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Official Publications: How to find official publications: Scottish Parliament

What are official publications? Where can you find official publications?

Scottish Parliament publications

Publications relating to the work of the Scottish Parliament include Bills, Scottish Parliament Papers, the Scottish Parliament Official Report and Scottish Government Papers.

Key categories of Scottish Parliament publications

A Scottish Parliament Bill (SP Bill) is a draft form of an Act. A Bill must pass through various parliamentary stages before it is passed, gains Royal Assent, and becomes an Act. If a Bill falls at any stage it does not become an Act.

References to SP Bills

SP Bill 29 Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill [As Introduced] Session 3 (2009)

SP Bill 29 Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill [As Introduced] Session 3 (2009)
Bill number Title Printing Session Year

References to parliamentary materials can vary. For guidance on how to reference materials in your own work refer to a referencing guide:

Scottish Parliament Papers (SP Papers) include reports of Committees and other publications resulting from the work of the Parliament.

References to SP Papers

Justice Committee 10th Report, 2009, Report on Subordinate Legislation (SPP 258)

Justice Committee 10th Report, 2009, Report on Subordinate Legislation (SPP 258)
Author (Committee) Report Year Title SPP number

OR

Justice Committee, Report on Subordinate Legislation (SPP 258, Session 3, 2009)

Justice Committee, Report on Subordinate Legislation (SPP 258, Session 3, 2009)
Author (Committee) Title SPP number Session Year

References to parliamentary materials can vary. For guidance on how to reference materials in your own work refer to a referencing guide:

The Scottish Parliament Official Report provides a record of debates on Bills and other business before the Parliament. Constituent parts include: Meetings of the Parliament, Committee Meetings, and Written Answers.

References to the Official Report

Meeting of Parliament

Debate on the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill, Stage 1, SP OR 10 February 2010, Col 23646-23667

Debate on the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill, Stage 1, SP OR 10 February 2010, Col 23646-23667
(name of debate) Official Report Date Column(s)

Committee meeting

Debate on the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill, Stage 2, SP OR LGC 24 March 2010, Col 2920-2929

Debate on the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill, Stage 2, SP OR LGC 24 March 2010, Col 2920-2929
(name of debate) Official Report Committee* Date Column(s)

*for a list of committee abbreviations see Guide to Recommended Citations for Scottish Parliament Publications:

Written answers

Shona Robison, written answer to question from Ken Macintosh, SP WA 11 February 2010, S3O-9481

Shona Robison, written answer to question from Ken Macintosh, SP WA 11 February 2010, S3O-9481
(description of answer) Written answers Date Question number

References to parliamentary materials can vary. For guidance on how to reference materials in your own work refer to a referencing guide:

Scottish Government Papers (SG Papers) include publications from the Scottish Government and reports and accounts of devolved agencies and other public bodies. they were formerly published as “Scottish Executive Papers” (or SE Papers).

References to SG Papers

Anniesland College, Report & Accounts 31 July 2008, SG/2009/36

Anniesland College, Report & Accounts 31 July 2008, SG/2009/36
Author (e.g. corporate body) Title SG number (Year/Number)

References to parliamentary materials can vary. For guidance on how to reference materials in your own work refer to a referencing guide:

Scottish Parliament publications online

Scottish Parliament publications in the Library

How to find a report of a debate in the Official Report

Public Information Online

By Reference:

Follow the link to ‘Scottish Parliament’ then , under ‘Categories’, to ‘Official reports’, ‘Written Answers’, or ‘Official Reports of Committee Debates’. Then browse by session and date. (Alternatively, use options in the ‘Advanced Search’ screen.)

By Subject/Speaker:

Follow the link to the ‘Advanced Search’ screen. Under ‘Categories’ select the relevant source(s) (e.g. ‘Scottish Parliament Official Reports’). Enter terms in the ‘Keywords in document text’ search field.

Official Report (Scottish Parliament website)

Reference/Date:           

Follow the link ‘‘Find Official Reports by date’’ then choose a date range, select ‘Browse’ to view relevant documents.

Subject:                       

In the ‘Search the Official Report’ box select 'Advanced Search', enter keywords (and choose MSP) select ‘Search’ to display results.

By Reference:

Use the SP Official Report (OR) or Written Answers (WA) reference to locate the debate by series/committee, session, and column.

By Subject (e.g. Bill) or Speaker:

Current Law Statutes: Annotations at the beginning of an act contains references to debates relating to the Bill.

‘Explanatory Notes’ to Acts of the Scottish Parliament contain references to debates on the related Bill (under ‘Parliamentary History’).

How to track a bill's progress through the Scottish Parliament

Public Information Online

The ‘Bill Tracker’ allows you to follow the progress of a Bill as it goes through the UK or Scottish Parliament.

  • Bills can be filtered by Parliament, session and are then listed alphabetically.
  • Follow the link the Bill you wish to track.

Documents associated with the passage of the Bill are listed in reverse chronological order (with other sort and search options available).

Bills (Scottish Parliament website)

This page provides links to ‘Current Bills’ and ‘Previous Bills by Session’ where individual Bills are listed. Each Bill’s page lists the stages the Bill has reached with links to associated documents.

Current Law Statutes  – The annotations at the beginning of an act contains references to debates relating to the Bill listed by stage/reading.

‘Explanatory Notes’ to Acts of the Scottish Parliament indicate the progress of the related Bill  (under ‘Parliamentary History’).

Scottish Parliament website

Legislation

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