for the appointment of Fund trustees
  • 3B.3 Removal of a Fund trustee
  • 3B.4 Tenure of a Fund trustee where there is a change of scheme membership status
  • 3B.5 Business Bulletin

CHAPTER 3C - DIRECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS UNDER THE LOBBYING (SCOTLAND) ACT 2016

  • 3C.1 Parliamentary directions
  • 3C.2 Parliamentary resolutions

CHAPTER 4 - THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

  •  4.1 Nomination of the First Minister
  • 4.2 Designation of person to exercise functions of the First Minister
  • 4.3 Appointment of the Scottish Law Officers
  • 4.4 Removal of the Scottish Law Officers
  • 4.5 Participation of the Scottish Law Officers in proceedings
  • 4.6 Appointment of other Scottish Ministers
  • 4.7 Appointment of junior Scottish Ministers
  • 4.8 Resignation of Ministers

CHAPTER 5 - THE PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU AND MANAGEMENT OF BUSINESS

  • 5.1 The Parliamentary Bureau
  • 5.2 Members of the Parliamentary Bureau
  • 5.3 Procedure of the Parliamentary Bureau
  • 5.4 Business programme
  • 5.5 Daily business list
  • 5.6 Special cases of Parliamentary business
  • 5.7 Programme of the Scottish Government
  • 5.8 Financial business
  • 5.9 Business Bulletin

CHAPTER 6 - COMMITTEES

  • 6.1 Establishment of committees
  • 6.2 Functions of all committees
  • 6.3 Membership of committees
  • 6.3A Committee substitutes
  • 6.3B Bill substitutes
  • 6.4 Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments 
  • 6.5 [deleted]
  • 6.6 Finance 
  • 6.7 Public Audit 
  • 6.8 Europe and External Relations 
  • 6.9 Equalities
  • 6.10 Public Petitions 
  • 6.11 Delegated Powers and Law Reform 
  • 6.12 Duration of committees
  • 6.13 Questions regarding competence
  • 6.14 Joint consideration by committees

CHAPTER 6A - THE CONVENERS GROUP

  • 6A.1 Members of the Conveners Group
  • 6A.2 The Conveners Group
  • 6A.3 Procedure of the Conveners Group

CHAPTER 7 - CONDUCT OF MEETINGS

  • 7.1 Languages
  • 7.2 Calling speakers and content of speeches
  • 7.3 Order in the chamber
  • 7.4 Suspension and closure of meetings by the Presiding Officer
  • 7.5 Sub judice
  • 7.6 Forms of address
  • 7.7 Calculating the length of debates or the number of speakers
  • 7.8 Committee proceedings

CHAPTER 8 - MOTIONS AND POINTS OF ORDER

  • 8.1 Motions
  • 8.2 Notice of motions
  • 8.3 Motions taken by the Parliament
  • 8.4 Amendments to motions
  • 8.5 Notice of amendments
  • 8.6  Amendments taken by the Parliament
  • 8.7 Amendments to amendments
  • 8.8 Application to committees
  • 8.9 Motions of the First Minister
  • 8.10 Motions for Scottish rate resolutions
  • 8.11 Business motions
  • 8.11A Pension motions and grants motions
  • 8.11B Motions to change subordinate legislation procedure
  • 8.12 Motions of no confidence
  • 8.12A Motions on competence
  • 8.13 Procedural motions
  • 8.13A [deleted]
  • 8.14 Motions for closure or extension of a debate
  • 8.15 Motions for adjournment of a debate
  • 8.16 Motions for adjournment and closure of meetings
  • 8.17 Points of order

CHAPTER 9 - PUBLIC BILL PROCEDURES

  • 9.1 General Rules and Special Rules
  • 9.2 Form and introduction of Bills
  • 9.2A Member in charge
  • 9.3 Accompanying documents
  • 9.4 Printing and publishing of Bills and accompanying documents
  • 9.4A Memorandum on delegated powers
  • 9.5 Stages of Bills
  • 9.6 Stage 1
  • 9.7 Stage 2
  • 9.8 Stage 3
  • 9.9 Reconsideration of Bills passed
  • 9.9A Reconsideration of Bills rejected
  • 9.10 Amendments to Bills
  • 9.11 Crown consent
  • 9.12 Financial Resolutions
  • 9.13 Withdrawal of Bills
  • 9.13A Limits on participation in certain committee proceedings
  • 9.14 Members’ Bills
  • 9.15 Committee Bills
  • 9.16 Budget Bills
  • 9.17 Private Bills and Hybrid Bills
  • 9.17A Scottish Law Commission Bills 
  • 9.18 Consolidation Bills
  • 9.18A Codification Bills
  • 9.19 Statute Law Repeals Bills
  • 9.20 Statute Law Revision Bills
  • 9.21 Emergency Bills

CHAPTER 9A - PRIVATE BILL PROCEDURES

  • 9A.1 Private Bills
  • 9A.2 Accompanying documents
  • 9A.3 [deleted]
  • 9A.4 Printing and publishing of Private Bills and accompanying documents
  • 9A.5 Private Bill Committees
  • 9A.6 Objections
  • 9A.6A Statements in relation to consultation
  • 9A.7 Stages of Private Bills
  • 9A.8 Preliminary Stage
  • 9A.9 Consideration Stage
  • 9A.10 Final Stage
  • 9A.11 Reconsideration of Private Bills passed
  • 9A.11ZA Reconsideration of Private Bills rejected
  • 9A.11A Change of promoter
  • 9A.12 Amendments to Private Bills
  • 9A.13 Crown consent
  • 9A.14 Financial Resolutions
  • 9A.15 Withdrawal of Private Bills

