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Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live for this week

    Holyrood

    That's all from Holyrood Live for this week.

    We'll be back next Tuesday. 

    Have a good weekend. 

  2. The Scottish government motion is unanimously agreed to

    The Scottish government motion is unanimously agreed to.

    Government motion
  3. The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is rejected.

    The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is rejected with 26 MSPs backing it, 62 against and 28 for.

    Lib Dem amendment
  4. The Scottish Labour amendment is rejected

    The Scottish Labour amendment is rejected with 53 MSPs backing it and 61 against and with one abstention.

    Labour amendment
  5. The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected

    The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected with 53 MSPs backing it and 62 against.

    Tory amendment
  6. We now move to decision time...but first the answer to the pop quiz is...

    Mr Wightman confirms that the answer to his earlier ridldle is in the Maree Loch. ( I love being right!!!)

    That concludes the supporting and strengthening Scotland's island communities debate. 

    We now move to decision time.

  7. Minister insists the government has committed to reatain Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    Mr Yousaf says the reorganisation of the health boards is to improve patient care.

    He says island proofing is to put forward polices that help the islands.

    The minister says he accepts that more has to be done for the islands.

    ferry

    Mr Yousaf says island communities should be more involved in transport links.

    He says the consultation on the Ardrossan to Brodick ferry will allow people their say.

    HIE
    Image caption: HIE

    The minister says the government has committed to reatain Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  

    Mr Yousaf says it is the local delivery that matters not the location of the enterprise board.

  8. Minister says devolution of powers to the islands is important

    Islands Minister Humza Yousaf says a debate like this allows the airing of many issues and created much consensus on what needs to be done.

    Islands Minister Humza Yousaf
    Image caption: Islands Minister Humza Yousaf

    Mr Yousaf says devolution of powers to the islands is important and he welcomes the support for the Islands Bill.

    He says again he intends ferry fares to Orkney and Shetland will be reduced significantly.

  9. Tory MSP says there is broad agreement that the islands need as much devolution as possible

    Conservative MSP Peter Chapman says he had his "lugs" on this afternoon to hear this debate this afternoon, his hearing being bad due to long days on a tractor.

    Mr Chapman says only four islands have a population greater than 10,000, but there are over 80 inhabited islands and they are all important.

    Conservative MSP Peter Chapman
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Peter Chapman

    The Tory MSP says the fact that MSPs are looking at an Islands Bill shows there are different issues that must be addressed.

    He says there is broad agreement that the islands need as much devolution as possible to help them to prosper. 

    Mr Chapman says there has long been concern about the centralisation agenda of the Scottish government.

  10. Labour MSP says scrapping HIE board is a 'very shabby deal'

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says it is clear there are people who are concerned about scrapping of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise board.

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

    Ms Grant says "this is a very shabby deal".

    The Labour MSP says there needs to be a local body focusing on creating wealth throughout the Highlands, but particularly in the islands.

    She calls on the CalMac board to have islanders on it.

  11. Scottish Lib Dems support Islands Bill but wants health board and centralisation issues to be dealt with

    Tavish Scott

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says "Mr Yousaf began this debate by saying his heart belongs to Glasgow and I'm sure, after this week, it doesn't belong to Abellio."

    Mr Scott says transport is a major challenge in the islands.

    The Lib Dem MSP says the islands want to see what the Smith Commission agreed on the crown estate which was that matters would be further devolved.

    He says his party support the principles of the Islands Bill but the minister will have to deal with the issues around health boards and centralisation.

    Mr Scott says "a central board will make things more difficult."

  12. Loch Maree

    Loch Maree is held up as one of Scotland's most picturesque lochs
    Image caption: Loch Maree is held up as one of Scotland's most picturesque lochs

    My guess is Loch Maree which allegedly is the only island in Britain to contain a loch that itself contains an island.

  13. 'Proud Hebridean' welcomes minister for the islands

    SNP MSP Angus Macdonald
    Image caption: SNP MSP Angus Macdonald

    Angus Macdonald says he is a proud Hebridean and he cares passionately about the islands.

    The SNP MSP says he welcomes a minister for the islands being created by the Scottish government.

    He also welcomes the Islands Bill.

  14. 'If it ain't broke don't fix it,' Labour MSP says of HIE

    Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart says policies should not be "territorially blind". 

    Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart
    Image caption: Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart

    The Highlands and Islands MSP says there is nothing new in the argument about strengthening island communities.

    Mr Stewart says "if it ain't broke don't fix it" and islands processes that work should remain. He says this is why he is against disbanding HIE.