MSPs on the
Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
agreed to record recognition of two new cross party groups (CPGs), on Pakistan and human trafficking on 22 May 2012.
Labour MSP Michael McMahon, who spoke to behalf of the CPG on Pakistan, said "I passionately believe it would have a full work load" and lot of interest for a variety of groups.
Convener Dave Thompson asked whether there was a potential for overlap with the existing CPG on Middle East and South Asia.
Mr McMahon said he had experience of looking at work done by different CPGs to make sure there was no unnecessary duplication.
Labour MSP Jenny Marra put forward her case for the human trafficking group.
Ms Marra said human trafficking was a "large and very complex subject".
She said that a
in to human trafficking in Scotland by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC would provide a "blueprint and work programme" for the CPG.
The committee also considered a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 9 May 2011 to 8 May 2012.