How the Scottish Parliament Works

The MSP Building at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

Powers of the Parliament

What are devolved and reserved matters? What can MSPs do? Find out more in this section.

FOI Scotland Act

How the Parliament Makes Laws

A quick guide to the different types of bill and subordinate legislation.

The Scottish Parliament building

What Happens in the Parliament?

Find out what happens in committee meetings and the Debating Chamber.

The Parliament viewed from Salisbury Crags

The Parliament's Role

An overview of the different roles of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, the UK Parliament and the European Parliament.

Parliament Chamber Desks

Understanding the Legislative Process

A quick reference guide to the legislative process.

Question mark


Do you have a question about the Scottish Parliament and its work? In this section you can find the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by members of the public.

Telephone and letter

Contacting our Public Information & Publications team

Our Public Information & Publications team can help you if you have a question about the Parliament, its membership, business or procedures.