Recess Dates 2017 and 2018

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not sitting.

The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2017:

  • 11 to 19 February 2017 (inclusive)
  • 1 to 16 April 2017 (inclusive)
  • 1 July to 3 September 2017 (inclusive)
  • 7 to 22 October 2017 (inclusive)
  • 23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 (inclusive)

The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2018:

  • 10 to 18 February 2018 (inclusive)
  • 31 March to 15 April 2018 (inclusive)
  • 30 June to 2 September 2018 (inclusive)
  • 6 to 21 October 2018 (inclusive)
  • 22 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 (inclusive)

Attend a debate or a committee meeting

When the Parliament is sitting you can visit and attend a plenary or a committee meeting.  Details on how to book tickets in advance.

Fact Sheet

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not dissolved, but is not meeting for a particular length of time. The dates of recesses are decided by the Parliament on a motion from the Parliamentary Bureau that has regard to Scottish school holidays (rule 2.3).

Scottish Parliament Fact Sheet: Dates of Recess, Dissolution and Parliamentary Years

Office of the Clerk dates

When the Office of the Clerk is open, these days are defined as ‘counting days’.

Motions, amendments and questions may be lodged and Bills introduced on days when the Office of the Clerk is open.

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