Today we had a visit from Iain Clark who works for the Scottish Parliament. We had a great morning learning about how the parliament works. Here are some of the things we were learning about…
Alfie- The difference between government and the parliament.
Lewis- The different parliaments and assemblies that formed in 1999.
Tom- The different Scottish parties.
Murray- This year the Welsh Assembly will become a parliament.
Angus- What an individual candidate was.
Zak- When there is a draw between voting on laws the Presiding Officer must say no to the passing of the law.
Robert- About devolution and how in 1999 the powers were split across the UK.
Lauren- The assembly has to ask the UK parliament if they want to put a rule in place.
Jack- Since there are so many people in London they have their own assembly but their focus is on finance, policing and transport.
Elise- A 1/3 of Scottish budget goes on to health services.
Connor- 8 MSPs can help us in the Borders to tackle issues that matter to us.
William- The most important person in parliament is called the presiding officer. He is called Ken MacIntosh.
Jess- The Scottish Parliament have a budget of 42 billion.