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Summary

  1. The Economy Committee takes evidence from banks on branch closures
  2. A topical question on the Glasgow School of Art fire
  3. Brexit Minister Mike Russell makes a statement on EU exit negotiations
  4. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson gives a ministerial statement on police complaints and conduct review
  5. MSPs debate the Scottish Crown Estate Bill for the first time
  6. An SNP MSP hosts a debate on 'Welcoming Women in Engineering Day'

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live!

    Former chief constable Phil Gormley quit during an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct
    Image caption: Former chief constable Phil Gormley quit during an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced an independent review into how complaints against the police are handled.

    It will be carried out by the former Lord Advocate, Dame Elish Angiolini.

    The move follows questions raised about the way investigations are carried out into senior police officers, including former chief constable Phil Gormley.

    He resigned five months after a series of investigations had begun into allegations of gross misconduct.

  2. Action plans to tackle gender imbalance highlighted

    Female engineer

    Mr Hepburn highlights the Scottish Funding Council's gender action plan, designed to address the imbalance.

    Skills Development Scotland's action plan to address various imbalances, including gender imbalances, is also highlighted by the minister.

    He recognises there is a significant way to go on this, but he reiterates his commitment to increasing the number of female engineers.

  3. Minister argues government addressing occupational segregation

    Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn
    Image caption: Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn

    Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn says he fully supports Women in Engineering Day.

    Mr Hepburn argues the government is addressing occupational segregation in all its forms and adds that in this area it is particularly stark.

    He insists there is more to be done in school, particularly at primary school age.

    The minister says the number of passes in STEM subjects in secondary schools has improved but more can be done.

  4. Background: Lonely at the top for women scientists

    Professor Polly Arnold set up the network to help female scientists feel less isolated
    Image caption: Professor Polly Arnold set up the network to help female scientists feel less isolated

    A new network has been set up to support women scientists who find themselves isolated in senior positions.

    Sci Sisters is the work of Prof Polly Arnold, who holds the Crum Brown chair of chemistry at Edinburgh University.

    In the past she has worked to encourage more young women to consider careers in science.

    Now she is attempting to address the issue that only 10% of the top jobs in Scottish science, technology, engineering and mathematics are held by women.

    It's long been recognised that science has a problem with women.

    Read more here.

    Scientists
  5. Young girls need to be told engineering is an option says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jackie Baillie

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie calls for a collective focus on how to encourage more women into the sector.

    She supports Scottish government targets but wonders what progress has been made so far.

    Far more needs to be done to educate young girls from an early age that engineering is an option for them, the Labour MSP states.

    She points to the number of girls studying STEM subjects falling as they get older.

  6. Background: Dorothée Pullinger: The woman who built a car for women

    Dorothée Pullinger was a woman very much in the man's world of car manufacturing in the early 20th century
    Image caption: Dorothée Pullinger was a woman very much in the man's world of car manufacturing in the early 20th century

    In 2016 we marked the 30 years anniversary of the passing away of pioneering car engineer Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger.

    For enthusiasts she is fondly recognised for the Galloway car, which was made by women in south west Scotland for the women of the world.

    The Galloway is thought to be one of the first times in history a car was manufactured with women specifically in mind. Dorothée and her workers did it at a time when the world of engineering was the domain of men.

    Dorothée's Galloway was awarded at the 1924 car trials
    Image caption: Dorothée's Galloway was awarded at the 1924 car trials

    Dr Nina Baker is a Glasgow councillor and engineering enthusiast. A few years ago, she inducted Dorothée into theScottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

    She said: "Although there are many women who were working in engineering before and after Dorothée Pullinger, and are often commemorated as pioneers of women getting into a man's world, she is unique.

    "She made a significant contribution to engineering which stands up to other male engineers of her period."

    Read more here.

  7. Tory MSP pays warm tribute to car designer Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne says her son received his degree in civil engineering largely surrounded by male peers.

    Ms Ballantyne insists progress has been slow.

    She points out the opportunities are there but we must find a way to inspire women to follow a STEM career.

    Ms Ballantyne pays warm tribute to Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger, the car engineer who designed the Galloway car specifically for women.

  8. 'It's a steep climb ahead'

    Ms Martin

    Ms Martin praises organisations like Equate Scotland for their work in encouraging more women into the workforce.

    "But it's a steep climb ahead," she warns.

    Getting more women in engineering is not solely an equality issue, but also vital to the economy, Ms Martin adds.

    Engineering and tech will always be at the forefront on innovative change and women must be part of that, states the SNP MSP.

    Ms Martin highlights that only 16% of students in higher education are women and many women working in the sector only stay for a few years.

    Women can power organisations into the future, she concludes.

  9. Background: Why are there so few female engineers?

    The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers
    Image caption: The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers

    Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK is female - the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women's Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers at Oxford University explain what drives them.

    Read their stories here.

  10. 'If you can't see it, you'll think you can't be it'

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin says she is looking forward to Women in Engineering Day and celebrating the women working in tech and engineering.

    Ms Martin states it is important to recognise the problem of under representation of women in this industry.

    Ms Martin says: "I am a big believer in the power of women-only spaces to facilitate change, but I'm also a believer in a concerted effort to get 50:50 representation in forums and sectors that struggle to get women involved.

    "If you can't see it you'll think you can't be it."

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin
    Image caption: SNP MSP Gillian Martin

    The SNP MSP argues putting a photo of a women in a hard hat on a leaflet is simply not enough.

    She points out an oil and gas industry event was held at Robert Gordon University last week where out of 44 speakers, only two were women.

  11. Background: International Women in Engineering Day 2018: 'Raising the Bar'

    International Women in Engineering Day 2018
    Image caption: International Women in Engineering Day 2018

    "International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

    "It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. Once again in 2018 we are underUNESCO patronage."

    Visit the Intenational Women in Engineering Day website here.

  12. Call for 'positive action measures' to get more women into engineering careers

    Female engineer

    Women in Engineering Day is celebrated on Saturday 23 June 2018.

    Ms Martin uses her motion to highlight the work needed to go further and faster to meet the target of 140,000 women engineers by 2022.

    At present only 9% of engineers and 18% of the tech workforce are female.

  13. Here's the motion for the debate................

    Motion
  14. 'Women in Engineering Day'

    Women in engineernig

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin will now lead a debate welcoming Women in Engineering Day.

  15. MSPs unanimously back general principles of the Scottish Crown Estate Bill

    Sheep on rural road
  16. Parliamentary business minister closes for the government

    Parliamentary Business Minister Joe Fitzpatrick
    Image caption: Parliamentary Business Minister Joe Fitzpatrick

    Parliamentary Business Minister Joe Fitzpatrick says this has been an excellent debate.

    Mr Fitzpatrick says the environment secretary will consider all the points made.

    He argues new powers in the Bill will weigh up the profit to the estate with the wider benefit.

    The parliamentary business minister ends again saying the environment secretary will be happy to address any issues raised by MSPs.

  17. Not all local authorities will have appropriate management skills says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson
    Image caption: Tory MSP Finlay Carson

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson speaks against a possible presumption in favour of local management, suggesting not all local authorities will have the appropriate knowledge.

    Crown Estate tenants have expressed concern about such an scenario, he says.

    Mr Carson says the Crown Estate team at national level has a structure far more suited to tenant farms.

    The expertise currently in place through the interim management is the right approach, he suggests.