The final report of the Commission for Parliamentary Reform has been published this morning, comprising 75 recommendations to ensure the Scottish Parliament is “equipped to meet the challenges ahead”.
On the issue of a second chamber, the 11-member Commission has determined this is not currently justified but hasn’t ruled out the option in the years ahead, subject to further review. Instead, the Commission’s recommendations are intended to get existing resources of the Parliament working at “peak efficiency” before more radical proposals are considered.
Changes are proposed to the legislative stages, to the outreach undertaken by committees and to the role of the Presiding Officer in managing debates and question times. In his foreword, the Commission chair John McCormick, calls for the reforms to be implemented speedily and for an implementation group, led by the Presiding Officer, to be established to “provide the necessary institutional impetus”.
The recommendations (listed at Appendix A, p. 70) include:
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