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.
Some Standing Order rules have been suspended or varied for the duration of the public response to Covid-19.
- Previous versions of the Standing Orders
- Chapter 1 Members
- Chapter 2 Meetings of the Parliament
- Chapter 3 Officers of the Parliament and Other Officers
- Chapter 3A Parliamentary Corporation Supported Bodies
- Chapter 3B Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Fund Trustees
- Chapter 3C Directions and resolutions under the Lobbying Scotland Act 2016
- Chapter 4 The Scottish Government
- Chapter 5 The Parliamentary Bureau and Management of Business
- Chapter 6 Committees
- Chapter 6A The Conveners Group
- Chapter 7 Conduct of Meetings
- Chapter 8 Motions and Points of Order
- Chapter 9 Public Bill Procedures
- Chapter 9A Private Bill Procedures
- Chapter 9B Consent in Relation to UK Parliament Bills
- Chapter 9BA Consent in relation to Orders under the Public Bodies Act 2011
- Chapter 9C Hybrid Bills Procedures
- Chapter 10 Subordinate Legislation Procedure
- Chapter 10A Proposals for European Union Legislation
- Chapter 11 Decisions and Voting
- Chapter 12 Committee Procedures
- Chapter 13 Statements and Parliamentary Questions
- Chapter 14 Laying and Publication of Documents
- Chapter 15 Openness and Accessibility
- Chapter 16 Reporting of Proceedings
- Chapter 17 Miscellaneous
Chapter 6A The Conveners Group
Rule 6A.1 Members of the Conveners Group
1. There shall be a Conveners Group which shall consist of the Presiding Officer and the convener or, as the case may be, acting convener appointed under Rule 12.1A of each mandatory or subject committee.
Rule 6A.2 The Conveners Group
1. The functions of the Conveners Group shall be—
(a) to consider and make recommendations in connection with the operation of committees;
(b) to report to and be consulted by the Parliamentary Bureau on questions regarding competence under Rule 6.13;
(c) to report to and be consulted by the Parliamentary Bureau on any decision on joint consideration by committees under Rule 6.14;
(d) to decide with the Parliamentary Bureau on the approval of the place in Scotland of a committee meeting in accordance with Rule 12.3.2;
(e) to decide with the Parliamentary Bureau on the approval of travel by a committee member outwith the United Kingdom in accordance with Rule 12.10; and
(f) to refer matters to the Parliamentary Bureau, a committee or the Parliamentary corporation where it considers it appropriate to do so.
2. The Conveners Group shall not be regarded as a committee for the purpose of these Rules.
Rule 6A.3 Procedure of the Conveners Group
1. The Presiding Officer shall convene and chair meetings of the Conveners Group.
2. The Conveners Group shall normally meet in private.
3. The Conveners Group shall not consider any business unless the number of members of the Group who are present is 5 or more and, subject to paragraph 3A, the members present include representatives of 3 or more political parties.
(a) the membership of the Conveners Group is drawn from 3 or fewer political parties; and
(b) any of those political parties has only one member on the Conveners Group, the requirement that 3 or more political parties be represented is reduced to 2 or more political parties.
4. Matters to be decided by the Conveners Group require the agreement of all members who are present.
5. The Conveners Group may appoint one of its members (referred to as a “Conveners Group reporter”) to report to it on matters relating to the functions of the Conveners Group. The Conveners Group may appoint different Conveners Group reporters to report to it upon different matters.
6. A deputy Presiding Officer may attend any meeting of the Conveners Group and may participate in the proceedings.
7. The Conveners Group may invite members who are not members of the Conveners Group to attend a meeting of the Conveners Group and those persons may participate in the meeting.