About The Committee
The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is responsible for matters relating to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (which set out the rules governing the management of parliamentary proceedings) and the Code of Conduct for MSPs (which sets out the standards of conduct for Members in undertaking their parliamentary duties). The Committee is also responsible for considering reports from the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland in relation to compliance with the Code of Conduct for MSPs and the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006.
The Committee publishes reports detailing any changes it is recommending to either the Standing Orders or Code of Conduct. These reports are debated in the Chamber and any proposed changes must be agreed to by the Parliament before they can come into effect.
The Committee also considers reports and consultations in relation to ministerial appointments to public bodies in Scotland from the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.
The Committee normally meets on a Thursday morning. Seats in the public gallery can be booked in advance by contacting Visitor Services.
Previous meeting papers can be found on the meetings page section of the website.
Call for written views
The Committee issued a call for written views on 30 October 2015. The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2015.
The Committee took evidence at its meetings on 12 and 19 November 2015.
Committee recognises that the best time to make significant procedural changes
is at the start of a new session but the hectic early weeks after a general
election do not allow time for measured consideration. That means there needs
to be discussion and broad agreement on the next steps before the end of the
current session. The Committee therefore intends to report by the end of 2015
to allow Parliament time to discuss and consider the emerging proposals.
The Committee published its report on 20 March 2015.
20th Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Meeting 2015
Date: 20th Meeting, Thursday 26 November 2015
Location: David Livingstone Room (CR6)
Business is private
The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Tuesday 1 December 2015.
Read the latest report from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
8th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Standing Order Rule Changes - Scottish Rate of Income Tax
9th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Standing Order Rule Changes - Consolidation Bills
10th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Standing Order Rule Changes - printed and published