Recess Dates

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not sitting.

 

The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2020:

  • 27 June to 9 August 2020 (inclusive) - with the exception of 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 20 and 6 August 2020, on which dates business may be programmed by the bureau. 
  • 10 to 25 October 2020 (inclusive)
  • 24 December 2020 to 8 January 2021 (inclusive)

Attend a debate or a committee meeting

When the Parliament is sitting you can visit and attend a plenary or a committee meeting.  Details on how to book tickets in advance.

Fact Sheet

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not dissolved, but is not meeting for a particular length of time. The dates of recesses are decided by the Parliament on a motion from the Parliamentary Bureau that has regard to Scottish school holidays (rule 2.3).

Scottish Parliament Fact Sheet: Dates of Recess, Dissolution and Parliamentary Years

Office of the Clerk dates

When the Office of the Clerk is open, these days are defined as ‘counting days’.

Motions, amendments and questions may be lodged and Bills introduced on days when the Office of the Clerk is open.

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