Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament is in recess ahead of the election on 6 May.

Because of Covid-19, there are some changes to how the Parliament prepares for the election.

Find out more in our Election 2021 pages

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About committees

Everything you need to know about committees

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What’s the difference between committees and Cross-Party Groups?

External organisations and people can’t become members of committees, which are made up of MSPs, but they can become members of Cross-Party Groups (CPGs). CPGs meet to discuss a shared interest in a cause or subject. CPGs are made up of:

  • organisations
  • members of the public
  • MSPs from all parties

To form a CPG, an MSP must:

CPGs are not part of the Parliament's formal business and shouldn’t be confused with the Parliament’s committee system. They do not have the power to formally ask the Parliament or the Government to consider issues.