Scottish Parliament Elections
Scottish Parliament elections occur every four years to elect the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
The Scotland Act 1998 created a Scottish Parliament and passed to it the powers to make laws on a range of issues. These powers were extended by the Scotland Act 2012.
Devolved powers are aspects of policy that are controlled by the Scottish Parliament, retained powers are managed by the government in Westminster, these are generally policies that affect the whole of the UK.