20 June 2016
This SPICe subject profile provides an overview of the digital strategy in Scotland. It includes information on the current state of the broadband and mobile infrastructure in Scotland.
21 December 2015
This briefing examines the plans set out in ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2016-17’ for the health, wellbeing and sport portfolio.
9 May 2014
The Scottish Government’s Historic Environment Scotland Bill, introduced on 3 March 2014, proposes the merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).
2 August 2013
The purpose of this briefing is to look at the key issues surrounding the Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill.
29 April 2013
This briefing provides an introduction to the developments regarding press regulation in the UK and Scotland. It also provides information on the scrutiny as well as a summary of recent developments.
13 February 2013
The National Trust for Scotland (Governance etc.) Bill was introduced by the National Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, on 7 January 2013.
27 September 2012
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14’.
30 August 2012
This briefing sets out the main issues relating to community sport in Scotland, including the legislative and policy context, and funding of sport in Scotland.
1 February 2012
The National Library of Scotland was formally established by the National Library of Scotland Act 1925 c. 73. Since then there has been no substantial changes to the legislation
5 January 2012
This briefing outlines the rationale behind minimum pricing, the results from the Health and Sport Committee‟s call for evidence and the key issues raised in relation to the policy.
12 December 2011
This briefing considers some of the key recommendations made by the Parliament’s Justice Committee following consideration of the Bill as introduced, the Scottish Government’s response and key amendments at stage 2
20 October 2011
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13
20 June 2011
The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 16 June 2011.
2 December 2010
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12
1 September 2010
The Historic Environment (Amendment (Scotland) Bill is a technical amending Bill introduced by the Scottish Government on 4 May 2010.
25 September 2009
This briefing is one in a series of SPICe briefings analysing the Scottish Government’s ‘Draft Budget 2010-11’.
8 September 2009
The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 28 May 2009 by John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.
8 October 2008
This paper provides an overview of the parliamentary consideration which has been given to the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill prior to Stage 3.
24 April 2008
This paper provides a brief history of tartan, outlinines the previous Bill and considers a recent economic impact assessment of the tartan industry in Scotland.
29 April 2008
This briefing summarises the Stage One recommendations regarding the Commonwealth Games of the Local Government and Communities and the Scottish Government response.
22 November 2007
This paper considers the proposals contained in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill within the context of the consultation responses received on the draft consultation version of the Bill.
28 April 2008
This paper considers the findings of consultations for cultural policy including those for the previous administration's draft Culture (Scotland) Bill insofar as they relate to the Creative Scotland Bill.
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