Scottish Parliament

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the Scottish Parliament. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

29.01.2016Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.
22.01.2016Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
This paper discusses the proposals made by the Smith Commission - in its report published in November 2014 - for further devolution of power to the Scottish Government, in relation to taxation, funding and borrowing, and the Government's plans for their implementation.
13.11.2015Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.
04.11.2015Scotland Bill 2015-16: Committee stage report
This Briefing Paper gives an update on the Scotland Bill 2015-16 after Committee stage. No opposition amendments were made at Committee stage. The Government has produced substantive amendments of its own for Report.
04.06.2015Scotland Bill 2015-16
The Commons Library's briefing note on the Scotland Bill 2015-16.
04.06.2015Scotland Bill: Welfare & Employment Support (Bill 3 of 2015-16)
This briefing provides detailed information on the welfare and employment support provisions in the Scotland Bill. The Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 8 June 2015. With the exception of a new power to top-up reserved benefits, there are no substantive differences between the welfare and employment provisions in the Bill and the previously published draft clauses.
01.06.2015Transport in Scotland
This note gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Scotland and proposals in the Smith Commission and the subsequent Scotland Bill to devolve further powers.
06.02.2015Further devolution of powers to Scotland: Universal Credit housing element and payment arrangements
This note explains the Smith Commission's proposals and the Draft Scotland Clauses in relation to Universal Credit (UC), including the housing costs element (currently Housing Benefit). As it stands, UC will remain a reserved benefit but the Scottish Parliament would be given the power to vary the housing costs element of UC, and powers to vary the manner and frequency of UC payments.
28.01.2015Scotland the referendum and independence: Selected timeline
This Note gives a selected timeline of events and significant publications leading up to the Referendum in Scotland on 18 September 2014 and to some of the potential follow-up events.
28.01.2015Draft Scotland Clauses: summary
The Government has published draft clauses on further devolution to Scotland, taking forward the Smith Commission Agreement. This note provides a summary.

Lords Library Notes

18.11.2015Scotland Bill (HL Bill 73 of 2015-16)
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Scotland Bill.
23.10.2014Debate on 29 October 2014: Devolution Following the Scotland Referendum
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate in the House of Lords on 29 October 2014 on devolution following the Scottish independence referendum, which took place on 18 September 2014.
08.08.2014Polling Data on the Scottish Independence Referendum
This Library Note-an update to a previous Note published on 23 June 2014-focuses on public opinion polling data in relation to the Scottish independence referendum.
19.06.2014Referendum on Scottish Independence
On 18 September 2014, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should be an independent country. This Library Note updates a previous Library Note, published on 27 January 2014, on the subject of the possible consequences of a 'Yes' vote. The Note aims to provide broad discussion of some of the main issues raised in connection with the subject, and lists possible sources for further reading.

Select Committee Reports

15.02.2012Constitution Select Committee (HL) twenty-fourth report on the Referendum on Scottish Independence.
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
08.02.2012The referendum on separation for Scotland: Unanswered questions.
Scottish Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
13.07.2011Constitution Select Committee (HL) seventeenth report on the Scotland Bill.
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House acknowledges the significant contribution of the late Norman Buchan MP and his wife Janey to Scottish and UK politics; expresses its regret at the recent death of Janey; ...
That this House supports the provisions of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Margo MacDonald MSP.
That this House welcomes the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution that responsibility for the law across a range of areas be devolved to the Scottish Parliament; ...
That this House notes the publication of the Scottish government's White Paper on independence, Your Scotland, Your Voice; and believes that the people of Scotland should be given a ...
That this House notes that support for Scottish independence is rising, with the latest TNS System Three poll finding 38 per cent. of people in Scotland in favour; further notes that ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses