67th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The Scottish Parliament

Rt Hon. Alison Johnstone, MSP, Presiding Officer of The Scottish Parliament
CPA Scotland Branch President
Scottish Parliament iro@parliament.scot
Mrs Charlotta Craig, International Relations Officer
CPA Scotland Branch Secretary

Joined the Commonwealth: 1 January 1911

CPA Branch Formed: 1 January 2000

Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral – Scottish Parliament (129)

Parliament/Legislature website: Scottish Parliament

Standing Orders: Scottish Parliament


Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: There are 7 subject Committees and 7 mandatory Committees

Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: The remit of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee includes to consider and report on the practice and procedures of the Parliament in relation to its business.

In addition, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for ensuring that the Parliament is provided with the property, staff and services it requires. While the Parliamentary Bureau has a remit to:

(a) propose the Parliament’s programme of business;

(b) propose alterations to the daily business list;

(c) propose the establishment, remit, membership and duration of any Committee or Sub-Committee; and

(d) determine any question regarding the competence of a committee to deal with a matter and, to determine the lead Committee in relation to any matter that falls within the competence of more than one Committee.

Recent news:

CPA Scotland Branch participation in CPC Workshops:

  • 66th CPC Workshop G: The Commonwealth Charter: A Charter for all human rights or some? Panellist: Hon. Kaukab Sewart, MSP (Scotland) - click here for report
  • 65th CPC Workshop H: The Climate Emergency: Are Parliaments holding governments to account? Panellist: Hon. Claire Baker, MSP (Scotland) - click here for report
  • 65th CPC - CWP Conference Workshop C: Financial Empowerment of Women and Gender Sensitive Budgeting - Panellist: Hon. Claire Baker, MSP (Scotland) - click here for report

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Key Facts

CPA Branch Formed
22 Jun 2000
Voting Age
First Parliament
05 Jun 1999
Seat of Parliament