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Chamber and committees

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:

  • all public petitions submitted to the Parliament and determines if they meet the rules
  • deciding what actions should be taken for all public petitions which meet the rules
  • reviewing the operation of the public petitions system
  • any other forms of public engagement the committee decides to undertake

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Pauline McIntyre, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5254 Find out about call charges.

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

Current Members

Carlaw, Jackson

Jackson Carlaw

Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Eastwood (Constituency)

Torrance, David

David Torrance

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Kirkcaldy (Constituency)

Kidd, Bill

Bill Kidd

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Anniesland (Constituency)

Stewart, Alexander

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Sweeney, Paul

Paul Sweeney

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Substitute Members

Dowey, Sharon

Sharon Dowey

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

McNair, Marie

Marie McNair

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Clydebank and Milngavie (Constituency)

Mochan, Carol

Carol Mochan

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Remit

There shall be a committee, the remit of which is to consider public petitions addressed to the Parliament in accordance with these Rules (and any additional matter added under Rule 6.1.5A) and, in particular, to—

  • decide in a case of dispute whether a petition is admissible
  • decide what action should be taken upon an admissible public petition
  • keep under review the operation of the petitions system
  • to consider and report on public policy or undertake post-legislative scrutiny through the use of deliberative democracy, Citizen’s Assemblies or other forms of participative engagement.