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    Current Bills

    Proposals for new laws are introduced in the Parliament as Bills

    Follow new and ongoing Bills as they progress through Parliament.

    Current Bills

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    Current Bills

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    Referendum on independence

    Researchers within the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have created a Referendum Hub which brings together information on the Referendum on Independence, and on the debate around the Referendum.  

    SPICe is politically impartial and every effort has been made to ensure both sides of the debate are fairly represented.

    Referendum on independence

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    Referendum on independence

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    Committees

    Committees play a central part in the work of the Parliament

    Find out more about the Scottish Parliament's committees and their work. 

    Committees

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    Committees

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    Public Petitions

    The public petitions process is a key part of the Parliament's commitment to participation

    Individuals, community groups and organisations can drive the policy process by raising issues of concern.

    Public Petitions Committee

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    Public Petitions

Parliamentary Business

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Business Bulletin

The Business Bulletin is published each morning when the Parliament is in session. It includes details of current, future and past business of the Parliament.

Chairs in the Debating Chamber

Official Report

The Official Report is the full and authoritative written report of proceedings in the Scottish Parliament and its committees.

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Committees

Committees play a central role in the work of the Parliament, including taking evidence from witnesses, scrutinising legislation and conducting inquiries.

The Graduate Endowment Abolition Bill and Mace

Bills

Bills are draft laws that can be introduced by a member of the Scottish Government, a parliamentary committee, or an individual member of Parliament.

The Parliament's Mace

The Chamber

The Debating Chamber is used for full meetings of the Members of the Scottish Parliament, including First Minister's Questions.

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Motions, Questions and Answers

Parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. Motions are used by MSPs as a device to initiate debate or propose a course of action.

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Research Briefings and Fact Sheets

Research briefings are written by research specialists in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). They are used by MSPs to support parliamentary business.

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Parliamentary Bureau

The Parliamentary Bureau's role includes proposing and amending the Parliament’s business programme, and establishing the remit and membership of committees.

Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament

Parliamentary Procedure

The Parliament's procedures are primarily governed by the Standing Orders. These Rules are revised from time to time.

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Recess Dates

Recess is a period when the Parliament is not dissolved, but is not meeting for a particular length of time. Find out the dates of forthcoming periods of recess.

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Weekly eBulletin

Keep up to date with what's happening at the Parliament with our free, weekly eBulletin.