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Summary

  1. Next: Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Ailsa Brown

All times stated are UK

  1. That's it from us today

    MSPs back the motion from the 'Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs' debate, having rejected the amendment from Scottish Conservative Cameron Buchanan.

    The motion was passed with 93 MSPs backing it and 11 voting against it.

    Edinburgh at night

    That's it from us for now, we will of course be back next Tuesday morning with the pick of the committees.

    Remember, you can watch all today's business and the best of the week's debates and committees at BBC Scotland's Democracy Live website.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Decision time

    MSPs vote on the motion and amendment from the 'Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs' debate.

  3. Debate concludes

    The cabinet secretary closes by calling on all parties to commit to supporting the positive proposals from major charities and third sector organisations regarding the national minimum wage being devolved.

    Ms Constance says business productivity goes hand in hand with proper and fair pay.

  4. Working together

    Ms Constance says it is imperative that the government, trade unionists and employers work together to ensure we get that quality and productive dialogue between them all.

    "There is no recommendation in this report that I am adverse to." Says Ms Constance.

    She says the government have acted quickly to bring forward the Fair Work Convention.

  5. Government closing

    Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance says this debate is an important part of the Scottish government's engagement process.

    It allows MSPs to shape and influence the government's response to the Working Group Review, says Ms Constance.

    Training Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance
    Image caption: Training Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance

    She says consensus on the issue of progressive work place policies is important and she says there was much consensus in the debate.

  6. Fair Work Convention

    Ms Marra says the announcement of a Fair Work Convention is welcome, but it cannot be just a "talking shop".

    A key recommendation of the Working Together Review, the Fair Work Convention will be a stakeholder body which will provide leadership on Scottish industrial relations, and which will promote the principles behind fair work.

    It will encourage dialogue between unions, employers public sector bodies and government.

  7. College cuts

    Labour's youth employment spokesman Jenny Marra says it is the role of the Scottish government to maintain a clear dialogue with our unions to see potential achieved.

    Only by the government and unions working together can Scotland's workplaces succeed, Ms Marra says.

    Labour MSP Jenny Marra
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jenny Marra

    The Labour MSP agrees with Liam McArthur on the importance of women working for the economy.

    She says colleges should be the powerhouses of a modern industrial economy, the cuts to colleges have disproportionately affected women, older workers and part-time courses for those returning to work.

  8. 'All at sea'

    Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown says it has been a worthwhile debate and he thanks Jim Mather for the work he did on this report.

    Mr Brown says Mr Mather is "always somebody worth listening to".

    Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown
    Image caption: Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown

    However the Lothians list MSP says one of most interesting points in the debate is that the Scottish government doesn't seem to have a position in relation to this review and that they are "all at sea".

    He also says he is "a little sceptical about the timing of this review"

    The government forced the Working Group Review into a tight timescale for its report and then has doing nothing in the three months since it was published, concludes Mr Brown.

  9. Youth employment

    SNP MSP Sandra White says we should expand on the interest young people showed in the independence referendum campaign to enhance employment prospects.

    SNP MSP Sandra White
    Image caption: SNP MSP Sandra White

    Ms White also adds her praise to the Working Group Review report.

  10. Unions

    SNP MSP Rob Gibson says he has been in a union all his life firstly as a teacher and then in the musician's union.

    Mr Gibson says their work means they have got to be involved in the decision making in workplaces

  11. Report timetable

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley also highlights the Working Group Review report saying: "It is important that we do see some kind of timescales being put on to the report otherwise the danger is it will be kicked into the long grass".

    A timetable is something that would be important, says the Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath.

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley
    Image caption: Labour MSP Alex Rowley

    Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance says she will be coming back to the parliament at the beginning of the year with the government's response to the detailed report, an intervention Mr Rowley welcomes.

  12. Lib Dems

    Scottish Liberal Democrats MSP Liam McArthur says his party have put a stronger economy, a fairer society and creating opportunity for all at the centre of its economic policy perspective.

    Mr McArthur says unemployment is down, employment is up and says it would be unfortunate for the SNP to claim credit for the upturn having blamed everyone else for the downturn.

    Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur
    Image caption: Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur

    Scotland's jobless total fell by 10,000 over the summer to stand at 164,000, according to official figures published yesterday.

    The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.9%, which is just below the UK figure of 6%.

    UK unemployment fell by 115,000 between July and September to just under two million.

  13. Scottish Labour

    Scottish Labour's Youth Employment spokesperson Jenny Marra congratulates Jim Mather and his Working Together Review Group team on the work to produce the report.

