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Summary

  1. The Health Committee takes evidence on mental health.
  2. MSPs will ask about North Sea decommissioning costs, the deaths in childbirth in NHS Ayrshire and Arran and reports Chinese company, SinoFortone may reopen investment discussions with Scotland.
  3. The government lead a debate on adoption and permanence in Scotland
  4. Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Corry leads a debate on the 100th anniversary of Erskine

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

That's all from Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 22 November 2016.

Have a lovely evening.

MSP Kenneth Gibson recalls distress of losing a baby during topical questions

MSP Kenneth Gibson recalls distress of losing a baby

Campaigners have been calling for tougher regulations after BBC Scotland found there have been 25,000 adverse events in maternity wards since 2011.

They include the deaths of three mothers, 79 still born babies and 26 babies who died just after they were born.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced a review into the so-called "unnecessary deaths" of six babies at Crosshouse House hospital in Kilmarnock.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson has called for the inquiry to be wider and deeper, as he shared the experience of his wife Patricia in 2009.

Minister praises 'huge amount' done by Erskine team

Economy Secretary Keith Brown
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Economy Secretary Keith Brown

Economy Secretary Keith Brown says veterans like nothing better to tell their stories and it is vital we don't forget their experience.

Mr Brown says Erskine has a strong committed team and he praises the "huge amount" done by them.

He says it is important that organisations like Erskine have the unanimous support in the chamber.

Mr Brown says it is only right that veterans get the best possible care and he is confident that Erskine will continue to provide its excellent care.

Beyond The Battlefield: 100 Years Of Erskine documentary

Beyond the Battlefield: 100 Years of Erskine
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Beyond the Battlefield: 100 Years of Erskine

Beyond The Battlefield: 100 Years Of Erskine  is a documentary telling the story of Erskine, the hospital set up 100 years ago to care for Scotland's injured and limbless soldiers returning from the trenches.

Minister congratulates the hospital for all it's done in its 100 years.

Erskine members in gallery
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Erskine members in gallery

Economy Secretary Keith Brown says it is fitting that the parliament pay tribute to the staff and carers for all they do.

Mr Brown congratulates the hospital for all it's done in its 100 years.

Tory MSP says a veteran told him that life is all about people and praised Erskine

Conservative MSP Jamie Green
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Conservative MSP Jamie Green

Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says he attended an Armistice Day service at the Erskine home.

Mr Greene says it was a unique opportunity to join veterans on Armistice Day.

He says a veteran told him his story and he says there were tears in his eyes when he went to his car.

The Conservative MSP says the veteran told him that life is all about people and he went to say that what he had at Erskine was people and the people around him were crucial.

Erskine offers unrivaled care and support to veterans

Scottish MSP Maurice Golden says this motion comes at a relevant time of year when we remember what our veterans sacrificed for us.

Maurice Golden and Scotland and England players with poppies
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FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland for wearing poppies in their World Cup qualifier on Armistice Day.

Mr Golden says wearing a poppy is a part of this tradition which is why he supports the Scotland and England football teams who wore poppies despite a warning from FIFA. 

The Tory MSP says Erskine offers unrivaled care and support to veterans. 

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SNP MSP commends the fantastic work of Erskine over the last century

SNP MSP Clare Haughey
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SNP MSP Clare Haughey

SNP MSP Clare Haughey commends the fantastic work of Erskine over the last century.

Ms Haughey says Erskine continues to deliver a very high standard of nursing care to veterans.

She congratulates the charity for all its work.

History of Erskine

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll agreed to become the patron of the hospital
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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll agreed to become the patron of the hospital

Mr Corry says in his motion that Erskine House was chosen for the site after Thomas Aikman, the owner of Erskine House offered free use of his mansion and gardens for the period of the war and for 12 years after it was declared over.

Sir John Reid bought the mansion house and gardens and gifted them to the charity.

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, agreed to become the patron of the hospital and within a few weeks the Scottish public had donated the generous sum of £100,000 towards the facility.

The hospital had its official opening on 6 June 1917 with Princess Louise making an appearance.

'The Erskine staff give the most wonderful care you could ever imagine'

Mr Corry says Erskine now provides services across a number of facilities across Scotland.

The Tory MSP says the new flagship building provides nursing and dementia care and is the biggest unit the charity has.

Maurice Corry
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He says the work of Erskine is "marvellous" and the "staff give the most wonderful care you could ever imagine".

Mr Corry also praises the canteen and recommends the fish and chips.

He says he has a brother-in-law who has been with Erskine for three years and the care he receives is excellent.

Erskine's care

Erskine not only cares for our veterans - we care about them."

In Erskine's own words.....

Erskine's strength lies in the very special blend of dedicated care, compassion and understanding we offer to residents and their families."

Erskine now cares for over 1,000 residents each year

Erskine now cares for over 1,000 residents each year at sites across the country.
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Erskine now cares for over 1,000 residents each year at sites across the country.

The Conservative MSP says Erskine has gone on to care for over 85,000 veterans and is now considered one of Scotland's foremost providers of care for veterans and their spouses.

It provides a wide range of support for ex-service men and women, including providing 44 cottages for families to live independently.

Erskine now cares for over 1,000 residents each year at sites across the country.

Mr Corry thanks the charity for its work over the last 100 years and wishes it well for the next 100 years.

MSP congratulates Erskine for 100 years of work

Sir William MacEwen, the Regus Professor of Surgery at the University of Glasgow
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Sir William MacEwen, the Regus Professor of Surgery at the University of Glasgow

Mr Corry uses his motion to congratulate Erskine on reaching this important milestone.

