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Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Emma Gordon

All times stated are UK

  1. Background: Child protection checks to be strengthened

    Football training

    Legislation aimed at strengthening the protection of children and other vulnerable people has been introduced at Holyrood.

    It will ensure background checks are carried out on everyone who works with children, including sports coaches.

    The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill will make it mandatory for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults to be checked under the PVG scheme.

    Lifetime membership of the scheme will also end, with PVG certificates instead having to be renewed every five years, and the application process will be simplified.

    Read more.

  2. MSPs debate Disclosure Bill

    PVG Act
    Image caption: The Disclosure Bill updates the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act

    Legislation to modernise child protection laws will now be debated by MSPs.

    The Disclosure Bill ensures background checks would be carried out on everyone who works with children.

    This will include sports coaches and scouts and follows a series of allegations of historical child connected to football.

    The proposals are also expected to strengthen protections for vulnerable adults.

  3. Labour MSP asks about non-consensual violence in consensual sex

    Ms Baker

    Mr Yousaf says Lady Dorian has advised him of a range of scoping work which has been undertaken.

    Ms Baker asks about non-consensual violence in consensual sex.

    The justice secretary says he will speak to stakeholders about how to collect data and will consider commissioning research into the issue.

  4. Background: New approach to sex sentencing rules in Scotland

    Sentencing for rape, sexual assault, and indecent images of children will be considered separately
    Image caption: Sentencing for rape, sexual assault, and indecent images of children will be considered separately

    Last May BBC Scotland reported that plans to make sentencing in sex cases more consistent and transparent had been set out by a senior judge.

    Separate guidelines would look at rape, sexual assault, and indecent images of children rather than one covering all offences.

    The Scottish Sentencing Council said the approach would cut down the time it takes to issue the first guidance.

    Calls for greater transparency in sex cases were made early in 2019 after a teenager walked free from court despite being found guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl.

  5. Sexual offences sentencing

    Labour MSP Claire Baker asks what progress the Scottish Sentencing Council is making with the development of multiple guidelines on sexual offences.

  6. Fewer prisoners are being released on curfew

    Humza Yousaf

    The justice secretary says in 2018/19, of 441 prisoners, 29 were recommended for release following recall, which is 7%.

    Mr Cameron points to an FOI response from the prison service which found 41 offenders were recalled for breaking the terms of their release, but then released on curfew.

    How can the public feel safe, he asks.

    The facts show the system is more stringent now, replies Mr Yousaf, going from 300 to 30.

  7. Background: Law change targets electronic tag breaches


    Police could be given new powers to enforce curfews for offenders who are electronically monitored, BBC Scotland reported in March 2019.

    Ministers also plan tougher sanctions for prisoners who breach the terms of their release under the tagging scheme.

    It follows the case of Craig McClelland who was murdered by an offender who had cut off his electronic tag.

    The change, if passed, would give police new powers of search and entry to apprehend offenders who breach a home detention curfew (HDC).

    Read more.

  8. Early release

    Tory MSP Donald Cameron asks how many prisoners were released early in 2018-19 who had previously been released early and recalled to prison for breach of licence.

  9. Coming up this afternoon...

    Upset child

    Chamber business resumes at 2.30pm with justice portfolio questions.

    Then MSPs will debate the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill for the first time.

    If you are here for FMQs, you can watch the session back by 12:00 to noon on the video player and read the posts below.

  10. Background: What are the sustainable development goals?

    SDG agenda

    The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goal were agreed by all member states in 2015.

    They were:

    1. No poverty
    2. Zero hunger
    3. Good health and wellbeing
    4. Quality education
    5. Gender equality
    6. Clean water and sanitation
    7. Affordable and clean energy
    8. Decent work and economic growth
    9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    10. Reduced inequalities
    11. Sustainable cities and communities
    12. Responsible consumption and production
    13. Climate action
    14. Life below water
    15. Life on land
    16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
    17. Partnerships for the goals

    Read more about them here.

  11. MSPs debate sustainable development goals

    Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald is leading a debate on the UN sustainable develop goals and progress towards them in Scotland.

    It follows a report from the UWS-Oxfam Partnership and the SDG Network Scotland, On target for 2030?

    Here is his motion...