    Ms Marra goes on to say if Scottish Labour form the next government at Holyrood, it will adopt all 30 recommendations of the review.

    Labour MSP Jenny Marra
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jenny Marra

    She says a progressive work force policy leads to successful production.

    Another quote for the chamber, this time from Paul R. Krugman, who Ms Marra cites: "Productivity isn't everything, but in the long run it is almost everything".

  14. Conservatives amendment

    Scottish Conservative Cameron Buchanan is leading for his party in the debate.

    Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan

    Mr Buchanan's amendment is in full below:

    Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs-As an amendment to motion S4M-11507 in the name of Angela Constance (Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs), leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "recognises that sustained employment and innovation provide the best route out of poverty and the best way to boost productivity; welcomes the substantial rise in the personal allowance and real-terms rise in the national minimum wage as well as recent increases in productivity and record employment figures under the current UK government, and considers that effective communication between unions, employees and employers should be welcomed."

  15. Adam Smith

    Ms Constance concludes with a quote from Adam Smith: "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable."

    Adam Smith
    Image caption: Adam Smith
  16. Working Together Review report

    In February 2014 the Scottish government commissioned an independent review of progressive workplace policies and practices in the public and private sectors in Scotland.

    The review was asked to look specifically at women in the workplace.
    Image caption: The review was asked to look specifically at women in the workplace.

    The Working Together review was asked to focus on measures that would optimise the relationships that link trade unions, employers and Government, and make recommendations on: opportunities for innovation that would enhance productivity, workplace development, and labour market security and resilience.

    The Working Together Review report was published in August.

    The review also makes recommendations on what constitutes good practice, the principles that underpin it, the benefits it delivers, and how it might be more widely supported, adopted and secured; opportunities to promote collective bargaining, workplace democracy, diversity and equality, including specifically the participation of women.

  17. Scottish government

    Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance leads the debate for the government.

    In her motion she says the parliament should welcome the report of the Working Together Review Group.

    Ms Constance says well-rewarded and sustained employment, progressive workplace policies and innovation provide the best route out of poverty.

    Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance
    Image caption: Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance

    The cabinet secretary says it also is the best way to tackle inequality and boost productivity.

    supports the review group's prioritisation of capacity building, dialogue, shared commitment and real opportunities for unions, employees and employers to work together, and endorses the decision to establish a fair work convention.

  18. Scottish Government Debate: Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs

    The Scottish government is leading a debate on progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs.

  19. MSP memorial

    Scottish Conservative MSP and SPCB member Liz Smith pays tribute to the "very considerable contribution" of Margo MacDonald and also pays tribute to Brian Adam, David McLetchie and Helen Eadie who all died while still MSPs.

    Ms Smith says the SPCB has no policy on memorials but is happy to look into the possibility to create one.

    Ms Grahame says perhaps the corporate body would think about a discreet memorial plaque listing all MSPs who died while serving in the Parliament.

    The SPCB will indeed consider the suggestion says Ms Grahame.

  20. Margo MacDonald

    Margo
    Image caption: The late Independent MSP Margo MacDonald

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame asks the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration it has given to commemorating and celebrating the contribution of Margo MacDonald to the Parliament.

  21. MSP family members

    SNP MSP Chic Brodie asks what decision the SPCB has made on the employment of family members of MSPs and whether this complies with the requirements of European laws on employment, discrimination and human rights and the legal requirements of any consequent redundancies will be complied with.

  22. Budget scrutiny

    Labour MSP Cara Hilton asks what resources the SPCB provides to allow members to scrutinise the Scottish Government's budget.

    Labour MSP Cara Hilton
    Image caption: Labour MSP Cara Hilton

    SPCB member Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says the Financial Scrutiny Unit was set up by Spice to enable members to scrutinise the budget.

    Ms Hilton asks what impact further powers will have on the unit, to which Mr McArthur says we will have to await the outcome of the Smith Commission.

  23. Parliamentary pension scheme

    Independent MSP John Finnie gets us underway asking the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what proportion of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme is invested in the fossil fuel, defence and tobacco industries.

    Independent MSP John Finnie
    Image caption: Independent MSP John Finnie
  24. Welcome back Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body question time

    Welcome back to BBC Scotland's Democracy Live coverage of the Scottish Parliament.

    Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body question time will begin shortly:

    SPCB Questions selected for answer on 13 November 2014

    1. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what proportion of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme is invested in the fossil fuel, defence and tobacco industries. (S4O-03697)

    2. Cara Hilton: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what resources it provides to allow members to scrutinise the Scottish Government's budget. (S4O-03693)

    3. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it plans to review the number of passes issued to people who do not work in the parliamentary complex. (S4O-03696)

    4. John Mason: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its position is on offering a small discount or other incentives to encourage the use of cashless payments in the Garden Level Restaurant. (S4O-03695)

    5. Chic Brodie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what decision it has made on the employment of family members of MSPs and whether this complies with the requirements of European laws on employment, discrimination and human rights and the legal requirements of any consequent redundancies will be complied with. (S4O-03698)

    6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration it has given to commemorating and celebrating the contribution of Margo MacDonald to the Parliament. (S4O-03694)

    7. Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many journeys between mainland Scotland and London were made by road, rail, coach and air in the last year for which figures are available. (S4O-03700)

    8. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action it is taking to clean the wall and hanging glass panels in the chamber. (S4O-03699)

    9. Graeme Pearson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of recent events at other parliaments, whether it plans to carry out a security assessment of the campus. (S4O-03662)

    10. Cameron Buchanan: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what building and maintenance projects it plans for 2014-15 and 2015-16 and what the projected costs are. (S4O-03661)

  25. Lunch

    We'll be back at 2.30pm with the rest of the day's chamber business, including a debate on progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs.

    Scottish Parliament debating chamber
  26. That concludes the member's debate

    The minister again compliments Clare Adamson and commends Rospa for trying to move us to one of the safest places for children to grow up.

  27. Balance

    Ms Campbell says death rates from injury are consistently a third higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK.

    Scotland could do better, says the minister, but there is a balance to make sure we do not wrap up children in cotton wool.

    841 families have fitted Home Safety Kits, including blind cord cleats, she says.

  28. Ministerial close

    Children and Young Person's Minister Aileen Campbell welcomes the debate and says advice and support from midwives can be very important in home safety, as she knows from her own experience with her son.

    Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell MSP
    Image caption: Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell MSP

    Ms Campbell congratulates Ms Adamson and Rospa.

  29. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) home safety

    Rospa says every year in the UK more than 5,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment.

    It says because the accidents happen behind closed doors in isolated incidents they rarely attract public and media attention.

    The organisation welcomed today's debate highlighting the importance of home safety equipment fitting schemes.

  30. Home Safety Kits

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson continues with her debate on home safety kits.

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Clare Adamson
  31. What do you think?

    If you've any thoughts on Mr Salmond's legacy as first minister that you'd like to share on our Scotland Live page you can send them to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

  32. Post update

    Mr Salmond and the vast majority of MSPs make their way from the chamber.

  33. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Kate Shannon: This is Alex Salmond's last #FMQ, an end of an era, regardless of your opinion of him or political viewpoint #allchange

    Ryan Peteranna: "Nonsense policy"? Really? #fmqs

    Finlay Harris: Alex Salmond utterly destroyed that poor guy at the end..I'd be feart to ask a question.. #FMQ

  34. Energy policies

    Mr Salmond says coalition energy policies at Westminster have left England facing prospect of blackouts or brownouts.

  35. Home Safety Kits member's debate

    Thanks to our colleagues from BBC Scotland's Online team, Democracy Live will now cover the member's debate on home safety kits.

    In her motion Ms Adamson highlights the evidence relating to home safety equipment fitting schemes and considers that there is a need for local schemes to be administered.

    Ms Adamson said that young children are most likely to be involved in accidents in their own homes across the country but that often the correct safety equipment, with supporting education, can prevent unnecessary suffering from burns and scalds, falls and poisonings.

    The SNP MSP flags up the forthcoming evaluation report on Scotland's Home Safety Equipment Scheme, and notes the ongoing contributions by ROSPA to accident prevention and safety awareness in the home.

  36. 'Nonsense policy'

    Tory Murdo Fraser asks if Mr Salmond will urge his successor to abandon his "nonsense" energy policy.

  37. Renewable 'commitment'

    Mr Salmond says the Scottish government has made it very clear that it will proceed with caution on new techniques to ensure environment and local communities are protected. He says no one can question the Scottish governments commitment to renewable energy.

  38. Background: underground coal gasification

    An energy firm has announced plans to extract gas from under the waters of the Firth of Forth following a major coal find.

    Cluff Natural Resources said a report by independent assessors estimated there were up to 335 million tonnes of coal under the seabed.

    It now plans to build the UK's first deep offshore underground coal gasification (UGC) plant.

