How Parliament works
Have you ever wondered how Parliament works? This section will help you understand who we are, what we do and how laws are made
What are the powers of the Scottish Parliament?
The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood can pass laws on matters devolved to Scotland
Parliament and Government - who does what?
The Parliament and the Government are separate organisations. They do different things and are based in different locations
Who's who in the Scottish Parliament?
What's the difference between the First Minister and the Presiding Officer? What are the SPCB and the Bureau? Find out about the people and groups involved in the Parliament and what they do
What happens in the debating chamber?
The Chamber is the place where all Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) can meet to debate and make decisions
What is the Scottish Budget process?
Every year the Scottish Government sets out a plan of how it plans to spend the money it receives from the UK Government and from taxes raised in Scotland
The Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament
The Standing Orders are the rules of procedure for the Parliament and its committees
Parliamentary business takes place throughout the year, with periods of recess (breaks). During recess, there are normally no meetings of the Parliament and no committee meetings
Get your voice heard
If you are passionate about an issue there are lots of ways you can get your voice heard
How are laws made?
What can MSPs do?
What do committees do?