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Summary

  1. The first minister delivers the programme for government 2018-19
  2. She pledges to increase capital investment year on year so that by 2025/6 investment in infrastructure will be £7bn higher than current projections
  3. Programme for Government promises an increase of a quarter of a billion pounds for mental health provision over the next five years
  4. The Scottish government pledges to meet settled status fees for EU citizens working in public services
  5. £60m in funding for additional school counsellors

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live!

    Sturgeon

    That's it from Holyrood Live on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged an extra £250m for mental health services as she announced her plans for the coming year at Holyrood.

    Ms Sturgeon set out details of 12 new bills in her "programme for government" as MSPs returned from summer recess.

    Mental health support for young people and increased capital investment were among the key measures announced.

    Opposition parties said the government was being too timid, and had failed to follow through on previous promises.

  2. European Championships showcased Scotland to world

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
    Image caption: Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop praises the coming together of various sports for the European Championships.

    She highlights the only entirely new venue was the BMX centre in Glasgow and it is one of the few in the world that meets competition standards, meaning more BMXers should come to the city.

    With up to 12 hours a day of sport on TV, Scotland was showcased to the world Ms Hyslop adds.

    She states the programme was not just about sport but also promoting Scottish culture.

  3. European Championships promotes physical activity

    Labour MSP James Kelly
    Image caption: Labour MSP James Kelly

    Labour MSP James Kelly praises all the people who volunteered during the Championships, as well as the athletes.

    The platform provided by the European Championships to promote physical activity is one we can all united around, he concludes.

  4. Tory MSP says Scotland is world class at hosting sporting events

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle
    Image caption: Tory MSP Brian Whittle

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle, known as "one shoe Whittle" or "the quickest sock in history", welcomes the bringing of a lot of sports together as the European Championships did.

    He admits having a soft spot for the European Athletic Championships.

    Mr Whittle ran the 3rd leg of the 4x400m relay final in Stuttgart in 1986 with only one shoe, winning gold as part of team GB.

    Mr Whittle says we can say we are world class at hosting sporting events.

  5. 'Get inspired, get involved'

    SNP MSP Bill Kidd
    Image caption: SNP MSP Bill Kidd

    SNP MSP Bill Kidd praises Scottish athletes who contributed towards Team GB placing second overall at the European Championships.

    International sporting events build a legacy for Scotland, inspiring us and pushing us to go further says Mr Kidd.

    We are blessed with a natural landscape which offers many opportunities for physical activity, he states.

    The SNP MSP also highlights facilities in urban areas in Scotland, such as the BMX centre in Glasgow.

    "Get inspired, get involved, try a new sport," Mr Kidd concludes.

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

    Motion
    Cyclists
  7. We now move to a debate celebrating the European Championships

    Laura Kenny, Adam Peaty, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Max Whitlock are all competed for Great Britain
    Image caption: Laura Kenny, Adam Peaty, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Max Whitlock are all competed for Great Britain

    SNP MSP Bill Kidd will now lead a debate celebrating the recent European Championships in Glasgow and Berlin.

    Mr Kidd congratulates the winners, competitors and hundreds of volunteers who he says made these Championships successful.

    Click here for what you needed to know for Glasgow 2018.

    Strathclyde Park will be the venue for the triathlon and the rowing
    Image caption: Strathclyde Park will be the venue for the triathlon and the rowing
  8. MSPs aprove the appointment of Richard Lochhead as junior eduation minister

    Chamber

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden says he and Mr Lochhead sold over one million compost bins to households throughout Scotland.

    The Tory MSP points out there is picture of both of them in compost bins, but he is not sure who would be worst hit by publishing it on social media.

    Mr Golden points out Mr Lochhead was named joint fourth hardest working MSP by our colleague Phillip Sim, and wishes him well.

    MSPs agree that the first minister can seek the approval of the appointment of Mr Lochhead as a minister from the Queen.

  9. Background: Richard Lochhead returns to Scottish government

    Richard Lochhead
    Image caption: Mr Lochhead stepped down as the rural affairs secretary in 2016 for family reasons

    Richard Lochhead is to return to a Scottish government after more than two years away from the front benches.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Lochhead will be her new minister for further education, higher education and science.

    The role was initially to have been filled by Gillian Martin.

    Ms Martin's nomination was dropped by Ms Sturgeon in June amid a row over "inappropriate" language in a blog.

    Read more.

  10. FM proposed Richard Lochhead as new junior minister

    Richard Lochhead sitting behind Nicola Sturgeon
    Image caption: Richard Lochhead sitting behind Nicola Sturgeon

    The first minister raises to speak to the appointment of Richard Lochhead as a junior minister.

    She praises his previous role in government as rural affair secretary and highlights the importance of his proposed new portfolio - further education, higher education and science.