    Coal gasification plant
    Image caption: Cluff claims underground coal gasification plants will help provide a cleaner energy, diversity of supply and energy security for the UK

    Cluff said the find was enough to power millions of homes.

    But environmental group WWF Scotland said the move was "irresponsible" and should be "a complete non-starter".

    Cluff said its assessment had identified two coal seams at its Kincardine UGC licence which had 43 million tonnes of "stranded" coal of sufficient quality for a UGC plant.

    The licence covers an area of 37.6 sq km of tidal estuary waters.

  39. Exploration licences

    Alison Johnstone of the Scottish Greens asks what the Scottish government's position is on underground coal gasification and whether any licences have been granted for exploration.

  40. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Serena Cowdy: Switched over from Miliband to Salmond's final #fmqs - real contrast. Lively, confident and great craic - Salmond doing what he does best.

    Nae Border: Ruth Davidson: First Minister, is this really a record worthy of self-satisfaction? No, but he's not going to stop being smug now. #fmqs

    Jason Rose: Of course Scotland should have say in Euro fisheries talks but ministers shouldn't just lobby for industry; must consider science too. #FMQs

    James Burns: Alex Salmond & the SNP ― enjoying the benefits of opposition, while actually being in power since 2007. #FMQs

  41. Access to justice

    Mr Salmond says the Scottish government is committed to ensuring the people of Scotland continue to have access to justice.

  42. 'Major cuts'

    The first minister compares what's happening in Scotland, where he says the legal aid budget has been maintained, to the position south of the border where he says there has been major cuts.

  43. 'More to be done'

    Mr Salmond says changes have saved £52m since 2011 but admits there's more work to be done.

  44. Legal assistance

    Labour MSP Graeme Pearson asks for Scottish government's response to the Law Society of Scotland's discussion paper, Legal Assistance in Scotland, which says that the current system is not fit for purpose.

  45. Health and safety

    Kenneth Gibson of the SNP asks the first minister whether the Scottish government considers that the devolution of health and safety legislation would lead to more prosecutions where serious injury or death has occurred.

  46. Promise 'not kept'

    Mr Salmond says the response was unsatisfactory, and it's unacceptable that promises made in 2010 that Scottish Ministers could lead EU fisheries negotiations on behalf of whole of UK where appropriate have not been kept.

  47. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Dean Duke: Salmond, at his last #FMQs, asked if he's definitely going. Nicola Sturgeon: "Yes!"

    Edward Harkins: Classic quality & thunderous ending to @AlexSalmond final reply to Tory leader Ruth Davidson. End of a Holyrood era #fmq #fmqs #Scotland

    Gareth Brown: Many criticising Jackie Baillie for #FMQ. It was meant as humour for goodness sake. The god-like worshipping of SNP/FM is sickening.

    Malcolm Harvey: Can we get Scotland's new political leaders to make a new "vow" - that #FMQ will be dramatically better when the new leaders take post?

  48. Background: Fishing

    Sending a Conservative peer to represent Scottish fishermen at EU talks was a "slap in the face" for Scotland, the country's fisheries minister has said.

    Richard Lochhead argued that he should have been allowed to stand in for UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who was unable to attend the meeting.

    fishing boats in harbour

    But the UK government instead drafted in Lord de Mauley.

    Two-thirds of the UK's fishing industry is based in Scotland.

  49. Fishing matters

    Another SNP backbencher, Angus MacDonald, asks the first minister what response he has received from the prime minister to his recent correspondence regarding European Council fisheries negotiations.

  50. 'Betrayal'

    Mr Salmond says it would be a betrayal of the Clyde ship workers if the warships were not built there.

  51. Warship orders

    SNP MSP Bill Kidd asks Mr Salmond about the potential impact of the orders for new warships not being placed with the Clyde shipyards as was promised before the referendum.

  52. 'Is it true?'

    Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie is next up, and recalls how Mr Salmond was quoted as saying "if drafted I'll defer..." ahead of returning as SNP leader for the second time. More laughter in the chamber as he asks the first minister to confirm he is definitely going.

  53. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Scott Macdonald: "Wanting to be Nick Clegg?" - I know approval ratings make difficult reading, Jackie. #fmq

    Donald MacNeill: #FMQ Jackie Baillie's imagination is fantastic. She'd give JK Rowling a run for her money.

    Colin: Ooft Willie Rennie shows a wee smidgen of class there #FMQ

  54. Poll ratings

    The first minister points to Tory opinion poll ratings being in single figures, and says the party has helped bring down the other opposition parties in Scotland too.

