Functions of the Parliament. RECAP. What is the difference between the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament? How many MSPs are there from Ethnic Minorities? Write down two ways that the Parliament can scrutinise the work of the Scottish Government. What am I learning today?.
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He is an MSP for Glasgow Shettleston and he has to work within the Constituency and deal with local matters. He is part of the Scottish Parliament and part of his job is to make sure that the Scottish Government is doing their job properly. He also sits on a COMMITTEE.
His job is to meet the needs of the people of Scotland. They divide their time between their constituency or region that they represent and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. WATCH VIDEO CLIP.
Parliament sits on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
MSPs may be members of one or two of the Committees of the Parliament.
There are 16 Committees that are made up of between 7 and 11 MSPs.
They discuss in detail a particular area or subject, e.g. Education.
The Chamber of the Parliament is where all 129 MSPs have the opportunity to debate, discuss and vote on the issues of the day.
It is only in the Chamber of the Parliament that a Bill can be passed.
MSPs might represent us in the Chamber by:
Speaking and voting in the Chamber
Taking part in debates
Putting forward a motion (idea) to be debated
Suggesting an amendment (change) to be made to a bill.
Questioning Ministers and the First Minister.
MSPs question the First Minister on issues. Questions are submitted before hand and the First Minister plans his answers.
MSPs can also question the ministers about issues.
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MSPs will be writing replies to letters, emails and replying to phone calls.
Attending meetings and events where they can discuss issues with groups of constituents and people from other organisations.
Attending special events in their constituency, for example, the opening of a new community resource centre.
Holding surgeries, i.e. a particular time and place where constituents can meet their MSP and raise any problems with them.
Our MSPs, MP and Local Councillor may meet to discuss areas of mutual concern and possibly to pass an enquiry to the appropriate representative.
There are many ways in which MSPs can represent their constituents in parliament. The first way is…
You must provide specific examples – eg Paul Martin, MSP for Glasgow Provan asked about….
John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston put forward a written question to the First Minister about….