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Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Join us on Saturday to celebrate 20 years of Holyrood

    The Queen will address MSPs as she did in 2016
    Image caption: The Queen will address MSPs at Holyrood as she did in 2016

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh concludes: "I'll see you all on Saturday and enjoy the recess."

    Join us at Holyrood Live on Saturday for extensive coverage of the celebrations to mark 20 years of the Scottish Parliament, including the Queen aaddressing MSPs in the Chamber.

  2. Video glitch only internal within BBC - apparently everyone else fine

    Image caption: It appears there are some summer recess gremlins

    Apologies for the technical difficulties if you are within the BBC, and you are using Chrome.

    You can switch to Internet Explorer and watch back anything you missed.

    According to our IT team the problem was only within the BBC.

  3. Summer recess begins


    Ms Sturgeon is asked about a "£1bn black hole" in the government's budget by Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, with the first minister concluding: "What a tremendous way to end the session".

    And with that, the benches empty and parliament heads off on its summer holidays.

  4. Why was the budget underspent by £449m?

    Piggy bank

    Labour MSP James Kelly asks why the 2018-19 Scottish budget was underspent by £449m.

    Last week, during the provisional outturn statement, the finance secretary confirmed £32bn had been spent against a fiscal budget of £32.5bn with an overall cash variance of £449m.

    Ms Sturgeon says it is "quite staggering" how little Mr Kelly appears to understand about government budgeting, saying it is "common sense" to keep money aside to respond to emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances.

  5. Vaccination programme questions


    Tory MSP Brian Whittle asks what action the Scottish government is taking to ensure that parents have access to clear and accurate information about childhood vaccination programmes.

    Vaccines have saved tens of millions of lives in the past century, yet a huge worldwide study revealed there is a growing hesitancy against vaccination.

    Experts warn public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against preventable infectious diseases, and a study by the World Health Organisation, the biggest global study into people's attitudes on immunisation, shows trust is worryingly low in some regions.

  6. Hard Edges Scotland question

    stuart mcmillan

    SNP MSP Stuart McMillan asks, in light of the Heriot-Watt University report Hard Edges Scotland, what the Scottish government is doing to improve the general wellbeing of adults.

    According to the research almost 200,000 adults in Scotland experience at least one form of extreme disadvantage each year, including homelessness, substance dependency and offending.

    When additional disadvantages such as mental ill-health and domestic violence are considered, the numbers affected more than double to nearly 450,000 people each year.

  7. PO says Boris Johnson issues not for FM

    keith brown

    SNP MSP Keith Brown says given the couple who reported domestic disturbance in the Boris Johnson flat have had to move out, does the first minister agree the Scottish Tories are guilty of criminal hypocrisy.

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says he does not think that is a matter for the first minister's responsibilities, and she is not given a chance to respond.

  8. Clash over future of Monklands Hospital

    elaine smith

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith criticises the health secretary for taking the decision to close Monklands Hospital on its current site.

    She urges the first minister to order a rethink of this decision.

    Ms Sturgeon says the member is wrong, insisting there is a commitment to a replacement hospital build.

    An independent review panel has put forward recommendations around the site and the issue is there is not enough room on the current site to expand, she says.

    NHS Lanarkshire has been told to continue consultation on a range of options she adds.

  9. Glasgow equal pay and armed forces week

    SNP MSP Sandra White highlights payments are starting to arrive in bank accounts today as part of Glasgow's equal pay deal. Ms Sturgeon says she is "absolutely delighted" women are getting the money they have been denied.

    Tory MSP Maurice Corry highlights this week is Armed Forces Week. The first minister offers a "heartfelt thank you" to all those in the forces.

  10. Tory MSP asks how long FM will tolerate increases in homelessness


    Tory MSP Graham Simpson says the government's latest statistics on homelessness came out this week which made for pretty grim reading, with a rise on almost every indicator this year.

    The number of applications for homelessness status in Scotland has gone up for the second year in a row.

    Latest Scottish government figures show 36,465 people asked for help from their local council in 2018-19, up 3% on the previous year.

    How much longer is the first minister going to tolerate this, asks Mr Simpson.

    The first minister says any rise is unacceptable and she is very concerned.

    However these latest figures predate the Ending Homelessness Action Plan and relate to 2018-19, she adds.

    Ms Sturgeon cites £50m of investment by the Scottish government and calls on Tory MSPs to make a case to the UK government to stop the cuts altogether.

  11. Government will take forward SAMH recommendations

    nicola sturgeon

    Mr Rennie says it "breaks my heart to hear family's talk about their loss".

    We all have a responsibility to care, he says, pointing to a SAMH report today finding 5,000 children were turned away from mental health services.

    The first minister says she takes this responsibility very seriously.

    We will take forward recommendations made by SAMH she confirms and also points to the children and young people taskforce looking at CAMHS.

  12. Background: 'Devastating' increase in Scotland's suicide rate

    A suicide prevention action plan was published last year
    Image caption: A suicide prevention action plan was published last year

    The number of suicides in Scotland increased by 15% last year, according to official figures.

    The NHS Information Services Division (ISD) said there were 784 probable suicides in Scotland in 2018 - up from 680 in 2017.

    National mental health charity SAMH described the figures as "devastating".

    Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said the increase was "concerning" - but was in contrast to a fall in the suicide rate over the previous decade.

    The new ISD figures highlight that the rate of suicide is three times higher in the most deprived areas of Scotland.

    Read more here.

  13. Rennie: What will the FM do to stop suicides rising?

    willie rennie

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says suicide rates were at the highest for years last year.

    Mental health services can't cope, police can't cope and prisons can't cope, he says.

    What more will the first minister do to stop suicides from rising again, he asks?

    Ms Sturgeon agrees the statistics on suicide are concerning, but highlights a longer term downward trend.

    She points to the suicide action plan to tackle the problem.

    We are working through investment and other initiatives to ensure mental health services are available and to shift the balance towards prevent, the first minister states.