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Summary

  1. The Rural Economy Committee takes evidence on Prestwick Airport
  2. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing delivers a statement on the future of Scottish agricultural support post Brexit
  3. Health and sport ministers face portfolio questions
  4. Scottish Labour leads a debate on Scottish government transparency and FoIs
  5. The party also hosts a debate on access to medicines
  6. A Tory MSP leads a debate on music tourism in Glasgow

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Breast cancer
    Image caption: Breast cancer drug Perjeta is available in England and Wales

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

    MSPs unanimously agreed on urgent need to bring the SMC, NHS National Services Scotland and pharmaceutical companies together to deliver access to the life-prolonging medicines, Perjeta and Orkambi.

    Earlier Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing announced proposals for a five year transition period for farming and rural support, should Scotland leave the EU.

    The proposals aim to provide "stability, certainty and simplicity" for farmers, crofters and land users.

  2. Live music venues big draw for Glasgow says minister

    The Big Dish playing O2 ABC in 2012
    Image caption: The Big Dish playing O2 ABC in 2012

    Ms Hyslop says live music venues are an important part of the reason why people come to Glasgow.

    The minister says she was saddened to hear about the damage caused to the O2 ABC by the fire at the Glasgow School of Art.

    She pays tribute to Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald for his efforts on behalf of music venues.

    The minister argues the agent of change principle lies within the national planning framework.

    However the housing minister is looking at whether it is appropriate to bring an amendment to the Planning Bill.

  3. Government looking into agent of change principle says culture secretary

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
    Image caption: Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says the value of music to Glasgow goes far beyond economic benefits.

    Music is in the very fabric of the city which is why it was named a UNESCO City of Music, she states.

    We need to do everything we can to make sure any opportunity from this is not lost, Ms Hyslop states.

    The cabinet secretary confirms her officials are considering the agent of change principle and working with other jurisdictions on it.

  4. Background: Census highlights problems facing live music venues

    Band performing in Glasgow

    Small music venues are at risk due to rate rises and complaints, according to the UK's first live music census.

    The Edinburgh University survey suggested a third of small venues had issues with property development and complaints over noise pollution.

    The music census also found that a third of venues felt increases in business rates had a negative impact.

    The Scottish government said new planning guidance should help tackle the issue of noise disturbance.

    The census found live music contributed £78.8m to Glasgow's economy.

    Live music supports 2,500 jobs in Glasgow but venue bosses said they believed new legislation was needed to protect the jobs and the venues.

    Unlike in England and Wales, there is currently no legislation in Scotland to make developers include sound proofing in homes and properties built near music venues. This can often lead to noise complaints from neighbours.

    Read more here.

  5. Music venues must receive protection in the forthcoming Planning Bill

    Labour MSP Pauline McNeill
    Image caption: Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

    Labour MSP Pauline McNeill says: "There surely can be no doubt that Glasgow is the European capital of Europe."

    Ms McNeill expresses hope that the O2 ABC venue is returned to all its glory.

    She states Glasgow is thriving with creativity and half a million people gig in the city.

    The Labour MSP says music venues like the Barrowlands must receive protection in the Planning Bill.

    Music venues must have statutory protection, it is not enought to put the agent of change in guidance, she says.

    “Agent of Change” means those bringing about a change take responsibility for its impact, for example with new build accommodation built next to an existing music venue.

  6. Background: Glasgow fire: How the O2 ABC entertained a city for 143 years

    O2 ABC

    The Glasgow School of Art was gutted after a fire broke out in the building late on Friday evening.

    But the blaze also severely damaged the O2 ABC music venue next door.

    The building is actually older than the Mackintosh and during its 143-year-old history has been a diorama theatre, a circus, a dancehall and a cinema.

    From the air, the O2 ABC building is probably more recognisable than the Glasgow School of Art.

    Read more here.

  7. SNP MSP backs agent of change principle to be put in planning policy

    SNP MSP Sandra White
    Image caption: SNP MSP Sandra White

    SNP MSP Sandra White highlights that three Glasgow venues topped a global poll on the best music and club venues.

