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Summary

  1. Holyrood's committee conveners question First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on her legislative programme
  2. Portfolio questions focuses on culture, tourism and external affair, to be followed by questions on the justice brief
  3. Scottish Labour lead a debate entitled ‘Supporting Local Communities’ focusing on fuel poverty
  4. This evening's members debate is led by SNP MSP Angus Macdonald and will examines the ‘State of Nature 2016 Report’

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all from us this evening

Holyrood
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That's all form us on Holyrood Live for Wednesday 16 November 2016.

We'll be back tomorrow morning.

Have a good evening. 

Last word on the Toblerone scandal....

'Without action on climate change we will not achieve our goals in biodiversity'

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse says this has been a welcome opportunity to debate Scotland's biodiversity.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse
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Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse

Mr Wheelhouse says climate change is a real and present threat to biodiversity.

He says the Scottish government is making every effort to tackle climate change.

The minister says: "Without action on climate change we will not achieve our goals in biodiversity."

Communities have been fighting green belt battles for generations - Scottish Greens MSP

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell
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Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell says the value of nature is beyond measure and future generations should not be deprived.

Mr Ruskell says there must be a better understanding of the health of nature. 

The Scottish Greens MSP says communities have been fighting green belt battles for generations. 

Mr Ruskell says, as well as asking ourselves what we can do for nature, we should think about what nature can do to us. 

Labour MSP says the maintenance and restoration of our ecosystem is vital

Labour MSP David Stewart
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Labour MSP David Stewart

Labour MSP David Stewart says the State of Nature 2016 report allows us to begin to understand even more the stat of our nature.

Mr Stewart says the report is a wake up call.

The Labour MSP says the maintenance and restoration of our ecosystem is vital.

He says: "We do not own our environment we keep it in trust for our children."

'We must limit man's destructive influence on our landscapes'

Scottish Conservative MSP John Scott
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Scottish Conservative MSP John Scott

Scottish Conservative MSP John Scott says we most focus on rebuilding habitats.

Mr Scott says we have lost 44% of Scotland's natural peat bog.

He says he believes the right course of action is being pursued but there needs to be more of it. 

Mr Scott says "we must limit man's destructive influence on our landscapes".  

Scottish Labour motion as amended by the government agreed to

SNP MSP says genuine partnership working is required to make progress in biodiversity

Graeme Dey
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SNP MSP Graeme Dey says genuine partnership working is required to make progress in biodiversity.

Mr Dey says it is hugely concerning 504 species are at risk of becoming extinct.

He says the species champions in the parliament must play their part in going forward.

Species Champions
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And here are those Species Champions

One in ten of all Scotland's species are at the risk of extinction

Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish
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Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish says one in ten of Scotland's species are at the risk of extinction.

Ms Beamish says climate change and human activity are damaging the habitat of marine species.

Greens unhappy with lack of Labour backing in fuel poverty debate

'Scotland is facing a bio-diversity crisis'

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden says the report should act as a wake-up call for Scotland.

Mr Golden says we need more leadership and action on the ground to protect Scotland's wildlife.

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden
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Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden

He says almost 10% of Scotland's wildlife is at the risk of extinction. 

The Tory MSP says more than half of all species studied have declined since the 1970's.

He says Scotland are in the bottom fifth of all countries assessed. 

"Scotland is facing a bio-diversity crisis," he says. 

SNP MSP calls for 'well-planned, targeted and adequately resourced conservation action'

Mr MacDonald says State of Nature 2016 shows that over the long term, 53% of species declined with 40% showing strong declines.

Angus MacDonald
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The SNP MSP says there must be well-planned, targeted and adequately resourced conservation action to turn around the fortunes of Scotland’s wildlife and nature.

He says in his motion the State of Nature partnership includes: 

  • Bat Conservation Trust 
  • Buglife
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland
  • Froglife
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Plantlife
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • Woodland Trust 
  • WWF Scotland

State of Nature 2016 project objectives

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  • To work in collaboration with partners to assess the State of Nature in the UK, UKOTs and Crown Dependencies and to diagnose the causes of wildlife decline.
  • To demonstrate how the conservation sector is tackling wildlife declines by highlighting past successful conservation projects that have benefited habitats and species.
  • To showcase the fantastic job that the thousands of dedicated and expert volunteers do in gathering the data that makes up the State of Nature 2016 report and to create interest and inspire individuals to take action to reverse declines.

Here is SNP MSP Angus MacDonald's motion

Angus MacDonald's motion
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The State of Nature 2016 report

The State of Nature report
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The State of Nature report brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, providing an update on how wildlife is faring across the UK, and its seas, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

It follows the State of Nature report in 2013

Member's debate: The State of Nature 2016 report

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald will now lead a debate around the State of Nature 2016 report.

Scottish Labour motion as amended by the government is agreed to

The Labour motion as amended is agreed to with 94 MSPs backing it and 29 against.

Labour motion
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Government motion
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Scottish Greens amendment is rejected

The Scottish Greens amendment is rejected with 10 MSPs voting for it and 113 against.

Greens amendment
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Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected

The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected with 39 MSPs backing it and 84 against.

Scottish Conservative amendment
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Scottish government amendment is agreed to

The Scottish government amendment is agreed to with 93 MSPs backing it and 29 against.

Government amendment
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Labour MSP says no family should have to choose between heating and eating

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill says Labour will fully co-operate with the government in tackling fuel poverty.

Woman heating her hands on fire
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Ms McNeill says the government needs to be more ambitious and must put more resources to meet any new fuel poverty targets.

