Committee Reports

4th Report 2011: Legacy Paper

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee (“the Committee”) draws the attention of its successor committee to a number of areas where it might usefully undertake work in Session 4.

3rd Report 2011: Annual Report 2010-11

This report covers the work of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee during the parliamentary year from 9 May 2010 to 22 March 2011.

2nd Report 2011: Scrutiny of SPCB supported bodies

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee considered whether Standing Order rule changes would be required to underpin a recommendation that there should be enhanced monitoring and scrutiny of bodies supported by the SPCB.

1st Report 2011: Financial Resolutions and scrutiny of revised Financial Memoranda

This report sets out the Committee's recommendations on changes to procedures for consideration of cost-bearing amendments for bills where there is no financial resolution, and timescales for scrutiny of revised financial memoranda by Finance Committee.

10th Report 2010: Minor changes to Standing Orders

This report looks at issues that have been drawn to the attention of the Committee regarding possible changes to Standing Orders

9th Report 2010: MSPs’ Registrable Interests: Proposed Changes to the Code of Conduct

This report summarises changes being proposed to the Code of Conduct for MSPs, the Schedule to the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 and its determinations by the Committee.

8th Report 2010: Complaint against Kenneth Gibson MSP

The Committee considerd a complaint against an MSP regarding failure to register a property in the Register of Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament.

7th Report 2010: Accuracy of Contributions in Parliamentary Proceedings - guidance and Official Report correction mechanism

The Committee gave further consideration to issues raised in its 5th report published in May 2009, Accuracy of Contributions in Parliamentary Proceedings, and makes recommendations.

6th Report 2010: Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

This report describes the Committee's consideration of a draft revised code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies in Scotland.

5th Report 2010: The recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution regarding Scottish Parliament procedures

This report describes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee's consideration of the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (Calman Commission) regarding Scottish Parliament procedures.

4th Report 2010: Consultation Report on MSPs' Registrable Interests:

This interim report proposes a number of changes to the schedule to the the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006, which are intended to clarify and simplify the register of members’ interests in line with these principles.

3rd Report 2010: The Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 and other subordinate legislation Standing Order rule changes

This report sets out recommendations for Standing Order rule changes to implement the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 and on other changes to the existing procedures for the scrutiny of subordinate legislation.

2nd Report 2010: Annual Report 2009-10

The Committee reports to Parliament on work undertaken during 2008-09.

1st Report 2010: Interim Consultation Report on the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill and other possible subordinate legislation Standing Order rule changes

This report seeks views on draft Standing Order rule changes which may be required to implement the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill and on other possible subordinate legislation (Chapter 10) rule changes.

7th Report 2009: Hybrid Bills

The Committee conducted an inquiry into Standing Order rules for considering Public Bills which affect private interests. It was agreed that these should be known as “Hybrid Bills”.

6th Report 2009: Annual Report 2008-09

The Committee reports to Parliament on work undertaken during 2008-09.

5th Report 2009: Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings

The Committee deliberated on issues raised by the Presiding Officer in relation to the procedures governing the accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings.

4th Report 2009: Review of equal opportunities in the work of committees

The Committee recommends a rule change to require committees to report, within their annual reports, on how equal opportunities have been taken into account in their work.

3rd Report 2009: The Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009 (asp 1): Proposed Standing Order Rule Changes

This report recommends to the Parliament changes to Standing Orders to support the provisions of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009 (asp 1).

2nd Report 2009: Changes to the Code of Conduct arising from the Reimbursement of Members' Expenses Scheme

This report sets out the SPPA Committee’s recommendations for updating the Code of Conduct.

1st Report 2009: Members' Bills - cut-off date for introduction

At its meeting on 9 September 2008, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee agreed that a possible rule change in relation to the cut-off date for the introduction of Members’ Bills should be considered.

11th Report 2008: Review of Section 6 of the Code of Conduct (Cross-Party Groups)

The purpose of the review was to identify areas where the Code could provide greater clarity on the regulation of Cross-Party Groups to assist MSPs and other stakeholders to comply with the Code.

10th Report 2008: Points of Order

The Committee agreed to inquire into the potential misuse of the rules in relation to points of order in the Chamber and to consider whether mechanisms might be introduced to prevent such misuse.

9th Report 2008: Review of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct

A review of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct was suggested by the previous Standards and Public Appointments Committee as well as more recently by members who had, informally, expressed concern as to whether its content could be more clearly expressed.

8th Report 2008: Audit Committee - Title and Remit

The purpose of this report is to recommend to the Parliament Standing Order rule changes to the title and remit of the Audit Committee.

7th Report 2008: Complaint against Wendy Alexander MSP

Complaint by Mr Andrew Harlick in connection with a previous investigation by the Committee of a complaint against Ms Alexander.

6th Report 2008: Complaint against Wendy Alexander MSP

Complaint by Mr Iain Fraser that Ms Alexander had failed to register in the Register of Interests, within the required timescales, ten donations above £520 in value to her campaign for election as leader of the Labour Group of MSPs.

5th Report 2008: Annual Report 2007-08

The Committee reports to Parliament on work undertaken during 2007-08.

4th Report 2008: Complaint against Andy Kerr MSP

Complaint by Mr Paul Drury that Mr Kerr had failed to register in the Register of Interests within the required timescale up to £2,000 worth of hospitality from the fast food firm McDonalds.

3rd Report 2008: Complaint against Campbell Martin, former MSP

Complaint by Mr and Mrs Banks regarding the provision of money to Mr Martin not being declared in Mr Martin's Register of Interest

2nd Report 2008: Draft Public Appointments Equalities Strategy - Diversity Delivers

The Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 established the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland (OCPAS) to regulate and monitor the public appointments process.

1st Report 2008: Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

In this report, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments (SPPA) Committee recommends a change to rule 3.7.1 to extend the period of time for elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) following a general election.