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Summary

  1. The Education Committee take evidence on the Curriculum for Excellence, hearing from the chief executives of the SQA and Education Scotland.
  2. In the chamber more education as John Swinney and his ministers will be quizzed.
  3. Opposition party leaders quiz Shona Robison on the delayed trauma centres.
  4. The Scottish Tories lead a debate calling for the retention of the HIE board.
  5. The Tories then lead a debate on preventative health interventions.
  6. Labour MSP Richard Leonard's member's debate celebrates the 30th anniversary of the worker's occupation of the Caterpillar Plant in Tannochside.

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 on 18 January 2017.

Scottish government consistently opposed the "draconian" Trade Union Act - minister

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn says we have heard of the "devastating impact" of the Caterpillar plant closure. 

Mr Hepburn says it affected everyone in the area and beyond greatly when workers took part in the 103 day occupation. 

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn
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Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn

The employability minister says it remains unclear the specific rationale behind closing the plant as it was profitable. 

Mr Hepburn says it is an indication of the value of trade unions.

He says the Scottish government have a valued relationship with trade unions. 

Mr Hepburn says this government has consistently opposed the "draconian" Trade Union Act. 

'It is better to die standing than live on your knees'

Labour MSP Neil Findlay
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Labour MSP Neil Findlay

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says ultimately the plant closed as the employers turned to the courts to end the occupation.

Mr Findlay says "it is better to die standing than live on your knees." and those who took part in the occupation did not live on their knees.

Labour MSP says the campaign achieved enhanced redundancy packages

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill
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Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill says the ingenuity of the Caterpillar sit in campaign is what struck her.

Ms McNeill says painting the tractor pink at the site was ingenious.

The Labour MSP says the campaign achieved enhanced redundancy packages.

Green MSP asks why the Caterpillar sit in is not taught at school?

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Green MSP Ross Greer says this sit in was not the history that he was taught in school and he asks "why not?".

Mr Greer says the trade union movement in Scotland has a proud history, but he says we need a winning future.

'We stand on the shoulders of men and women like those in the gallery'

Labour MSP Elaine Smith
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Labour MSP Elaine Smith welcomes the veterans of the industrial action and remembers those that are no longer with us.

She says they are an inspiration and their spirit is the same that helped create democracy in this country.

"We stand on the shoulders of men and women like those in the gallery and we must not forget that."

Tory MSP says the closure of the Caterpillar plant was a huge blow

Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell
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Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell

Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell says the closure of the Caterpillar plant was a huge blow and the response of the workers was to stage a sit in.

Ms Mitchell says during the 103 days the ensured their plight was heard around world and they secured a deal.

Praise for dignity of caterpillar workforce

Labour MSP James Kelly
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Labour MSP James Kelly

Labour MSP James Kelly praises the dignity that was exemplified by the Caterpillar workforce and says it must be brought forth in 2017.

SNP MSP says many in the community joined and supported the sit in at Tannochside

SNP MSP Richard Lyle
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SNP MSP Richard Lyle

SNP MSP Richard Lyle says many in the community joined the sit in at Tannochside.

Mr Lye says he recognises the efforts made by the workers and this tribute is for every one of them.

Background: From the Evening News

Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of heavy equipment
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Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of heavy equipment

The Evening News ran the following story in Feburary 2014:

They defied their US paymasters by ­staging a marathon ­occupation in a desperate attempt to save their jobs and three decades on a commemorative structure will be erected to honour them.

For 103 days the workforce at the closure-threatened Caterpillar plant at Tannochside, near Udding­ston, North Lanarkshire, held a sit-in willed on by the support of the Scottish ­nation and watched afar from around the world.

Union leaders and politicians tried to persuade the manufacturing giant to keep open a plant which had been operating in Tannochside since 1956 while school children gave beleaguered production workers their pocket money to pay bus fares to and from the plant's gates.

Real division between those who have the wealth and those who create it

Richard Leonard
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Mr Leonard says if workers do not fight for themselves, nobody else will.

The Labour MSP says collections were made to help the cause at football matches and "this was real solidarity".

Mr Leonard says industrial democracy can prevail and the real division is not between Scotland and England but between those who have the wealth and those who create it. 

He says this parliament must be used to forge the real change that working people need. 

'Courageous stance taken' at Caterpillar Plant

Mr Leonard uses his motion to celebrate "the courageous stance taken by workers at the Caterpillar Plant in Tannochside who staged a 103-day occupation in defence of jobs, beginning on 14 January 1987".

The Labour MSP highlights the support given to the occupation by the labour and trades union movement across the UK and internationally.

He says he regrets the decision of the company to seek an eviction notice from the courts.

Mr Leonard says this action by the workers resulted in improved pay-offs for the workforce, and believes that this occupation serves as a reminder of the value of workers standing together in the common interest against corporate greed.

