Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

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    Visiting the Parliament over Christmas

    During the Christmas period the parliament building will be closed to the public from Wednesday 24 December to Sunday 4 January inclusive.

    Outwith these dates the Scottish Parliament is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday. 

    Find out more about visiting

    Recess dates


    Visiting the Parliament over Christmas

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    Watch >> video on taxi licensing

    The Local Government and Regeneration Committee is seeking views on Scotland’s taxi-licensing regime.  Changes to the existing system are proposed in the Air Weapons and Licencing Bill and the committee wants to hear from people on how those changes could affect them.

    Watch the video

    Taxi and Private Car Hire inquiry


    Watch >> video on taxi licensing

  • Debating Chamber

    FMQs >> video and Official Report

    On Thursday afternoon, Nicola Sturgeon MSP took questions from opposition leaders and MSPs during First Minister's Question Time, with Kezia Dugdale MSP asking questions on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party for the first time, following her recent election as Deputy Party Leader.

    Watch First Minister's Questions

    Read Official Report of FMQs


    FMQs >> video and Official Report

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    Views sought on Poll Tax Debts Bill

    The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee is seeking views on the Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill.

    The Bill seeks to cancel any liability of community charge (commonly known as the Poll Tax) debt and associated debts. It will also make related summary warrants and decrees unenforceable.

    Find out more

    How to submit your views


    Views sought on Poll Tax Debts Bill


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    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.

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    Parliament on Facebook

    Like us on Facebook for updates on news and events at the Scottish Parliament.

    The Debating Chamber from the back

    MSP pages

    Every MSP's page contains details of their recent speeches, motions, questions and voting records.

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    Happy to Translate

    The Scottish Parliament is taking part in Happy to Translate.

    This national language initiative will enhance our existing services for non-English speakers and promote equal access for people living in Scotland.