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Summary

  1. The Europe Committee takes evidence from Scottish Secretary David Mundell MP
  2. MSPs quiz ministers during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon fields questions from opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. The member’s debate focuess on the call from a bereaved Whyte family from Findhorn for improvements to the standard of mortuaries across Scotland
  5. The government leads a debate on the impact of the Brexit vote on the environment and climate change

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live for this week

That's all from us here at Holyrood Live, on 27 October 2016.

We'll be back with more coverage of the Scottish Parliament from next Tuesday morning.

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

Until then have a lovely and peaceful weekend.

Here's another look at the highlights from first minister's questions

The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to

The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to with 82 MSPs backing it and 31 against.

Scottish government motion
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Labour amendment
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Greens amendment
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The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is rejected

The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is rejected with 10 MSPs backing it, but with 104 against.

Lib Dem amendment
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The Scottish Greens amendment is agreed to

The Scottish Greens amendment is agred to with 83 MSPs backing it and 31 against.

Greens amendment
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The Scottish Labour amendment is agreed to.

The Scottish Labour amendment is agreed to.

Scottish Labour amendment
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The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected

The Scottish Conservative amendment is not agreed to, with 27 MSPs backing it and 87 against.

Scottish Conservative amendment
Scottish Parliament

Minister says the Tory government will weaken the standards of environmental policy

Mr Russell says the Tory government policy on the environment in Brexit is to weaken the standards.

Minister says the environment must become a key issue in the Brexit negotiations

Brexit Negotiations Minister Mike Russell says unfortunately the Scottish Conservatives do not want to take part in these debates.

Mr Russell says they expose the emptiness of the Conservative position.

Brexit Negotiations Minister Mike Russell
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Brexit Negotiations Minister Mike Russell

The minister says, with croaky voice, that the environment must become a key issue in the Brexit negotiations.

He says the UK government is not interested in these issues and he says the Scottish government can help the planet by taking centre-stage.

Tory MSP calls for MSPs to give a positive contribution to Brexit negotiations

Mr Lindhurst calls on MSPs to look forward and positively contribute to Brexit negotiations.

Tory MSP says 'we do not fall of a cliff by leaving the EU'

Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst says it is imperative that Scotland's natural environment is retained and maintained.

Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst
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Conservative MSP Gordon Lindhurst

Mr Lindhurst says the UK and Scotland have led the way in the battle with climate change.

The Tory MSP says his party's amendment recognises that "we do not fall of a cliff by leaving the EU".

He calls for consideration to be given by the Scottish government itself to what it can do to protect the environment.

Common fisheries policy must be maintained - Labour

Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish says she supports the Green amendment and government motion.

Ms Beamish says the common fisheries policy is robust and must be maintained.

Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish
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Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

The Labour MSP says it must be acknowledged that the loss of funding puts environment research and development at risk.

She says the UK Committee on Climate Change says the government may remain part of schemes post-Brexit.

Ms Beamish says it is important to put future generations on a stable basis. 

Green MSP says Brexit is a potential threat to climate change progress

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer says considerable criticism can be levelled at the EU, but the progress in tackling climate change is a success of the European project.

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer
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Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer

Mr Greer says Brexit is a potential threat to this progress.

The Green MSP asks if the Conservatives believe the impacts of Brexit should not be debated.

He says Theresa May's first act as prime minister was to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Environment achievements won't be met by APD cuts

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says he's impressed by the way this debate has "broke free of the Brexit shackles" and considered the wider issues.

Mr McArthur says Labour's amendments make useful points and in Mr Stewart's remarks he acknowledged the UK's role in shaping the EU environment plans.

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
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Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

The Lib Dem MSP says the Tory amendment also makes useful points but glosses over the UK governments failings.

He says the Scottish Greens have brought a lot of good points but he is not sure what we are asking the UK government for at the moment.

Mr McArthur says achievements won't be met by Air Passenger Duty cuts. 

Scottish government backing of the third runway for Heathrow questioned

Here is the summary of first minister's questions....

Vital to have the kind of focus the EU encourages - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson declares his interest saying he is the species champion for the European spiny lobster.

