Glossary

The glossary provides definitions for parliamentary terms to help you understand the Parliament and how it works.  The terms are arranged alphabetically so select a letter to find the term you would like to have explained.

K

Keeper of the Records of Scotland

The person responsible, amongst other things, for storing the official records of the Parliament, including the official prints of Acts of the Scottish Parliament. The office is held by the Chief Executive of the National Archives for Scotland.

Keeper of the Registers of Scotland

The person responsible, amongst other things, for recording the royal assent of Acts of the Scottish Parliament in the Register of the Great Seal. The office is held by the head of the Scottish Executive agency Registers of Scotland.

Keeper of the Scottish Seal

The First Minister is Keeper of the Scottish Seal. (The Seal is the means of signifying Crown approval for letters patent and royal proclamations under section 45(7) of the Scotland Act 1998).

key principles

A list of the main principles underpinning the terms of a particular document.