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Chamber and committees

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee


Work programme

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has agreed the following areas of work for the rest of 2021 and 2022.

This work programme might change but will be updated if any changes have been made.

For further details or questions, please contact the clerks to the Committee.

Code of Conduct

The Committee agreed to review the Code of Conduct for MSPs to propose changes to make some of the rules in the Code clearer. This work will take place over the course of the current parliamentary session, with the Committee focusing on individual sections or parts of the Code in turn.

Parliamentary procedures

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Parliament has met in virtual or hybrid formats with either all or some MSPs participating by means of a virtual platform.

The Committee will look at how the procedures in virtual and hybrid meetings of the Parliament and committees can be improved to retain the key features of debate and allow greater participation by MSPs. As part of this work, the Committee will consider the introduction of proxy voting and other ways to support MSPs’ participation in parliamentary business. Proxy voting is where an MSP can vote on behalf of another MSP who is absent for a specific reason.

The Committee will also consider how the speed and quality of responses to parliamentary questions can be improved.

Freedom of Information

The Committee will monitor information on responses to Freedom of Information requests by the Scottish Government and any developments in relation to Freedom of Information legislation.

Regulated Lobbying

The Committee will consider the implementation of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act and any further changes to the legislation.

Elections

The Committee will conduct work relating to Scottish elections, including inquiry work on voter turnout and voting patterns in disadvantaged communities.

Cross-Party Groups

The Committee will monitor the number of Cross-Party Groups established in the current parliamentary session. 

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