Rules and guidance
Information on the different rules and guidance the Parliament must follow, including the Standing Orders and Code of Conduct for MSPs.
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.
Parliament organisations, groups and people
Find out about the groups and people in the Scottish Parliament and what they do.
What are the powers of the Scottish Parliament?
The Scottish Parliament can pass laws on matters devolved to Scotland.
What's the difference between Parliament and Government?
The Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government are separate organisations with different remits and based in separate buildings. Learn about the key differences.
Our Strategic Plan for Session 6 sets out the strategic priorities for the organisation over the next 5 years, and how our staff will support the Parliament in the successful delivery of its purpose, vision and mission.
We are committed to running a building that is accessible, environmentally friendly and welcoming to all.
'A Parliament for all'
The Scottish Parliament carried out a ‘gender-sensitive audit’ of its rules, practices and culture. Read the report and its recommendations for change.
What can MSPs do?
What is the Scottish Budget process?
What do committees do?