Parliamentary Interns visit the Scottish Parliament

Issued: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

2019 Parliamentary Interns visit to Scottish Parliament

On Thursday 31 January, the 2019 John Smith Centre Parliamentary Interns were hosted at the Scottish Parliament by the Parliament’s Chief Executive Sir Paul Grice for a day of events aimed at providing the interns with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the role Parliament plays in supporting the work of MSPs.

Upon arrival, Sir Paul - who is the senior public servant working in the Parliament - welcomed the interns and offered insights into what his role involves and how the Scottish Parliament functions more generally. The interns were then joined by Allan Campbell, Head of the Scottish Parliament Information Centre’s Financial Scrutiny Unit and Peter McGrath, a Committee Clerk. Allan and Peter spoke to the interns about their respective educational backgrounds, career paths and current roles. This was followed by a fascinating Q&A session, during which the interns asked Peter and Allan about a wide range of topics, including the budget process and how they support MSPs in their efforts to scrutinise government policies.  

2019 PIP Scottish Parliament visit - Sir Paul Grice (Welcome from Sir Paul Grice)

PIP Scottish Parliament visit - Ken Macintosh (Welcome from Ken Macintosh, Presiding Officer)

The interns then observed General Questions and FMQs from the gallery in the Debating Chamber, before joining Catherine Smith, Chair of the John Smith Centre, Sir Paul, Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh, and some of this year’s host MSPs – including Jackie Baillie, Humza Yousaf, Adam Tomkins, Anas Sarwar and Maurice Golden – for lunch in one of the Parliament’s Committee Rooms.

2019 PIP Scottish Parliament visit - lunch (Lunch in one of Parliament's Committee Rooms)

The day drew to a close with a tour of the Parliament building.

Everyone at the John Smith Centre would like to give our thanks to Sir Paul Grice for hosting this year’s interns. We look forward to visiting the Parliament again next year with our 2020 Parliamentary Interns. ‌

2019 Parliamentary Interns visit to Scottish Parliament (Parliamentary Interns with bust of Rt Hon John Smith QC MP in Scottish Parliament)