Committees of the Scottish Parliament


Committees of the Scottish Parliament
Private Bill Committees are set up to deal with the legislation required for major public sector infrastructure projects - such as the underground extensions to the National Gallery of Scotland in 2003.

The Scottish Parliament has a number of committees, with small numbers of Members appointed to deal with particular topics or issues.

Much of the work of the Scottish Parliament is done in committee. The role of committees is stronger in the Scottish Parliament than in other parliamentary systems, partly as a means of strengthening the role of backbenchers in their scrutiny of the Government[1] and partly to compensate for the fact that the parliament is unicameral (there is no revising chamber).

The principal role of committees in the Scottish Parliament is to conduct inquiries, scrutinise legislation and hold the government to account.[2] Committee meetings take place in the Parliament's committee rooms all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning when Parliament is sitting. Committees can also meet at other locations throughout Scotland.[3]

Membership of the committees reflects the balance of parties across Parliament.[2] There are different types of committee, with their functions set out in different ways.

The membership of the committees in August 2011 is shown below. All committees also have substitute members (not shown).

Contents

Mandatory Committees

Mandatory Committees are committees which are set down under the Scottish Parliament's standing orders, which govern their remits and proceedings. The current Mandatory Committees of the Scottish Parliament are:[2]

Public Audit

The remit of the committee, as published by the Parliament, is to consider and report on:

  1. any accounts laid before the Parliament
  2. any report laid before or made to the Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland
  3. any other document laid before the Parliament concerning financial control, accounting and auditing in relation to public expenditure
Name Party
Hugh Henry (Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Murdo Fraser (Deputy Convener) Scottish Conservative Party
George Adam Scottish National Party
Colin Beattie Scottish National Party
Willie Coffey Scottish National Party
Mark McDonald Scottish National Party
Tavish Scott Scottish Liberal Democrats
Drew Smith Scottish Labour Party
Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

Equal Opportunities

Name Party
Claudia Beamish (Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Stuart McMillan (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Clare Adamson Scottish National Party
John Finnie Scottish National Party
Siobhan McMahon Scottish Labour Party
Margaret Mitchell Scottish Conservative Party
Dennis Robertson Scottish National Party

European and External Relations

Name Party
Christina McKelvie (Convener) Scottish National Party
Hanzala Malik (Deputy Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Helen Eadie Scottish Labour Party
Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party
Bill Kidd Scottish National Party
Jamie McGrigor Scottish Conservative Party
Aileen McLeod Scottish National Party

Finance

Name Party
Kenneth Gibson (Convener) Scottish National Party
John Mason (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Alex Johnstone Scottish Conservative Party
Derek Mackay Scottish National Party
Margaret McCulloch Scottish Labour Party
John Pentland Scottish Labour Party
Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

Public Petitions

The remit of the Committee is to decide what action should be taken on admissible public petitions. The Committee is also responsible for deciding, in cases of dispute, whether a public petition is admissible.

On 16 June 2009 the Committee reported on its 'Inquiry into the public petitions process'[4] issued to reflect 10 years of operation, which included an evaluation of the pioneering e-Petitioner online petitioning system.

Name Party
David Stewart (Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Sandra White (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Neil Bibby Scottish Labour Party
Richard Lyle Scottish National Party
Nanette Milne Scottish Conservative Party
Bill Walker Scottish National Party
John Wilson Scottish National Party

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments

Name Party
Dave Thompson (Convener) Scottish National Party
Helen Eadie (Deputy Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Margaret Burgess Scottish National Party
Bob Doris Scottish National Party
Margaret McDougall Scottish Labour Party
Nanette Milne Scottish Conservative Party
Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

Subordinate Legislation

Name Party
Nigel Don (Convener) Scottish National Party
James Dornan (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Chic Brodie Scottish National Party
Kezia Dugdale Scottish Labour Party
Mike MacKenzie Scottish National Party
John Scott Scottish Conservative Party
Drew Smith Scottish Labour Party

Subject Committees

Subject Committees are established at the beginning of each parliamentary session, and again the balance of members on each committee reflects the balance of parties across Parliament. Typically each committee corresponds with one (or more) of the departments (or ministries) of the Scottish Government. The current Subject Committees are:[2]

Economy, Energy and Tourism

Name Party
Gavin Brown (Convener) Scottish Conservative Party
John Wilson (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Chic Brodie Scottish National Party
Rhoda Grant Scottish Labour Party
Patrick Harvie Scottish Green Party
Angus MacDonald Scottish National Party
Mike MacKenzie Scottish National Party
Stuart McMillan Scottish National Party
Anne McTaggart Scottish Labour Party

Education and Culture

Name Party
Stewart Maxwell (Convener) Scottish National Party
Claire Baker (Deputy Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Clare Adamson Scottish National Party
Marco Biagi Scottish National Party
Jenny Marra Scottish Labour Party
Joan McAlpine Scottish National Party
Liam McArthur Scottish Liberal Democrats
Elizabeth Smith Scottish Conservative Party
Jean Urquhart Scottish National Party

Health and Sport

Name Party
Duncan McNeil (Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Bob Doris (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Jim Eadie Scottish National Party
Mary Fee Scottish Labour Party
Richard Lyle Scottish National Party
Fiona McLeod Scottish National Party
Gil Paterson Scottish National Party
Mary Scanlon Scottish Conservative Party
Richard Simpson Scottish Labour Party

Infrastructure and Capital Investment

Name Party
Maureen Watt (Convener) Scottish National Party
Jamie Hepburn (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Jackson Carlaw Scottish Conservative Party
Malcolm Chisholm Scottish Labour Party
Neil Findlay Scottish Labour Party
Adam Ingram Scottish National Party
Gordon MacDonald Scottish National Party

