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Summary

  1. The Justice Committee takes evidence on the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill from various stakeholders
  2. Topical questions features issues including the Police Scotland strategy, teacher training and HIE board
  3. The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee lead a debate on the economic impact of Brexit
  4. SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson leads a member's debate entitled 'It’s OK to Talk. Period.'

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Holyrood Live

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That's all from Holyrood Live for Tuesday the 28th April. 

We'll be back tomorrow morning with the Education Committee from 10am. 

Have a good night.

Business case for a specialist centre for endometriosis in Glasgow will be ready in April

Endometriosis UK
Endometriosis UK
Endometriosis UK

Ms Campbell says "there is clearly more that we need to do" and there is a need for a third specialist centre.

The public health minister says the government has recommended that a centre is created in the West of Scotland. 

She says NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have said that a business case for a specialist centre in Glasgow will be ready for the beginning of April.

Women must be empowered to deal with endometriosis earlier

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says the Edinburgh centre also works with Endometriosis UK and she expects all centres to work together.

Ms Campbell says women must be empowered to deal with endometriosis earlier.

She says: "We need to continue with the work that has been carried out by the chief medical officer and the specialist centres."

Specialist centres in Aberdeen and Edinburgh

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says specialist centres help ensure high quality care and this is necessary and urgent for endometriosis.

Ms Cambell says sufferers need "no less than specialist care" and there are two specialist centres in Scotland in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. 

'Young women need to be encouraged to seek help at an early stage'

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell
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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell says it has been 16 years since endometriosis was debated in the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Campbell praises Endometriosis UK and says the government has a positive relationship with the charity. 

The minister says "young women need to be encouraged to seek help at an early stage" as it can lead to infertility.

She highlights the campaign by Endometriosis UK : 'It's Ok to Talk. Period'

Society can help by being aware of the disease - Tory MSP

Tory MSP Alexander Burnett says when he signed the motion it was more about the knowledge of how it can affect someone rather than an in depth knowledge of what it is.

Mr Burnett says the first Scottish endometriosis centre was set up in Aberdeen.

Tory MSP Alexander Burnett
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Tory MSP Alexander Burnett

The Tory MSP says a constituent of his who suffers from the disease highlights the awareness problem.

He says women suffering from endometriosis suffer for an average of seven and a half years before diagnosis. 

"I admit I had to Google it," he says. 

He says society can help by being aware of the disease. 

Stars share personal endometriosis stories

US singer Halsey
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US singer Halsey

US singer Halsey has had surgery to treat her endometriosis.

The 22-year-old says she's going to be "off the map for a few days" while she recovers but has thanked fans for all their support so far.

Endometriosis is a condition where cells like those in the womb appear elsewhere in a woman's body.

The cells act in the same way as during a period, building up and breaking down but they have no way of getting out of the body.

It causes painful periods and heavy bleeding, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems and can cause depression and infertility.


          Girls creator Lena Dunham revealed this week she's getting treatment for endometriosis
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Girls creator Lena Dunham revealed this week she's getting treatment for endometriosis

Lena Dunham revealed on Facebook  in 2016 that she is taking time off from promoting the final season of Girls, because she's been diagnosed with endometriosis.

The 29-year-old has lived with the illness since she was a teenager, and has  written about it before .

Read more about endometriosis here. 

MSP higlights 'shameful lack of awareness around endometriosis'

Labour MSP Monica Lennon
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Labour MSP Monica Lennon

Labour MSP Monica Lennon says she is pleased the key theme of Endometriosis Week is to encourage women to talk about their periods.

The "shameful lack of awareness around endometriosis" can be challenged by encouraging women to talk openly.

She says menstruation is a natural bodily function, yet there is a "cult of silence around periods" making it more difficult for women with endometriosis to be diagnosed and treated.

The Labour MSP says: "Endometriosis is a serious gynaecological condition that can seriously impact on a woman's life."

