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Summary

  1. The Social Security Committee takes evidence on the Universal Credit roll-out from CAS and councils
  2. NHS ward closures, the Scottish Fire and Rescue funding gap and discrimination against 17-18 year-olds is raised during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed during first minister's questions
  4. This afternoon's member's debate is led by Conservative MSP Liz Smith and entitled 'Accessible Hospital Transport in Scotland
  5. The government give a statement on Scotland's contribution to climate change
  6. The government will then lead a debate on its consultation on a STEM strategy

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood

    That's all from Holyrood Live for Thursday 10 November 2016. 

    We'll be back on Tuesday with more coverage of the Scottish parliament.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. The government motion is agreed to

    The government motion is agreed to with 91 MSPs backing it and with 30 against.

    Government motion
  3. The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected

    The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected with 54 MSPs backing it, 61 against and with six abstentions.

    Conservative amendment
  4. The Scottish Labour amendment is rejected

    The Scottish Labour amendment from the STEM strategy debate is rejected, with 54 MSPs for, 61 against and with six abstentions.

    Labour amendment
  5. Government 'determined' to tackle gender gap in STEM

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney says it is important that those entrusted in taking forward the science agenda in education are supported.

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney
    Image caption: Deputy First Minister John Swinney

    Mr Swinney says the science minister and chief scientific officer are both women and that is indicative of the government's determination to tackle the gender gap.

    The deputy first minister says the Conservative amendment laments the fact that the government are not putting science specialist teachers into primary school positions. 

  6. Background: SNP urged to tackle digital skills 'gap' in science and computing

    Technology class
    Image caption: There has been a drop in the percentage of girls taking computing Highers, according to SQA figures

    Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish government to do more to encourage young women to study subjects like computing and the sciences.

    The party's Iain Gray said Scotland faced a skills gap of 10,000 digital jobs over the next decade.

    He claimed numbers of girls studying physics, biology, chemistry and computing Highers had fallen.

    But the SNP later said the number of girls studying physics, biology and chemistry had actually increased.

    And it said Labour only counted the old Higher in their figures, excluding the Revised Higher and the new CfE Higher, and had therefore presented a "highly misleading picture of Scottish education".

  7. Tory MSP says not enough is being done to encourage girls to take up STEM subjects

    Scottish Conservative MSP Edward Mountain
    Image caption: Scottish Conservative MSP Edward Mountain

    Scottish Conservative MSP Edward Mountain says STEM skills are vitally important.

    Mr Mountain says there is a low representation of girls taking up STEM subjects at secondary schools and this must be addressed.

    He says not enough is being done to encourage girls to take up STEM subjects.

  8. 'These challenges are not new and we need action now'

    Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnstone
    Image caption: Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnstone

    In closing, Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnstone says these challenges are not new and we need action now.

    Mr Johnstone says this plan only contains vague promises. 

  9. 'Government still consulting instead of getting on with what they need to do'

    Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray says the government say they will improve STEM teacher shortages but not how they will do that.

    Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray

    Mr Gray says STEMEC make a number of recommendations in their report about improvements that can be made.

    The Labour MSP says the "government are still consulting instead of getting on with what they need to do."

    He says we have lost teachers and staff in STEM subjects throughout the last 10 years.

    Mr Gray says the government should accept the amendments before them today. 

  10. Here is the Scottish Conservative amendment

    Here is the Scottish Conservative amendment. 

    Tory amendment
  11. The same priority should be given to science as literacy and numeracy subjects - Liz Smith

    Scottish Conservitive MSP Liz Smith

    Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith says opposition parties are making suggestions about how to improve STEM issues.

    Ms Smith says there are general statistics which are not encouraging when it comes to student enrollment in STEM subjects.

    She says teacher recruitment in these subjects is another problem.

    The Tory MSP says the same priority should be given to science as has been given to literacy and numeracy.

    She says colleges and universities have done some "tremendous work" and that this must be expanded on.

  12. Here is the Scottish government motion

    Here is the Scottish government motion. 

    Government motion
  13. Engender balance in STEM must be addressed - minister

    Pupil

    Science Minister Shirley-Anne Sommerville says an area which need to be addressed is the engender balance in STEM. 

    Ms Sommerville says more young women need to be encourage to take up STEM subjects. 

    The minister says the government will make efforts to address gender balance issues in the workplace. 

    She says consulting on strategies shows a willingness from the government to resolve STEM issues. 

  14. Ms Sommerville says the STEM strategy is an ambitious plan

    Minister says STEM strategy is ambitious plan
    Image caption: Minister says STEM strategy is ambitious plan

    The minister says she launched the consultation on the STEM strategy and it is an ambitious plan.

    Ms Sommerville says all children and young people need to develop the skills and confidence to use and understand mathematics, technology and science in their day to day lives as well as in whatever career they choose.

  15. Background: Improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education

    According to the Scottish government in 2014, improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a key priority for Curriculum for Excellence.  

    The implementation of Science & Engineering 21 - An Action Plan for Education was taken forward by an Advisory Group, chaired by the former Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Anne Glover. 

    Tech teacher

    The Scottish Government’s response to the SEEAG report highted a series of priorities for science education including developing the confidence and expertise of science teachers, helping to ensure pupil experience of science is inspiring, and raising awareness of pathways into STEM careers.

    An independent advisory group, STEMEC, has been formed to take forward work arising from the SEEAG Report and to improve STEM education and learning in Scotland’s schools.

  16. Government led debate on STEM education and training begins

    Science Minister Shirley-Anne Sommerville will now lead a debate on its strategy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and training. 

  17. Climate change a 'significant concern' for parts of the US - Roseanna Cunningham

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott asks if the cabinet secretary shares his concern that the new president of the US has suggested he'll withdraw from the Paris agreement altogether.

    Ms Cunningham says she is aware of some of the things the president elect has said with regards to climate change but she is staying positive because climate change is a significant concern for parts of the US.