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Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Beaver news from colleagues old and new

    Beavers were reintroduced in Argyll in 2009
    Image caption: Beavers were reintroduced in Argyll in 2009
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  2. Strengthened local devolution is something which should be sought in the whole of Scotland - SNP MSP

    Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman says the people who live on islands are best placed to make decisions on their future.

    Mr Wightman says strengthened local devolution is something which should be sought in the whole of Scotland. 

    Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman
    Image caption: Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman

    He says commitments have been given to coastal and islands councils about reinvesting revenues which does not appear to be in Mr Yousaf's opening remarks and he asks for clarity on that.

  3. Moving Ardrossan ferry to Troon would have a negative impact on Arran economy - Labour MSP

    Scottish Labour MSP Neil Bibby
    Image caption: Scottish Labour MSP Neil Bibby

    Scottish Labour MSP Neil Bibby says the proposals to move the Arran ferry from Ardrossan to Troon will have a financial impact on passengers.

    Mr Bibby says there is no proof that moving the ferry to Troon would have less impact on sailings, because they would still be affected by the same fog.

    He says this would affect the local economy in Arran. 

  4. Islands bill clearly a step in the right direction - SNP MSP

    Kenneth Gibson

    SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson says "island folk want to see things happen". 

    Mr Gibson says superfast broadband is making significant progress in Arran. 

    He says the islands bill is clearly a step in the right direction. 

  5. SNP shouldn't be too "prickly" about criticisms over island proofing - Tory MSP

    Mr Ross says Mr Yousaf has attempted to increase his knowledge of the islands with his islands tour.

    Island

    The Tory MSP says after almost 10 years the SNP shouldn't be too "prickly" over criticisms about island proofing.

    Mr Yousaf intervenes to ask if island proofing was part of the Tory manifesto.

    Mr Ross says the people in the islands look to the parliament to get things done. 

  6. Background: Highlands and Islands Enterprise board to be scrapped

    HIE
    Image caption: HIE

    The board responsible for the economic development of the Highlands will be scrapped, according to report in the Press and Journal.

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney stunned MSPs by suggesting that an “overarching” committee will replace the current Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) panel.

    The move has been branded a “blatant centralisation” that will leave HIE as a “branch office” of the Scottish Government.

    A review of Scotland’s enterprise agencies had already recommended setting-up a national board to coordinate the activities of the bodies – but this is the first time the SNP administration has admitted it intends to scrap the HIE board altogether.

    Mr Swinney said HIE and other organisations would retain “separate legal status” after the change.

  7. Background: Whistle blown on MSP Douglas Ross's refereeing clash

    Douglas Ross officiating Real Madrid match
    Image caption: Douglas Ross (in blue) was assistant referee at a Champions League match in Portugal on Tuesday

    A leading Scottish Conservative MSP missed a parliamentary committee to referee a Champions League match in Portugal.

    It has led to calls for Douglas Ross to stand down from his frontbench role as the party's justice spokesman.

    He was an assistant referee at the clash between Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid on Tuesday.

    But it meant he was unable to attend a justice committee meeting in the Scottish Parliament.

  8. Tory MSP and minister competing for the headlines

    Humza Yousaf and Douglas Ross

    Scottish Conservative MSP Douglas Ross says he noted the minister's comments on being "born on a Glasgow estate" and he thought he was going to say that he is no expert on the islands, the way he did with transport, but he didn't.

    Islands Minister Humza Yousaf shouts "it is nice to see you" here.

    Mr Ross says "It is nice to see you too" and admits both he and the minister have been been competing for the headlines this week. 

  9. Tory MSP warns against the scaremongering around Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    SNP MSP Maree Todd highlights the importance of the islands to the economy.

    Ms Todd says the breathtaking landscape contributes to tourism.

    She says the island' contribution goes far beyond that and points out more fish is landed in Shetland than in any other UK port.

    Maree Todd

    The Highlands and Islands MSP says connectivity is crucial to the future of the islands.

    She says the government is committed to 100% broadband connectivity.

    Ms Todd warns against the scaremongering around Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

  10. Calls for island challenges to be considered in fuel poverty bill

    Solar panel

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says the minister needs to address challenges in the islands when the fuel poverty bill is reviewed. 

    Mr McArthur says "it make no sense at all" to have solar panels that will never be plugged in on buildings.

  11. Lib Dem MSP says there has been a relentless removal of powers from the islands

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says there has been a relentless removal of powers from the islands in the last nine years.

    Mr McArthur says he welcomes the Islands Bill and plan.

    He says Mr Yousaf's ministerial colleagues has been driving a horse and cart through island proofing.

    The Lib Dem MSP points to the attainment fund not coming to the islands and  health policy. 

    He says abolishing the board of HIE will not help to demonstrate that island proofing will be no more than a tick box exercise. 

  12. Here is the Scottish Lib Dem amendment

    Here is the Scottish Lib Dem amendment.

    Lib Dem amendment
  13. Scottish government need to devolve more powers rather than centralise them - Labour MSP

    Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says islands pay a premium on goods and services. 

    Ms Grant says people have poorer broadband connections and speeds which stops them from shopping online. 

    Coll
    Image caption: Coll

    The Scottish Labour MSP says transportation and connectivity links need to be established to allow those who live on Islands to connect with others.

    She says the Scottish government need to devolve more powers rather than centralise them. 

  14. Labour MSP accuses the Scottish government of increasing centralisation

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant
    Image caption: Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant pays tribute to the island councils which produced Our Island Our Future.

    The Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney laid out their vision for a stronger future following the Independence Referendum of 2014.

    They called for a commitment that whatever the outcome, the needs and status of island areas were clearly recognised in the new era for Scotland.  

    Ms Grant says the Scottish government has increased centralisation.

    The Labour MSP says there must be real, measurable and deliverable change in the power being devolved to islands.

  15. Here is the Scottish Labour amendment

    Here is the Scottish Labour amendment. 

    Labour amendment
  16. HIE have worked for decades quietly and slowly helping businesses flourish - Tory MSP

    Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says strategies to strengthen islands strategies will not come without a wide discourse.

    Scottish islands sunset

    Mr Cameron says we must strive to give islands their own voice.

    He says there is wide support for HIE and they have worked for decades across island communities and quietly and slowly helped businesses flourish.

    "Please don't stand by and watch it vanish," he says.

  17. Post update

    Shetland
    Image caption: Shetland

    Mr Cameron says more needs to be done to promote business on the islands.

    The Conservative MSP says small enterprises have a crucial role.

    He says people are the heart of the community and broadband is one of the biggest barriers to development.

    He says Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have been rated as the best places to bring up children.

  18. Tory MSP says yesterday saw the 'death knell for HIE'

    Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says yesterday was bitter sweet.

    The sweet part was the news about the smelter at Fort William.

    However it was a bitter day as we learned that the governing board at Highlands and Islands is to be scrapped.

    Conservative MSP Donald Cameron and Islands Minister Humza Yousaf

    He says: "It is the death knell for HIE as we know it."

    He expresses concerns that a new national board for HIE, Scottish Enterprise and other agencies may lead to a centralisation of services at the expense of the local skills, knowledge and expertise of HIE.

    Mr Yousaf says HIE will remain and people will be more interested about the services on the ground rather than where the board is situated.

    Mr Cameron again highlights his concerns about centralisation.