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Summary

  1. The Education Committee takes evidence on additional support needs from key stakeholders
  2. Portfolio questions: culture, tourism and external affairs followed by the justice and law brief
  3. The Scottish Conservatives lead a debate on education
  4. The Scottish Conservatives lead another debate on culture
  5. Tory MSP Alexander Stewart leads this evening's member's debate entitled 'Safe Drive, Stay Alive Project'

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Holyrood Live

Holyrood night
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That's all from Holyrood Live for Wednesday 1 March 2017.

We'll be back tomorrow morning.

Have a good night.

Road safety report due in Spring

The transport minister
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Mr Yousaf says the government commissioned an evaluation of Safe Drive, Stay Alive , which was qualitative and based on the perceptions it was positive.

The transport minister says there is a need for more evaluative evidence to explore the changes in behaviour to attain the framework targets.

He says the government is working closely with the Transport Research Laboratory and a report is due in Spring.

Pre-driver interventions highly important - minister

Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf says the mid-term review highlighted that pre-driver interventions are necessary and these are run throughout Scotland. 

Learner plate on a car
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Mr Yousaf thanks all those involved in Safe Drive Stay Alive.

The transport minister says partnership working is at the heart of everything this government tries to do.

He says there is an additional £160m going to local government thanks to recent negotiations. 

'There is no room for complacency'

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf
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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf begins by praising the Safe Drive, Stay Alive campaign and also the Alloa Advertiser for its articles on the projects.

Mr Yousaf says the government's road safety framework aims to achieve no fatalities on Scotland's roads.

The minister says he wants to live in a Scotland where that is achieved and he says Scotland is on track.

He says: "There is no room for complacency or resting on our laurels."

Young drivers 'less likely to spot hazards'

SNP MSP Clare Adamson
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SNP MSP Clare Adamson

SNP MSP Clare Adamson says this is a powerful event and it is certainly very valuable. 

Ms Adamson says young drivers are ten times more likely to be involved in accidents and they are "less likely to spot hazards."

The SNP MSP says brains do not mature until people are well into their twenties meaning young people are inherently at risk.

She thanks Safe Drive Stay Alive for educating young people on road safety. 

No doubt about the success of Safe Drive, Stay Alive

Labour MSP Elaine Smith
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Labour MSP Elaine Smith

Labour MSP Elaine Smith says is it is right that these extremely hard hitting events are highlighted.

Ms Smith says the events provide invaluable lessons to youngsters and she says she has no doubt about the success of Safe Drive, Stay Alive .

She says accident statistics show there were 36 deaths of those under 25 years old in car crashes in 2015 and says she wants to send her condolences to all the families who lost a loved one.

'Shock and awe does work'

Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst says Edinburgh has a similar road safety event,  Streets Ahead , which has been running for six years.

Streets Ahead website
Streets Ahead

Mr Lindhurst pays tribute to all those involved in setting up the events.

The Tory MSP says "shock and awe does work". 

He says the greatest mistake would be to "rest on our laurels" because a car accident can have far reaching and devastating consequences. 

Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst
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Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst

Green MSP says the continuation of this groundbreaking approach requires funding

Green MSP Mark Ruskell says he would like to thank the families who have contributed to the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project.

Mr Ruskell also thanks the contributions from the emergency services.

He too highlights the hard hitting and emotive events with people telling their real life stories.

Green MSP Mark Ruskell
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Green MSP Mark Ruskell

Mr Ruskell tells of two stories that had a huge impact on him in his youth.

The first was a classmate of his at primary school killed out on his bike one evening leading to a sense of disbelief and grief.

The Green MSP then highlights the case of teenagers killed in a crash in Edinburgh when he was in high school.

CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL
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Mr Ruskell is consulting on a bill to reduce the default restrictive speed limit to 20mph

Mr Ruskell says the continuation of this groundbreaking approach requires funding.

The Green MSP says he is consulting on a member's bill to change the default restrictive speed limit from 30mph to 20mph.

Calls for government to match local authority commitment to project

Labour MSP Alex Rowley
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Labour MSP Alex Rowley

Labour MSP Alex Rowley says evidence suggests this project is having a real impact and road deaths have dropped since the project started.

Mr Rowley says there is a concern around funding and he has written to the three local authorities in the area who have all came back very positively with a committment for future funding.  

The Labour MSP says there seems to be a commitment from local authorities and he calls on the government to match this.

'This is terrifying because behind every statistic is real people'

Tory MSP Liam Kerr says he is particularly pleased to contribute to this debate because he was involved in a car accident 31 years ago which resulted in the scar on his forehead.

Tory MSP Liam Kerr
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Tory MSP Liam Kerr

Mr Kerr says young drivers are involved in over 20% of the accidents on Scotland's roads.

The Tory MSP says the roads in Scotland's north east are ranked the most dangerous.

"This is terrifying because behind every statistic is real people," he says.

