The 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) at Holyrood take decisions on issues including health, education, transport, tourism and the environment. However, 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, they are considered further by an all-party committee, and then amended bills are voted on again before becoming law.

This clip is from:
Scotland
First broadcast:
12 June 2009

This clip could be used as an introduction to the Scottish Parliament.

The class could be divided into groups representing the different process stages of turning a proposal into a law. They could have debates on an aspect of school-life and rules which some believe should be changed, and try to come to a democratic decision about it via the same channels that the Scottish Parliament operates through.