Parliamentary Committee Work

Ruth currently sits on two committees in the Scottish Parliament – the Social Security Committee and the Education and Skills Committee.

Between September 2016 and March 2017, Ruth served on the Local Government and Communities Committee.

Committees play a central part in the work of the Parliament. Most committees meet weekly or fortnightly, usually on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings, in one of the Scottish Parliament’s committee rooms.

The role of an MSP on a committee is to:

  • Scrutinise the work of the Scottish Government, including the scrutiny of budget proposals
  • Hold inquiries into subjects relating to the work of the committee
  • Examine legislation, including bills and subordinate legislation
  • Take evidence from witnesses to assist in their inquiries

You can read more about the role and work of committees on the Scottish Parliament website here:

Social Security Committee

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The role of this committee is to scrutinise the Scottish Government’s policies and expenditure in relation to new and existing Scottish social security powers as well as UK Government welfare policy. You can follow the work of the committee here:


Education and Skills Committee

The role of this committee is to consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. This includes: early years and childcare, schools and teaching, further and higher education, child protection and looked after children, and skills.

You can follow the work of the committee here:



You can also read regular updates about Ruth’s work on Scottish parliamentary committees by following the Facebook and Twitter social media platforms on the right-hand side of the website.



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