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What is the Scottish Parliament?

The Scottish Parliament makes laws in Scotland on devolved matters like health, education, housing and the police and fire services. It is located in Holyrood in Edinburgh.

It does not have any control over issues like benefits and immigration, which are dealt with by the UK Parliament and UK Government.

It is made up of 129 politicians who are each a Member of the Scottish Parliament, or MSP for short. MSPs are voted for by the Scottish public.

MSPs in the Scottish Parliament also help to make sure the Scottish Government is doing its job properly by scrutinising it and asking questions.

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