Sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour
The report of the Joint Working Group on sexual harassment and sexist behaviour was referred to the Committee by the SPCB. The Committee will consider the Joint Working Group’s recommendations and the need for any changes to the Code of Conduct.
The Committee will consider changes to the Standing Orders before the end of the current parliamentary session.
The Committee’s remit includes Scottish elections. The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government proposed two bills, an Electoral Reform Bill and an Electoral Franchise Bill, which the Committee will consider once they have been introduced.
Commission on Parliamentary Reform
The Committee will consider recommendations from the report of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform that may require changes to Standing Orders or other parliamentary procedures.
Cross-Party Groups (CPGs)
The Committee considers applications for all new CPGs and, on an annual basis, the activities of CPGs and compliance with the Code of Conduct.
The Committee will consider any complaints referred to it by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.