40,000 school children have visited Safe Drive, Stay Alive in Forth Valley

Stay Drive, Stay Alive
Stay Drive, Stay Alive
Stay Drive, Stay Alive

SNP MSP David Torrance says the Safe Drive, Stay Alive initiative is essential in his constituency of Kirkcaldy.

Mr Torrance says 40,000 school children have visited the project in Forth Valley in the last 11 years.

He says the project has led to financial savings of £45m. 

SNP MSP David Torrance
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SNP MSP David Torrance

Parliament must work together to 'maintain, retain and sustain this life-saving project'

Alexander Stewart
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Mr Stewart says a car accident can turn someone's world upside down and these events can make young people really think about the consequences of their driving.

The Tory MSP says organising events of this nature costs money and funding is now in jeopardy due to council's prioritising budgets.

He says he hopes today's debate highlights issues and it is important that the chamber works together to "maintain, retain and sustain" this "life-saving project". 

Safe Drive, Stay Alive events are 'hard hitting, which makes the so effective'

Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart
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Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart

Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart says his debate is an opportunity to recognise the wonderful work of the Safe Drive Stay Alive project.

Mr Stewart says the projects have attracted around 40,000 youngsters over the last twenty years.

He says his personal experience of the event he attended was very hard hitting, which is what makes it so effective. 

Cuts to council budgets threatening safety project says Tory MSP

Tory MSP Alexander Stewart highlights the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project , which educates teenagers and young adults on the seriousness of complacency, recklessness or dangerous driving.

The project is aimed at reducing the number of youngsters killed or who have had life-changing injuries in road traffic accidents.  

Mr Stewart says 40,000 young people from Forth Valley have attended the events in the last 11 years.

Safe Drive, Stay Alive project
Safe Drive, Stay Alive project

He says the Scottish events, which are organised by the Central Safe Drive Group, are under threat due to funding.

The Tory MSP says that all three Central Scotland councils previously funded the events, which costs around £23,000.

He says funding is no longer available due to cuts to local government budgets. 

Central Safe Drive Group says road deaths in the 16 to 25 age group dropped from an average of 11 between 2006 and 2008 to zero count during 2014-15.

Scottish Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart will now lead a debate on the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project. 

Here is Mr Stewart's motion. 

Motion
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The Tory motion as amended on the new BBC Scotland channel is agreed to unanimously

The Scottish Conservative motion as amended on the new BBC Scotland Digital Channel is agreed to unanimously. 

Motion
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Gov amendment
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Labour amendment
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The Labour amendment on the new BBC Scotland channel is unanimously agreed to

The Labour amendment on the new BBC Scotland channel is unanimously agreed to.

Labour amendment
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The Scottish government amendment on the new BBC Scotland channel is agreed to

The Scottish government amendment on the new BBC Scotland channel is 73 MSPs backing it and with 52 against.

Gov amendment
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Breaking The Tory motion on the abolition of the SFC board is agreed to, defeat for the government

The Tory motion on the abolition of the SFC board is agreed to with 63 MSPs backing it and 62 against.

That means another defeat for the Scottish government over its enterprise and skills review for a unitary superboard.

Motion
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Breaking The Scottish government amendment on the abolition of the SFC board is rejected

The Scottish government amendment on the abolition of the SFC board is rejected with 62 for and 63 against.

Gov amendment
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Tory MSP concludes debate on new digital BBC channel

Mr Greene
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Mr Greene says the argument about the amount of money raised by the BBC in Scotland spent in Scotland is parochial and says 86% of all content consumed in Scotland is of UK wide production.

He says people are not watching this chamber but are watching Flog It on BBC One and then Pointless.

We at Holyrood Live hope he is wrong!!

Tory MSP went to London to work in TV due to lack of opportunity in Scotland

Tory MSP Jamie Greene says there is a renewed BBC charter which addresses the licence fee model.

Mr Greene says he found interesting points during the debate about career opportunities as he was one of those people who went to London to work in television because there were not as many opportunities in Scotland.

Tory MSP says he thought all MSPs would welcome new channel

Conservative MSP Jamie Greene
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Conservative MSP Jamie Greene

Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says he would have thought that the brand new multi-platform dedicated peak time BBC channel would have been welcomed by all MSPs.

Mr Greene says the fact the 80 new jobs should be spread across Scotland is a fair point.

He says the cabinet secretary said the Scottish Nine must deliver and he agrees.

Mr Greene says the government amendment almost removes any mention of the UK. 

'We are taking forward the spirit of what this debate has been about'

Fiona Hyslop
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Ms Hyslop says it is the skills of Scotland's talented crews that brings people here and that must grow and develop,

The culture secretary says the opportunities for broadcasting and screen sectors are strong.

"We are taking forward the spirit of what this debate has been about," she says. 

There are great expectations of the new channel

Ms Hyslop says the editorial independence of the new channel is absolutely critical.

The culture secretary says the new channel and the news programme has to be accessible.

Inside BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay
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Inside BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay

She welcomes the £20m for commissioning new programmes but the detail has yet to be pinned down.

