This photograph of all members of the Scottish Parliament was taken in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, which served as a temporary home until the completion of a new Parliament building at Holyrood in September 2004. Back in 1707, the original Parliament of Scotland merged with its southern counterpart. However, after years of lobbying, in 1997 a referendum showed that a large majority of Scots were in favour of a new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Elections followed, and the Parliament first convened on 12 May 1999. It can take decisions on devolved matters such as education, health, agriculture and justice.