Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

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The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) is a body of the Scottish Parliament responsible for the administration of the parliament. It also has a role in provision of services to commissioners and other statutory appointments made by the parliament.


The SPCB is established by section 21 of, and schedule 2 to, the Scotland Act 1998. The SPCB considers and makes decisions on a wide range of issues to do with the running of the parliament including the property, staff and resources that the parliament requires in order to operate.[1] The corporate body administers the resources of the parliament as well as the budget of the parliament. It also considers the use of parliamentary facilities and is responsible for the staffing and security of the parliament.


The SPCB is convened by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and otherwise made up of at least four MSPs.[2]

Each member of the body currently takes on a specific portfolio.[3]

Ken Macintosh (Presiding Officer)
Sandra White (Scottish National Party)
Finanace and Security
Jackson Carlaw (Scottish Conservatives)
Business support and information
Andy Wightman (Scottish Green Party)
Kezia Dugdale (Scottish Labour Party)
Liam McArthur (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Former members[edit]

Session Member
1 David Steel Convener
John Young
Robert Brown
Andrew Welsh
Des McNulty Resigned December 2001
Duncan McNeil Replaced McNulty
2 George Reid Convener
John Scott
Robert Brown Resigned June 2005
Nora Radcliffe Replaced Brown
Andrew Welsh Resigned January 2006
Kenny MacAskill Replaced Welsh
3 Alex Fergusson Convener
Alex Johnstone
Tricia Marwick
Tom McCabe
Mike Pringle
4 Tricia Marwick Convener
Liam McArthur
Linda Fabiani
Mary Scanlon Resigned 2014
Liz Smith Replaced Scanlon
David Stewart Resigned January 2015
John Pentland Replaced Stewart
5 Alex Johnstone Resigned November 2016

Office holders[edit]

The Scottish Parliament is responsible for the appointment of several statutory positions for commissioners and senior public appointments. The parliament nominates individuals to the monarch, who formally appoints them to a post.

This includes the following posts:[4]

The SPCB provides the budget for each of the above with the exception of the Auditor General.

The SPCB is responsible for nominating the following posts to parliament:[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Corporate Governance: Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB): SPCB remit". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  2. ^ Scotland Act 1998 c. 46 s. 21(2)
  3. ^ "SPCB Membership". The Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Corporate governance: Officeholders". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 5 September 2014.

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