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  Scottish Parliament - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba in Gaelic, Scots Pairlament in Scots) is the national unicameral legislature of Scotland, in the capital Edinburgh.
At the first meeting of the parliament on 12 May 1999, Winnie Ewing (the Mother of Parliament or "Oldest Qualified Member" as she was described in the Official Report of debates) declared that the "Scottish Parliament which adjourned on 25 March 1707, is hereby reconvened".
Critics of this view argue that the old Parliament of Scotland remains merged in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, because the United Kingdom parliament continues to represent constituencies in Scotland, and Scotland remains subject, ultimately, to a government responsible to the United Kingdom parliament.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scottish_Parliament   (1828 words)

 Scottish Parliament Building - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Parliament Building is actually a complex of several buildings with a total floor area of around 29,000 m² (312,000 square feet), providing accommodation for the 129 MSPs and around 1,000 parliamentary staff and civil servants.
Above and behind the new parliament is the neoclassical Royal High School, which was prepared for a devolved Scottish Assembly in the 1970s, but because of a failed referendum it was never used.
On 2 March 2006, a beam in the roof of the Scottish Parliament collapsed during a debate, causing the evacuation of the debating chamber and the suspension of business.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scottish_Parliament_Building   (1809 words)

 Scottish Parliament - Yesterday and Today - The Early Years
The "Reformation Parliament" was an important step forward which was continued when the infant King James VI ascended the throne.
But first, he decreed that the Scottish Parliament should have a "fixed abode" and Parliament House in the centre of Edinburgh was built as the a permanent structure to house the institution.
King Charles II fled and the "Commonwealth" was formed and, for a spell, the Scottish Parliament was dissolved.
www.rampantscotland.com /features/parliamenta.htm   (950 words)

 Scottish Parliament at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Scottish Parliament is the legislature of Scotland.
At the first meeting of the Parliament, held three years later, Winnie Ewing, sitting by virtue of being the oldest MSP at the time (May 1999) declared that the Scottish Parliament, which had been adjourned in 1707, was now in session, thus explicitly proclaiming a connection with the previous body.
The official home of the Scottish Parliament will be at Holyrood, but as the building is still being constructed, a temporary home exis at the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Scottish_Parliament.html   (1918 words)

 Scottish Parliament Building - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Parliament Building is actually a complex of several buildings with a total floor area of around 29,000 m² (312,000 square feet), providing accommodation for the 129 MSPs and around 1,000 civil servants.
The construction of the Parliament Building proved controversial in a number of respects: the decision to construct a new building, the choice of site, the selection of a non-Scottish architect, the selection of as construction manager after having earlier been excluded from the shortlist, and serious cost and time overruns.
The project was also complicated by the deaths in 2000 of Miralles and Dewar, and existence of a multi-headed client (consisting of the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body, the Presiding Officer, and an architectural advisor), who took over the project from the Scottish Office and Scottish Executive while it was already under construction.
www.dunedin.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Scottish_Parliament_Building   (1520 words)

 Scottish Parliament
The first elections to the Parliament were held on 6 May 1999 and the Parliament opened on 1 July 1999.
A First Minister (equivalent to a Scottish prime minister), with a main office in St Andrew's House, is drawn from the majority grouping within the parliament, and relevant ministers sit with their UK government counterparts at negotiating meetings in Brussels whenever Scottish interests are affected.
The parliament's temporary base is the Church of Scotland General Assembly Hall and City of Edinburgh Council buildings, at the Mound and on George IV Bridge, in Edinburgh.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0064601.html   (480 words)

 Scotsman.com News - The Scottish Parliament
THE Scottish Parliament should return to its one-time home in Parliament Hall while problems with the new building are resolved, it was suggested yesterday.
THE Scottish Parliament has been named as one of those short-listed in Epilepsy Scotland's Employer of the Year awards.
SCOTTISH Parliament bosses were under fire today for failing to make clear the full costs of...
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=276   (476 words)

