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About the Scottish Parliament

Office of the Clerk dates

Between 1 June 2021 and 31 January 2022, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 17 September 2021
  • 26 November 2021
  • 24 December 2021 (pm)
  • 27 and 28 December 2021
  • 3 and 4 January 2022

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

Counting days are important in running parliamentary business.

On counting days, motions, amendments and questions may be lodged and Bills can be introduced. They are also used to calculate timeframes for:

  • answers to be given to written parliamentary questions
  • minimum periods between stages of Bills
  • the lodging of amendments to Bills
  • the management of Members’ and Committee Bills.

Recess dates

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