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Summary

  1. The petitions committee hears from school children who want to see first aid training in primary school
  2. Extensive coverage of FMQs from noon
  3. An SNP MSP leads a debate on the settle status scheme
  4. MSPs debate local government finance
  5. Then the Scottish government leads a debate marking International Women's Day

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. First aid gives young people confidence says student first aider

    Rebecca Russell

    Rebecca Russell recalls how she supported an older man who had been lying on the road in Glasgow.

    She explains she put him in recovering position, kept him talking with the help of his wife and called an ambulance.

    "He made a good recovery."

    "At a young age, you could be frightened," she accepts.

    But with first aid, a young child won't be afraid to go help - even if that just means getting an older person or calling 999, Ms Russell argues.

  2. 'If we can get rid of the fear early on that means it is far easier as they get older'

    Frances Stewart from St Andrew's First Aid
    Image caption: Frances Stewart from St Andrew's First Aid

    Frances Stewart from St Andrew's First Aid says: "One of the biggest barriers to anyone helping out if someone takes ill on the street is fear."

    Ms Stewart adds the younger a child is the better and it means they "don't have that fear".

    "if we can get rid of the fear early on that means it is far easier as they get older."

  3. 10 year old Milllie Robinson has already given a first aid speech to fellow pupils

    Millie Robinson and Brian Whitltle
    Image caption: Millie Robinson and Brian Whitltle

    Mr Whittle, who has first foot experience of being bandaged by the 10 year old witnesses, turns to Millie and Ellie joking: "I'm trying to get you back for hurting me so much."

    The Tory MSP asks if the primary pupils are confident enough to train their fellow pupils.

    Millie Robinson, a pupil at Parkhead Primary School, explains she has already done a first aid talk to her fellow pupils.

    "I think they'd learn something from it."

  4. Background: Teenager stepped in to help girl having epileptic fit

    Rebecca joined St Andrew's First Aid at age 10
    Image caption: Rebecca joined St Andrew's First Aid at age 10

    Rebecca Russell admits she was always a little accident prone as a child - a quirk which led to a fascination with mending broken bones.

    At just 10 years old she can remember being drawn to a first aid stall at a fun day in Rosshall Park near her home in Crookston, Glasgow.

    "It had fake wounds and how to treat them - it was fascinating, and great fun," she said.

    The chance encounter prompted Rebecca to enlist as a cadet with the St Andrew's First Aid charity.

    Eight years later, her interest in the human body would help her perform crucial emergency care for a young girl lying on the ground experiencing a fit, as they queued for one of her favourite bands RoadTrip.

    Rebecca has helped recruit a number of young people to the cadets
    Image caption: Rebecca has helped recruit a number of young people to the cadets
  5. Kids 'absolutely love' first aid training

    Rebecca Russell, a student at Glasgow City College
    Image caption: Rebecca Russell, a student at Glasgow City College

    Rebecca Russell, who recruits young people for first aid, tells the committee that she and her friend Cara went round local primary and secondary schools.

    The kids we spoke to were really enthusiastic about first aid and wanted to learn more, she says.

    "They love it, they absolutely love it."

  6. 'You've made an old man feel much better' - Praise for Millie and Ellie

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle
    Image caption: Tory MSP Brian Whittle

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle praises 10 year olds Millie and Ellie for their fantastic demonstration of first aid this morning.

    "You've made an old man feel much better."

    Everyone should have a Millie and an Elllie near by, he says.

  7. Nursery children can be taught info on emergency services says teacher

    Colin Peebles from Mearns Primary School
    Image caption: Colin Peebles from Mearns Primary School

    Convener Johann Lamont asks why start at primary school.

    Colin Peebles from Mearns Primary School says starting earlier is a fantastic idea because at that age their brains are sponges!

    We start them in nursery school with basic information, like knowing the emergency services, he explains.

  8. Background: 'Hero' boy backs first aid in schools campaign

    Cayden Mcauley from Glasgow wants more school children to learn basic first aid skills like he did
    Image caption: Cayden Mcauley from Glasgow wants more school children to learn basic first aid skills like he did

    A young boy who helped save his mother's life is backing a call for basic first aid to be taught in all primary schools.

    Cayden Mcauley, from Glasgow, was six years old when he used basic training he had been given to aid his mum Lyndsey Baxter after she collapsed in the street.

    Two years on, he is supporting a public petition from St Andrew's First Aid.

    His mum said she owes her "hero" son Cayden her life following his actions.

    Read more here.

  9. St Andrew's First Aid calls for first aid to be taught in primary schools

    Stuart Callison from St Andrew's First Aid
    Image caption: Stuart Callison from St Andrew's First Aid

    Stuart Callison from St Andrew's First Aid says if children and young adults are equipped with first aid skills they will make a huge difference in their communities.

    Mr Callison calls for quality, age appropriate teaching materials, as well as training and support to enable the teaching of first aid in primary schools.

    He cites the demonstration carried out by 10 year olds Ellie Meek and Millie Robinson. Mr Callison believes the cost in the first year would be no more than half a million pounds.

  10. Background: PE1711 calling for first aid training in primary schools

    CPR

    PE1711 has been brought to the parliament by petitioner Stuart Callison on behalf of St Andrew's First Aid.

    It urges the Scottish government to:

    1. Ensure that all primary schools in Scotland incorporate basic first aid as an integral part of their curriculum

    2. Provide funding in order to develop high quality teaching materials on what to do in common emergencies, as well as to establish training and support for teachers to enable them to deliver these skills during short, interactive first aid workshops

  11. The Public Petitions Committee begins ............

    Witnesses

    The Public Petitions Committee will begin by considering PE1711 on First Aid Training for All Primary School Children in Scotland.

    Committee convener Johann Lamont introduces

    Read the committee papers here.

    Ms Lamont says the youngsters demonstrated their first aid skills before the committee, providing one of the best ever starts to business experience by the MSPs.

  12. Welcome to Holyrood Live!

    Kids

    Good morning from the Holyrood Live team on Thursday 7 March 2019.

    First up this morning school children from Parkhead Primary School will give evidence to MSPs about first aid training.

    They will be joined by representatives from St Andrew's First Aid who, in a petition, are calling for the training to be given to all primary school children.

    Party leaders

    We'll bring you extensive coverage of first minister's questions from noon, after which SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing will lead a debate on the settled status scheme for EU citizens.

    After a shortened lunch, rural ministers face portfolio questions at 2pm.

    Then MSPs will debate the Local Government Finance Order, which allocates councils their settlements.

    Finally the Scottish government will lead a debate to mark International Women's Day 2019.