  55. 'Key improvements'

    Mr Salmond says performance in 11 key measures has actually improved since SNP came to power in 2007.

  56. 'Missed targets'

    Ms Davidson raises the Scottish government's targets and says performance is worsening on most of the measures. Is this a record that's worthy of so much self-satisfaction, she asks?

  57. Building decisions

    Ms Davidson says it's the Ministry of Defence, not Admirals, which decide where warships are built.

  58. Background : Clyde

    The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has no plans to change the policy of only building warships in the UK, despite reports that the head of the Royal Navy has suggested work could be done abroad.

    BSE System's Govan shipyard will not be closed, BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson understands
    Image caption: BSE System's Govan shipyard will not be closed, BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson understands

    First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas is reported to have said he had not "necessarily said that that's the British industry" that must deliver on issues of affordability.

    Defence contracts were a key issue in the run-up to September's independence referendum, with pro-union politicians claiming Scotland's shipbuilding industry would automatically be precluded from MoD deals in future if it left the UK.

  59. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Alistair [Alexander]: Jackie Baillie has a cheek to mention house building! Labour built 6 in 7 years. SIX! #FMQs

    Keith R: Aye, Jackie Baillie better get used to saying "cheerio" she'll be hearing that a lot come the next election. #fmqs

    David Gardiner: The point about division in Scotland is fairly well made. It's not just a legacy of Salmond though, but a legacy of nationalism. #FMQs

    Jenny Kemp: Can't believe how badly some MSPs misjudge the mood in Scotland at times. Naming no names. But dearie me. #fmqs

  60. Letter writing

    Mr Salmond says he will be writing to the prime minister asking for clarification on the head of navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas, casting doubt on new warships being built on the the Clyde, as had been promised ahead of the referendum.

  61. Claims questions

    Ms Davidson says the Scottish government's record on the big issues does not live up to Mr Salmond's claims.

  62. Jobless figures

    Ruth Davidson
    Image caption: Ruth Davidson is Scottish Conservative Party leader

    Ruth Davidson is up now, and says falling unemployment announced yesterday was a tribute to both of Scotland's governments.

  63. Bit of advice

    Mr Salmond says reintroduction of free education in Scotland and free school meals for P1 to P3 is a "substantial" move forward for Scotland. He tells Ms Baillie that any party which stands with the Tories on anything faces destruction in Scotland.

  64. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Scott Macdonald: "Scotland on pause" - *facepalm*. @jackiebmsp, have you actually missed the debate? Big politics on the table, massive participation? #fmq

    Alex Massie: If you have no idea what Labour are trying to achieve at #FMQs then you are not alone.

    Malcolm Harvey: Alex Salmond on pretty decent comedy form with his responses at #FMQ.

    Maria Cure: "I don't think talking about changing leaders is Labour's strongest suit." #FMQ

  65. 'Passion, but blinkered'

    Ms Baillie says no one can deny Mr Salmond's passion for his country, but claims he was "blinkered" by independence and has for the last seven years used the "age old excuse" that all of Scotland's problems are Westminister's fault. Is his real legacy not leaving Scotland more divided than ever, she asks?

  66. 'Failed campaign'

    Ms Baillie questions Ms Sturgeon's credentials as leader, saying she presided over a failed referendum campaign.

  67. On twitter

    Tweet using #FMQs

    Alan Grant: Nice tie. Great cause. Well done FM #FMQ

    Andy Davis: "Today is Alex Salmond's last time taking FMQ's, so we on the Labour benches will have to pretend we like him for half an hour." #fmqs

    Del Edmond: Jackie Baillie. No class whatsoever. Embarrassing for Labour. #FMQ

    Colin: This feels like a Christmas panto #FMQ

  68. Resignation calls

    Alex Salmond

    Mr Salmond jokes that the only SNP minister Labour has not called on to resign is the first minister himself - and he is the one who is going.

  69. Record in government

    Ms Baillie says one word Mr Salmond couldn't use to describe his record in Holyrood is "proud" and claims his government has a "record of failure" on areas such as the NHS and education.

  70. Post update

    Loud laughs in the chamber as Mr Salmond responds "No" and says one word is not enough to suffice

  71. One and only

    Jackie Baillie
    Image caption: Jackie Baillie stands in as a new Scottish Labour leader is found

    Ms Baillie invites Mr Salmond to "astound us all" by actually answering a question: If he can describe himself in just one word, what would it be?

