The Presiding Officer

Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP was elected as the Presiding Officer for the 4th Session of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2011. On the same day, Elaine Smith MSP and John Scott MSP were elected as Deputy Presiding Officers.

This section of the website tells you a little about the role of the Presiding Officer, the two Deputy Presiding Officers and their main responsibilities.

The Presiding Officer remains politically impartial in everything that she does, and the Deputies also are required to act impartially when they are undertaking their official duties.

The most obvious responsibility of the presiding officers is to chair plenary sessions of Parliament in the Debating Chamber. In addition, the Presiding Officer’s role includes the selection of questions to be asked at the weekly First Minister’s Question Time, as well as the selection of supplementary questions and amendments.

The Presiding Officer also has three other roles in chairing the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau, and representing the Parliament at home and abroad.

The Presiding Officer making a speech at the Community Partnerships Phase 3 Launch.

Key Speeches

Key speeches given by the Presiding Officer in Session 4.

Garden Lobby

Previous Sessions

Information about previous Presiding Officers

Biographical information

Contact the Office of the Presiding Officer