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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22343: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S5O-03051 by Kezia Dugdale on 21 March 2019, and the reference to its review of how it supports MSPs in their role as employers, what role it has in assisting MSPs engage and remunerate interns, and whether it would consider making funds available to ensure that all interns engaged in MSP's offices and across the parliamentary estate are paid.

Answered by: Kezia Dugdale 26 April 2019

MSPs are entitled to seek reimbursement of the cost of employing staff within the annual limit set for the Staff Cost Provision, and provided they do so on terms and conditions no less favourable than the minimums agreed by the SPCB. It is a matter for individual MSPs, having regard to these constraints, to define the structure, job descriptions and salaries for their staff.  It is also a matter for MSPs in their role as employers to determine appropriate terms and conditions for internships and work experience placements in their offices.  The Parliament’s HR Office can support MSPs with defining their requirements.   

The Parliament agreed changes to the Staff Costs Provision of the Members’ Expenses Scheme in 2016 and there are no plans to make further changes in the current parliamentary session.