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 issued a call for evidence on 2 December 2013. The call for evidence closed on 21 March 2014.

EU Rules

The Committee wrote to those it wished to seek written evidence from. The closing date for responses was 10 January 2014.

Inquiry into lobbying

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 30 September 2013. The call for evidence closed on 10 January 2014.

Members' Interests Bill

The Committee issued a consultation on the potential Committee Bill. The consultation closed on 22 July 2013.

Committee Meetings

5th Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Meeting 2014

Date: 5th Meeting, Thursday 27 March 2014

Location: Committee Room 6.

Business in private

Inquiry into procedures for considering legislation

Official Report of Meeting 27 March 2014 (548KB pdf)



Committee Reports

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

2nd Report, 2014 (Session 4): EU Legislative Proposals: Review of Standing Orders