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Research Briefings

SPICe researchers produce detailed, impartial briefings covering subjects of interest to the Scottish Parliament. They are available to the public. Subjects include Bills making their way through the Scottish Parliament, the budget and other current policy issues.

All briefings from April 2017 can be found on our Digital Hub.

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The most recently published briefings are listed first. You can also search by subject: 

  • Business and industry 
  • Culture and Sport
  • Economy and Finance 
  • Education 
  • Environment and Energy 
  • Equalities 
  • EU and International Affairs 
  • Health 
  • Housing and Planning 
  • Justice 
  • Parliament and Government 
  • People and Communities 
  • Rural Affairs 
  • Social Security 
  • Transport 

Older briefings

Research briefings published between May 2007 and March 2017 can be found on National Records Scotland website

Please contact our Public Information Services team if you need a briefing from earlier than May 2007. 

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Other formats

All Scottish Parliament publications can be made available in a range of formats including:

  • Braille
  • audio 
  • large print

Please contact our Public Information services team if you need an alternative format.

SPICe Spotlight blogs

Read our blogs for impartial analysis on current issues. These give a quick overview on a range of subjects.  Follow now to receive email updates on issues which interest you. 

Common Frameworks Hub

Now that the UK has left the EU, it needs new arrangements on internal affairs.  Our Common Frameworks Hub will help you to understand the changes which affect Scotland.  

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SPICe briefings on our Digital Hub

Find research briefings on our Digital Hub