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Summary

  1. The Public Audit committee takes evidence on higher education and then the National Fraud Initiative
  2. ScotRail, skills funding and local government are all discussed during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. The Scottish government announces it is to introduce a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12
  5. The Scottish government will then lead a debate recognising 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all for Holyrood Live this week

Holyrood
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That's all from Holyrood Live for 1 December 2016.

We'll be back on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend. 

Scotland's three main party leaders stand with women against violence

Here's a Philip Sim's fmqs round up

The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to unanimously

The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to unanimously.

Government motion
Scottish parliament
Labour amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Labour amendment is agreed to unanimously

The Scottish Labour amendment is agreed to unanimously.

Labour motion
Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Conservative amendment is agreed to

The Scottish Conservative amendment is not agreed to, with 28 MSPs backing it and with 86 against.

Tory amendment
Scottish Parliament

That bring's to an end the debate on ending violence against women and girls

UN Women
UN Women
Orange the World!

Here's that quote from Ben MacPherson

'It is now time for the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention'

Angela Constance
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The minister says it is absolutely imperative that the voice of our children has to be heard.

Ms Constance says the input into the Equally Safe Strategy has heard the voices of children.

She says one in five children will experience domestic abuse by the time they are 18 years old.

The minister says when her son is older she will give him Ben McPherson's speech.

She says ratifying the Istanbul Convention is important.

"It is now time for the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention."

Minister wants to move to three year funding for the third sector

Ms Constance says the government wants to move to three years funding for the third sector as soon as possible.

Tory MSP Douglas Ross intervenes over Moray and asks how the SNP group voted on women's aid.

The cabinet secretary says she suspects Mr Ross is doing a shuffle on his voting record.

Minister highlights the challenges to be overcome

Ms Constance says there have been nearly 60,000 cases of domestic abuse recorded int 2014-15, highlighting the challenge to be overcome.

Angela Constance
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The minister says the work to eradicate violence against girls and women must be all year around, but the 16 days activism brings into focus what needs to be done.

The cabinet secretary says to Douglas Ross it is how you vote that can matter and says it is her prerogative to decline his attempt at an intervention. 

'Greater gender equality must be delivered'

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance says there is a strong degree of consensus and collaboration across the chamber.

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance
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Equalities Secretary Angela Constance

Ms Constance says there is also a challenge to be addressed.

The cabinet secretary says violence against women and girls is underpinned by gender inequality.

Greater gender equality must be delivered says Ms Constance.

Lack of support of LGBTI domestic violence says Tory MSP

Conservative MSP Annie Wells says young LGBTI people may find themselves in the unique position of being the victims of homophobic abuse.

Conservative MSP Annie Wells
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Conservative MSP Annie Wells

Ms Wells says she supports any actions the government can bring forward to tackle violence and abuse against women.

The Tory MSP says, despite a range of services, there is a lack of support of LGBTI domestic violence.  

Tory MSP highlights that sexual violence is used as a weapon of war

Ms Wells says the UN campaign is so fundamental.

The Tory MSP highlights that sexual violence is used as a weapon of war.

She says her party welcomes SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford bringing a debate on the Istanbul Convnention to Westminster.

Conservative MSP commends the UN 16 Day Activism Campaign

Conservative MSP Annie Wells takes the opportunity to commend the UN 16 Day Activism Campaign.

Conservative MSP Annie Wells
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Conservative MSP Annie Wells

Ms Wells says the UK government have been influential in the global effort to eliminate gender violence.

She says she is pleased the UK has committed £6m to the UN to end violence against women.

The Tory MSP acknowledges there is much more to be done and there is no room for complacency.

Ms Baker says there must be no acceptance of every day sexism

Ms Baker says there must be no acceptance of every day sexism.

Claire Baker
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The Labour MSP says there are high profile cases that push a spotlight in the way the media reports a woman's behaviour.

She backs Kezia Dugdale's call for more sustainable funding for organisations working on the front line.

Some advancements are 'going backwards'

Ms Baker says she has concerns that some advancements are "going backwards" and gender attitudes are becoming more common. 

The Labour MSP says it is the job of all of us to ensure plans are delivered. 

She says the attitudes of the president elect has been mentioned and these are more common than we would care to admit. 

We have a responsibility to recognise our global responsibility says Labour MSP

Scottish Labour MSP Claire Baker
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Scottish Labour MSP Claire Baker

Scottish Labour MSP Claire Baker says we have heard accounts of violence and abuse that women suffer.

Ms Baker says some of these take place in societies where it is deemed acceptable and other where society turns a blind eye.

The Labour MSP says the cabinet secretary is right to push the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

She says we have a responsibility to recognise our global responsibility. 

SNP MSP says violence against women stems back to the patriarchy

SNP MSP Ben McPherson pays tribute to his predecessor's work against violence against women, former Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm.