CHAPTER 9B - CONSENT IN RELATION TO UK PARLIAMENT BILLS

  • 9B.1 UK Parliament Bills making provision requiring the Parliament’s consent
  • 9B.2 Legislative consent motions
  • 9B.3 Legislative consent memorandums

CHAPTER 9BA - CONSENT IN RELATION TO ORDERS UNDER THE PUBLIC BODIES ACT 2011

  • 9BA.1 Orders under the Public Bodies Act 2011 requiring the Parliament’s consent
  • 9BA.2 Public Bodies Act consent motions
  • 9BA.3 Public Bodies Act consent memorandums

CHAPTER 9C - HYBRID BILL PROCEDURES

  • 9C.1 Hybrid Bills
  • 9C.2 Member in charge
  • 9C.3 Accompanying documents
  • 9C.4 Printing and publishing of Hybrid Bills and accompanying documents
  • 9C.5 Memorandum on delegated powers
  • 9C.6 Hybrid Bill Committees
  • 9C.7 Objections
  • 9C.8 Statements by mandatory consultees
  • 9C.9 Stages of Hybrid Bills
  • 9C.10 Stage 1
  • 9C.11 Stage 2
  • 9C.12 Stage 3
  • 9C.13 Reconsideration of Hybrid Bills passed
  • 9C.13A Reconsideration of Hybrid Bills rejected
  • 9C.14 Amendments to Hybrid Bills
  • 9C.15 Crown consent
  • 9C.16 Financial Resolutions
  • 9C.17 Withdrawal of Hybrid Bills

CHAPTER 10 - SUBORDINATE LEGISLATION PROCEDURE

  • 10.1 Laying of instruments
  • 10.2 Lead committee
  • 10.3 Subordinate legislation scrutiny
  • 10.3A Procedure on breach of laying requirements
  • 10.4 Motion for annulment
  • 10.5 Motion that a draft instrument be not made or submitted
  • 10.6 Motion for approval
  • 10.7 Instruments considered by the Parliament
  • 10.8 Withdrawal of instruments
  • 10.9 Notice of instruments and draft instruments
  • 10.10 Application to other documents
  • 10.11 Calculation of days

CHAPTER 10A - PROPOSALS FOR EUROPEAN LEGISLATION

  • 10A.1 Proposal for European Union legislation
  • 10A.2 Referral to lead committee
  • 10A.3 Consideration of proposal for Eurpoean Union legislation

CHAPTER 11 - DECISIONS AND VOTING

  • 11.1 Decisions of the Parliament
  • 11.2 Decision Time
  • 11.3 Decisions at times other than Decision Time
  • 11.4 Order in which questions are put
  • 11.5 Right to vote
  • 11.6 Divisions
  • 11.7 Manner of voting
  • 11.8 Committees
  • 11.9 Election of the Presiding Officer and deputy Presiding Officers
  • 11.10 Selection of the First Minister
  • 11.10A Election of members of the Parliamentary corporation
  • 11.11 Simple majority, absolute majority and super-majority

CHAPTER 12 - COMMITTEE PROCEDURES

  • 12.1 Conveners of committees
  • 12.1A Acting conveners
  • 12.2 Procedure in committee
  • 12.2A Participation by substitutes
  • 12.3 Committee meetings
  • 12.4 Witnesses and documents
  • 12.5 Sub-committees
  • 12.6 Reporters
  • 12.7 Advisers
  • 12.8 Reports of committees
  • 12.9 Annual reports
  • 12.10 Travelling outwith the United Kingdom

CHAPTER 13 - STATEMENTS AND PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

  • 13.1 Personal statements
  • 13.2 Ministerial statements
  • 13.3 Questions to the Scottish Government
  • 13.4 Admissibility of questions
  • 13.5 Written questions
  • 13.6 First Minister’s Questions
  • 13.6A Portfolio and General Questions
  • 13.6B Topical Questions 
  • 13.7 Oral Questions in the Chamber
  • 13.8 Emergency Questions
  • 13.9 Questions to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

CHAPTER 14 - LAYING AND PUBLICATION OF DOCUMENTS

  • 14.1 Laying of reports and other documents
  • 14.2 Laying of financial reports and documents
  • 14.3 Publication of documents
  • 14.4 Publication under the authority of the Parliament

CHAPTER 15 - OPENNESS AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • 15.1 Meetings in public
  • 15.2 Public access
  • 15.3 Access to the chamber
  • 15.4 Bringing petitions
  • 15.5 Admissibility of petitions
  • 15.6 Action on petitions
  • 15.7 Closing petitions
  • 15.8 Notification

CHAPTER 16 - REPORTING OF PROCEEDINGS

  • 16.1 Minutes of proceedings
  • 16.2 Scottish Parliament Official Report
  • 16.3 Journal of the Scottish Parliament
  • 16.4 Broadcast of proceedings
  • 16.5 Committee proceedings
  • 16.6 Proceedings of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

CHAPTER 17 - MISCELLANEOUS

  • 17.1 Amending standing orders
  • 17.2 Suspension and variation of standing orders
  • 17.2A Date of resignation
  • 17.3 Notice to members
  • 17.4 Lodging of documents
  • 17.5 Consulting the Parliament
  • 17.6 Interpretation

TABLE OF REVISIONS

TABLE OF RULE-CHANGES