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 the election of Committee Conveners

The Committee issued a call for views on 1 December 2014. The deadline for submissions was 7 February 2015.

The Committee intends to begin oral evidence in early 2015.

Inquiry into the procedures for considering legislation

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.

Inquiry into lobbying

The Committee published its report on 6 February 2015

Members' Interests Bill

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 in early 2015.

Committee Meetings

4th Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 4th Meeting, Thursday 26 February 2015

Location: the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

Guidance on dealing with constituents

Official Report of meeting 24 February 2015



Committee Reports

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

1st Report, 2015 (Session 4): Proposal for a register of lobbying activity