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 took oral evidence at its meeting on 26 March 2015.

Read the meeting papers and Official report

The Committee intends to take further oral evidence at its meetings on 23 April and 21 May 2015.

Inquiry into the procedures for considering legislation

The Committee published its report on 20 March 2015.

Inquiry into lobbying

The Committee published its report on 6 February 2015

Members' Interests Bill

The Committee published its report on the Bill on 6 March 2015.

Committee Meetings

7th Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 7th Meeting, Thursday 02 April 2015

Location: the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

Cross-Party Group

Cross-Party Group - approval


The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Monday 13 April 2015.

Committee Reports

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

3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Legislation and the Scottish Parliament