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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