'Our goal should be to find a day where no woman has to fight against her own body'

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
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SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says he believes endometriosis is a subject which is under discussed and his generation is traditionally less likely to discuss the female reproduction system.

Mr Stevenson says despite all the women living with the disease it is "unbelievable" the amount of people who do not know what it is.

He confesses that he did not know what it is until this debate was scheduled. 

The SNP MSP says friends and family of sufferers also feel the affects of this condition.

"Our goal should be to find a day where no woman has to fight against her own body," he says.

From newsbeat

Alice (left) was diagnosed with endometriosis six years ago
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Alice (left) was diagnosed with endometriosis six years ago

What is endometriosis?

It's a disease where cells like those in the womb appear elsewhere in a woman's body.

The cells act in the same way as during your period, building up and breaking down. But they have no way of getting out of the body.

It causes really painful periods and heavy bleeding, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems. It can lead to depression, and even make women infertile.

My body really was like a prison of pain.Alice Smith

How common is it?

You probably know at least one person with it.

Endometriosis affects approximately 176 million women of reproductive age (15-49) worldwide.

Around 1.5 million women in the UK are currently living with the condition.

What does it feel like?

"The pain from endometriosis is excruciating. It's like someone's clawing at your insides and pulling them out," says Alice Smith, a 20-year-old student from Leicester who was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 14.

"Every time I had a period I was rushed into hospital."

Read more here .

Background: Endometriosis 'risks miscarriage'

Pregnant woman
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Women with endometriosis are more likely to lose the baby and need extra care , fertility doctors said in 2015.

It is caused by the lining of the uterus being found elsewhere in the body including the ovaries or vagina.

A study, on nearly 15,000 people in Scotland, found the condition increased the risk of miscarriage by 76%.

The team at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary said that women needed to be informed of the risk.

Endometriosis can be hard to identify and is thought to affect between 2% and 10% of women.

Symptoms include painful periods and stomach pain.

The research team analysed data from 5,375 women with endometriosis and 8,280 healthy women.

Tory MSP says endometriosis is the 'hidden disease'

Tory MSP Alison Harris
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Tory MSP Alison Harris

Tory MSP Alison Harris says approximately 150,000 women suffer from endometriosis in Scotland.

However it is described as a "hidden disease" despite having the prevalence of diabetes, she says.

Ms Harris says too often endometriosis is discussed "behind closed doors".

She details devastating stories of women suffering from endometriosis.

'Endometriosis must be history, over to you minister'

Mr Gibson says he believes this government will do the right thing and end the health inequalities that those suffering endometriosis have to endure. 

The SNP MSP concludes by quoting one of his constituents who suffers from endometriosis saying "endometriosis must be history, over to you minister."

'It is up to the Scottish government to address this health inequality'

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson
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Mr Gibson says many women living with endometriosis do not even know they have it and the average diagnosis time is seven and a half years, according to Endometriosis UK.

The SNP MSP says there are currently only two accredited endometriosis units in Scotland and that is not good enough,with many women not getting the specialist care.

"It is up to the Scottish government to address this health inequality."

He says he is pleased the government said it would review how endometriosis services were delivered and in 2015 the recommendations included a call for a third endometriosis unit for the West of Scotland.

However he says the progress on this is nearly glacial. 

Endometriosis UK

Endometriosis UK
Endometriosis UK
Endometriosis UK

Endometriosis UK :

"Endometriosis devastates the lives of women and their families. We help them take back control.

"One in ten women endure unrelenting pain that affects every aspect of their lives each day. That’s over 1.5 million women who desperately need support and information to help them understand this chronic condition.

"We're here to provide vital support services, reliable information and a community for those affected by endometriosis.

"We're a very small organisation, striving for big results."

It is necessary to talk about endometriosis says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson welcome the endometriosis campaigners to the gallery.

Mr Gibson says the last debate on the subject was in 2001 and was raised by Annabel Goldie. 

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson
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SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson

He says this was before the chamber existed and he and Labour MSP Elaine Smith were two of the five speakers during that debate.