  72. Questioners

    Mr Salmond faced his first question from Jackie Baillie - who's standing in until Scottish Labour finds a new leader to replace Johann Lamont. She will be followed by Tory leader Ruth Davidson. It's probably safe to assume there'll be plenty of praise for Mr Salmond from his political opponents - and perhaps even the odd joke at his expense too.

  73. Tweet using #FMQs

    Laura Howell: Today is last #fmqs for #AlexSalmond Enjoy! Sad to see you go as FM but delighted that @NicolaSturgeon will be succeeding you. All the best!

    Patrick Jack: End of an era in Scottish politics today as it's Alex Salmond's final #fmqs as First Minister of Scotland. Go out with a bang, sir! #FMQ

    Sam Langford: at #fmqs today, it would be hilarious if @AlexSalmond revealed that he was actually behind @AngrySalmond all along! fingers crossed!

  74. Information

    Mr Salmond is Scotland's longest serving first minister, having held the top job in Scottish politics for seven-and-a-half years. He will step down as leader of the SNP tomorrow, when he'll be replaced by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon. Mr Salmond will then leave his official residence at Bute House in Edinburgh next week, when Ms Sturgeon is formally confirmed as his successor as first minister. Read more on the full timetable of the handover of power.

  75. Post update

    To follow the Q&A session on social media, use #FMQ or #FMQs

  76. Salmond's swan song

    Mr Salmond has told the BBC : "I'm going to miss first minister's questions, I really enjoy it.

    "I'm not sure I'll miss on a Wednesday night preparing for first minister's questions, but I've had a great run over the last seven-and-a-half years.

    Salmond

    "All of the various opponents that I've faced - there have been a large number of them over these seven years - I wish them all well, and I know that Nicola will be more than a match for anything our political opponents bring forward."

    "I think everybody now sees the Scottish Parliament as the fulcrum of political debate in the nation," he said.

  77. Mental health

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley asks the Scottish government what action it is taking to ensure that anyone who may need help with a mental health problem can access appropriate help easily and receive treatment quickly.

    Dennis Robertson MSP
    Image caption: SNP MSP Dennis Robertson

    SNP MSP Denis Robertson goes on to ask if the minister agrees charities like Horseback UK should be congratulated for their work with veterans, some of whom may have mental health problems.

    Public Health Minister Michael Matheson agrees.

  78. Salmond's fmqs history

    We will shortly be joined by our colleagues at BBC Scotland online to bring you extensive coverage, including social media, of Alex Salmond's final first minister's questions.

    Alex Salmond led the SNP into the new Scottish Parliament, after his party failed to win the first Holyrood election in 1999, but gained enough seats to become the main opposition.

    Alex Salmond
    Image caption: Alex Salmond seemed to thrive in the atmoshphere of first minister's questions

    Mr Salmond decided to quit as leader in 2000, standing down as an MSP and returning to Westminster.

    During his first stint as SNP leader Mr Salmond crossed swords frequently with First Minister Donald Dewar.

    Mr Dewar tragically died a month after Mr Salmond's resignation as SNP leader.

    In 2004 Mr Salmond was again elected as SNP party leader, following the resignation of John Swinney.

    From 2004 to 2007 his chief adversary on a Thursday lunchtime was First Minister Jack McConnell.

    Following the SNP's narrow victory in 2007, Mr Salmond, finally first minister, took on the then Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander, before she was replaced by Iain Gray.

    Johann Lamont
    Image caption: Johann Lamont, the former Scottish Labour leader, regularly questioned Mr Salmond.

    Having won an unprecedented majority in 2011, Mr Salmond took on Johann Lamont and more recently Jackie Baillie, who has stepped into the breach following Ms Lamont's resignation.

    When up against the Tories and Lib Dems, his opponents included Annabel Goldie, Ruth Davidson, Nicol Stephen, Tavish Scott and Willie Rennie.

  79. Teacher numbers

    Education Secretary Mike Russell says since 2011 the Scottish government has had a teacher ratio agreement maintaining numbers at around 51,000.

    Mr Russell lambasts Glasgow City Council for cutting teacher numbers.

    Mr Bibby says the cabinet secretary can blame who he wants but since 2007 there has been a reduction of 4,000 teachers.

  80. General questions

    Labour MSP Neil Bibby gets us underway by asking the Scottish government how many teachers are in post and how this compares with May 2007.

    Teacher
  81. Coming up

    Before Alex Salmond's swan song MSPs will question Scottish government ministers during general question time.

