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.
The Committee issued a call for views on 1 December 2014. The deadline for submissions is 7 February 2015.
The Committee took oral evidence on the inquiry at its meetings on 29 May and 5 and 19 June 2014.
The Committee is currently considering the content of its report on the inquiry.
The Committee has completed its planned evidence and held a committee debate in the Chamber on its initial findings on Thursday 6th November. An evidence summary was issued to all MSPs to provide those taking part in the debate to inform their speeches, and views were sought on Facebook and twitter using the #SPLobbying hashtag in order to get further views from stakeholders and the wider public ahead of the debate. These were fed to MSPs before the debate.
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The Committee has agreed to propose a Bill to amend the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006. The Committee intends to report with a draft Bill by the end of 2014.
16th Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Meeting 2014
Date: 16th Meeting, Thursday 18 December 2014
Location: the David Livingstone Room (CR6)
Read the latest report from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Annual Report 2013-14