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By Craig Hutchison and Ailsa Brown

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That's it from us today

MSPs back the motion from the 'Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs' debate, having rejected the amendment from Scottish Conservative Cameron Buchanan.

The motion was passed with 93 MSPs backing it and 11 voting against it.

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That's it from us for now, we will of course be back next Tuesday morning with the pick of the committees.

Remember, you can watch all today's business and the best of the week's debates and committees at

BBC Scotland's Democracy Live website.

Have a lovely weekend.

Decision time

MSPs vote on the motion and amendment from the 'Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs' debate.

Debate concludes

The cabinet secretary closes by calling on all parties to commit to supporting the positive proposals from major charities and third sector organisations regarding the national minimum wage being devolved.

Ms Constance says business productivity goes hand in hand with proper and fair pay.

Working together

Ms Constance says it is imperative that the government, trade unionists and employers work together to ensure we get that quality and productive dialogue between them all.

"There is no recommendation in this report that I am adverse to." Says Ms Constance.

She says the government have acted quickly to bring forward the Fair Work Convention.

Government closing

Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance says this debate is an important part of the Scottish government's engagement process.

It allows MSPs to shape and influence the government's response to the Working Group Review, says Ms Constance.

Training Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance
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Training Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance

She says consensus on the issue of progressive work place policies is important and she says there was much consensus in the debate.

Fair Work Convention

Ms Marra says the announcement of a Fair Work Convention is welcome, but it cannot be just a "talking shop".

A key recommendation of the Working Together Review, the Fair Work Convention will be a stakeholder body which will provide leadership on Scottish industrial relations, and which will promote the principles behind fair work.

It will encourage dialogue between unions, employers public sector bodies and government.

College cuts

Labour's youth employment spokesman Jenny Marra says it is the role of the Scottish government to maintain a clear dialogue with our unions to see potential achieved.

Only by the government and unions working together can Scotland's workplaces succeed, Ms Marra says.

Labour MSP Jenny Marra
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Labour MSP Jenny Marra

The Labour MSP agrees with Liam McArthur on the importance of women working for the economy.

She says colleges should be the powerhouses of a modern industrial economy, the cuts to colleges have disproportionately affected women, older workers and part-time courses for those returning to work.

'All at sea'

Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown says it has been a worthwhile debate and he thanks Jim Mather for the work he did on this report.

Mr Brown says Mr Mather is "always somebody worth listening to".

Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown
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Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown

However the Lothians list MSP says one of most interesting points in the debate is that the Scottish government doesn't seem to have a position in relation to this review and that they are "all at sea".

He also says he is "a little sceptical about the timing of this review"

The government forced the Working Group Review into a tight timescale for its report and then has doing nothing in the three months since it was published, concludes Mr Brown.

Youth employment

SNP MSP Sandra White says we should expand on the interest young people showed in the independence referendum campaign to enhance employment prospects.

SNP MSP Sandra White
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SNP MSP Sandra White

Ms White also adds her praise to the Working Group Review report.

Unions

SNP MSP Rob Gibson says he has been in a union all his life firstly as a teacher and then in the musician's union.

Mr Gibson says their work means they have got to be involved in the decision making in workplaces

Report timetable

Labour MSP Alex Rowley also highlights the Working Group Review report saying: "It is important that we do see some kind of timescales being put on to the report otherwise the danger is it will be kicked into the long grass".

A timetable is something that would be important, says the Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath.

Labour MSP Alex Rowley
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Labour MSP Alex Rowley

Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance says she will be coming back to the parliament at the beginning of the year with the government's response to the detailed report, an intervention Mr Rowley welcomes.

Lib Dems

Scottish Liberal Democrats MSP Liam McArthur says his party have put a stronger economy, a fairer society and creating opportunity for all at the centre of its economic policy perspective.

Mr McArthur says unemployment is down, employment is up and says it would be unfortunate for the SNP to claim credit for the upturn having blamed everyone else for the downturn.

Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur
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Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur

Scotland's jobless total fell by 10,000 over the summer to stand at 164,000, according to official figures published yesterday.

The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.9%, which is just below the UK figure of 6%.

UK unemployment fell by 115,000 between July and September to just under two million.

Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour's Youth Employment spokesperson Jenny Marra congratulates Jim Mather and his Working Together Review Group team on the work to produce the report.

Ms Marra goes on to say if Scottish Labour form the next government at Holyrood, it will adopt all 30 recommendations of the review.

Labour MSP Jenny Marra
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Labour MSP Jenny Marra

She says a progressive work force policy leads to successful production.

Another quote for the chamber, this time from Paul R. Krugman, who Ms Marra cites: "Productivity isn't everything, but in the long run it is almost everything".

