Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

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    Visiting the Parliament

    The Scottish Parliament is in recess from Sunday 14 to Sunday 21 February inclusive.

    The building will be closed to the public during this time.

    Find out more

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    Visiting the Parliament

  • Composite image of party leaders showing Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Kezia Dugdale MSP, Ruth Davidson MSP and Willie Rennie MSP

    FMQs >> Video and Official Report

    On Thursday afternoon, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP took questions from opposition leaders and MSPs during First Minister's Question Time.

    Watch on YouTube

    Read the Official Report

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    FMQs >> Video and Official Report

  • Tenement building in Edinburgh. Image: Kim Traynor, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons

    Committee support for new property tax

    Legislation that would levy a supplement on the purchase of additional residential properties has been given the backing of MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee today. The Land and Buildings Transactions Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduces a supplement on purchases of additional residential properties in Scotland over £40,000.

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    Committee support for new property tax

  • Artwork by John Bellany © John Bellany Estate

    John Bellany exhibition on show at Holyrood

    A new exhibition of works by renowned Scottish artist John Bellany, inspired by wounded First World War soldiers and the nurses that cared for them, is now open at the Scottish Parliament.

    Accompanied by a free programme of events, film screenings and lectures, the 'John Bellany & the Scottish Women’s Hospitals' exhibition will run until Saturday 16 April 2016.

    Find out how to visit and book event tickets

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    John Bellany exhibition on show at Holyrood

 

What's on in Parliament

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The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP welcomed the Ambassador of Bolivia, His Excellency Mr Roberto Calzadilla Sarmiento, on his first official visit to the Scottish Parliament.

Presiding Officer welcomes the Ambassador of Bolivia

On Thursday the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, welcomed the Ambassador of Bolivia, His Excellency Mr Roberto Calzadilla Sarmiento, on his first official visit to the Scottish Parliament.

The Business Bulletin displayed on a tablet computer

Business Bulletin

The Business Bulletin is published each morning when the Parliament is in session. It includes details of current, future and past business of the Parliament.

The Presiding Officer's Gavel pictured in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament

How the Parliament Works

Find out how MSPs are elected, how committees work and how the Scottish Parliament makes laws.

Photograph of the visitor entrance at the front of the Scottish Parliament building taken on a sunny morning in Edinburgh

Visiting the Parliament

Planning a visit to Holyrood?  Our Visiting the Parliament section includes opening times, details on guided tours and how to find us, and other useful information.