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Summary

  1. The Equalities and Human Rights Committee takes evidence from the Scottish Human Rights Commission
  2. General questions is followed by our extensive coverage of first minister's questions, as ever
  3. SNP MSP Bob Doris leads a debate focussing on the closure of Jobcentres in Glasgow
  4. The Scottish government outlines a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032
  5. The Scottish government leads a debate on the future funding of rural development

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood night

    That brings our coverage of the Scottish Parliament to a close.

    We'll be back on Tuesday.

    Have a good weekend. 

  2. Not a point of order!

    SNP MSP Christina McKelvie
    Image caption: SNP MSP Christina McKelvie

    SNP MSP Christina McKelvie says Ruth Davidson raised a question during first minister's questions about business rates for the Score Group and she says this company and its chairman have given donations to Better Together and Scotland in Union.

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says that is not for him to rule on and is not a poit of order.

  3. Point of Order

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin
    Image caption: SNP MSP Gillian Martin

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin raises a point of order that Tory MSP Alexander Burnett did not declare an interest.

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says this is the responsibility of each individual member. 

  4. The government motion as amended is agreed to

    The government motion as amended is agreed to with 88 voting for it and 31 voting against it. 

    Government motion
    Labour amendment
    Lib Dem amendment
  5. The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to unanimously

    The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to unanimously

    Lib Dem amendment
  6. The Labour amendment is agreed to

    The Labour amendment is agreed to with 88 voting for it and no one voting against it. 

    Labour amendment
  7. The Tory amendment is not agreed to

    The Tory amendment is not agreed to with 30 voting for it and 88 voting against it.

    Tory amendment
  8. Decision time

    We now move to decision time.

  9. Funding, access to markets and immigration all need to be resolved - rural economy secretary

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says he enjoyed the debate.

    Mr Ewing says the CAP payments remains his priority and this will be discussed at the Rural Economy Committee next week.  

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing
    Image caption: Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing

    The rural economy secretary says he hopes a unanimous decision can be reached tonight.

    Mr Ewing says there remains to be serious doubts about funding.

    He says he is happy to work with all members and stakeholders. 

    He says funding, access to markets and immigration are all issues that need to be resolved. 

  10. Brexit presents an opportunity to cut bureaucracy and red tape in rural economy policies

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden says this has been an engaging debate. 

    Mr Golden says just 8% of people successfully achieve their New Year resolutions, responding to the rural economy secretary's opening promise that working with all the parties is his.

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden
    Image caption: Tory MSP Maurice Golden

    The Tory MSP says leaving the EU presents an opportunity to cut bureaucracy and red tape in rural economy policies. 

    Mr Golden says the priority should be getting the best deal for the UK. 

    He says the "CAP payment fiasco is still not fully resolved".

  11. Labour says we need access to the single market for our farmers and rural companies

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant
    Image caption: Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says she is glad this debate took place as time is tight as many of the decisions will take place soon.

    Ms Grant says MSPs are united around supporting our rural communities going forward.

    She says we need access to the single market for our farmers and rural companies.

  12. The debate should be about how the funds will be delivered - Lib Dem MSP

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles says it would have been helpful if members took interventions because it is a debate.

    Mr Rumbles says Tory MSP Edward Mountain talked about mountains and made some very good points about all stakeholders being involved. 

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles

    The Lib Dem MSP says this debate is already about funds and what funding Scotland will receive.

    He says this is putting "the cart before the horse" and, at this stage, the debate should be about how the funds will be delivered to rural communities. 

    Mr Rumbles says if the government get this wrong then it will cause divisions in those communities.

  13. We need to continue fighting for fair funding for the rural economy

    SNP MSP Mairi Evans
    Image caption: SNP MSP Mairi Evans

    SNP MSP Mairi Evans says we need to continue fighting for fair funding for the rural economy.

    Ms Evans says fishing and agriculture are important to Aberdeenshire and the North East economy.

    She says if policy and funding is to change then the various stakeholders affected have to be involved.

  14. Funding for rural development and agriculture is vitally important

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell says funding for rural development and agriculture is vitally important.

    Mr Ruskell says the repatriation of powers from Europe to Scotland will go some way to protecting Scotland from the hard Brexit announced this week.

    He says a commission for the future of rural devlopment must be broad and the parliament has just approved the Scottish Land Commission.

  15. Background: rural economy and environment budget

    The environment and rural economy budgets both grew in both cash and real terms in the draft budget, according to SPICe.

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing told MSPs that the key priorities in his area were reforming farm payments, developing the food and drink and forestry sectors, supporting fishing and and improving digital connectivity.

    Fergus Ewing and Roseanna Cunningham

    Mr Ewing also highlighted a substantial increase in funding for peatland restoration, from £2m to £10m - something which was also praised by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham during a meeting of the environment committee.

    Ms Cunningham told members that climate change, flooding and land reform were the key priorities in the environment budget, noting that budgets were "protected" for these areas. She added: "I hesitate to use the word 'increased', because the likelihood of a great deal of extra money suddenly being around is pretty remote."

  16. We have to have better relationships with Europe - says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says there will be difficulties in agreements with 27 other countries.

    Mr Stevenson says we have to have better relationships with Europe.

    The SNP MSP says we are not clear that the prime minister has the same priorities as the Scottish government for the rural economy.