    General Questions selected for answer on 13 November 2014:

    1. Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government how many teachers are in post and how this compares with May 2007. (S4O-03683)

    2. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the construction industry in North East Scotland. (S4O-03684)

    3. Alex Rowley: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that anyone who may need help with a mental health problem can access appropriate help easily and receive treatment quickly. (S4O-03685)

    4. Jenny Marra: To ask the Scottish Government how many civil service jobs it has transferred to Dundee, or has established in the city, since 2007. (S4O-03686)

    5. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Government what importance it places on the delivery of a high quality music experience for primary school children. (S4O-03687)

    6. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on the provision of a grade separated junction for the A937/A90 at Laurencekirk. (S4O-03688)

    7. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Government how it will encourage and support small businesses to pay employees the living wage. (S4O-03689)

    8. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to improve transport links for patients and their families between East Renfrewshire and the Southern General Hospital. (S4O-03690)

    9. Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Government how it supports Creative Scotland in supporting talent and diversity among the arts and creative industries in South Scotland. (S4O-03691)

    10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

  82. Smith Commission draws to an end

    That concludes our coverage of the Smith Commission evidence session from civic Scotland.

    You'll be able to watch the full session on demand at BBC Scotland's Democracy Live website

    Alex Salmond

    Coming up shortly, Alex Salmond will face opposition party representatives for the final time, before making way for Nicola Sturgeon.

  83. Welfare devolution

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie asks if there is a practical way of delivering a parts of welfare or "do we have to go the whole hog".

    Carla McCormack from the Poverty Alliance says in an ideal world her organisation would support devolution of all welfare apart from pensions, but suggests certain clusters of benefits could be devolved.

  84. Smith Commission witnesses

    Here is a full list of the witnesses to this session of the Smith Commission

    • Allan Watt, Prince's Trust;
    • Carla McCormack, Poverty Alliance;
    • Colin Borland, FSB;
    • Dave Moxham, STUC;
    • Emma Ritch, Engender;
    • John Dickie, CPAG;
    • Katja Hall, CBI;
    • Laurie Russell, The Wise Group;
    Group
    • Louise Cameron, SYP;
    • Mike Robinson, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland;
    • Niall Stuart, Scottish Renewables;
    • Nigel Miller, NFUS;
    • Owen Kelly, SFE;
    • Paul Durrant, Abertay University;
    • Tim Hopkins, Equality Network.
  85. Air Passenger Duty

    Katja Hall from the CBI says there is a range of views in the organisation as to whether Air Passenger Duty should be devolved.

    Ms Hall says they support reform of APD, but when it comes to specifically devolving it or not we have to look at the impacts on other parts of the UK.

    Plane

    Mike Robinson from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland says there is an opportunity if APD is devolved, his concern is that if it is devolved it might not be used.

  86. Unionist parties' devolution timetable

    Timeline to further devolution
  87. Scotland what next?

    • During the referendum campaign, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland, if Scots rejected independence
    • Immediately after the result became clear, Mr Cameron appointed Lord Smith of Kelvin to oversee the implementation of more devolution on tax, spending and welfare
    • A white paper is due at the end of November, after a period of consultation
    • A draft new "Scotland Act" law would be published by Burns Night (25 January) 2015 ready for the House of Commons to vote on
    • And legislation would be passed after the 2015 General Election
    • Follow the story with the BBC by going to our special Scotland: What Next? page.
  88. Engender

    Emma Ritch from Engender raises the issue of more devolution and how that makes opportunities.

    Ms Ritch highlights gender segregation saying in 2005 there were 5 female plumbing apprenticeships, but 99.5% of care workers were female.

    Emma Ritch from Engender
    Image caption: Emma Ritch from Engender

    This impacts on female poverty and she says gender segregation is also a drag on economic growth, devolution would enable Scotland to address these issues.

  89. SFE

    Owen Kelly from Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) says there is a lot of scope to be more transparent and have more clarity about who is responsible for what.

    Mr Kelly says in general we could be more open and transparent in bringing together the reserved and the devolved.

  90. NFUS

    Nigel Miller from the NFUS says the issues of transparency of decision making and synergy between ministers at both parliaments in that process have been raised frequently.

    Nigel Miller, NFUS
    Image caption: Nigel Miller from NFUS

    He says he wants a "mirror of the process in Belgium" where that is achieved.

  91. Scottish Youth Parliament

    Louise Cameron from the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) says they want to extend the voting franchise for 16-17 year olds, "which we've been fighting for since the creation of our organisation".