Justice

Name Party
Christine Grahame (Convener) Scottish National Party
James Kelly (Deputy Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Roderick Campbell Scottish National Party
John Finnie Scottish National Party
Colin Keir Scottish National Party
John Lamont Scottish Conservative Party
Alison McInnes Scottish Liberal Democrats
Graeme Pearson Scottish Labour Party
Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

Local Government and Regeneration

Name Party
Joe Fitzpatrick (Convener) Scottish National Party
Kevin Stewart (Deputy Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Ruth Davidson Scottish Conservative Party
Kezia Dugdale Scottish Labour Party
Mark Griffin Scottish Labour Party
David Torrance Scottish National Party
Bill Walker Scottish National Party

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment

Name Party
Rob Gibson (Convener) Scottish National Party
Annabelle Ewing (Deputy Convener) Scottish National Party
Graeme Dey Scottish National Party
Alex Fergusson Scottish Conservative Party
Jim Hume Scottish Liberal Democrats
Jenny Marra Scottish Labour Party
Mark McDonald Scottish National Party
Aileen McLeod Scottish National Party
Elaine Murray Scottish Labour Party

Scotland Bill Committee

The Scotland Bill Committee was set up to scrutinise the passage of the Scotland Bill going through the Westminster Parliament.

Name Party
Linda Fabiani (Convener) Scottish National Party
James Kelly (Deputy Convener) Scottish Labour Party
Richard Baker Scottish Labour Party
Nigel Don Scottish National Party
Adam Ingram Scottish National Party
Alison Johnstone Scottish Green Party
John Mason Scottish National Party
Stewart Maxwell Scottish National Party
Joan McAlpine Scottish National Party
David McLetchie Scottish Conservative Party
Willie Rennie Scottish Liberal Democrats

Conveners’ Group

The Conveners’ Group is a special committee of the Scottish Parliament chaired by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. Its main responsibilities are involved in the administration of Committee expenses and certain other activities.[5]

Name Party
Tricia Marwick (Convener) Presiding Officer
Claudia Beamish Scottish Labour Party
Gavin Brown Scottish Conservative Party
Nigel Don Scottish National Party
Joe Fitzpatrick Scottish National Party
Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party
Rob Gibson Scottish National Party
Christine Grahame Scottish National Party
Hugh Henry Scottish Labour Party
Stewart Maxwell Scottish National Party
Christina McKelvie Scottish National Party
Duncan McNeil Scottish Labour Party
David Stewart Scottish National Party
Dave Thompson Scottish National Party
Maureen Watt Scottish National Party

Private Bill Committees

A further type of committee is normally set up to scrutinise private bills submitted to the Scottish Parliament by an outside party or promoter who is not a member of the Scottish Parliament or Scottish Government. Private bills normally relate to large-scale development projects such as infrastructure projects that require the use of land or property.[6] Private Bill Committees have been set up to consider legislation on issues such as the development of the Edinburgh Tram Network, the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link and extensions to the National Gallery of Scotland.[7]

References

  1. ^ Dardanelli (2005) p185
  2. ^ a b c d "The Scottish Parliament Committees". Scottish Parliament. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Finance Committee to meet in Perth". Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/nmCentre/news/news-comm-01/cfin01-002.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  4. ^ Inquiry into the public petitions process Scottish Parliament Paper 300, 3rd Report, 2009 (Session 3) (PU/S3/09/R3) (Accessed 16.06.2009)
  5. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Committees_of_the_Scottish_Parliament&action=edit
  6. ^ "Private Bills". Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/bills/privateBills.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Private Bill Committees". Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/bills/privateBills.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Scottish Parliament — For the national legislative body before 1707, see Parliament of Scotland. Scottish Parliament Pàrlamaid na h Alba 4th Parliame …   Wikipedia

  • Scottish representatives to the 1st Parliament of Great Britain — Scottish representatives to the House of Commons of the 1st Parliament of Great Britain were not elected but co opted in 1707 from the Commissioners of the last Parliament of Scotland.Legal background to the composition of the 1st ParliamentUnder …   Wikipedia

  • List of committees of the United Kingdom Parliament — The Parliament of the United Kingdom (that is, the Houses of Commons and Lords) has a number of Committees ndash; small numbers of members appointed to deal with particular areas or issues; most are made up of members of the Commons. Select… …   Wikipedia

  • Parliament of the United Kingdom — of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Type Type Bicameral …   Wikipedia

  • Scottish Episcopal Church — The Scottish Episcopal Church ( gd. Eaglais Easbaigeach na h Alba) is a Christian denomination in Scotland and a member of the Anglican Communion, although it itself has pre Anglican origins. It consists of seven dioceses in Scotland. Like all… …   Wikipedia

  • Scottish Affairs Committee — The Scottish Affairs Committee is a select committee appointed by the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Scotland Office (and prior to that, the Scottish Office),… …   Wikipedia

  • Scottish Government — This article is about modern post devolutionary government. For historical government of the Kingdom of Scotland, see Government of Scotland. Scottish Government Riaghaltas na h Alba Logo of the Scottish Government …   Wikipedia

  • Scottish Affairs Select Committee — Scotland This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Scotland …   Wikipedia

  • Scottish Green Party — Infobox Scottish Political Party party name = Scottish Green Party Pàrtaidh Uaine na h Alba party articletitle = Scottish Green Party party leader = Cllr Alison Johnstone and Robin Harper MSP are Co Convenors of the party foundation = 1990… …   Wikipedia

  • Committees on Arms Export Controls — The Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly the Quadripartite Committee) is the name for the concurrent meeting of four House of Commons select committees, comprising the Business and Enterprise Select Committee, the Defence Select Committee …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.