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Summary

  1. The Economy Committee takes evidence on the draft budget focussing on fuel poverty
  2. MSPs raises questions on working conditions at Amazon's Fife warehouse and the BMA's GP survey
  3. Education Secretary John Swinney gives a ministerial statement on its Improvement Plan for Education
  4. The government leads a debate welcoming international migrants in Scotland
  5. SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor leads a debate entitled Walk This Way at Dunbeth Park

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live today

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Scottish Parliament

That's all from Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 13 December 2016.

We're back tomorrow morning with coverage of the last Finance Committee before the budget, hope it's not too taxing! (It will be. It's focusing on income tax powers being devolved to Scotland!)

That ends the walk this way debate

Gallery
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Paths for All members in the public gallery

That brings the walk this way debate to a close. 

The number of people walking for recreation in Scotland is increasing - minister

Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell says her part of Lanarkshire also has some great walks to take part in. 

Ms Campbell says Paths for All were formed in 1996 with the late broadcaster Magnus Magnusson as the chair. 

Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell
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The public health minister says walking has a number of health benefits as does being out in the open air.

She says our appreciation of the seasons can be missed if we are just cooped up indoors. 

Ms Campbell says Paths for All also have walking football groups, encouraging those who take part to enjoy the social aspects of the game.

She says the number of people walking for recreation in Scotland is increasing. 

Paths for All

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Paths for All
Paths for All

Mr MacGregor uses his motion to celebrate the  20th anniversary of Paths for All, which is a charity that is dedicated to encouraging walking in Scotland.

The SNP MSP praises the charity's values and work supporting communities in Scotland. 

Paths for All is a Scottish charity that champtions walking for everyone, everyday, everywhere.

'We only get one body for life and we need to nourish it and move it'

Scottish Greens MSP Allison Johnstone
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Scottish Greens MSP Allison Johnstone

Scottish Greens MSP Allison Johnstone says the consequences of not moving gives us all the proof that the human body is designed to move.

Ms Johnstone says we only get one body for life and we need to nourish it and move it.

She says walking helps with this and can also save you money. 

Paths for All do excellent work in encouraging walking says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Ruth Maguire
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SNP MSP Ruth Maguire says Paths for All do excellent work in encouraging walking.

Ms Maguire says, as well as the physical aspects, there are social benefits to it too. 

Labour MSP praises Paths for All

Labour MSP Elaine Smith
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Labour MSP Elaine Smith

Labour MSP Elaine Smith agrees with the two previous speakers about the benefits of walking.

Ms Smith says walking and other exercise helps with a number of issues, including obesity.

She praises the students from New College Lanarkshire and Paths for All.

New College Lanarkshire provides two-thirds of further and higher education provision in the area

Scottish Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell
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Scottish Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell pays tribute to Paths for All.

Ms Mitchell also congratulates New College Lanarkshire which, she says, now provides two-thirds of further and higher education provision in Lanarkshire. 

Call for 'a year of walking'

New College Lanarkshire
New College Lanarkshire
New College Lanarkshire

Mr MacGregor congratulates the staff and students at the Coatbridge campus of New College Lanarkshire on the recent unveiling of their Walk This Way walking routes at Dunbeth Park in Coatbridge.

This was supported by Paths for All.

The SNP MSP calls on the Scottish government to consider a Year of Walking to encourage people to do more walking in the interests of fitness and health.

SNP MSP hopes new paths will encourage people to use Dunbeth Park

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor says Dunbeth Park is an area to the east of Coatbridge. 

Mr MacGregor says he hopes the creation of new paths encourages people to use the park.

SNP MSP Fulton Macgregor
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SNP MSP Fulton Macgregor

He says to go around the park it is roughly 1km.

The SNP MSP says walking can have an impact in health both physically and mentally. 

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor supports Walk This Way

Walk this Way group
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We move now to a member's debate entitled 'Walk this Way at Dunbeth Park'

Scottish Parliament motion
Scottish Parliament

The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to

The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to with 84 for and 27 against.

Government motion
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Labour amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Labour amendment is agreed to 84 MSPs for it and 27 against.

The Labour amendment is agreed to 84 MSPs for it and 27 against.