    The O2 ABC is a hugely popular venue Ms White says and she hopes it will be salvaged.

    Our nighttime economy is hugely important to Glasgow the SNP MSP states.

    She expresses concern about threats to the music landscape is the agent of change principle is not adopted in Scottish planning policy.

  8. Background: Glasgow music scene worth £159.7m

    Cover of report

    Music tourism in Glasgow brought in £159.7m in 2015, a report commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow Life has found.

    Grassroots venues (under 1,500 capacity) contributed around £54.7m.

    However, the report also warned that a lack of accommodation, licensing laws and limited promotion are constraining further growth.

    It recommended that twinning Glasgow with other global music cities, better signposting for visitors and improving collaboration across the sector could enhance the city's reputation.

    Read the full report here.

  9. 'Music pulses through Glasgow's veins and no fire will ever stop that'

    Tory MSP Adam Tomkins
    Image caption: Tory MSP Adam Tomkins

    Mr Tomkins praises the report Growing the Value for Music Tourism in Glasgow.

    He calls for more imagination to be used in celebrating Glasgow and says we do painfully little to broadcast that the city is a UNESCO World City of Music.

    The Tory MSP says for Glasgow music and tourism go hand in hand.

    Mr Tomkins says: "Music pulses through Glasgow's veins and no fire will ever stop that."

  10. Background: O2 music venue damaged by Glasgow School of Art blaze

    GSA fire

    The iconic library at Glasgow School of Art has been lost in the fire which swept through the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building on Friday.

    The blaze also damaged the neighbouring O2 ABC venue.

    Gigs scheduled at the venue over the weekend were cancelled as a result.

    Fire investigators have promised they will find out what caused the blaze.

  11. 'Music makes Glasgow and Glasgow makes music'

    Tory MSP Adam Tomkins
    Image caption: Tory MSP Adam Tomkins

    Tory MSP Adam Tomkins says this debate was secured weeks ago, before the Glasgow School of Art fire that also impacted O2 ABC.

    "I've seen countless great gigs in that venue," he tells the chamber.

    Glasgow has world class venues, not just famous in Scotland but famous globally he states.

    "Music makes Glasgow and Glasgow makes music every nice of the week."

    The music economy is worth almost £160m per year Mr Tomkins tells the chamber.

    Yet a recent report suggests must more could and should be done, he adds.

  12. Here is the motion.......

    Tory MSP Adam Tomkins' motion:

    • highlights the findings of a recent report on music tourism in Glasgow
    • calls for "serious consideration" around putting the agent of change principle of a statutory footing
    • urges for more collaborative working to further boost music tourism
    Motion
  13. Glasgow music tourism debate

    Hozier and Adam Tomkins

    Tory MSP Adam Tomkins is leading a member's debate titled 'Welcome to Glasgow, a World City of Music'.

  14. MSPs unanimously back motion and both amendments on access to medicines

    Labour's motion
    Image caption: Labour's motion
    Scottish government amendment
    Image caption: Scottish government amendment
    Tory amendment
    Image caption: Tory amendment
  15. Labour's motion from FoI debate, as amended, agreed to unanimously

    Labour's motion

    The Labour's motion from the FoI debate, as amended, is agreed to unanimously

  16. Tory amendment agreed to unanimously

    Tory amendment
  17. Scottish government's amendment from FoI debate agreed to

    Scottish government's amendment

    Parliamentary Business Minster Joe Fitzpatrick's amendment from the FoI debate is agreed with 66 MSPs backing it and with 59 against.

  18. 'Campaigners are rightly frustrated at the lack of progress '

    Labour MSP David Stewart
    Image caption: Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart says every delay to improving the system of negotiations is another day with breast cancer have to face less time with their loved ones.

    Mr Stewart says every delay leads to lives being lost where people with cystic fibrosis are denied access to Orkambi.

    Campaigners are rightly frustrated at the lack of progress in Scotland in negotiations with manufacturers Roche and Vertex about Perjeta and Orkambi, he says.

    A deal has been made on Perjeta in England and Wales, but it has been rejected three times by the SMC, he explains.

    Mr Stewart says: "What cost on lives?"