Co-chaired by a member of the House of Commons and a member of Dáil Eireann, elected from amongst the membership. It meets in plenary twice a year, and normally debates matters of political and general concern, considers reports from its committees and responses from the UK/Irish/devolved governments to questions raised. Committee reports, if approved by plenary, are forwarded to the relevant UK/Irish/devolved (if appropriate) government departments for a response.
The day-to-day work is carried out through four committees (Sovereign Matters (restricted to UK Parliament and Oireachtas members only); European Affairs; Economic Affairs; and Environmental and Social Affairs).
The Scottish Parliament has five full members and four associate members on the BIPA. In the current Parliamentary Session the Scottish Parliament full members are: Linda Fabiani MSP (Deputy Presiding Officer and delegation leader), Willie Coffey MSP, John Scott MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP and Ross Greer MSP.
BIPA Plenary Sessions (external website)
Session 5 Reports:
BIPA Liverpool 55th Plenary report - October 2017
BIPA Kilkenny 54th Plenary report - July 2017
BIPA Cardiff 53rd Plenary report - November 2016
BIPA Dublin 52nd Plenary report - July 2016