Conservatives amendment

Scottish Conservative Cameron Buchanan is leading for his party in the debate.

Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan
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Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan

Mr Buchanan's amendment is in full below:

Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs-As an amendment to motion S4M-11507 in the name of Angela Constance (Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs), leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "recognises that sustained employment and innovation provide the best route out of poverty and the best way to boost productivity; welcomes the substantial rise in the personal allowance and real-terms rise in the national minimum wage as well as recent increases in productivity and record employment figures under the current UK government, and considers that effective communication between unions, employees and employers should be welcomed."

Adam Smith

Ms Constance concludes with a quote from Adam Smith: "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable."

Adam Smith
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Adam Smith

Working Together Review report

In February 2014 the Scottish government commissioned an independent review of progressive workplace policies and practices in the public and private sectors in Scotland.

The review was asked to look specifically at women in the workplace.
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The review was asked to look specifically at women in the workplace.

The Working Together review was asked to focus on measures that would optimise the relationships that link trade unions, employers and Government, and make recommendations on: opportunities for innovation that would enhance productivity, workplace development, and labour market security and resilience.

The

Working Together Review report was published in August.

The review also makes recommendations on what constitutes good practice, the principles that underpin it, the benefits it delivers, and how it might be more widely supported, adopted and secured; opportunities to promote collective bargaining, workplace democracy, diversity and equality, including specifically the participation of women.

Scottish government

Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance leads the debate for the government.

In her motion she says the parliament should welcome the report of the Working Together Review Group.

Ms Constance says well-rewarded and sustained employment, progressive workplace policies and innovation provide the best route out of poverty.

Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance
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Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary Angela Constance

The cabinet secretary says it also is the best way to tackle inequality and boost productivity.

supports the review group's prioritisation of capacity building, dialogue, shared commitment and real opportunities for unions, employees and employers to work together, and endorses the decision to establish a fair work convention.

Scottish Government Debate: Progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs

The Scottish government is leading a debate on progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs.

MSP memorial

Scottish Conservative MSP and SPCB member Liz Smith pays tribute to the "very considerable contribution" of Margo MacDonald and also pays tribute to Brian Adam, David McLetchie and Helen Eadie who all died while still MSPs.

Ms Smith says the SPCB has no policy on memorials but is happy to look into the possibility to create one.

Ms Grahame says perhaps the corporate body would think about a discreet memorial plaque listing all MSPs who died while serving in the Parliament.

The SPCB will indeed consider the suggestion says Ms Grahame.

Margo MacDonald

Margo
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The late Independent MSP Margo MacDonald

SNP MSP Christine Grahame asks the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration it has given to commemorating and celebrating the contribution of Margo MacDonald to the Parliament.

MSP family members

SNP MSP Chic Brodie asks what decision the SPCB has made on the employment of family members of MSPs and whether this complies with the requirements of European laws on employment, discrimination and human rights and the legal requirements of any consequent redundancies will be complied with.

Budget scrutiny

Labour MSP Cara Hilton asks what resources the SPCB provides to allow members to scrutinise the Scottish Government's budget.

Labour MSP Cara Hilton
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Labour MSP Cara Hilton

SPCB member Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says the Financial Scrutiny Unit was set up by Spice to enable members to scrutinise the budget.

Ms Hilton asks what impact further powers will have on the unit, to which Mr McArthur says we will have to await the outcome of the Smith Commission.

Parliamentary pension scheme

Independent MSP John Finnie gets us underway asking the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what proportion of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme is invested in the fossil fuel, defence and tobacco industries.

Independent MSP John Finnie
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Independent MSP John Finnie

Welcome back Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body question time

Welcome back to

BBC Scotland's Democracy Live coverage of the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body question time will begin shortly:

SPCB Questions selected for answer on 13 November 2014

1. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what proportion of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme is invested in the fossil fuel, defence and tobacco industries. (S4O-03697)

2. Cara Hilton: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what resources it provides to allow members to scrutinise the Scottish Government's budget. (S4O-03693)

3. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it plans to review the number of passes issued to people who do not work in the parliamentary complex. (S4O-03696)

4. John Mason: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its position is on offering a small discount or other incentives to encourage the use of cashless payments in the Garden Level Restaurant. (S4O-03695)

5. Chic Brodie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what decision it has made on the employment of family members of MSPs and whether this complies with the requirements of European laws on employment, discrimination and human rights and the legal requirements of any consequent redundancies will be complied with. (S4O-03698)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration it has given to commemorating and celebrating the contribution of Margo MacDonald to the Parliament. (S4O-03694)

7. Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many journeys between mainland Scotland and London were made by road, rail, coach and air in the last year for which figures are available. (S4O-03700)

8. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action it is taking to clean the wall and hanging glass panels in the chamber. (S4O-03699)

9. Graeme Pearson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of recent events at other parliaments, whether it plans to carry out a security assessment of the campus. (S4O-03662)

10. Cameron Buchanan: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what building and maintenance projects it plans for 2014-15 and 2015-16 and what the projected costs are. (S4O-03661)

Lunch

We'll be back at 2.30pm with the rest of the day's chamber business, including a debate on progressive workplace policies to boost productivity, growth and jobs.

