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About the Scottish Parliament

Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament

The Standing Orders are the rules of procedure for the Parliament.

They have been made in accordance with the Scotland Act 1998.

Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament 6th Edition 9th Revision 22 December 2023


Annexe Temporary Rules

This annexe contains any temporary rules made under Rule 17.1A that are currently in force.

Temporary Rule 1  [deleted]

Temporary Rule 2  [deleted]

Temporary Rule 3  [deleted]

Temporary Rule 4   Change to Mandatory Committee Remit and Name

This rule applies to the committee mentioned in Rule 6.8.  It ceases to apply when the Parliament has taken a decision to amend rule 6.8 in accordance with Rule 17.1 or on the date of dissolution, whichever is the earlier.

2.  Where provisions contained in this temporary rule are in conflict with other standing order provisions, those in the temporary rule have precedence.

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee 

3.  There shall be a committee, the remit of which is to consider and report on the following (and any additional matter added under Rule 6.1.5A)—

(a) the Scottish Government’s EU and external affairs policy;

(b) policy in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU;

(c) the international activities of the Scottish Administration, including international development; and

(d) any other matter falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture and any matter relating to inter-governmental relations within the responsibility of the Deputy First Minister.

Temporary Rule 5 [deleted]