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Summary

  1. The Europe Committee hears from witnesses on Norway's membership of the EEA
  2. The first minister apologises to rail passengers in parts of Scotland after a broken-down train in Edinburgh caused severe disruption, during first minister's questions.
  3. SNP MSP Gillian Martin leads this afternoon's member's debate on celebrating flexible working practices
  4. Education Secretary John Swinney updates MSPs on issues relating to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry
  5. The government lead a debate on Scotland’s Innovation Centre Programme and how it is driving innovation in the country

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That concludes our coverage of the Scottish parliament today

    Scottish Parliament

    That concludes Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish parliament on 17 November 2016.

    However you are travelling home tonight, take care and have a lovely evening.

  2. The government motion as amended by everyone is agreed to unanimously

    The government motion as amended by everyone is agreed to unanimously.

    Government motion
    Tory amendment
    Labour amendment
    Tory amendment
  3. The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is agreed to

    The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is agreed to.

    Scottish Lib Dem amendment
  4. The Scottish Labour amendment is agreed to

    The Scottish Labour amendment is agreed to.

    Labour amendment
  5. The Scottish Conservative amendment is agreed to

    The Scottish Conservative amendment is agreed to.

    Conservative amendment
  6. Decision Time

    That ends the government led debate on Scotland’s Innovation Centre Programme and how it is driving innovation in Scotland. 

    We now move to decision time.

  7. Minister says innovation makes a vital contribution to Scotland's economy

    Paul Wheelhouse

    Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse says innovation makes a vital contribution to Scotland's economy.

    Mr Wheelhouse says there is still a gap between Scotland's investment in research and development and the rest of the UK and the EU.

    However Scotland has a very educated workforce, says the minister.

    He calls on more businesses to use innovation to drive productivity growth. 

  8. Scottish Conservatives support motion and amendments

    Scottish Conservative MSP Liam Kerr
    Image caption: Scottish Conservative MSP Liam Kerr

    Scottish Conservative MSP Liam Kerr says innovation is at the heart of economic growth.

    Mr Kerr says his party's amendment urges the Scottish government to measure the success of innovation centres. 

    He says the Conservatives welcome the review into the centres.

    Mr Kerr says, under this government, job growth has stalled during the past decade and it is the worst in the UK. 

    He says the Conservatives support the government motion and amendments. 

  9. Loss of an autonomous local board in the Highlands is a mistake

    Scottish Labour MSP Richard Leonard

    Scottish Labour MSP Richard Leonard says, to the supporters of the free market, it is worth noting that the links in the supply chain would not be possible without the innovation centre.

    Mr Leonard says his party shares the Scottish Lib Dem concerns about a single statutory board. 

    He says the loss of an autonomous local board in the Highlands is a mistake. 

  10. Lib Dem MSP says the debate has been 'pretty consensual'

    Quote Message: This debate has ambled through the ups and downs of innovation in a pretty consensual manner. from Tavish Scott Lib Dem MSP
    Tavish ScottLib Dem MSP
  11. Conservatives support innovation centres

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

    Scottish Conservative MSP Edward Mountain says, to solve a problem, you need to invest money and time. 

    Mr Mountain says, to date, the government have invested £120m in innovation centres but he does not believe we are reaping the benefits.

    The Tory MSP says his party support innovation centres.

  12. Government has a plan for Scotland and the economy.

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle
    Image caption: SNP MSP Richard Lyle

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle says there is much work to be done across the country with the innovation and the environment.

    Mr Lyle says innovation is vital to the long term growth of businesses. 

    The SNP MSP says the government has a plan for Scotland and the economy.

    He says it is providing funding for university research which is considered world-leading.