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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 18 March 2021

Agenda: First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motion, Portfolio Question Time, Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2021, Drug Deaths and Harms, Urgent Question, Standing Order Rule Changes (Private and Hybrid Bills), Standing Order Rule Changes (Delegated Powers Memorandums and Emergency Bills), Standing Order Rule Changes (Financial Scrutiny), Code of Conduct Rule Changes (Register of Interests), Decision Time


Code of Conduct Rule Changes (Register of Interests)

The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-24359, in the name of Bill Kidd, on the code of conduct—register of interests—gifts threshold.


The report recommends that Parliament agree a change to the code of conduct for MSPs relating to the threshold for the registration of gifts. The gifts threshold is dictated by the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006, and is expressed as a percentage of a member’s salary at the start of each parliamentary session. Section 2 of the code of conduct contains detailed information to guide members when registering their interest. Section 2 currently makes several references to a £300 threshold, which will become £320 for session 6.

I move,

That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report 2021 (Session 5), Code of Conduct — Register of Interests — Gifts Threshold (SP Paper 972), and agrees that the proposed changes come into effect on 6 May 2021.