Scottish Parliament debating chamber
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That concludes the member's debate

The minister again compliments Clare Adamson and commends Rospa for trying to move us to one of the safest places for children to grow up.

Balance

Ms Campbell says death rates from injury are consistently a third higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK.

Scotland could do better, says the minister, but there is a balance to make sure we do not wrap up children in cotton wool.

841 families have fitted Home Safety Kits, including blind cord cleats, she says.

Ministerial close

Children and Young Person's Minister Aileen Campbell welcomes the debate and says advice and support from midwives can be very important in home safety, as she knows from her own experience with her son.

Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell MSP
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Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell MSP

Ms Campbell congratulates Ms Adamson and Rospa.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) home safety

Rospa says every year in the UK more than 5,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment.

It says because the accidents happen behind closed doors in isolated incidents they rarely attract public and media attention.

The organisation welcomed today's debate highlighting the importance of home safety equipment fitting schemes.

Home Safety Kits

SNP MSP Clare Adamson continues with her debate on home safety kits.

SNP MSP Clare Adamson
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SNP MSP Clare Adamson

What do you think?

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Mr Salmond and the vast majority of MSPs make their way from the chamber.

On twitter

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Kate Shannon: This is Alex Salmond's last #FMQ, an end of an era, regardless of your opinion of him or political viewpoint #allchange

Ryan Peteranna: "Nonsense policy"? Really? #fmqs

Finlay Harris: Alex Salmond utterly destroyed that poor guy at the end..I'd be feart to ask a question.. #FMQ

Energy policies

Mr Salmond says coalition energy policies at Westminster have left England facing prospect of blackouts or brownouts.

Home Safety Kits member's debate

Thanks to our colleagues from BBC Scotland's Online team, Democracy Live will now cover the member's debate on home safety kits.

In her motion Ms Adamson highlights the evidence relating to home safety equipment fitting schemes and considers that there is a need for local schemes to be administered.

Ms Adamson said that young children are most likely to be involved in accidents in their own homes across the country but that often the correct safety equipment, with supporting education, can prevent unnecessary suffering from burns and scalds, falls and poisonings.

The SNP MSP flags up the forthcoming evaluation report on Scotland's Home Safety Equipment Scheme, and notes the ongoing contributions by

ROSPA to accident prevention and safety awareness in the home.

'Nonsense policy'

Tory Murdo Fraser asks if Mr Salmond will urge his successor to abandon his "nonsense" energy policy.

Renewable 'commitment'

Mr Salmond says the Scottish government has made it very clear that it will proceed with caution on new techniques to ensure environment and local communities are protected. He says no one can question the Scottish governments commitment to renewable energy.

Background: underground coal gasification

An energy firm has

announced plans to extract gas from under the waters of the Firth of Forth following a major coal find.

Cluff Natural Resources said a report by independent assessors estimated there were up to 335 million tonnes of coal under the seabed.

It now plans to build the UK's first deep offshore underground coal gasification (UGC) plant.

Coal gasification plant
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Cluff claims underground coal gasification plants will help provide a cleaner energy, diversity of supply and energy security for the UK

Cluff said the find was enough to power millions of homes.

But environmental group WWF Scotland said the move was "irresponsible" and should be "a complete non-starter".

Cluff said its assessment had identified two coal seams at its Kincardine UGC licence which had 43 million tonnes of "stranded" coal of sufficient quality for a UGC plant.

The licence covers an area of 37.6 sq km of tidal estuary waters.

Exploration licences

Alison Johnstone of the Scottish Greens asks what the Scottish government's position is on underground coal gasification and whether any licences have been granted for exploration.

On twitter

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Serena Cowdy: Switched over from Miliband to Salmond's final #fmqs - real contrast. Lively, confident and great craic - Salmond doing what he does best.

Nae Border: Ruth Davidson: First Minister, is this really a record worthy of self-satisfaction? No, but he's not going to stop being smug now. #fmqs

Jason Rose: Of course Scotland should have say in Euro fisheries talks but ministers shouldn't just lobby for industry; must consider science too. #FMQs

James Burns: Alex Salmond & the SNP ― enjoying the benefits of opposition, while actually being in power since 2007. #FMQs