Holyrood comes to Hawick

Hawick is hosting the Scottish Parliament's first official day out. Politicians and staff will hold a formal committee meeting, visit schools and meet local groups.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP said:

"The Parliament represents all the people of Scotland and the work we do impacts on everyone, so we have placed Parliament Days at the heart of our engagement activities this session.

"I hope the people of Hawick will enjoy this opportunity to find out more about what we do at Holyrood and experience how easy it can be to get involved."

– Tricia Marwick MSP

The Finance Committee will meet in Heart of Hawick, where they will examine the spending plans of the Scottish Government.

Local organisations and businesses will attend informal workshops to have their say.

Local schoolchildren will have the opportunity to watch the committee meeting and ask MSPs questions.

Councillor Graham Garvie, convener of Scottish Borders Council said:

"It's an honour to host the Scottish Parliament in Hawick and I'm delighted that the Borders has been chosen as the first area in Scotland to hold such an historic event."

– Cllr Graham Garvie