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
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SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

Mr Stevenson says the environment is an international issue and that's why it's vital to have the kind of focus the EU encourages.

The SNP MSP says we need to continue to adhere to the highest possible standards.

He says we must not sign up to the UK government's wish to disconnect from these other countries.

What next in the battle against climate change?

Turbines
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On 6 September 2016, as part of A Plan For Scotland: The Scottish Government's Programme For Scotland 2016-17, it was announced that proposals for a new Climate Change Bill would be outlined in early 2017.

The legislation will include a new 2020 target of reducing actual Scottish emissions by more than 50%, will be outlined in early 2017.  

Labour MSP says Brexit has the potential to create an ugly social crisis

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says Brexit has the potential to create an ugly social crisis.

Mr Findlay says he recognises the benefits to the environment being in the EU has brought.

He says "We must ensure the standards set by the EU are maintained and improved apon".

Labour MSP Neil Findlay
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Labour MSP Neil Findlay

However the Labour MSP says environmentalism often plays second or third fiddle in the EU's decision making.

Mr Findlay criticises the SNP's backing of Theresa May's choice of Heathrow for a third runway.

He also says TTIP and CETA are agreements more concerned with free trade, rather than protecting communities and the environment. 

EU there to 'keep governments honest'

SNP MSP Graeme Dey says EU membership undeniably been a force for good

SNP MSP Graeme Dey
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SNP MSP Graeme Dey

Mr Dey says the EU are "there to keep governments honest". 

He says the EU have provided a stable framework of laws.

'We are leaving the EU and we are going to make a success of it'

Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett says voting remain is not the same as voting for independence but some on the SNP benches are failing to grasp this.

Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett
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Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett

Mr Burnett says "we are leaving the EU and we are going to make a success of it." 

The Tory MSP says the SNP will look to blame their environment failures on Brexit.

He says he expects to hear "Tory bad" rhetoric but it simply does not add up for this sector.

The Whyte family join MSP for lunch in the Scottish Parliament's restaurant

Scottish Greens says SNP bailed out Theresa May by backing Heathrow

Background: Opposition Party Reaction to climate change target being met

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden
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Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden says most of the reduction occurred before the Scottish Climate Act was passed in 2009 and asks for more ambitious targets and sector specific targets.  

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell
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Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell welcomes the release of the figures, but says it is clear quirks in accounting have led to a met target after five years.  

Claudia Beamish
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Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish welcomed the meeting of the targets and called for more research in the future.

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
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Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says he "warmly welcomes" the targets being met but asks how the Scottish government proposals to slash APD will help reduce transport emissions.  

Background: Scotland exceeds emissions targets - six years early

In June it emerged Scotland had exceeded a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% - six years early.

Statistics showed its 2014 emission levels were 45.8% lower than in 1990.

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The Scottish government had set a target to reduce emissions by at least 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the "outstanding progress" and confirmed that the government would now set a "new and more testing 2020 target".

Background: New and more testing 2020 target

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham
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In June Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham told MSPs the government intends to raise still further its ambition on climate change and to continue to lead the world in the transition to a low carbon economy. 

She said that is why the first minister has already confirmed our plan to establish a new and more testing 2020 target.     

Committee on Climate Change annual report

The Committee on Climate Change produces an annual report assessing the Scottish government's actions on tackling the greenhouse gas emissions which lead to climate change.

  • Emissions in 2014 were almost 46% lower than 1990 levels, the report found.
  • The committee praised the government for generating more electricity from renewables, but said "strong, credible policies" were needed in the transport and agriculture sectors
  • Schemes working to reduce emissions from transport and agriculture were "largely failing to deliver" at the moment.
Projected temperature change
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Projected temperature change
  • Scottish government largely implementing committee recommendations from 2015 report
  • Scotland often leading UK in renewables generation capacity
  • Much more work required to meet tighter targets beyond 2020
  • Need for "stronger policies" in climate change plan

Scotland 'leads UK' on climate change

Greenhouse gas emissions fell further in Scotland than the rest of the UK in 2014, according to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change.

