Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

  • View of Parliament building from Salisbury Crags

    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.

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    Visiting the Parliament

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    MSPs call for return of post-study work visas

    A new report by the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee finds that UK Government policy has been a major factor in restricting colleges and universities from attracting international students to Scotland.

    The Committee believes that post-study work visas should be reintroduced to prevent Scotland from falling further behind in attracting overseas students.

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    MSPs call for return of post-study work visas

  • The First Minister and MSPs in the Debating Chamber at the Scottish Parliament

    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

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    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

 

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.