Palliative care - need for legislation questioned


Improvements to the delivery of palliative care services should be pursued, but the need for legislation has been questioned, according to a Parliament committee report published today.

Child poverty at heart of Holyrood debate


Students from schools and universities across Scotland will gather at the Scottish Parliament today to compete to win the St Andrew’s Day debating prize.

New legislation not the way to tackle problem of assault on workers


The Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill would not provide any more safeguards to individuals against assault than those currently available through law, according to a Parliament committee report published today.

Scottish Parliament's green success


The Parliament has become the first public sector body in the UK to be awarded the CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) standard.

Gaelic language day at Holyrood


Friday is Gaelic Language Day at Holyrood. Events include Gaelic singing workshops, free guided tours of the Parliament building in Gaelic and an art installation which explores the story of Gaelic communities in Glasgow.

Law on raptor poisoning must be strengthened says committee


The illegal killing of protected birds of prey across Scotland has been condemned by the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee in a report published today.

Parliament celebrates St Andrew's weekend with family fun


This weekend, battle lines of a different sort will be drawn at Holyrood when the Parliament hosts a range of Jacobite themed activities including an interactive drama of soldiers preparing for the battle of Culloden.

Budget focus for Finance Committee meeting in Carnoustie


Scottish Government spending plans will be scrutinised when the Finance Committee meets in Carnoustie on Monday 6 December.

Committee not convinced by End of Life Assistance Bill


The End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee has not been persuaded there is a case to decriminalise homicide as it applies to assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia.

Parliament's corporate body announces 12 per cent budget cut by 2014/15


The cost of the running the Scottish Parliament will be reduced in real terms by £9.5m by 2014/15, it was announced today - representing a 12 per cent saving over the next four financial years based on this year’s budget level.

Committee calls for better quality data collection on orthopaedic services


The Scottish Government should improve the quality of data collected nationally on orthopaedic services, according to a report published today by the Public Audit Committee.

'Building a stronger economy' theme for annual Business in the Parliament conference


Business leaders and politicians will gather at Holyrood today to discuss how to re-build the economy and avoid another recession.

Modern studies teachers come to study at Holyrood


Modern Studies teachers from across Scotland will discuss the range of issues and challenges they face in the coming years, when they attend a conference in Holyrood on Saturday (6 November).

Spotlight on British Political landscape


How devolution has shaped politics and the future of the British political landscape will be debated on Friday (5 November), when the Scottish Parliament hosts the Irish-Scottish Forum.

Committee questions need for new patient rights legislation


The Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee remain to be convinced of the need for new primary legislation to strengthen patient rights, according to a report published today.

Improved Government engagement commended by Forth Crossing Bill Committee


Improved engagement by the Scottish Government with those who have concerns about the building of a new Forth Crossing.

Parliament Committee gathers evidence of support offered to business on Skye


The best means of supporting businesses and strengthening communities across the highlands and islands have been debated at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism (EET) Committee on the Isle of Skye.