He says the title for this year's Endometriosis Awareness Week is 'It's Ok to Talk. Period.'

He says he disagrees and that it is necessary to talk about endometriosis. 

Endometriosis UK: Definition and treatment

Endometriosis UK
Endometriosis UK
Endometriosis UK

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.

READ MORE HERE .

Endometriosis treatment

If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, your doctor or specialist should discuss possible endometriosis treatment options with you.

Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis. The different treatments available for endometriosis aim to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve the quality of life for a woman living with the condition. 

READ MORE HERE.

Here is the motion for the debate:

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Scottish Parliament

'Half of all women with it experience the first symptoms in their teenage years'

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Mr Gibson says this year's theme was chosen to specifically encourage women and girls to seek medical help if they experience painful, heavy, difficult or irregular periods, as this can be a sign of the condition. 

Half of all women with it experience the first symptoms in their teenage years. 

The SNP MSP says endometriosis causes physical pain and can lead to infertility and depression. 

He says endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition, there is not enough debate and awareness about it, and notes the view that urgent work is required to see what can be done to achieve both earlier diagnosis and better treatment options for the many women in Scotland and beyond with endometriosis.

'It's Ok to Talk. Period'

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SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson will now lead a debate entitled 'It's Ok to Talk. Period.'. 

The debate highlights Endometriosis Awareness Week 2017 will run from 6 to 12 March.

The aim of the week is to draw attention to the impact of the condition on the lives of the 10% of women of reproductive age who are living with it. 

The MSP for Cunninghame North says endometriosis can be exceptionally difficult to diagnose, with the average time for diagnosis after the first symptoms are experienced being 7.5 years.

The Economy committee motion is passed unanimously

The Economy Committee motion is passed unanimously.

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The debate on the Economy Committee's Brexit impact report draws to a close......

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Labour MSP Jackie Baillie calls on the SNP to stop talking about dividing itself off from the rest of the UK.

Mr Mason says, if he is not mistaken, all the references to independence came from the Tories and Labour and it is the SNP that has been getting on with the day job.

Economy Committee visited 18 companies around Scotland for Brexit report

John Mason
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SNP MSP and deputy convener of the Economy Committee John Mason says the debate has been worthwhile.

Mr Mason says the committee was able to visit 18 companies around Scotland during its inquiry into the economic impact of Brexit .

The Scottish government will do everything possible to prevent Brexit

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The economy secretary asks why the Tories want to keep telling the world that Scotland is the highest taxed part of the UK, when he say it is not true.

He asks when do the Conservatives ever celebrate Scottish success, accusing the Tories of always talking Scotland down.

Mr Brown says the Scottish Conservatives are guilty of a "dizzying" array of u-turns in their Brexit policy.

The minister says Labour's Jackie Baillie's speech was almost interchangeable with the Tories.

He accuses Labour of a number of u-turns as well.

The Scottish government will do everything possible to prevent Brexit, he concludes.

Minister says UK government has 'contempt' for vital Scottish businesses

Mr Brown says the UK government has classified both oil and gas and financial services as low priority, which shows the "contempt" it has for vital Scottish businesses.

Tory MSP Dean Lockhart asks how will slashing the enterprise budget by 40% will help.

Mr Brown says Mr Lockhart conflates the enterprise budget with the budgets of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

'The Scottish economy is inherently strong'

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Economy Secretary Keith Brown asks should we aim for the rest of the UK or the EU?

Mr Brown answers himself: "Of course we should do both."

He says productivity growth is currently four times the UK rate.

The economy secretary says the Scottish economy is inherently strong. 

Background: Sir John Major attacks 'unreal' Brexit vision

Sir John Major warns of costs of Brexit

Britons are being offered an "unreal and over-optimistic" vision of what Brexit will look like, Sir John Major has warned.

The former Tory prime minister also called for "more charm and a lot less cheap rhetoric" from the UK government towards the rest of the EU.

And he said the costs of leaving would be "substantial" and "unpalatable".