She says having a warm home is a basic necessity and no family should have to choose between heating and eating. 

Ms McNeill says the public is being seriously short changed by the energy companies.

Scottish Labour will work with the government on new statutory targets

Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill
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Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill says we are nowhere near the targets set by parliament in 2001.

Ms McNeill says the Labour motion is a wake-up call to the Scottish government that they must take urgent action to reset the targets.

She says she welcomes Ms Constance's speech but a lot of time could have been saved if Mr Stewart had been clearer in his opening remarks.

Ms McNeill says Scottish Labour will work with the government on new statutory targets.

Communities secretary says the government will introduce a Warm Homes Bill in 2017

Ms Constance says, on a more serious note, everyone agrees it is scandalous there is fuel poverty in a resource rich country.

She says everyone agrees that everyone should have a warm dry home.

Angela Constance
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The communities secretary says the Scottish government will introduce a Warm Homes Bill in 2017.

That bill will have statutory targets says Ms Constance and the target must be reset.

She says the bill will have to be underpinned by the right strategy.

The minister says the cost of fuel has hampered progress.

More chocolate puns? Sweet!

Toblerone scandal gets a mention by the minister

Toblerone
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Communities Secretary Angela Constance confesses the significance of the Toblerone passed her by.

Colin Beattie's motion is causing quite a stir today, but it won't be voted on at decision time.

Tory MSP says the SNP has dragged its feet in tackling fuel poverty

Conservative Graham Simpson says fuel poverty affects a third of houses in Scotland.

Mr Simpson says the SNP has dragged its feet in tackling fuel poverty.

Conservative Graham Simpson
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Conservative Graham Simpson

He says meanwhile things are powering ahead south of the Border.

The Tory MSP asks when the parliament will see the Warm Homes Bill.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart intervenes to say the bill will be introduced next year.

Mr Simpson says it is inconceivable that in the 21st century people in Scotland are still at the mercy of the weather.

Greens MSP asks the Tories to back the principle of an increased budget

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell
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Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell says the Warm Homes Act needs to be revived. 

Mr Ruskell says Labour set the fuel poverty target but that has been missed by them and the current government.

The Scottish Greens MSP asks the Tories to back the principle of an increased budget.

He says falling into fuel poverty means you become more vulnerable to the causes of it. 

'When you demand more resource, please tell us which budgets will be cut'

SNP MSP Clare Adamson
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SNP MSP Clare Adamson

SNP MSP Clare Adamson says she find it quite incredulous that the Conservative MSPs make no acknowledgement of the Westminster government cutting funding.

Ms Adamson says to opposition parties "when you come to the chamber to demand more resource, pease tell us which budgets will be cut.

'Winter is coming and the government must act'

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Scottish Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says he hopes the SNP will listen to solutions being offered across parliament.

Mr Cole-Hamilton says "winter is coming and the government must act".

He says it is a "national outrage" that homes should suffer fuel poverty. 

Significant capital infrastructure investment required

Scottish Conservative MSP Annie Wells
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Scottish Conservative MSP Annie Wells says more radical action needs to be taken on fuel poverty.

"We need more statutory targets," she says.

Ms Wells says there needs to be significant capital infrastructure investment.

The Tory MSP says her party are committed to supporting the winter fuel and cold weather payments. 

Labour MSP asks how off gas grid communities will be supported

Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin
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Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin

Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin says 35% of all households in Scotland are fuel poor.

Mr Griffin says efficiency savings can be made by switching from storage systems to electric systems.

The Labour MSP says he'd be interested to know how the government are going to support off gas grid communities. 

Two new EU advisors have been appointed

Fuel poverty tweet from Patrick Harvie

Greens support change to the definition of fuel poverty

Mr Wightman says the definition of fuel poverty must be better targeted to those on lower incomes.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart asks if the government's review has the Green's support.

Mr Wightman repeats his party's support for a change of definition.

Green MSP says there is 'unprecedented support across the chamber to end fuel poverty'

Green MSP Andy Wightman says it is clear there is "unprecedented support across the chamber to end fuel poverty".

Green MSP Andy Wightman
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Green MSP Andy Wightman

Mr Wightman says many houses and tenements have stood for 100 years or more.

He says Scotland's housing stock is not a private asset as it represents the housing infrastructure over generations.

Mr Wightman says the ambitious fuel poverty target has been missed and has now expired.

Here's the Scottish Greens amendment

Here is Scottish Greens communities spokesperson Andy Wightman's amendment. 

Greens amendment
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Aim should be to eliminate poor energy performance in homes - Tory MSP

Adam Tomkins
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Mr Tomkins says people living in a home with low energy performance are far more likely to be in fuel poverty.

He says the aim should be to eliminate poor energy performance in homes. 

The Conservative MSP says energy efficiency programmes can assist. 

He says the reduction in further education college places will have a negative impact on skilled energy workers. 

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Tory MSP calls for a clear target to achieve a transformative change

Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins
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Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins

Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins says it is incredibly disappointing to hear the government trying to hit the brake when all the opposition parties are trying to hit the accelerator.

Mr Tomkins says it speaks volumes this debate is taking place in opposition time and he congratulates the Labour party for choosing this topic.

He says the Scottish government may believe in the "nanny knows best" policy but the opposition parties do not.

The Tory MSP says there is no chance of the Scottish government meeting the fuel poverty target.

He calls for a clear target to achieve a transformative change.

Mr Tomkins all properties achieve a C rating by the end of the next decade.

Here's the Scottish Conservative amendment

Here's Scottish Conservative communities spokesman Adam Tomkins' amendment.

Conservative amendment
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