Research Briefings and Fact Sheets

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Desks in Chamber

Research Briefings by Year

Browse briefings organised by session and year

Canongate Building

Research Briefings by Subject

Browse SPICe Research Briefings by a range of subjects, including Education, Health and Justice

Attendees at the IPIRN conference 2016

Academic Engagement in the Scottish Parliament

The academic engagement project provides access to academic experts to improve parliamentary scrutiny. It includes a number of activities.

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Timeline of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union

This timeline shows the key events in relation to the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union along with the Scottish Parliament's engagement with the process.

Spreadsheets and graphs

Financial Scrutiny

Information on the Scottish budget, public finances and the economy of Scotland.

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Fact Sheets

Fact sheets provide factual information about MSPs and Parliamentary Business

Parliamentary papers

Petitions Briefings

Petitions briefings are written by research specialists in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). They are intended primarily for use by the members and clerking staff of the Public Petitions Committee.

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Further Devolution

A Hub intended to be useful to those seeking information on the proposed futher devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament

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Referendum on Independence

A Hub intended to be useful to those seeking information on the Referendum on Independence for Scotland, and on the debate around the Referendum.

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Commonwealth Scotland

Commonwealth Scotland is a briefing written by Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) researchers and information specialists which illustrates social, economic and environmental change in Scotland since the Commonwealth Games in 1970.

SPICe Brexit/EU hub

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Find out more information on the UK's decision to leave the European Union in the SPICe Hub (external site).

Brexit Timeline

Screenshot of SPICe Brexit timeline

The SPICe Brexit Timeline shows the key events in relation to the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union along with the Scottish Parliament's engagement with the process.  It also provides links to relevant SPICe publications related to Brexit.