The Scottish Parliament has developed a series of Key Principles that guide the practices of parliament and the work of MPs

Submitted by: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

After a wide public consultation process, the Scottish Parliament published a set of Key Principles in 1999, ‘Shaping Scotland’s Parliament’ which set out how the Parliament should work. The Principles are:

  • Accountable: the Scottish Parliament is answerable to the people of Scotland. The Scottish Parliament should hold the Scottish Government to account;
  • Open and Encourage participation: the Scottish Parliament should be accessible and involve the people of Scotland in its decisions as much as possible;
  • Power Sharing: power should be shared among the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland, and
  • Equal Opportunities: the Scottish Parliament should treat all people fairly.

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