Asked in Law & Legal IssuesUS ConstitutionScotlandAustralian Capital Territory and Canberra
Law & Legal Issues
Australian Capital Territory and Canberra
In which city does the Scottish Parliament meet?
Asked in Politics and Government
Where do the members of the scottish parliament meet when in England?
Asked in Scotland
Do members of the Scottish parliament sit in Westminster?
Asked in Scotland, UK Politics
How many MSPs are there in the Scottish Parliament?
Asked in History, Politics & Society, Scotland
Did some kind of independence for Scotland from England happen in 2004?
The most recent "kind of independence" I'm aware of occurred in 1999, when the Scottish Parliament was established. In 2004, the Scottish Parliament building was completed and opened, but this didn't change the authority of the Scottish Parliament in any way, simply gave them a permanent building to meet in (from 1999-2004 they had met mostly in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, and had rented some additional space from the City of Edinburgh for offices).
In which city did the Australian Commonwealth Parliament meet before Canberra?
Asked in Law & Legal Issues
How many members does the Scottish Youth Parliament have?
It has 150 members. They are between the ages of 14 and 25 years old, and they are elected to serve. They meet about 3 times a year, and choose particular themes and issues for which they advocate. The Scottish Youth Parliament have their own website, which lists their achievements and activities in more detail. Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament use the abbreviation MSYP, and according to the website, their structure is as follows: "We have at least two elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) per Scottish Parliamentary constituency, with another 50 from national voluntary organisations."
Who uses the Scottish Parliament building?
Asked in History of Australia, Australian Capital Territory and Canberra, Australia Politics and Society
Where did Australia's Federal Parliament meet before the construction of Canberra?
Asked in Scotland
How many MSPs in the Scottish parliament are members of the Scottish national party SNPs?
Asked in Scotland, UK Government, Same-Sex Marriage
Which legislative body can enact same-sex marriage legislation in Scotland?
The Scottish Parliament is empowered to legislate on specific "devolved matters" which have been delegated to it from the Westminster Parliament (the Houses of Lords and Commons that meet in London). Also, the Scottish Parliament is authorized to legislate on any matter which is not specifically reserved for the Westminster Parliament. Certainly, the Westminster Parliament can pass any law it wishes and that law can be applied to Scotland. However, it appears that marriage law is not among the list of "reserved matters" and that the Scottish Parliament could, therefore, alter the legal requirements for marriage within Scotland. In any case, it was the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood that enacted a same-sex marriage law on February 4, 2014.