Labour amendment
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The Conservative amendment is rejected

The Conservative amendment is rejected with 27 MSPs backing it and 85 against.

Tory amendment
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Tory amendment

Government proud of those who come to Scotland and make the country their home - minister

Mr Allan says migrants who come to Scotland to enrich our culture and contribute to our economy have been recognised during the debate.

He says there has been so much anti-immigration rhetoric and he is glad to end the year on this positive note.

Alasdair Allan
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The international development minister says the government is proud of those who come to Scotland and make the country their home.

He says Scotland's population is expected to grow by 7% between 2014 and 2039.

Mr Allan says stopping immigration completely would mean it would only grow by 3%. 

DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal

DEC
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DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal

More than 7 million people in Yemen do not know where their next meal will come from and children are dying from malnutrition.

In the midst of conflict, DEC member charities are reaching millions of people across the country with lifesaving aid but much more needs to be done.

DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal

International Development and Europe Minister Alasdair Allan says the Scottish government has been pleased to assist in Yemen.

This follows an intervention from Labour MSP Pauline McNeil who wanted to put on the record the Scottish government had donated £250,00.

It's vital that we never forget those who lost their lives in the Mediterranean - minister

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan
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International Development Minister Alasdair Allan says International Migrants Day was established in 2000.

Mr Allan says it is vital that we never forget those who lost their lives in the Mediterranean fleeing their country. 

Tory MSP says Scotland is not different from the rest of the UK in its approach to immigration

Tory MSP Ross Thomson
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Tory MSP Ross Thomson

Mr Thomson says he is proud Aberdeen is playing a vital role in becoming a home to 100 Syrian refugees.

The Tory MSP says Scotland is not different from the rest of the UK in its approach to immigration. 

EU free movement is inherently unfair and inward looking

Scottish Conservative MSP Ross Thomson says the system currently means we have to turn away people who have vital skills.

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Mr Thomson says EU free movement is inherently unfair and inward looking. 

The Tory MSP says the UK government has played a leading role in ensuring Syrian refugees are supported.

Scottish FA to establish independent review into child abuse

Tory MSP says people voted to leave the EU for a fairer immigration system

Conservative MSP Ross Thomson
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Conservative MSP Ross Thomson

Conservative MSP Ross Thomson says it is so important that the tragic loss of life of migrants is recognised as he says International Migrants Day will do.

Mr Thomson says the Scottish government and Nicola Sturgeon has painted leave voters as "the other" and as anti-immigration.

He says people voted to leave the EU for a fairer immigration system.

We should challenge the right-wing media - Labour MSP

Mr Sarwar says, for a country that is not slow to get involved in war, we should no be slow in assisting those affected by war.

Anas Sarwar
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The Labour MSP says there is an ageing population and requirement for migrants to come to the country.

He says there are challenges with migration such as expelling the myths that migrants are benefit scroungers.

He says we should also challenge the right-wing media. 

Labour MSP calls on Theresa May to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK

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Mr Sarwar says Glasgow is a shiny example of a diverse community that is part of the one Glasgow approach.

The Labour MSP points to Glasgow's support of refugees.

He says every MSP should send a strong message to the UK government and Theresa May that we expect the rights of every EU citizen in the UK are guaranteed.

Tory MSP Jamie Greene asks about support for UK citizens, many of whom are Scots, in the EU.

Mr Sarwar says the rights of both EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU should be guaranteed.

'We all have a personal story about how migration has affected our lives' - Labour MSP

Anas Sarwar MSP
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In closing for Scottish Labour, Anas Sarwar MSP, says we all have personal stories about how a migrant or migration has affected our lives.

Mr Sarwar says he is a third generation migrant with his grandfather coming to the UK and eventually settling in Lossiemouth and making Scotland his home. 

Support for DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal

Green MSP raises the question of who makes the bombs dropped on Yemen

DEC thank the Scottish government for Yemen Crisis donation

NHS organ donation highlighted

Migrants are more likely to be in work than most people in Scotland - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Tom Arthur says 2016 has been the year of post-truth politics. 

SNP MSP Tom Arthur
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Mr Arthur asks how often we hear the concrete case for migration.

He says it is not generally heard in the media.

He says migrants are more likely to be in work than most people in Scotland. 