 Telegraph | Arts | Dewar's dream
And in Edinburgh the Scottish Parliament, once estimated to cost between £10 and £40 million and scheduled to open last December, is now expected to come in at £338.1 million.
At the time there was wide support for Miralles's scheme, despite the fact that Scottish architects felt hurt that none of their number had been included in the final shortlist in the competition - Dewar's building was to be the symbol of a new, outward-looking Scotland and that meant an international architect.
The history of the Scottish Parliament is bad for architects, tarred again with the presumption that innovative architecture leads necessarily to massive cost and time overruns.
www.telegraph.co.uk /arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/01/25/bascot25.xml&sSheet=/arts/2003/01/25/ixtop.html   (1375 words)

 Scottish Parliament Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland
These are also the words inscribed on the head of the Mace of the Scottish Parliament, handed to the Parliament by the Queen at the official opening of its first session on 1 July 1999.
For the first four years of its new life the Scottish Parliament usually met in the Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland on The Mound in Edinburgh, while Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) had their offices in a nearby office building borrowed from Edinburgh City Council.
But for us the Scottish Parliament represents the rebirth of a nation that for over 290 years merged its concerns and interests with the often different priorities of a much larger neighbour.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk /edinburgh/scottishparliament   (1011 words)

 Parlianet - Scottish Parliament
The proposal for the creation of a Scottish Parliament was approved in a referendum on September 11th 1997 with 1,775,045 votes (74.3%) in favour of the Parliament and 614,400 votes (25.7%) against it.
The proposal to grant this Scottish Parliament tax-varying powers also passed with 1,512,889 votes (63.5%) in favour of such powers and 870,263 votes (36.5%) against the proposal.
The Scottish Parliament is responsible for most domestic policy matters, while international matters, and those that might have a “knock-on” effect throughout the UK, remain at UK level.
www.parlianet.com /addservices/scottishparliament.asp   (501 words)

 The Scottish Parliament Project: Digitising the Acts of the Scottish Parliament, 1235 - 1707
The Scottish Parliament Project [SPP], based at the University of St Andrews, was established in 1997 with funding from the Scottish Office.
Its objective is to create a new digital edition of the acts of the Scottish Parliament, between its earliest known proceedings in 1235 and the Union of 1707.
Five years after we began work, the vast majority of the acts have been transcribed, proof-read against the original manuscripts, edited according to modern practices, and a parallel translation created, and the SPP is aiming to complete its work at the end of 2005.
www.st-andrews.ac.uk /~scotparl   (246 words)

 Scottish Parliament Building, RMJM, Photos, Miralles
The first wave of staff moved into the Scottish Parliament Building at the start of August 2004 in accordance with the overall plan for the phased roll-out of the migration into the new building.
Despite all the criticisms, the commitment of all parties to the Scottish Parliament project are to be commended in seeing it through to completion, and maintaining the quality agenda.
Scottish Parliament photos without direct credits were all approved by RMJM/Scottish Parliament in 2004 for use on the website.
www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk /scottish_parliament.htm   (2455 words)

 Scottish Devolution:  A Historical and Political Analysis
In November 1998 the Westminster Parliament passed the Scotland Act, as it did a Wales Act also, and it received Royal assent; the first elections to the Scottish Parliament are to be held on May 6, 1999.
As Archie Brown theorized in his article, Asymmetrical Devolution: the Scottish Case, "membership in the European Union means that a break with England would not be absolute."<16> With Scotland’s striving economy and claims to the North Sea oil, the EU may be the larger entity needed to replace the UK and give Scotland stability.
By 1979 the Scottish public was bored of the five-year struggle that had become the Scottish Home Rule campaign and which had culminated in the Referendum.
www.loyno.edu /history/journal/1998-9/Rivera.htm   (3340 words)

 Enric Miralles EMBT-RMJM - Scottish Parliament - :: arcspace.com
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the flower paintings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the upturned boats on the seashore for the roofs, Miralles developed a design that he said was a building "sitting in the land".
Four Towers, containing the Parliament's 6 Committee Rooms, along with the offices of the staff who support the work of the Committees, wrap around the rear of the Debating Chamber Building.
Donald Dewar who was Secretary of State for Scotland, and then First Minister in the devolved Scottish Parliament, chose the site and selected Miralles for the project that was to be the symbol of a new Scotland, also passed away in 2000.
www.arcspace.com /architects/miralles/parliament   (1037 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Holyrood parliament building   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
FURTHER evidence of apparently sub-standard workmanship on the Scottish Parliament debating...
SCOTTISH Parliament bosses risk repeating the mistakes of the Holyrood project in their handling...
PART of a corridor in the Scottish Parliament was cordoned off yesterday after a screw that was...
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=177   (496 words)

