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About the Scottish Parliament


Parliamentary business happens throughout the year, with periods of recess (breaks). During recess, there are normally no meetings in the Chamber and no committee meetings. MSPs are usually in their local areas where they carry on work with constituents. They can also continue to submit motions and written parliamentary questions.

Recess dates

The precise dates of recess change each year.

The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2020:

  • 8 to 16 February 2020
  • 4 to 19 April 2020
  • 27 June to 9 August 2020
  • 10 to 25 October 2020
  • 24 December 2020 to 8 January 2021

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