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Summary

  1. The Justice Committee takes evidence on the Offensive Behaviour at Football Repeal Bill
  2. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse announces an "effective ban" on fracking
  3. The government will seek Holyrood's endorsement for the ban in a vote following the October recess
  4. Education Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on education reform
  5. The Scottish government leads a debate on the roll-out of Universal Credit

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood

    That brings an end to our coverage of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 3 October 2017.

    We will be back tomorrow morning at 10am as the Education Committee takes evidence on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill.

    Have a good night.

  2. Scotland has made significant progress in land reform

    Roseanna Cunningham

    Ms Cunningham says Scotland has made significant progress in land reform and a collaborative approach will drive this forward.

    The land reform secretary says funding has been approved for 40 groups which shows there is a drive for community ownership across Scotland.

    She says the land fund is important but that funding comes from other sources such as HIE and the Big Lottery Fund.

    Ms Cunningham says the government want to encourage a more diverse picture of land ownership.

  3. UPSUM: Holyrood demands the immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit

    Holyrood has demanded the immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit -- claiming its damaging recipients.

    The SNP, Labour, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats all backed the motion -- with the Conservatives voting against.

    During the debate, the Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman argued the policy was "fundamentally flawed" and was delivered with "incompetence".

    However, the Tory MSP Adam Tomkins said it was the "right thing to pursue" as the current system trapped people in poverty.

  4. Minister says she is absolutely passionate about land reform

    Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham
    Image caption: Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

    Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham congratulates the Garbh Allt Community Initiative.

    Ms Cunningham commends the Sutherland estate and says once apon a time she would never have considered that.

    She says land refom is important to the Scottish government.

    The land reform minister says she is absolutely passionate about land reform.

  5. Reaction of GACI chairwoman

    Last June, with the funding secured, Anne Fraser, chairwoman of the Garbh Allt Community Initiative (GACI) said: "We are absolutely delighted to have secured this funding from Beatrice.

    "We will now be moving forwards with the owner, Sutherland Estates, to complete the purchase.

    "We are excited that we can, at last, put our plans into action."

    She added: "We will soon be advertising for a development officer and we will be holding information events in the area to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to hear what we're proposing and to have their say in the plans for the future of the GACI area."

  6. Helmsdale owners excited to invest in the land

    Maree Todd

    Ms Todd says new owners are really excited to invest in the land and make it a more attractive place to live.

    The SNP MSP says this buyout just outside Helmsdale is of historical significance given the violent evictions of many during the Highland clearances.

    She says while the Helmsdale buyout is small, it will hopefully lead to an expansion and she looks forward to a bright future in community ownership.

  7. Importance of example of Isle of Eigg highlighted

    Eigg was taken over by its residents in a community buyout 20 years ago
    Image caption: Eigg was taken over by its residents in a community buyout 20 years ago

    SNP MSP Maree Todd says she will focus on the Garbh Allt Community Initiative.

    Ms Todd agrees with her colleague Kate Forbes about the importance of Eigg's example on increasing the population of the island.

    Eigg has more than 100 residents for the first time in the tiny island's recent history.

    A baby born in January is among the people to have helped push the population up to 105 this year.

    In 1997, when islanders made their historic community buyout of Eigg after years of issues with absentee landlords, there were 64 people.

    Eigg is one of the Small Isles, which lie south of Skye. The other islands are Rum, Muck and Canna.

    Read more here.

  8. Government targets one million acres of land to be community owned by 2020

    SNP MSP Maree Todd

    SNP MSP Maree Todd says Scotland's land is one of our greatest assets and it is only right everyone benefits from it.

    Ms Todd says Scotland's land is currently owned by too few people.

    The SNP MSP says community ownership of land can reap benefits.

    She says people living on community owned land feel more empowered and the government targets one million acres of land to be community owned by 2020.

  9. Garbh Allt Community Initiative

    Ms Todd uses her motion to celebrate the Garbh Allt Community Initiative achieving its funding target for a community buy-out of the Sutherland Estate land at Portgower, Gartymore, West Helmsdale and Marrel, as well as the hill land.

    She says this is of historic significance as these townships only came into existence following people being cleared from the Strath of Kildonan.

    The SNP MSP congratulates the Countess of Sutherland and the members of the community initiative on getting funding from both the Scottish Land Fund and the Beatrice Partnership Fund for the buy-out.

  10. Background: Community to buy out 3,000 acres in Sutherland

    Directors of the community group GACI
    Image caption: Directors of the community group GACI

    The final tranche of funding has been secured for a community buyout of 3,000 acres of land in Sutherland.

    Garbh Allt Community Initiative (GACI) is to purchase Marrel, West Helmsdale, Gartymore and Portgower common grazing townships.

    Common grazings are traditionally areas of land shared by crofters to raise livestock.

    The initiative has secured £29,918 in matched funding from a fund linked to a massive offshore wind farm project.

    The £6m Beatrice Partnership Fund is related to the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (Bowl), a renewable energy scheme being constructed in the Outer Moray Firth at a cost of £2.6bn.

  11. Garbh Allt Community Initiative debate

    SNP MSP Maree Todd will now lead a debate celebrating the Garbh Allt Community Initiative reaching its funding target.

    Here is Ms Todd's motion.

    The motion for the debate
  12. The government motion on the rollout of UC as amended is agreed to

    The government motion on the rollout of Universal Credit, as amended, is agreed to with 75 MSPs backing it and with 23 against.

    Government motion
    Labour amendment
    Green amendment
    Lib Dem amendment
  13. The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to

    The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to with 75 MSPs backing it and 23 against.

    Lib Dem amendment
  14. The Green amendment is agreed to

    The Green amendment is agreed to with 75 MSPs backing it and 23 against.

    Green amendment
  15. The Labour UC amendment is agreed to

    The Labour Universal Credit amendment is agreed to with, 75 MSPs backing it and 23 against.

    Labour amendment
  16. The Tory UC amendment is not agreed to

    The Tory Universal Credit amendment is not agreed to, with 23 MSPs backing it and 75 against.

    Tory amendment