 BBC News | DEVOLUTION | Scottish devolution explained...
That means the Scottish Parliament will have full legislative and administrative control of domestic issues like health, education, the criminal law, home affairs, local government, economic development, the environment, agriculture, sport and the arts.
The Bill confirms that the Scottish Parliament will have the power to vary the basic rate of personal income tax by a maximum of 3p in the pound.
Donald Dewar stresses that it is not for Scottish devolution legislation to prescribe actions by a future UK Prime Minister: that it is a matter for the PM to determine the shape of his/her Cabinet, to decide whether a Secretary of State for Scotland is needed.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/special_report/for_christmas/_new_year/devolution/42043.stm   (2002 words)

 Scotland (United Kingdom)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Scottish flag traces its ancestry back to the Battle of Athelstaneford, making it possibly the oldest of national flags, although among modern independent nations that honour generally falls to the Danish flag.
The palace of Holyrood House was flying the new Scottish royal standard (at least "new" in terms of being used) while the queen was in residence.
The "Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia" notes that the Saltire: blue with a white diagonal cross, is the flag of St. Andrew, patron of Scotland.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/gb-scotl.html   (4243 words)

 Scottish Parliament - Scottish News and Articles -
n the two months since the Scottish Parliament opened its doors to the public there has been one area of the building which, despite the noise, sand and constant painting going on, has received a big thumbs up from its users.
The landmark figure puts the Parliament on schedule to reach its projected number of 780,000 visitors in the first year alone.
The Scottish Parliament's Environment and Rural Development Committee today endorsed the general principles of the Water Services etc (Scotland) Bill.
www.scottish-parliament.com   (378 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Special report: Scottish parliament
March 3: The Scottish parliament building was at the centre of a safety scare yesterday when a heavy wooden roof beam came loose in the main debating chamber.
November 9: Annabel Goldie was confirmed as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives yesterday after a pact with the rightwinger Murdo Fraser left her unchallenged for the position.
February 20: The Scottish Executive's high-profile summit to end sectarianism was last night dismissed as tokenism by the SNP, who claimed that prejudice was inevitable as long as legislation banning Catholics from the throne remained on the statute book.
politics.guardian.co.uk /scotland   (1615 words)

 About the Scottish Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Holyrood members of Parliament are also to be paid considerably less than those who will swan about the corridors and bars of the Westminster parliament.
During the Great Debate, Doddie Robertson, the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland reaffirmed Labour's promise not to reduce the number of Scottish seats at Westminster and claimed that he would be 'honoured' to stand for the Scottish Parliament.
The Claim of Right, confirming the sovereignty of the Scottish people, was signed in 1989 by every Scottish Labour MP with the exception of Tam Dalyell.
www.alba.org.uk /scottish/scottishparliament.html   (1026 words)

 Scottish Parliament
Pre-devolution, the Scottish Office, under the Secretary of State for Scotland, was responsible for the administration of much of domestic public policy in Scotland.
The Scottish Parliament also has a general entitlement to issue a view on any matter, domestic or foreign, that it chooses to address.
The principal responsibilities of the Scottish Parliament are:
www.rics.org /AboutRICS/RICSstructureandgovernance/RICSdepartments/scottish_parliament.htm   (646 words)

 New Scottish Parliament
On November 19, 1998 the Scottish people decided in a National Election to establish a Scottish National Parliament.
Initially the Parliament will sit in the Church of Scotland General Assembly Buildings on the Mound in Edinburgh.
The Scottish Parliament will be sitting in the Church of Scotland's General Assembly building on the Mound in Edinburgh for the first 2-3 years.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/2005/18844   (294 words)

 BBC NEWS | Technology | Petitioning parliament by mouse
Petitioning of the Scottish parliament is a well-established tradition.
A third of all petitions are now submitted to the Scottish parliament electronically and the e-system has distinct advantages.
The system has global reach and the Scottish Parliament has received comments on petitions from around 35 different countries, including a response from Bolivia on how best to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish national poet Robert Burns in 2009.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/technology/4243110.stm   (678 words)

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