Politics Hub

Politics Hub

Here you will find details of useful links to political websites and Bills currently progressing through the Scottish and UK Parliaments. There are also links to consultations and Parliamentary calls for evidence.

Bills

Bills

Bills are draft law and may be introduced by a member of the Government, an MSP or a Parliamentary Committee. For more details on Bills and the legislative process in the Scottish Parliament click this link.

Click here for a list of Bills currently under consideration by the Scottish Parliament

 

Proposals for Members’ Bills

A Member’s Bill is a public Bill introduced by a member who is not a member of the Scottish Executive. Before gaining the right to introduce a Bill, the member must follow various procedural steps

Click here for a list of Members’ Bills

 

Motions, Questions and Answers at the Scottish Parliament

Parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government/Executive or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The questions provide a means for MSPs to obtain factual and statistical information from the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Parliamentary questions can be in oral or written form. Oral questions are answered at Question Time and First Minister’s Question Time. In exceptional circumstances emergency question can be taken in the Chamber.

Written Questions are answered in the Written Answers Report.

Motions are used by MSPs as a device to initiate debate or propose a course of action.

Motions can be lodged for debate in Parliament as part of parliamentary business, for debate as part of Members’ Business, to propose that legislation is agreed to or passed or simply to generate support. Other MSPs can sign up in support of motions that have been lodged.

Amendments to motions are also lodged by MSPs to allow alternative points of view to be discussed and debated.

The Motions Search allows you to search for motions which have been lodged. You can do this by MSP, the motion ID number or a general subject search.

Click here to access details of motions, questions and answers at the Scottish Parliament

Petitions

Anyone can submit a public petition to the Scottish Parliament. Find out how to do it and more about the petitions currently under consideration by clicking this link.

 

Bills

Bills are draft law and may be introduced by a member of the Government, an MP or Lord, or private individuals or organisations. For more details on Bills and the legislative process in the UK Parliament click this link.

Click here for a list of Bills currently under consideration by the UK Parliament

Petitions

Click this link to learn more about submitting a petition to the UK Parliament and for details of current petitions.

Government Consultations

All citizens, whether as individuals or as a group, are entitled to submit responses to Government consultations. It is vitally important that we exercise our right to express our views and make them known to government on proposed new policy and legislation.

The Catholic Parliamentary Office will submit responses to consultations on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and these can be found by clicking the third tab below, but we also need the Catholic people of Scotland to stand up and be counted on issues of importance. We, therefore, encourage you to seriously consider responding to government consultations and to use this page as your starting point. Here we will provide details of relevant consultations, with excerpts from Catholic Social Teaching to inform our understanding of the particular issue.

Click the tabs, below, to find out more about current consultations by both the Scottish and UK Governments…

Parliamentary Consultations/Calls for Evidence

Parliamentary Committees often initiate consultations and calls for evidence on a number of issues.

The third tab contains responses submitted on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference.