Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee


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.

Current Business

Inquiry into committee reform

The 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. 

Inquiry into lobbying

The Committee published its report on 6 February 2015

Scottish Government Consultation

On 29 May 2015 the Scottish Government issued a consultation on the Proposals for a Lobbying and Transparency Bill. The closing date for the consultation is 24 July 2015.

Inquiry into the procedures for considering legislation

The Committee published its report on 20 March 2015.

Committee Meetings

12th Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 12th Meeting, Thursday 10 September 2015

Location: the David Livingstone Room (CR6).

Declaration of interests

Choice of Deputy Convener

Decision on taking business in private

Inquiry into committee reform

Cross-Party Group

Cross-Party Group - approval

Inquiry into lobbying

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

6th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Elected Conveners