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Summary

  1. The Education Committee takes evidence from Education Secretary John Swinney on additional support needs
  2. Education and skills ministers are quizzed during portfolio questions
  3. Scottish Labour leads a debate on education
  4. SNP MSP Linda Fabiani leads a debate on Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

    Holyrood night

    That's all from Holyrood Live for Wednesday 8 March 2017.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning.

    Have a good night.

  2. Mental health needs of carers must be recognised

    Aileen Campbell

    Ms Campbell says it is essential that local communities are supported with palliative care to ensure personal needs are met.

    The public health minister says data from organisations is vital in checking if individuals are receiving the required care and a  government data group monitors this. 

    Ms Campbell says the the mental health needs of carers must also be recognised. 

    She says, as a nation, we find it difficult to discuss death and dying and communities are being encouraged to come together and support one another. 

    "Whether its holding a hand or embracing someone during a difficult time" it is "priceless," she says. 

  3. Minister acknowledges there is more to be done in palliative care

    Marie Curie
    Image caption: Marie Curie volunteers

    Ms Campbell says Scotland is already a world leader in palliative care.

    The public health minister says there is no complacency and she says there is more to do. 

    She says the Scottish government is working with Marie Curie to make sure that everyone who needs palliative care has access to it.

  4. An opportunity to celebrate the Daffodil Appeal

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

    Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says this debate gives parliament the opportunity to celebrate the Daffodil Appeal. 

    Ms Campbell says a number of MSPs have talked about the local fundraisers which help to make the charity such a success.

    The public health minister says the work of Marie Curie is renowned and a charity in her name helps to mark her legacy. 

    She says the government wants to reduce inequality locally and Marie Curie helps with this. 

  5. Marie Curie helps relieve pressure on the NHS says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson

    SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson says Marie Curie helps relieve pressure on the NHS. 

    Mr Gibson says when he first wore a Daffodil 30-odd years ago people would ask if it was St David's day but no one asks now.

    Mr Gibson commends the work of Marie Curie Scotland. 

  6. SNP MSP pays tribute to Marie Curie volunteers

    SNP MSP David Torrance
    Image caption: SNP MSP David Torrance

    SNP MSP David Torrance pays tribute to the Marie Curie volunteers.

    Mr Torrance says volunteering helps people get involved in new things, meet new people and gain new skills.

    "Without volunteers Marie Curie would not be able to provide the level of support it does," he says. 

  7. 'Thank you for every single thing that you have done'

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar
    Image caption: Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

    Labour MSP Anas Sarwar offers a "sincere thank you to all the Marie Curie nurses".

    Mr Sarwar says "I'm sure we've all been touched by Marie Curie and if we haven't, I'm sure we will be at some point in our lives".

    "Thank you for every single thing that you have done," he says. 

  8. 'Marie Curie nurses work night and day'

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford
    Image caption: SNP MSP Bruce Crawford

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford says Marie Curie provides support for people and families affected by various terminal illnesses. 

    Mr Crawford says "Marie Curie nurses work night and day" to do everything they can to make the last days of a person's life as comfortable as they can for the individual and their families.

    He says in order for this work to continue they rely on fundraising. 

    Mr Crawford says "thank you" to all the nurses for everything they do. 

  9. 'One in four Scots are still missing out on the palliative care'

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs
    Image caption: Tory MSP Miles Briggs

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs says he doesn't think he has seen so many people at a member's debate in the Scottish Parliament.

    Mr Briggs says, as someone who has had family use a Marie Curie hospice, he can understand the importance of it.

    The Tory MSP says "one in four Scots are still missing out on the palliative care that they need".

    He says research is required into whether those with mental health issues access palliative care.

    Edinburgh Conservatives and Unionists
    Image caption: Just for the deputy presiding officer......

    Mr Briggs says he recently took part in a fundraiser and had his legs waxed, which Presiding Officer Christine Graham says "I enjoyed that."

    The Tory MSP goes on to highlight even greater fundraising efforts for Marie Curie

  10. Personal experience of Marie Curie's 'phenomenal' support shared

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says Marie Curie has gone from strength to strength since last year's debate.

    Mr McArthur thanks the staff and volunteers of Marie Curie.

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

    The Lib Dem MSP shares his personal experience around the death of his father-in-law and says the support Marie Curie gave was phenomenal.