Changes and corrections to the Official Report

What is the Official Report?

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

This includes:

  • debates on motions and bills
  • ministerial statements
  • question time
  • First Minister's question time
  • committee inquiries and evidence sessions.

The Official Report is substantially verbatim. Shortly after the Parliament's first meeting in 1999, the Presiding Officer explained that 'substantially verbatim' means that repetitions and redundancies should be omitted and obvious mistakes should be corrected while maintaining the flavour of the speech. Inevitably, some editorial judgment has to be exercised; for example, the speaker's tone of voice or use of physical gesture may add to or even contradict what he or she is saying, and this must somehow be communicated in the written text.

Checking speeches prior to publication:

Members may read the transcript of speeches that they have made in the chamber or in a committee prior to publication. Speeches made in the chamber are generally ready an hour and a half after they were made. To inquire about speeches made in committee, members should contact the Official Report office on x85447.

Speeches may be read in person, by visiting us in room T2.20, or we are happy to email them to you. Please email or call us on 85447 to request this.

We are happy to provide draft speeches in larger font sizes and to make appropriate arrangements with members or their staff who have specific access requirements. 

Suggesting corrections to published Official Reports:

If a member or a witness is concerned that what has been reported is not an accurate reflection of what they said, they may contact us to ask us to review the report of that meeting. They may suggest corrections in person, by email, or by sending us a marked-up printout. Please do not send a track-changes file.

The editor will consider suggested corrections in the light of our terms of reference and house style. Speakers may not change the sense of what they said or make substantial amendments if what has been reported is an accurate reflection of what was said.

If approved, suggested corrections will be incorporated in the final archive edition, which is published in due course on the Parliament's website.

Members may correct inaccurate information supplied during a meeting:

If a member supplies incorrect information that the Official Report is unable to correct under its terms of reference, they may take advantage of the members' corrections mechanism recommended by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee's 7th report (session 3).

The members corrections guidance gives more detail about the mechanism and how to request a correction.

Published Members' Corrections

View members' corrections to the Official Report