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  1. The Education Committee takes evidence on attainment and achievement of children experiencing poverty from Education Scotland and John Swinney.
  2. MSPs quiz economy, jobs and fair work ministers and then finance and constitution ministers
  3. The Scottish Conservatives lead a debate highlighting concerns about subject choice for S4 pupils being reduced
  4. The second Tory debate will focus on the party's call to get tough on housing factors who fail to carry out vital repairs to properties
  5. SNP MSP Bruce Crawford celebrates 10 years of Sistema Scotland and the Big Noise Orchestra

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live!

    Syrian refugees

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 23 May 2017.

    The Scottish government has confirmed its intention to extend the voting francise to include all non-UK citizens living in Scotland.

    Parliamentary Business Minister Joe FitzPatrick said all residents in Scotland, "wherever they are from", should be able to vote.

    Currently only British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens over the age of 16 can vote in Scottish parliamentary and local authority elections.

    The minister also said expansion would include asylum seekers and refugees settled in Scotland.

    MSPs backed lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 back in 2015, following the devolution of powers over Scottish elections.

    The changes will not apply to general elections, the power over which resides with Westminster.

  2. 'Let's celebrate the children of the Big Noise Sistema Scotland'

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    The minister says Sistema Scotland is a great example of what young people can achieve.

    She highlights the reception after the debate when 80 children from all four Big Noise Orchestras will perform together for the first time.

    This promise to be a must attend event, she says.

    "Let's celebrate the children of the Big Noise Sistema Scotland."

    The deputy presiding officer commends such "a lovely debate" and closes the meeting of the parliament.

  3. Minister praises Sistema Scotland's 'creative, empowering and engergising approach'

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says it is clear there is a shared appreciation of and indeed a passion for Sistema and their work.

    Ms Hyslop praises Richard Holloway who brought his passion to the Raploch ten years ago and began Sistema Scotland with the first Big Noise Orchestra.

    She gives special praise to all inolved with Sistema Scotland for their "creative, empowering and engergising approach" to helping young people and communities.

    The culture secretary says Sistema reaches 2,500 children weekly.

    She highlights the £2.5m government investment in Sistema Scotland over four years.

  4. Background: Sistema orchestra makes a Big Noise for Aberdeen children

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    Video caption: Sistema orchestra makes a Big Noise for Aberdeen children

    The Sistema Scotland orchestra - which offers free music tuition in deprived areas - has been credited for the positive impact it has had on the children who take part.

    Teachers in Aberdeen have reported improvements in academic and behavioural skills including listening, concentration, creativity, communications and co-operation.

    Sistema Scotland, which was set up in 2008, draws its inspiration from El Sistema in Venezuela.

  5. Green MSP congratulates all those who have made Big Noise such a success

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
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    Green MSP Mark Ruskell celebrates what he says is probably the most far reaching, successful social cohesion project we have in Scotland.

    The Green MSP congratulates all those who have made Big Noise such a success all over Scotland.

    He says Sistema leads to inclusion across the community he lauds the many benefits of the Big Noise Orchestras.

    The Green MSP concludes saying it is a humbling experience to see what Big Noise has grown into.

  6. Background: Children's orchestra makes a Big Noise in Dundee

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    Video caption: Sistema Scotland youth orchestra strikes up in Dundee

    Sistema Scotland's fourth children's orchestra has launched in Dundee backed by a £325,000 funding boost.

    The Big Noise project helps children by using music and the experience of being part of an orchestra.

    Big Noise Douglas will work with around 400 pupils from St Pius and Claypotts Castle primary schools.

    The Perth-based Gannochy Trust has given an initial investment of £325,000 towards the charity and the new orchestra.

    Read more here.

  7. Sistema is a 'glorious and joyful thing'

    Labour MSP Jenny Marra
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    Labour MSP Jenny Marra says Sistema Scotland is a "dream come true" and a "glorious and joyful thing".

    She praises the fact that the organisation works in communities worst impacted by inequality.

    Sistema brings light and joy to homes that need more light, that need more joy, Ms Marra says.

    The Labour MSP wishes Sistema a happy birthday and hopes it can continue its achievement for years to come.

  8. Tory MSP highlights positive impact of Big Noise Orchestra on young musicians

    Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton
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    Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton wishes Sistema Scotland and the Big Noise Orchestras a very happy 10th birthday and welcomes their members to the gallery.