Nicola Sturgeon calls for EU citizens guarantee

Ms Sturgeon Ms Sturgeon hosted the question and answer session with EU nationals after a Scottish cabinet meeting in Edinburgh
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Ms Sturgeon hosted the question and answer session with EU nationals after a Scottish cabinet meeting in Edinburgh

Nicola Sturgeon called on the UK government to guarantee EU nationals living in the UK can remain after Brexit, on 17 August 2016.

Scotland's first minister made her plea as she hosted a question and answer session with hundreds of EU nationals.

Many were concerned about whether they would have the right to live and work in Scotland when the UK leaves the EU.

Ms Sturgeon said it was "disgraceful" that the UK had not guaranteed the right of EU nationals to remain.

And while she believed it was "unthinkable" people from EU countries would be asked to leave, she called on Prime Minister Theresa May to "do the humane thing" by ending the uncertainty facing three million people, including about 173,000 in Scotland.

Brexit: May says Tusk letter justifies expat stance

UK Prime Minister Theresa May
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Britons living around Europe would have been left "high and dry" if the rights of EU citizens to stay in the UK had been guaranteed, the PM has said.

Theresa May said EU leaders' remarks showed it was "absolutely right" for the UK not to have acted unilaterally.

European Council president Donald Tusk says Article 50 must come before any negotiations
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European Council president Donald Tusk says Article 50 must come before any negotiations

EU Council president Donald Tusk has said there can be no "reciprocal" deal on expats until formal talks begin.

He was responding to criticism from Tory politicians who accused EU figures of "standing in the way" of a deal.

Replying to a question in the Commons from Conservative MP Peter Lilley, Mrs May said she hoped the issue would be examined early during the Brexit negotiations, which cannot begin until she has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Lib Dem MSP calls for guarantee for EU citizens resident in the UK

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says occasionally some people get very exercised by a very small number of people coming to the UK, whereas there can be mass migration in other parts of the world.

Mr Scott says the UN has highlighted the total meltdown of humanity in Aleppo and there will be many more people lost in the Mediterranean in the next year.

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
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The Lib Dem MSP says the Fresh Talent was a good programme.

He says you have to take the immigration issue head on and explain the reality of the situation across the world, where the enormous challenge of coping with people fleeing war must be highlighted.

Mr Scott calls for EU citizens in Scotland and the UK to have their position guaranteed and calls on Theresa May to do just that.

Background: Scotland's population swelled by migration

Loads of folk in Glasgow
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Most of the population increase on last year is down to migration from other parts of the UK

Scotland's population was at its highest level last year, according to official figures.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) said the estimated population of Scotland on 30 June 2015 was 5,373,000.

The increase on 2014 was mainly down to migration, with 85,000 people coming to Scotland and 57,000 leaving.

There were 55,098 births registered - 2.9% fewer than the year before - and 57,579 deaths. The net increase in population is about 25,000.

'Atrocious living conditions' has been provided for refugees in Glasgow

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer says Scotland has been a welcoming home to those who come here.

Mr Greer says Scotland is leading the rest of the UK in accepting Syrian refugees. 

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer
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The Scottish Greens MSP says there is still hate crime and bigotry in the country which must be remembered and eradicated.

He says "atrocious living conditions" has been provided for refugees in Glasgow.

Mr Greer says he'd like the Scottish government to try and get the powers devolved which would make them responsible for the housing provided to those seeking refuge in Scotland.

United Nations (UN) International Migrants Day

The United Nations (UN) International Migrants Day is annually held on December 18 to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide.

That's this coming Sunday.

International Migrants Day recognizes the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide.

Migrants
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International Migrants day marks the contribution, but also the rights of migrants, a time of a migrant crisis

Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to observe International Migrants Day by distributing information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms. 

People are also invited to share their experiences and contribute to designing action plans to ensure their protection. 

'We are involved in this conflict, we are bombing Syrians' - Labour MSP

Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill says the press have a lot to answer for and we must combat some of the myths around immigration.

Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill
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Ms McNeill says she is fully behind the government motion.

The Labour MSP says the Syrian conflict is possibly the "most complex of our time".

"We are involved in this conflict, we are bombing Syrians, we have to take some moral responsibility for the consequences," she says.