What happens in the Chamber

The Chamber is the focal point for the Scottish Parliament’s business. It is where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate topical issues and decide on new laws. It is also where MSPs question the First Minister, Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers on a regular basis, and where statements are made on policy developments and key events.

A parliamentary year normally runs from May to May. When Parliament is sitting, meetings of the full Parliament normally take place in the Chamber on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and from 11.40am on Thursdays.

The first meeting of the fourth Session of the Scottish Parliament took place on Wednesday 11 May 2011.

Members of the public view a meeting in the Debating Chamber

Tickets for Parliament Debates

How to book tickets to watch a meeting of Parliament in the Debating Chamber.

Parliament Publication

See Also

  • Official Report
    the full and authorative written report of proceedings in the Scottish Parliament and its committees 
  • Parliament TV
    watch debates live online
  • Parliamentary Business factsheets
    information on the current work of the Scottish Parliament including Scottish Parliament legislation, committee memberships and parliamentary firsts