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The Scottish Parliament and law making
The Scottish Parliament and law making

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Week 7: MSPs, MPs and law making


Both the Scottish and UK Parliaments make laws covering Scotland. This may be achieved through primary or subordinate / delegated legislation. In previous weeks you have considered how the Parliaments make laws. In this week you explore who the individuals who contribute to making those laws are – the MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) and MPs (Members of Parliament, meaning the UK Parliament). You consider the election process and work of Committees in the Scottish Parliament.

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • explain who can vote in Scottish and UK Parliament elections
  • explain the differences between Scottish and UK Parliament elections
  • discuss the principles underpinning the Code of Conduct for MSPs.