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The Scottish Parliament

  1. 1. A Reverse Grand Tour at... I.M.S. Publio Virgilio Marone C1-FSE 2010-2246
  2. 3. <ul><li>In 1707 the Scots gave up their Parliament and became part of the United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>In 1997 a referendum was held in Scotland and the Scottish people voted to have their own Parliament again </li></ul><ul><li>In 1999 the Scottish Parliament met for the first time in 292 years. </li></ul>
  3. 4. There are 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), 73 Constituency and 56 represent the eight regional areas. At Scottish Parliament election each voter has two votes: one for their constituency and one for their region. Elections take place every 4 years and voting system is a type of proportional representation
  4. 6. The Presiding Officer <ul><li>The president: </li></ul><ul><li>is a member of the Parliament and is elected after a general election. </li></ul><ul><li>has no party allegiance while in post but continues to serve constituents as a constituency or regional MSP </li></ul><ul><li>Chairs meetings of the Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Chairs meetings of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>Represents the Parliament in discussions with other parliamentary bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Represents the Parliament at events across Scotland and abroad </li></ul>
  5. 7. Debating Chamber Chamber business can include… TIME FOR REFLECTION: this is when an invited person addresses the Parliament DEBATES: these are discussions between MSPs normally based on a motion. FIRST MINISTER’S QUESTION TIME: this is when MSPs ask questions of the First Minister. Six questions are selected by the Presiding Officer QUESTION TIME: this is when MSPs ask questions of Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers. MINISTERIAL STATEMENTS: these are used by Ministers to inform the Parliament about urgent matters or to make announcements on policy. DECISION TIME: this is when MSPs decide on the motions discussed that day often by voting. MEMBER BUSINESS: this is a debate proposed by an MSP who is not a member of the Scottish Government … People can see the MSPs’ debates also on television and on the internet too…
  6. 8. Making laws A public bill can be introduced by members of the Scottish Government, by parliamentary committees or by individual MSPs STAGE 1: the appropriate parliamentary committee(s) produce a report on bill’s general principles. A meeting of the Parliament debates about them and if MSPs disagree, the bill falls STAGE 2: the bill is considered in detail and amendments can be made to the bill STAGE 3: the Parliament debates and decides whether to pass the bill in its final form. After 4 weeks during which it may be challenged if it is believed to be outside the law-making powers of the Scottish Parliament, it is submitted by the Queen. On receiving royal assent, the bill becomes an Act of the Scottish Parliament.
  7. 9. Environment Police&Fire services Justice Education Agriculture Health Local Government Sports and Arts Transport
  8. 10. BUT ENGLAND... <ul><li>Has responsibility about reserved matters: </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Defence </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security </li></ul>
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