    That the Parliament welcomes the publication of On target for 2030?, a report from civil society organisations co-ordinated by the UWS-Oxfam Partnership and the SDG Network Scotland; understands that this report aims to offer a snapshot analysis of progress in Scotland against each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which officially came into force on 1 January 2016, from expert organisations operating within each relevant field; considers that the negative effects of slow progress on achieving Sustainable Development Goals are felt disproportionately by low-income households, including in the North East Scotland region, and that this undermines the pledge made by UN Member States to ensure that “no one will be left behind”; acknowledges that the report encourages Scotland to do more to meet its Sustainable Development Goals, and understands that progress in this area is not the responsibility only of government but also of business, the third sector and individuals, if Scotland is to fulfil its commitments by 2030.
  12. Labour MSP criticises 'disarray' in police working environment

    James Kelly

    Ms Sturgeon says it is for Police Scotland to determine the level of payments.

    Mr Kelly says the fact compensation claims have doubled from 2015 demonstrates the scale of problems throughout Police Scotland.

    He urges the FM to apologise to frontline officers for the “disarray” which exists in their working environment.

    Ms Sturgeon says the government supports and continues to support officers on the frontline.

    Our police service does a tremendously good job and they deserve gratitude for that, she adds.

  13. Police compensation payments

    Labour MSP James Kelly seeks a response to reports that Police Scotland has spent £11.6m in compensation over the last five years.

    Police officers

    The Daily Record reports...

    "Police Scotland has been forced to pay out £11.6million in compensation over the last five years, the Daily Record can reveal.

    "In 2019, the nation-wide force forked out £3.3m for 227 claims, which was up by £699,601.52 on the previous year.

    "Figures obtained through a freedom of information request show that compensation paid out by Scots cops over the last five years rose every year, despite the number of claims falling."

  14. Consensus over salmon conservation need

    Peter Chapman

    The first minister says £750,000 has been provided to investigate the migration of wild salmon.

    We have also committed to the development of a wild salmon strategy, she adds.

    Mr Chapman welcomes the cash and suggests the government should work across international borders to ensure the species is not lost.

    Ms Sturgeon agrees and points to a rigorous regime around fishing standards.

  15. Salmon stocks 'crisis'

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman asks about measures to address the reported crisis in wild salmon stocks.


    Fisheries experts have called for salmon conservation to be made a national priority amid claims the species is approaching "crisis point".

    They say environmental change and the impact of humans across the northern hemisphere is putting the fish at risk.

    The Scottish government said it was committed to developing a wild salmon strategy by September.

    Read more.

  16. Losing Erasmus would be 'huge step backwards' - FM

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon says Scotland does "exceptionally well" from Erasmus and ending participation would be "a huge step backwards".

    Ms Adamson says Scotland and the EU reap huge benefits from the programme and says the UK government should create a legal guarantee to protect it.

    The first minister agrees and urges the UK government to set out its intention to continue with the programme.

  17. End to Erasmus?

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson asks about the impact impact ending the Erasmus scheme would have on Scottish universities.


    MPs voted by 344 to 254 against a clause that would have required the government to negotiate continuing full membership of the Erasmus programme after Brexit.

    The Erasmus scheme is a European Union (EU) programme that helps students study in other countries.

    Currently, 53% of UK university students who study abroad do so through the scheme.

    Read more.

  18. Backbench MSPs quiz first minister

    Murdo Fraser

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser asks why the finance secretary is proposing alternative figures to be published alongside Gers, the government expenditure and revenue estimates. The FM says the figures will show what Scotland could do if it were independent, while Gers focuses on current situation.

    Labour MSP Claire Baker welcomes to launch of a major MND drug trial, as does the first minister.

    SNP MSP Angela Constance highlights recent comments made by Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy regarding Scottish independence. Ms Sturgeon suggests Ms Nandy has not paid attention to what has happened in Catalonia recently and urges her to apologise.

    Green MSP Andy Wightman raises today's report from Audit Scotland on City Deals and calls for them to back low carbon infrastructure. Ms Sturgeon says it is important to recognise the benefits these deals will bring.

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles says last month a majority of voters backed candidates who oppose another independence referendum. The first minister says the SNP scored a higher percentage of the vote in Scotland than the Conservatives did UK-wide, which is why there should be another ballot.