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Summary

  1. The Economy Committee takes evidence on Scotland's economic performance
  2. Topical questions sees questions on issues around child sexploitation in Govanhill, treatment of sex crime victims and Brexit
  3. Health Secretary Shona Robison announces that minimum alcohol pricing is to begin in May
  4. MSPs debate suicide prevention in Scotland
  5. SNP MSP Clare Adamson leads a debate marking Road Safety Week 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Southwick and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

    The policy is largely aimed at cheap, high-strength alcohol in supermarkets and off-licenses
    Image caption: The policy is largely aimed at cheap, high-strength alcohol in supermarkets and off-licenses

    That's all from Holyrood Live on 21 November 2017.

    Health Secretary Shona Robison says Scotland will introduce minimum pricing for alcohol on 1 May next year, the Scottish government has announced.

    The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price per unit.

    Ms Robison told MSPs that she expected the price to be set at 50p-per-unit, but this will be subject to a consultation.

    She said the measure was needed to tackle the "devastation" caused by cheap, high-strength alcohol.

  2. Government to consider 20mph speed limit on restricted roads

    Parliament in session

    Transport Minister Humza Yousaf confirmed that he will meet with Green MSP Mark Ruskell to go over his consultation responses for a 20mph speed limit on restricted roads.

    Mr Yousaf says: "From a Scottish government perspective, we will keep a very open mind.

    "We think there are some practical issues that we would have to work round, but lets have a conversation to see how that Bill can progress."

  3. 'One death on our road is one to man'

    Transport Minister Humza Yousaf

    Transport Minister Humza Yousaf says: "One death on our road is one to many."

    Mr Yousaf says: "Behind every statistic is a human life."

    He cites the Scottish government's Road Safety Framework for 2020 which has the ambitious target of no fatalities due to road traffic accidents.

    Scotland's Road Safety Framework
  4. Lives can be saved by slowing down

    SNP MSP Ash Denham

    SNP MSP Ash Denham says that speeding is a contributory factor in one in four road crashes in the UK.

    Ms Denham says: "Think how many lives could be saved simply by drivers remembering to slow down."

  5. 'It is quite clear that reducing speed reduces the number of accidents'

    Brake supports calls for a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas
    Image caption: Brake supports calls for a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell thanks Clare Adamson and Brake for their efforts.

    In September, the charity pledged its support for proposals put forward by Green MSP Mark Ruskell for a default 20mph limit in built-up areas in Scotland.

    Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: "Speeding remains a major problem, causing untold suffering to families up and down the country.

    "We fully support Mark Ruskell's proposed bill and want to see more urban areas going 20 right across the UK. "

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Mr Ruskell says he introduced the final bill prosal on Monday.

    The Green MSP says: "It is quite clear that reducing speed reduces the number of accidents and the severity as well."

    He says speed limits are an important part of the mix.

  6. 10,000 people were injured on roads in Scotland in the 12 months to June

    Provisional statistics show almost 10,000 injured on Scottish roads

    According to Road Safety Week most 10,000 people were injured on roads in Scotland in the 12 months to June, recent figures show.

    Provisional statistics from the Department for Transport reveal:

    • 9,705 people were injured
    • 159 were killed in crashes on Scottish roads in the year to June 2017
    Kids Say Slow down

    Other Government figures, published earlier in the year, showed:

    • a 14% rise in road deaths in Scotland during 2016 compared with 2015
    • A new analysis by Brake reveals that exceeding the speed limit was a factor in 291 crashes in Scotland last year, a rise of over a quarter (26%) since 2013
    • Travelling too fast for conditions contributed to 510 crashes during 2016.
  7. Labour MSP pays tribute to Clare Adamson and to Brake

    Labour MSP David Stewart
    Image caption: Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart pays tribute to Clare Adamson for her work on this issue and to Brake.

    Mr Stewart says he hopes he will be able to support Mark Ruskell's bill calling for 20mph zones across all Scotland's urban areas.

