Tuesday, 8 July 2008


Mr Smith is glad to see that the popularity of the Scottish Parliament is on the up, although he's not sure that it becoming a party hot spot is such a good thing.

"THE Scottish Parliament is at risk of becoming "partyville", it was warned today, as figures revealed the number of events held at Holyrood had doubled. The building is proving such a popular venue for receptions that parliament bosses are to make more space available for evening events. At the moment, only the garden lobby can accommodate gatherings of more than 100 – and it is normally used for receptions at least two evenings a week when parliament is in session.But now both the members' restaurant and the public entrance foyer are to be opened up for such occasions as well. Around 400 events have been held in the parliament over the past 12 months – more than double the number in the first year after the building opened four years ago."

And you don't need to pay a room hire charge, although the drinks packages are a bit pricey ... or so Mr Smith hears.

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