Downing Street said the government was determined to make a success of the UK's departure from the EU.

Conservative former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith said it was a "peculiar speech in the sense that it looked backwards the whole time".

Tory MSP says refighting the independence referendum is a total waste of time

Mr Carlaw says it only takes one of the 27 states in the EU to say Scotland cannot retain the same trading arrangements with the rest of the UK for Mr Russell's whole plan to fall like a pack of cards.

The Conservative MSP says it is important to say that the prime minister wanted to agree the rights of EU citizens early, but it is the rest of Europe that is not prepared to make a deal on this.

He says he worked for John Major for five years and until five minutes ago he had never heard any good word about him.

The Tory MSP says refighting the independence referendum is a total waste of time.

Tory MSP says Brexit minister has a reputation as a 'pussy cat' in the JMC

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw
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Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says he came here in expectation that the heather would be set alight.

Mr Carlaw says it was a long dispiriting afternoon, with the same speech ten times from the SNP back benches.

The Tory MSP says Mr Russell accused the UK government for culpable and reckless conduct, but says the Brexit minister should know about that having been sacked as education secretary for culpable and reckless conduct

Mr Carlaw says Mr Russell has a reputation as a "pussy cat" in the JMC and a "locker room hero" when he gets out.

Call for a review of the government's economic strategy

Mr Leonard says he hopes the trade unions will be involved in the economic mapping exercise, alongside the Scottish government.

The Labour MSP says the Scottish government must "spread its net far and wide" to engage with all business.

He says the Economy Committee calls for a review of the government's economic strategy .

Background: Scots government 'must do more' for exports over Brexit

The Scottish government "must do more" to support local businesses exporting across the world in the wake of Brexit  , Holyrood's economy committee said in its report.

MSPs want the government to review its strategy due to the "changing economic landscape" since the EU referendum.

The committee argues that it is "time to maximise opportunities in growing markets such as China and India".


          Holyrood's economy committee argues the time is right to target markets in China and India
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Holyrood's economy committee argues the time is right to target markets in China and India

The Scottish government said it was "working on an ambitious programme of internationalisation" and trade.

A spokeswoman described Brexit as "by far the biggest threat to Scotland's jobs, prosperity and economy".

Meanwhile Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell has denied there would be a "bonfire of regulations" for exporting firms after the UK leaves the EU.

Conservative government should stop using EU citizens as bargaining chips

Labour MSP Richard Leonard
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Labour MSP Richard Leonard

Labour MSP Richard Leonard says the cross-party Economy Committee report has laid down some challenges for the trade union movement, the government and the parliament.

Mr Leonard says the economic impact of leaving the EU is a matter of interest for the people of Scotland.

He says that includes those living here with a passport from a different state.

The Labour MSP says the Conservative government should stop using them as bargaining chips. 

Import inflation has some quite dire consequences for us, says Labour MSP

Labour MSP James Kelly says there is no doubt that the Brexit issue is a major issue with the potential impact being more serious than any we have faced since 1999.

Mr Kelly says the impact of import inflation is already being seen.

He says this will have an impact on NHS budgets.

Labour MSP James Kelly
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Labour MSP James Kelly

Mr Kelly says Brexit will hit the household incomes of the poor and the elderly and there will potentially be 80,000 job losses in Scotland.

Import inflation has some quite dire consequences for us, he says.

He says 115,000 EU citizens work in Scotland and there is a wider debate to be had about the skills shortage in Scotland.

Report highlights the importance of free movement of talent says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Mairi Evans
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SNP MSP Mairi Evans

SNP MSP Mairi Evans says the conclusions of the report were clear that if Scotland leaves the EU, the single market and loses freedom of movement then it will have a detrimental effect on its economy.

Ms Evans says the report being considered highlights how important the free movement of talent is.

The SNP MSP says EU nationals make up 16% of staff in universities and almost 200 jobs could potentially be at risk and that is not to mention the students.

She says it is imperative that the Scottish government use the report to encourage the UK government to listen to Scotland.