SNP MSP Ben McPherson
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SNP MSP Ben McPherson

Mr McPherson says too often and for too long strength has been thought of as physical prowess or levels of aggressiveness. 

The SNP MSP says violence against women stems back to the patriarchy.

He says we all need to play a role in challenging that and changing that.

Still not 50-50 in the Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
New MSPs

The Scottish parliament offers 35% or 45 women MSPs, the same tally as 2011, and again lower than that of the parliament’s inception in 1999, of 37% and 48 women. 

We must challenge gender stereotypes says Tory MSP

Scottish Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell says there have been many great strides forward in tackling domestic abuse and the Scottish government deserves credit, but more needs to be done.

Mr Mundell says he hopes, before his political career is over, we reach a stage where these debates are no longer required. 

Oliver Mundell
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The Tory MSP says stereotypes and outdated views on women's place in society must be changed and says that women can hold the highest office in society such as that of first minister.

He says he supports women's involvement in parliament. 

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale intervenes to ask if he supports the 50:50 Campaign which would see the same amount of women in parliament as men.

He says he would like to see a 50/50 balance but that would be better achieved by encouraging young women into politics. 

'Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.”

Ban Ki-MoonUnited Nations Secretary-General

Green MSP tries for a word with Philip Hammond

Latest on Brexit

Background: Equally Safe Strategy

Equally Safe is Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.

The government says:  "Our aim is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, creating a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from such abuse – and the attitudes that help perpetuate it."  

Background: Holyrood debates domestic abuse law

Scotland is to become one of the first countries in the world to criminalise psychological abuse, Holyrood has heard.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was speaking as MSPs debated the Domestic Abuse Bill in the Scottish Parliament in September.

He used the debate to condemn the "pernicious, coercive and controlling behaviour" of perpetrators.

Police Scotland recorded almost 60,000 cases of domestic abuse in 2014-15.

The majority (79%) of cases involved a male perpetrator and a female victim.

The new bill will create a specific offence of "abusive behaviour in relation to a partner or ex-partner".

Lib Dem MSP says strategies must be implemented from a rights base perspective

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says the Scottish government has rightly embarked on a range of programmes and strategies against this stain on Scotland's character.

Mr Cole Hamilton cites a number of these including the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Law and the Equally Safe Strategy. 

The Lib Dem MSP says we must ensure these strategies must be implemented from a rights base perspective.

He says equal protection must be afforded to children

The Lib Dem says this is the last frontier and he says his party will support John Finnie in his efforts to afford children equal protection.

Many children do not report abuse because they think it is normal or they are too scared - SNP MSP

SNP MSP James Dornan says he doesn't know what it is like to be a victim in his own home or be forced to hide under a bed with his children.

Mr Dornan says he has never faced this but far too many women have.  

James Dornan
BBC

The SNP MSP says stress and fear takes its toll on the victims and often women dealing with this abuse are reported as becoming more frail as a result of it.

He says many children do not report abuse because they think it is normal or because they are too scared. 

UN Women: Take action to Orange your day!

Take Action to Orange Your Day
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Take Action to Orange Your Day

A 'daily problem and a daily nightmare' for women and children that face violence

Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie says this is a "daily problem and a daily nightmare" for many women and children that face violence.

Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie
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Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie

Mr Finnie says this will only be addressed if we enhance women's rights. 

The Greens MSP says to the "cowards" that inflict violence, "the police are coming to get you."

He says men know the power that they have and it is quite disgraceful that he watched the president elect growl behind his opponent on one occasion "simply because she is a woman."

On the issue of so-called honour killings he says "thuggery is thuggery". 

Philip Hammond rules out Scottish Brexit deal

Labour MSP says children are too often used as a weapon by domestic abusers

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant
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Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

Ms Grant makes a final plea in regard for parental access when there has been domestic abuse.

The Labour MSP says children are too often used as a weapon by domestic abusers.

Surely an abuser should lose all of their parental rights, says Ms Grant.

Only when someone is shown to be a fit parent should they gain access.

Praise for Labour MSP Rhoda Grant as she calls for domestic abuse courts

Important work of Rape Crisis Scotland highlighted

UN Women: Violence against Women statistics

UN Women: Violence against Women statistics
UN Women: Violence against Women statistics
UN Women: Violence against Women statistics

SNP MSP calls for a message to be sent to UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention

Support from the gallery

Rape Crisis: Working to end sexual violence

Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) is the national office for the rape crisis movement in Scotland. 

It supports the work of local centres and develop new centres in areas where there are no or few specialist services. 

It also works with other agencies such as the police, Crown Office and health services providing training and consultancy to improve the response to those who are affected by and who perpetrate sexual violence. 

Through its campaigns, briefings and publications we raise awareness of sexual violence, challenge attitudes and press for legal change.

The Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline provides crisis support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.