Labour MSP welcomes some members who occupied the Caterpillar Plant to the gallery

Labour MSP Richard Leonard
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Labour MSP Richard Leonard

Labour MSP Richard Leonard says he can think of no greater honour than securing this as his first member's debate.

Mr Leonard says political change will come about when it is challenged by those below.

The Labour MSP welcomes "some of those working people who believed in themselves" to the public gallery.

Members who occupied the Caterpillar Plant are present in the public gallery
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Members who occupied the Caterpillar Plant are present in the public gallery

Mr Leonard welcomes members who occupied the Caterpillar Plant n the public gallery.   

Here is Mr Leonard's motion

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The motion for the debate

'30th Anniversary of Workers’ Occupation of Caterpillar Plant in Tannochside'

Labour MSP Richard Leonard will now lead a member's debate entitled: '30th Anniversary of Workers’ Occupation of Caterpillar Plant in Tannochside'.

Point of Order on HIE board

Tory MSP Douglas Ross
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Tory MSP Douglas Ross

Tory MSP Douglas Ross raises a point of order to say, given the vote on retaining the HIE board has been won, how can the presiding officer act to make sure that the will of the parliament is exercised.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says the outcome of this vote is not binding, but the parliament's voice on the matter has been heard.

The Tory motion on health, as amended by the government, is agreed to unanimously

The Tory motion on health, as amended by the government, is agreed to unanimously

Tory motion
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Gov amendment
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The Labour amendment on health is not agreed to

The Labour amendment is not agreed to with 33 MSPs for and 94 against.

Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

The Scottish government amendment on health is unanimously agreed to

The Scottish government amendment is unanimously agreed to

Scottish government amendment
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BreakingThe Tory motion from the HIE board, as amended by Labour, is agreed to

The excitement mounts with a rerun of the vote on the Tory motion as amended by Labour.

The Tory motion from the HIE board, as amended, is agreed to with 64 MSPs backing it and 63 against.

That spells defeat for the government.

Tory motion
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labour amendment
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The Labour amendment on retaining the HIE board is agreed to.

The Labour amendment is agreed to with 64 MSPs for and 63 against.

Labour amendment
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BreakingThe government amendment on retaining the HIE board is not agreed to

The government amendment is not agreed to, with 63 MSPs agreeing but  64 against.

Government amendment
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Decision Time

We now move to the all important decision time

'There have to be very tough choices made in setting the priorities'

Conservative MSP Liz Smith
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Conservative MSP Liz Smith

Conservative MSP Liz Smith says there have to be very tough choices made in setting the priorities.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says the Tories want to cut taxes and rip out public money, while his party wants to raise taxes and put money into public services.

Ms Smith says she  could list a number of measures in the Autumn Statement designed to help those on lower incomes.

The Tory MSP says when it comes to inspection in schools p.e and extracurricular activity did not get much focus.

Remember the dramatic decision time is at 5.30pm tonight

Minister defends baby box pilot

Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell
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Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell

Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell says her portfolio demonstrates the need for physical activity to improve health. 

Ms Campbell says the parliament is at its best when it unites as it has done in the past spectacularly in tackling 

She says: "The most important four years of a child's life is up to the age of three."

In reply to Jackson Carlaw's contribution, Ms Campbell says the baby box is to help children get the very best start in life and will be of great benefit to many children across the country.

Little mention of health inequalities in NHS Delivery Plan

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar says it is important to recognise the link between inequality and austerity.

Mr Sarwar says, in the NHS Delivery Plan, there is little mention of health inequalities.

The Labour MSP says there is a cut to the sports budget which will have a direct impact on health outcomes.

Mr Sarwar says we can use the powers of the parliament to tackle the obesity problem. 

Investment should be put in place upstream to follow the preventative agenda

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

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says investment should be put in place upstream to follow Campbell Christie's agenda of prevention, but that has not happened.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says mental ill health accounts for one of the single greatest strains on the health service.

The Lib Dem MSP says overall spending on mental health has measurably declined as a percentage of overall health spending in the last 10 years.

He calls for a doubling of CAMHS funding.

Green MSP says health inequalities are the widest in Western Europe

Green MSP Alison Johnstone
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Green MSP Alison Johnstone

Green MSP Alison Johnstone says health inequalities are the widest in Western Europe.

Ms Johnstone says we badly need fairer funding for GPs working in our most deprived areas.

She says health inequalities are not a result of individual responsibilities, but are fundamentally caused by peoples social circumstances.

The Green MSP calls for a Young Carers Allowance.

Local authority cuts affecting health inequality says Labour MSP

Labour MSP Neil Findlay says health inequality should be the direct responsibility of the first minister.

Mr Findlay says "the appalling benefit sanction regime" should be stopped.

The Labour MSP says local authority cuts are affecting health inequality.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay
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Labour MSP Neil Findlay

Mr Findlay says if you want a fairer and more just society, then we all need to act collectively to do something about it.

He says he sees "no evidence whatsoever" that the Scottish government are prepared to invest serious funding to end health inequality. 

Response to the trauma statement