Has a devolved Parliament addressed poverty and inequalities?


Julia Unwin CBE, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will today lead a conference to assess the work of the Scottish Parliament in reducing poverty and inequalities.

Children's and human rights commissioners should remain independent says committee


Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and the Scottish Commission for Human Rights should be retained as separate bodies, according to a Scottish Parliament committee report published today.

Oban to host Holyrood's 'Moving Stories' exhibition


A unique ‘travelling’ exhibition exploring 10 personal experiences of Holyrood will be launched in Oban on Friday 22 May as part of a series of events marking 10 years of the Scottish Parliament

Committee calls for Westminster collaboration to combat child poverty


The Scottish and UK governments must work together to tackle the issue of child poverty, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee.

Tourism body criticised over handling of e-tourism venture


VisitScotland could have achieved better value for the public purse by using a different business model to develop the website according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee.

Commitee calls for radical overhaul of teaching of PE


There has been a lamentable failure to deliver the target set in 2004 for two hours’ quality physical education for every school pupil, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

Alloa community to debate criminal justice bill with committee


People in Alloa will have the opportunity to offer their opinions on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill when the Justice Committee meets in Alloa Town Hall on Tuesday 19 May.

Scottish Parliament unveils portrait of Dr Winnie Ewing


A portrait of Dr Winnie Ewing will be unveiled in a short presentation taking place outside the Members’ Restaurant today.

Innovating for the upturn theme for annual business in the parliament conference


‘Innovating for the upturn’ in the Scottish economy is the focus for politicians and Scottish business leaders gathering at Holyrood next month for the fifth annual Business in the Parliament conference.

School children set to get quiz-ical in Holyrood's Chamber


More than 120 Scottish primary school children will take up a seat in the Scottish Parliament’s Debating Chamber today as part of a nationwide competition to test their knowledge of European affairs.

Committee calls for joint protocol on accuracy of members' contributions in the chamber


The Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government should work together to produce a joint protocol clarifying the roles of the Presiding Officer and the First Minister regarding accuracy of Members’ contributions in the Chamber.

Committee calls for planning culture overhaul to alleviate pressures on rural housing provision


A planning system burdened by a centuries-old belief that the countryside should be protected from development is exacerbating a serious shortage of housing in Scotland’s rural areas, according to a report published today.

European regions gather at Holyrood to discuss EU challenges


Politicians from Catalonia, Flanders, Baden-Wurttemberg and Wales will be among a delegation gathering at the Scottish Parliament on Friday 8 May for a seminar scrutinising the way regional parliaments deal with European matters.