This is the first year annual targets have been met, with net emissions falling by 13%.

The report praises Scotland's capacity for generating electricity from renewables
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The report praises Scotland's capacity for generating electricity from renewables

But the committee said the reductions were partly down to the relatively warm winter weather.

The Scottish government said the report highlighted the "excellent progress" made in reducing greenhouse emissions.

Holyrood Magazine highlights Friends of the Earth Scotland concerns

'Government must not throw its arms in the air and claim nothing can be done' - Lib Dem MSP

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says this is his first opportunity to participate on a "now weekly" debate on the consequences of Brexit. 

Mr McArthur says he shares the dismay of others in the chamber over Brexit. 

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
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He says the majority of his constituency voted to remain in the EU, but the people of Orkney also voted overwhelmingly to remain in the UK. 

The Lib Dem MSP says 80% of environmental legislation originated at an EU level.

He says Scottish ministers set climate targets for 2020 regardless of what was going on elsewhere so they can continue to do so.

The Scottish government must not "throw its arms in the air and claim nothing can be done," he says. 

He says the SNP's Heathrow backing "flies an Airbus 380" through the government's plans. 

Scottish Lib Dem amendment

Here's Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur's amendment. 

Lib Dem amendment
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Background: Scotland's climate change progress 'exemplary'

In March the UN climate change secretary praised Scotland's progress on climate change as "exemplary".

The Climate Change Act, passed in 2009 by the Scottish Parliament, set binding targets to cut emissions for each year until 2020.

Turbines, castle and sheep
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Christiana Figueres said she was "very impressed" that Scotland was producing 50% of its energy from renewable energies

Christiana Figueres told BBC Scotland that, despite the Scottish government not meeting its interim targets, she was impressed by the pace of change.

She said the fact that emissions had been cut by 38% was "quite impressive".

Green MSP rails against TTIP and CETA

Protesters held aloft a Ceta "Trojan horse" outside the European Commission in Brussels
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Protesters held aloft a Ceta "Trojan horse" outside the European Commission in Brussels

Mr Ruskell says warns about the dangers of TTIP and CETA.

He says the trade agreements could hurt the environment as it puts trade first before the state's efforts.

The Green MSP says it is clear that states and countries have taken their eye of the ball.

'Need for agricultural reform is clear'

Mr Ruskell says the government has the chance to put progressive environment issues in place and it will find support from other areas in Europe.

Mark Ruskell
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The Scottish Greens MSP says there is a "crisis" in agriculture and "the need for "agricultural reform is clear."

He says climate change targets have been set by an EU behind carbon.

Mr Ruskell says powers will be moved to a UK government obsessed with fracking. 

Green MSP wept in front of my family after the Brexit vote was announced

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell says European laws and treaties protect our nature and environment.

Mr Ruskell says he is a champion of the White Tailed Eagle.

MSP and eagle
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Mr Ruskell says he is a champion of the White Tailed Eagle

He says: "I wept in front of my family after the Brexit vote was announced."

This was due to the threat it poses to the environment says Mr Ruskell. 

He says a soft Brexit would mean at least some protection remains.

Scottish Greens amendment

Here's Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell's amendment. 

Mark Ruskell
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Big difference between being part of the single market and having access to it

Mr Stewart says the air quality programme was only missed by being part of the EU.

David Stewart
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The Labour MSP says there is a world of difference between being part of the single market and having access to it.

He says the debate is about more than just Brexit but about Scotland's environment as a whole.

Labour MSP says the EU is a champion and a leader in tackling climate change.

Labour MSP David Stewart says climate change recognises no boundaries.

Mr Stewart says the EU is a champion and a leader in tackling climate change.

He reminds the chamber that the UK used to be known as the "dirty man of Europe".

The Labour MSP highlights the EU precautionary principle in banning dangerous pesticides.

Labour MSP David Stewart
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Labour MSP David Stewart is the champion of the yellow bumble bee.

Mr Stewart declares an interest saying he is the species champion of the great yellow bumble bee.