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Scottish Parliamentary Copyright

Under The Parliamentary Copyright (Scottish Parliament) Order 1999, first copyright in works made by or under the direction or control of the Scottish Parliament is owned by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB). Under this Order, the provisions relating to Scottish Parliamentary copyright protected material are in line with Parliamentary copyright material produced by the Westminster Parliament as set out in section 165 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

The following categories of material qualify for Scottish Parliamentary copyright protection:

  • Bills of the Scottish Parliament;
  • The Official Reports of Meetings of the Scottish Parliament;
  • Journals of the Scottish Parliament;
  • Scottish Statutory Instrument Lists;
  • Committee Reports of the Scottish Parliament;
  • Written Answers Report;
  • The Business Bulletin; and
  • What’s Happening in the Scottish Parliament (WhiSP)


Most Scottish Parliamentary copyright material can be re-used under the terms of the Open Scottish Parliament Licence. Futher information on the use of the Scottish Parliamentary copyright material can be found on the Scottish Parliament website. The QPS has an agreement with the SPCB to provide advice on matters relating to the administration of copyright and to investigate any infringements of Scottish Parliamentary copyright.