Scotland politics

Students to debate at Holyrood in Donald Dewar's memory

Donald Dewer
Image caption Donald Dewar was Scotland's inaugural first minister from 1999 until his death in October of the following year

The final of Scotland's largest school debating tournament is to be held at the Scottish Parliament.

Pupils from four schools will compete in the event on Thursday, which will be dedicated to the memory of the late First Minister Donald Dewar.

The finalists are to debate whether historic debt between Commonwealth countries should be written off.

The annual tournament is run by the Law Society of Scotland.

Holyrood's Deputy Presiding Officer, John Scott, said: "With more than 250 pupils taking part in this year's tournament the finalists are to be congratulated for getting to this point and I look forward to welcoming them all to the parliament."

Established in 1999, the debating tournament is open to pupils in all Scottish secondary schools.

The schools taking part in the final will be: Craigmount High (Edinburgh), Douglas Academy (Milngavie), Glenalmond College (Perthshire) and Trinity High (Renfrewshire).

The winning school will receive a trophy and prize of £1,000, donated by the Law Society of Scotland.

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