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CLIP 6638

Holyrood: Scotland's Parliament

Holyrood: Scotland's Parliament

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Key Info
  • Holyrood: Scotland's Parliament
  • Duration: 04:45
  • The 129 MSPs at Holyrood take decisions on issues including health, education, transport, tourism and the environment. Westminster still makes decisions on defence, foreign policy, social security and major economic issues. Proposed bills are discussed and voted on in the debating chamber. If successful it is considered further by an all-party committee and then the amended bill voted on again before becoming law.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies


    Politics and Government: The Democratic and Electoral Processes

  • Keywords: democracy, Holyrood, Scottish Parliament, SNP, Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green, government, law, Scotland, modern studies, DemocracyinAction
Ideas for use in class
  • This introduction to the Scottish Parliament clearly raises issues of difference between Holyrood and Westminster. Students could compare methods of representation, parliamentary process and levels of power and decision making. To what extent is devolved government successful? How different or similar are the two parliaments and how effective are they? What are the benefits or drawbacks compared to full independence? The Scottish Parlaiment has a clear aim of being transparent and accessible. How successful is it in this? What lessons could Westminster learn? This background information could act as a useful primer to a visit to the Scottish Parliament.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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