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 procedures for considering legislation

The Committee took oral evidence on the inquiry at its meetings on 29 May and 5 and 19 June 2014.

Inquiry into lobbying

The Committee has completed its planned evidence and is holding a committee debate in the Chamber on its initial findings on Thursday 6th November. We have issued an evidence summary to all MSPs to provide those taking part in the debate to inform their speeches, and are also seeking views 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 will be fed to MSPs before the debate.

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@scotparl on Twitter

 

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 autumn 2014.

Committee Reports

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

5th Report, 2014 (Session 4): Annual Report 2013-14