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Chamber business will be conducted online, with in person meetings of a maximum 79 MSPs taking place once a week. Committees will also switch to using video link, subject to a vote on Tuesday. The Scottish Parliament will return from recess on Tuesday with MSPs using a combination of technology and social distancing to carry …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The majority of confirmed cases have been in China Covid-19, the new form of coronavirus which has killed over 2,000 people around the world, has become a notifiable disease in Scotland. Health regulations have been updated, requiring doctors to inform health boards about any cases of the disease. They …

Credit: Eric Norris/CC BY 2.0 Daren Fitzhenry has been Scotland’s Information Commissioner for a little over two years, a time during which freedom of information (FoI) has been an unusually hot topic.  Since his appointment in October 2017, the question of whether the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act of 2002 (FOISA) works as well as …

MSPS have backed a plan for a biometrics tzar who would keep tabs on the police use of personal data such as eye scans, facial images and fingerprints. However, the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is calling for the new biometrics commissioner to be given extra powers to keep personal data safe and protect privacy. The …

A craft distillery in Scotland could become the greenest gin and whisky producer in the world as part of the government’s plans to cut industrial climate emissions. The Orkney Distillery has secured a slice of the government’s £390m fund to help develop low-carbon technologies that could reduce carbon emissions from industry. It hopes to use …

Better ways must be found to protect drug users. That can be the only humane response to the terrible news that drug deaths in Scotland have risen by 27% over the past 12 months. At 1,187, the number of fatalities is higher per capita than any other EU country, on a par with the US …

More than 200 landlords from across Scotland have breached a law designed to protect the deposits of tenants in the last 18 months, according to research. Legislation introduced in 2012 requires landlords who take a deposit from a tenant to lodge the deposit with one of three government-approved schemes within 30 working days of the …

A two year-old girl from Glasgow has become the youngest person in the world to undergo brain surgery that doctors say could help limit severe disability among children afflicted by uncontrollable body movements. Viktoria Kaftanikaite was just 32 months old when she had deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat a condition called dystonia, which caused …

GM Flow Measurement Services Ltd, has developed a range of smart, safe and reliable flow measurement services and products to support production, exploration, and well services operations. The start-up business, founded in 2014, has completed successful field tests and is gearing up for growth, with the support of Scottish Enterprise. Their technology is based around …

Image caption Kal Turnbull hopes his new website Change A View will result in better online debate An idea started by a Highlands teenager has garnered worldwide attention and is now, six years later, the basis for a fledgling start-up. At its heart is a simple question: how do you fix the often ugly world …