New Year Message from the Presiding Officer


A New Year's message from Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP reflecting on the events of 2011 and looking forward to the parliamentary year to come.

Presiding Officer’s Christmas Message


Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP's Christmas greetings on behalf of Members and staff of the Scottish Parliament.

Committee to probe Public Services Reform


Public-services reform is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee, which has announced a call for evidence today for the first part of what will be a three-strand inquiry running throughout 2012.

Holyrood chamber set to meet three times a week, as committee recommends reform


Measures to improve the Scottish Parliament’s topicality and responsiveness to events have been set out by a Holyrood committee.

Broad welcome for Gaelic plan but greater focus required


The Education and Culture Committee has broadly welcomed a wide-ranging plan to promote Gaelic but has concerns about its overall strategy and priorities.

Scotland Bill “missed opportunity and not yet fit for purpose” says Holyrood Committee


The UK Parliament’s Scotland Bill, as it currently stands, is a “missed opportunity” and is “not yet fit for purpose”, according to a report published today by Holyrood’s Scotland Bill Committee.

Finance Committee calls for clarity on budget


The Finance Committee report on the Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012–13 has welcomed the Scottish Government’s emphasis on preventative spending and the £500 million funding of three new Funds.

LGBT History Month event cancelled


LGBT Youth Scotland and Linda Fabiani MSP would like to inform all invited guests that due to severe-weather warnings tonight’s History Month reception in the Garden Lobby has been cancelled.

Welfare reform plans get partial support


Partial support was given to the legislative consent memorandum on the Welfare Reform Bill (UK Parliament) today in a report published by the Health and Sport Committee.

Child Law Centre event cancelled


The Scottish Child Law Centre and Kezia Dugdale MSP would like to inform all invited guests that due to severe-weather warnings tonight’s Child Law Centre round-table event in Committee Room 1 has been cancelled.

Members’ expenses information published


Latest details of all MSPs' parliamentary expenses are published on the web today.

Inquiry into progress towards meeting the 2012 Homelessness Commitment


Progress made towards meeting the 2012 homelessness commitment in Scotland is to be examined in an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.