    Louise Cameron from the Scottish Youth Parliament
    Image caption: Louise Cameron from the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)
  92. Political nominees

    Labour MP Gregg Mclymont, Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie, Scottish Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie, Finance Secretary and SNP MSP John Swinney and Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott are the five political political nominees participating in this session.

    Labour MP Gregg Mclymont, Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie, Scottish Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie
    Image caption: Labour MP Gregg Mclymont, Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie and Scottish Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie
  93. Minority groups

    Professor Sawers asks about enshrining the rights of minority groups within a constitution.

    Tim Hopkins from Equality Network says his organisation has wanted equality powers to be devolved since 1998.

  94. Professor Sawers

    Professor Lesley Sawers is chairing this session of the Smith Commission.

    Professor Lesley Sawers
    Image caption: Professor Lesley Sawers
  95. The Commission splits

    Lord Smith says the session will now break into two separate groups to take evidence from civic Scotland.

    Smith Commission group shot

    There will be a brief suspension before proceedings get underway

  96. Smith Commission political nominees

    Lord Smith says on the morning after the referendum he was appointed to lead the commission.

    He says he then came to the parliament to watch the debate on further devolution and then met with representatives from the five political parties.

    Then, he listened to representatives of civic Scotland.

    He says today gives an opportunity for the political nominees to probe the thoughts of some of these institutions.

  97. Lord Smith

    Lord Smith says:

    "When I was asked to lead this exercise, I was determined that the voice of the public and Scotland's civic institutions would be heard. I was also determined that it would be a meaningful exercise.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin
    Image caption: Lord Smith of Kelvin

    "To me, the measure of that is whether those voices have the opportunity to influence the final agreement between the political parties

    "The nominees are making good progress and the talks, while intensive, are being conducted in a good spirit, with a real determination to reach agreement."

  98. Presiding officer

    Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick says the referendum had been a great example of civic democracy, as she introduces Lord Smith.

    Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick
    Image caption: Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick
  99. Lord Smith

    In his opening remarks, Lord Smith is expected to say:

    "When I was asked to lead this exercise, I was determined that the voice of the public and Scotland's civic institutions would be heard. I was also determined that it would a meaningful exercise.

    Lord Smith
    Image caption: Lord Smith has insisted the commission will be able to reach an agreement

    "To me, the measure of that is whether those voices have the opportunity to influence the final agreement between the political parties

    "The nominees are making good progress and the talks, while intensive, are being conducted in a good spirit, with a real determination to reach agreement.

    "That said, I can assure you all - nothing has been finally signed off - not least because it is in the nature of this process that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed."

    A link to submissions can be found in the 'resources' section of the Smith Commission website.

  100. Smith Commission

    The following are scheduled to attend today's session, and after Lord Smith's address will be split into two groups to give evidence:

    Bill Scott, Inclusion Scotland

    Colin Anderson, Denki;

    Fraser Kelly, SES;

    Ian McKay, IoD;

    John Downie, SCVO;

    Louise MacDonald, Young Scot;

    Marc Crothall, STA;

    Margaret Lynch, CAS;

    Mark Ballard, Barnardos;

    Bryan Buchan; Scottish Engineering;

    Mary Taylor, SFHA;

    Mike Tholan, Oil and Gas UK;

    Paul de Pellette, Ingeus;

    Ross Martin, SCDI;

    Sandra Deslandes-Clark, CRER;

    Allan Watt, Prince's Trust;

    Carla McCormack, Poverty Alliance;

    Colin Borland, FSB;

    Dave Moxham, STUC;

    Emma Ritch, Engender;

    John Dickie, CPAG;

    Katja Hall, CBI;

    Laurie Russell, The Wise Group

    Louise Cameron, SYP;

    Mike Robinson, Stop Climate Change Scotland;

    Niall Stuart, Scottish Renewables;

    Nigel Miller, NFUS;

    Owen Kelly, SFE;

    Paul Durrant, Abertay University;

    Tim Hopkins, Equality Network.

  101. Welcome and good morning

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland's Democracy Live coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 13 November 2014.

    It is going to be an incredibly busy and historic day at Holyrood today.

    Alex Salmond will face opposition party representatives for the final time, before making way for Nicola Sturgeon.

    Alex Salmond
    Image caption: Alex Salmond is standing down as first minister, but staying on as an MSP

    Before that, this morning at 9.30am Lord Smith will address representatives of civic Scotland, before the commission splits into two groups to take evidence from witnesses.