    Ms Hamilton tells the chamber of the benefits for children in taking music lessons and how it helps them take opportunities in their lives.

    She confesses she played the trumpet "very badly" in a youth orchestra and says how much she benefited from the "immersive and fun" atmosphere.

    The Tory MSP highlights the positive impact being in the Big Noise Orchestra has on the young musicians.

  9. Background: Sistema Big Noise orchestras can 'transform' lives

    Big noise orchestra
    Image caption: Big noise orchestra

    A youth orchestra scheme which provides free music tuition in deprived areas has the potential to "transform" children's lives, a report has found.

    Education Scotland said the "Big Noise" orchestras helped to improve the life chances of children who took part.

    The scheme is run by charity Sistema Scotland, which set up the first orchestra in Raploch, Stirling, nine years ago.

    Others have been launched in Glasgow, Aberdeen and most recently Dundee.

    Education Scotland reviewed the Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen centres in April 2017.

    The orchestras are based on a pioneering Venezuelan project which was started in 1975.

    Read more here.

  10. Big Noise is an investment in children says SNP MSP

    Young people playing instruments

    Mr Crawford points to independent research into the benefits of Big Noise, including engagement with education, building social skills, and offering respite and protection for vulnerable children.

    It also builds trust, confidence and self-esteem in young people, he says.

    Mr Crawford notes the Scottish government has contributed £3.8m to the programme over an eight year period, but this is only 19% of expenditure.

    Local authorities, public bodies and the third sector also make contributions, the SNP MSP states.

    This is a huge investment in children, he adds.

  11. SNP MSP sings praises of Big Noise Orchestra and Sistema Scotland

    Mr Crawford

    Mr Crawford begins by congratulating Sistema Scotland for 10 wonderful years of the Big Noise Orchestra.

    The SNP MSP tells the chamber the fantastic and talented young people of the Big Noise Orchestra will shortly play at a reception in the Scottish parliament, where the first minister will address the musicians and guests.

    He praises Sistema Scotland for transforming the lives of young people in Scotland.

    Mr Crawford highlights the genesis of the Big Noise in the Raploch in his constituency.

  12. Sistema Scotland and the Big Noise Orchestra project

    Make A Big Noise
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    Mr Crawford uses his motion to commend Sistema Scotland and the Big Noise Orchestra project on celebrating a decade of delivering transformative opportunities to children in a number of communities across Scotland.

    He points out the Big Noise Orchestra project was set up in Raploch, Stirling, and now provides opportunities for children in the Govanhill area of Glasgow, Torry in Aberdeen and, most recently, in Douglas, Dundee.

    The project's aims of encouraging creativity and confidence and helping to nurture a new generation in a growing number of communities across the country, and wishes it well

  13. 10 years of Sistema Scotland and the Big Noise Orchestra debate

    There are now four Big Noise orchestras across Scotland
    Image caption: There are now four Big Noise orchestras across Scotland

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford will now lead a member's debate marking the tenth anniverary of the founding of Sistema Scotland and the Big Noise Orchestra.

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford
    Image caption: SNP MSP Bruce Crawford
  14. What just happened?

    Here is the Scottish Conservative motion (blue text) as amended by the Scottish government (yellow) and Labour (red).

    Subject choice motion as amended

    And here is the Conservative motion (blue) as amended by the Scottish government's amendment (yellow).

    Housing motion as amended
  15. Housing factors

    The Scottish government amendment is agreed to with 101 MSPs backing it and 21against.

    This is the government amendment
    Image caption: This is the government amendment

    Labour's amendment therefore falls.

    This is Labour's amendment
    Image caption: This is Labour's amendment

    The Conservative motion as amended by the government is unanimously agreed to.

    This is the Conservative motion
    Image caption: This is the Conservative motion
  16. Amendments and motion on subject choices unanimously agreed

    The Scottish government amendment is unanimously agreed.

    Scottish government amendment
    Image caption: This is the Scottish government amendment

    The Labour amendment is unanimously agreed.

    Labour's amendment
    Image caption: Here is Labour's amendment

    The final Conservative motion as amended is also unanimously agreed.

    original Tory motion
    Image caption: This is the original Tory motion