Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

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

1David SteelConvener
John Young
Robert Brown
Andrew Welsh
Des McNultyResigned December 2001
Duncan McNeilReplaced McNulty
2George ReidConvener
John Scott
Robert BrownResigned June 2005
Nora RadcliffeReplaced Brown
Andrew WelshResigned January 2006
Kenny MacAskillReplaced Welsh
3Alex FergussonConvener
Alex Johnstone
Tricia Marwick
Tom McCabe
Mike Pringle
4Tricia MarwickConvener
Liam McArthur
Linda Fabiani
Mary ScanlonResigned 2014
Liz SmithReplaced Scanlon
David StewartResigned January 2015
John PentlandReplaced Stewart
5Alex JohnstoneResigned November 2016

Office holders

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


  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. "Corporate governance: Officeholders". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 5 September 2014.

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