The minister suggests there could be two radio stations at the BBC and says she thinks BBC Alba should produce ten hours of original programmes.

Ms Hyslop says there are great expectations of the new channel.

An opportunity for the BBC to deliver more and deliver better says minister

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says she is glad to see changes from the BBC and it is a result of years of hard work.

Ms Hyslop says there is an opportunity for the BBC to deliver more and deliver better.

The culture secretary says the BBC is playing catch up and STV already have a news hour at 7pm.

Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw says the difference is that STV's is not a national channel and the BBC's is.

Ms Hyslop says STV should be congratulated. 

Labour MSP says we need to embrace this opportunity

BBC Scotland
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Mr Rowley says we need to embrace this opportunity and we must look at digital too. 

The Labour MSP asks: "Where is the overall strategy for Scotland?"

SNP 'not willing to embrace' this announcement

Labour MSP Alex Rowley says this has been a good debate today.

Mr Rowley says the announcement was a welcome surprise and sadly the SNP amendment would suggest that they are not willing to embrace this.

Labour MSP Alex Rowley
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Labour MSP Alex Rowley

The Labour MSP says it is about spreading the funding across Scotland.

He says the case for resources should continually be made but makes the point that the SNP do not think so when it comes to local government resources. 

SNP MSP says 'it is really important to raise the issue of resources'

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine
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SNP MSP Joan McAlpine

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine pays tribute to the efforts of the cabinet secretary and the parliament in bringing about last week's announcment.

Ms McAlpine says the new channel is a "fantastic opportunity".

She says this is a starting point and she says this was acknowledged by Lord Hall.

The SNP MSP says raising issues of funding is reasonable and says the creative industries are also raising issues around the funding.

"It is really important to raise the issue of resources."

Tory MSP beginning to feel like he's in an episode of Dragon's Den

Tory MSP Oliver Mundell says he welcomes this announcement particularly because it presents him the opportunity to pitch "The Real Housewives of Dumfriesshire". 

Mr Mundell says, with Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani, it does often feel like Dragon's Den in the chamber. 

Dragon's Den cast and Oliver Mundell
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Tory MSP Oliver Mundell says the chamber is beginning to feel a bit like Dragon's Den thanks to the deputy presiding officer.

The Tory MSP says he welcomes the bold approach the BBC has taken with regards to its journalism and journalist's integrity being called into question.

He says the SNP government appear to think there is only one option for broadcasting in Scotland "their own". 

'The real test will be when the channel gets underway next year'

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan
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SNP MSP Stuart McMillan

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan says no-one can disagree that this investment in the channel and jobs is long overdue.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay asks if the culture secretary had not welcomed it would every SNP backbencher have followed suit. 

Mr Mcmillan says all SNP MSPs backed these announcements.

He says "the real test will be when the channel gets underway next year." 

Lib Dem MSP calls for no government interference in new Nine O'Clock News

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
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Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says he wants the new Nine O'Clock News to go ahead with no government interference, less complaints from politicians and less social media abuse.

Mr Scott says Lord Hall gave assurances about the amount of the license fee raised in Scotland that is spent in Scotland.

He says there are many programmes produced outside of Scotland that are much appreciated here, especially Match Of The Day.

Mr Scott highlights the BBC's international newsgathering teams who will be available to the new channel.

He says the minister's comparison of the £75m proposal from Blair Jenkins in 2009 included setting up the channel and interactive elements, worth £20m and says it is not a like for like comparison with the £32m announced last week. 

BBC should have a 'strong and vibrant future' in Scotland

Patrick Harvie
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Scottish Greens MSP Patrick Harvie says the most disappointing thing about Mr Carlaw's opening speech was not being able to work in a Dr Who reference.

Mr Harvie says he does welcome the Scottish Conservative motion.

The Greens MSP says he wants to be sure that the BBC has a "strong and vibrant future" regardless of the country's constitutional circumstance.

He says he is happy the government amendment does not seek to break up the BBC in favour of a Scottish broadcasting service.

'Politically the Tories would privatise the BBC in a heartbeat '

Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay
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Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay

Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay says the BBC is not short of critics.

Mr Findlay says he has serious concerns about political coverage on the BBC, but he worries what TV would become without it.

He says the BBC news output is of high quality. 

"Politically the Tories would privatise the BBC in a heartbeat but they know public opinion would kill that stone dead."

The Labour MSP says no-one has written to him or spoken to him saying the number one priority for people is a Six O'Clock News and he says he welcomes the new channel with a Nine O'Clock News.

BBC should allocate more of the licence fee raised in Scotland to Scotland - SNP MSP

SNP MSP Rona Mackay
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SNP MSP Rona Mackay

SNP MSP Rona Mackay says 95% of licence fee raised in Wales was spent there and that is in contrast to Scotland.

Ms Mackay says the BBC raises £320m from the licence fee in Scotland.

"Come to your own conclusion," she says.