Powers of the Parliament

The MSP building at the Scottish Parliament

Devolved and reserved matters explained

The Scotland Act 1998 gave the Scottish Parliament power to make laws on devolved matters. However, some issues - know as reserved matters - are still handled by the UK Parliament at Westminster.

A group of MSPs outside the Debating Chamber

What can MSPs do?

In representing their constituents, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) can take a number of actions.