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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 Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill was passed by the Parliament on 23 December 2020. Subject to the Bill Receiving royal Asssent, Disolution of the Parliament takes place on 5 May 2021, the day before the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May 2021. 

Parliamentary recess dates for Session 6 of the Parliament will be agreed after the election. 

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