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About the Scottish Parliament

Office of the Clerk dates

Up until 31 January 2023, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 15 April 2022
  • 18 April 2022 
  • 2 May 2022
  • 27 May 2022
  • 2 and 3 June 2022
  • 16 September 2022
  • 2 December 2022
  • 23 December 2022
  • 26 and 27 December 2022
  • 2 and 3 January 2023

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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