  8. The dangers of using mobile phones while driving

    Conservative MSP Tom Mason

    Conservative MSP Tom Mason points out "specific problems that affect young motorists."

    He says: "There are many problems on the roads already" and these are added to by "people using mobile phones or satellite navigation screens while driving."

    Mr Mason says: "Technology may have advanced significantly over the last few years, but the ability to multi-task has not."

  9. Background: Road safety campaigners call for anti-speeding system in all new cars

    Cars

    Road safety campaigners want anti-speeding technology fitted to all cars after a rise in the number of crashes caused by breaking the limit.

    Exceeding the speed limit was a factor in 291 crashes in Scotland last year, a rise of 26% since 2013.

    Travelling too fast for the conditions contributed to 510 accidents, according to the road safety charity Brake.

    The group has now called for all new cars to have Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) fitted as standard.

  10. What is Intelligent Speed Adaptation?

    The technology enables drivers to select an option where acceleration is stopped automatically at the speed limit specific to any road.

    The device can be disabled at the touch of a button, at which point it reverts to an advisory status where the current, legal speed limit is simply displayed as a driver aid.

    Pupils from Lakefield School, Old Road School and Ysgol Ffwrnes warning speeding drivers.
    Image caption: Pupils from Lakefield School, Old Road School and Ysgol Ffwrnes warning speeding drivers.

    There is also a complete override switch with disables the system entirely.

    Its developers say ISA is intended as a road safety device, but it could have additional benefits.

    These include reducing congestion as a result of collisions, and cutting vehicle emissions as drivers adopt a smoother driving style

  11. Background: Green MSP Calls for 20MPH zones in all urban areas

    20MPH sign

    Scottish government figures earlier this year showed a 14% rise in road deaths in Scotland during 2016 compared with 2015.

    There were 191 fatalities on the country's roads in 2016, which was 23 (14%) more than the previous year.

    In September, the charity pledged its support for proposals put forward by Green MSP Mark Ruskell for a default 20mph limit in built-up areas in Scotland.

    Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: "Speeding remains a major problem, causing untold suffering to families up and down the country.

  12. Campaign about reducing speed says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson says that this year's campaign is about reducing speed.

    She says that in the '2017 good practice guide' local authorities are encouraged to to introduce 20mph zones or limits in residential areas, and places with a high volume of pedestrians and cyclists.

  13. Road safety week

    Ms Adamson says the 2017 campaign will also highlight intelligent speed adaptation devices, which it believes are likely to become more prevalent in the future.

    The SNP MSP commends Road Safety Week for promoting steps that everyone can take to stop needless road deaths and injuries year-round.

    She supports the thousands of schools, organisations and communities that are involved in the event each year and hopes that the event will inspire communities to take action on road safety through promoting lifesaving messages during the week and beyond.

    Road Safety Week
    Image caption: Road Safety Week

    Road Safety Week 2017 - Speed Down Save Lives

    This year our Speed Down Save Lives campaign is raising awareness about the dangers posed on our roads by people who drive too fast.

  14. Speed Down Save Lives

    Brake
    Image caption: Brake

    Ms Adamson uses her 20 November 2017 is Road Safety Week; notes that this is an annual event to raise awareness about road safety and was started in 1997 by Brake.

    Brake is a road safety charity that works to prevent road death or injury, campaigns to make streets and communities safer and supports the victims of road crashes.

    The theme for 2017 is Speed Down Save Lives focussing on the dangers of driving over the speed limit;

    The SNP MSP says breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions is recorded by police as a contributory factor in 23% of crash scenes in the UK.

  15. Road safety debate next.................

    Road safety
    Image caption: Road safety

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson will now use her memeber's debate to highlight Road Safety Week 2017.

  16. MSPs unanimously pass the Edinburgh Bakers' Widos' Fund Bill

    Bread

    MSPs unanimously pass the Edinburgh Bakers' Widos' Fund Bill.