He says the first Erskine Hospital, then The Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, was founded by Sir William MacEwen, the Regus Professor of Surgery at the University of Glasgow.

The Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers,
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The Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers,

The Conservative MSP says it was opened in October 1916, after it was decided that a dedicated hospital to the war wounded was required due to the large numbers of limbless soldiers and sailors returning from the war.  

Erskine hospital for the wounded was opened in 1916

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Corry
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Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Corry

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Corry says Erskine is held in the highest esteem in the armed forces.

Mr Corry says Erskine came to be when it was decided a hospital for the wounded was required in 1916.

The Tory MSP says Sir John Reed bought the house and garden and donated it to charity.

Background: Erskine

Erskine
Erskine

As Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, Erskine offers unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in our four homes throughout Scotland for UK veterans. 

Erskine cares for over 1,000 residents each year; it's homes provide veterans with the companionship of like-minded people.  

Erskine has to raise £8.8m in 2016 to support veterans in our care, that’s £170k each week.

100th anniversary of Erskine debate begins

Erskine
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Conservative MSP Maurice Corry begins by welcoming all the members from Erskine. 

Tory MSP welcomes Erskine members.
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Tory MSP welcomes Erskine members.

Here's Maurice Corry's motion.............

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

100th anniversary of Erskine

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Corry will now lead a debate on the 100th anniversary of Erskine.

The government motion as amended is agreed unanimously

The government motion as amended is agreed unanimously.

Government motion
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Labour amendment
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The minister calls for the positive message about adoption out

Child
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The minister calls for the positive message about adoption out

Mr McDonald says he has sat in on a couple of children's hearings.

The SNP MSP says the first one he went to was chaired by his headmaster, which was not the reunion either expected.

He says children's hearings and the court system are not aligned well enough, which can lead to more anxiety. 

The minister calls on MSPs to get the positive message about adoption out in their constituencies.

Government will bring more details forward in the care review

Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald
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Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald says it is important to recognise that all routes to permanence can deliver positive outcomes for children.

Mr McDonald says there are a number of support mechanisms that can be accessed, but it is whether or not they can be easily identified by adoptive parents and that may require some work.

The minister says the government will bring more details forward in the care review. 

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Tory MSP says more needs to be done to inspire adoption

Conservative MSP Ross Thomson
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Conservative MSP Ross Thomson

Mr Thomson says there has been a great success in Aberdeenshire thanks to the PACE programme.

The Conservative MSP says more needs to be done to inspire more people to come forward and adopt children.

Labour MSP Monica Lennon retweets this TIE campaign tweet

'For far too long we have let the most vulnerable in our society down'

Conservative MSP Ross Thomson
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Conservative MSP Ross Thomson

Conservative MSP Ross Thomson welcomes the unanimity of this debate.

Mr Thomson says the government is right that the care system needs improvement and that love is at the centre of it.

He says: "For far too long we have let the most vulnerable in our society down."

Mr Thomson says it is essential that children have childhoods. 

He calls for greater weight to be attached to permanent adoption and for the process to be sped up.

There is no room for complacency

Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnson
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Scottish Labour MSP Daniel Johnson says if there has been a change in tone in this debate, it is because MSPs are pleased they are debating something other than Brexit on a Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Johnson says there may well be consensus but there is absolutely no room for complacency. 

The Labour MSP says it is not often he gets emotional preparing for a debate but there are many powerful adoption stories. 

He says 1,690 same-sex adoptions have taken place in England compared with 67 in Scotland. 

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Tory MSP calls for women to go int STEM careers

SNP MSP praises Who Cares Scotland

Who Cares Scotland
Who Cares Scotland
Who Cares Scotland

SNP MSP James Dornan praises Who Cares Scotland and says the charity's work is truly moving.

Mr Dornan says Scotland's Adoption Register going on line should help streamline the adoption process.

Tory MSP uses social media to promote social media use to inspire adoption assitance

'Local authorities must be properly resourced'

Scottish Labour MSP Elaine Smith
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Scottish Labour MSP Elaine Smith says the state has not always been a great guardian for children.

Ms Smith says getting as many kids as possible into adoptive families is the best outcome for all.

The Labour MSP says it is important to take note of the reality local authorities have to face.

She says local government have had budgets cut and this is not making the adoption process any easier.

"Local authorities must be properly resourced," she says. 

A quarter of adoptions are at risk of breaking down

Scottish Lib Dem Tavish Scott
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Scottish Lib Dem Tavish Scott says he has learned a lot by listening to others in the chamber.

Mr Scott says, for parents who cannot or choose not to have children, adoption is a way of starting a family.

The Lib Dem MSP says a quarter of adoptions are at risk of breaking down. 

He says there is a view from parents and authorities that asking for support "is a sign of weakness".

"Adoptive parents must be assured that seeking help is not a sign of being a bad parent," he says. 

Praise for SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth's contribution to the adoption debate

Role of teachers cannot be underestimated

Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone
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Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone says adoption is important to give children the best opportunities and to allow them to get the most out of their lives.

Ms Johnstone says is is crucial that adopted children and their adoptive parents receive adequate support.

The Scottish Greens MSP says the role of teachers cannot be underestimated as they are role models for young people. 

"Decisions about adoption must be well informed," she says. 

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SNP MSP says moving the register on line will make the adoption process faster

SNP MSP Rona Mackay
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SNP MSP Rona Mackay says one of the saddest things she saw on a children's panel was a mother with an addiction who thanked the woman who had fostered her child.

Ms Mackay says the moving of the register to an online system will help doctors and social workers and speed up the process.