Sexual harassment and sexist behaviour



The Committee considered a number of the recommendations from the Joint Working Group report on sexual harassment: 

  • The Role of the SPPA Committee;
  • Anonymity and confidentiality;
  • Excluded complaints and Treatment of Members’ own staff;
  • MSPs’ responsibility for the conduct of their own staff;
  • Right to make representations; and
  • The procedure for considering older complaints.

The Committee wrote (208KB pdf) to all MSPs seeking their views on proposals to revise the Code of Conduct to give effect to the recommendations made by the JWG in its report. It received a response from the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans (128KB pdf).

The Committee proposed revisions to the Code of Conduct to implement the Joint Working Group’s recommendations in a report to the Parliament. These were agreed by the Parliament on 10 December 2019 and came into effect on 7 January 2020.


for further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 6924 or by e-mail at: [email protected] 

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