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Summary

  1. The Health Committee takes evidence on the recent cyber attack on the NHS
  2. Fire safety checks on residential tower blocks and the protection and safety of mosques are raised during topical questions
  3. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson delivers a ministerial statement on the future of policing in Scotland
  4. The Scottish government delivers a ministerial statement on the next steps for the Crofting Commission
  5. MSPs debate the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill for the final time, before voting on it at decision time

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

Good night from Holyrood Live

Holyrood
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That ends our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Tuesday 20 June 2017.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 10am as MSPs on the Education Committee take evidence from Aberdeenshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council and South Lanarkshire Council on school infrastructure.

Have a good night.

Government supports the work of the Scottish Civic Trust

Fiona Hyslop
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says the motion rightly highlights New Lanark and the work of the Scottish Civic Trust to save this site.

Ms Hyslop says she has had the pleasure of seeing for herself the sterling work of the trust.

The culture secretary says she is pleased the government have been able to support the work of the Scottish Civic Trust.

She says Doors Open day has been a "hugely successful initiative.

Ms Hyslop says the Scottish Civic Trust is also about promoting places for the future and should not just be considered an organisation for the past.

She adds her congratulations to the trust.

Labour MSP celebrates Scottish Civic Trust approach

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald
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Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald says the Scottish Civic Trust has a guiding principle of local empowerment.

Mr Macdonald says it is this approach that is being celebrated this evening.

Doors Open day promotes Scotland's buildings and heritage

Tory MSP Maurice Corry
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Tory MSP Maurice Corry congratulates the Scottish Civic Trust.

Mr Corry says the Scottish Civic Trust organise Doors Open day which sees prominent Scottish buildings opening its doors to members of the public.

He says this helps to promote Scotland's buildings and the country's heritage.

'The places that people have to be in contributes to their wellbeing'

Linda Fabiani
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Ms Fabiani says there is about 120 Scottish Civic Trusts in Scotland and there will be one beside each MSP.

The SNP MSP says the Scottish Civic Trust supports civic pride which is very important.

"The places that people have to be in contributes to their wellbeing".

SNP MSP congratulates the Scottish Civic Trust as it turns 50

Linda Fabiani
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SNP MSP Fabiani congratulates the Scottish Civic Trust in its 50th year.

Ms Fabiani says some of the buildings which add to Scotland's history and heritage were in danger of being lost forever before the Scottish Civic Trust.

The SNP MSP asks if we would be aware of the social history of what New Lanark stands for without the Scottish Civic Trust.

She says she is inspired by the way that the Scottish Civic Trust just quietly get on with their work.

The Scottish Civic Trust

The Scottish Civic Trust
The Scottish Civic Trust

Taken from the Scottish Civic Trust website:

The Scottish Civic Trust was established in 1967 as a response to the destruction of the innumerable historic buildings and areas of townscape that had evolved over the centuries, and to the loss of the communities that valued these places.

Read more here.

50 Years of Protecting Scotland's Built Heritage

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani uses her motion to congratulate the Scottish Civic Trust on its 50th anniversary.

Ms Fabiani says that the trust began in 1967 to respond to the destruction of buildings and townscapes around Scotland.

The SNP MSP says that it helped to save New Lanark from dereliction and assisted in developing a network of local civic trusts around Scotland.

She welcomes initiatives that it has established, including Doors Open Day and the My Place Awards.

Ms Fabiani says that the trust has an ongoing commitment to save buildings and townscapes, keeping communities at the heart of its movement.

She thanks all volunteers, past and present, for their sterling work.

The Scottish Civic Trust debate begins

Here is SNP MSP Linda Fabiani's motion;

Motion
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BreakingMSPs pass the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish government wants to halve Air Passenger Duty before ultimately scrapping it altogether
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The Scottish government wants to halve Air Passenger Duty before ultimately scrapping it altogether

MSPs pass the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill.

108 MSPs back the Bill and 11 do not.

Minister calls on the parliament to approve the Air Departure Tax Bill

Mr Mackay says jobs in the airline industry are so important.

The minister says the government intends to meet its climate change targets.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie says his position would be more credible if the Climate Change Plan set out how much aviation emissions would be allowed to rise and what compensatory actions it would take.

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Mr Mackay says the Scottish government says the UK Committee on Climate Change has said the modeling is manageable

He says the government has acknowledged it will have to work harder in other areas.

The finance secretary says: "We want to show Scotland is open for business."

He says this is an enabling Bill and he invites the parliament to approve the Bill.

If Bill is not established then no tax will be collected says Mr Mackay

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay
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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay says Labour MSP James Kelly is right to say that if this Bill is not established then no tax will be collected at all.

Mr Mackay says he recognises issues around the Highlands and Islands exemption and he is engaging with the UK government on these matters to get a like for like exemption.

He says it is right to develop a level playing field to attract more routes.

Tories will vote to pass Air Departure Tax Bill

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Mr Tomkins says his party wants to see Scotland connected to the global economy.

He says the evidence shows a link between air passenger demand and aviation taxation.

The Tory MSP says the gap between Ireland and Scotland and long haul flights is obvious.

He says his party supports the Bill and the Tories believe in the underlying principle of cutting taxation.

Tories propose abolishing tax on flights over 2000 miles

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins
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Tory MSP Adam Tomkins says his party supports the Bill and the government amendment.

Mr Tomkins says the amendments at stage 2 has remedied defects to the Bill and that the SNP previously voted against the Fianance Committee recommendations but because it no longer has a majority on that committee it failed.

The Tory MSP says if cutting ADT is good for the economy then why does the SNP argue against cutting tax more widely to boos the economy.

He says his party propose abolishing tax on flights over 2000 miles and supports an immediate freeze on ADT on short haul flights.

Labour will support the setting up of this tax but will robustly oppose SNP ADT proposals

Labour MSP James Kelly
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Labour MSP James Kelly

Labour MSP James Kelly says the SNP proposal to reduce ADT by 50% will take £189m out of the budget.

Mr Kelly says Scottish Labour will support the setting up of this tax but will robustly oppose any proposals that raise carbon emissions, take money out of the budget and are not fair.

Labour supports Bill but not cutting the tax

Labour MSP James Kelly
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Labour MSP James Kelly says "as we soar" to the end of this debate he's happy to close for his party. This is met with groans, but some laughter, from others in the chamber.

Mr Kelly says his party supports this Bill but that there are real questions that will have to be answered over cutting the rates.

The Labour MSP says Liam Kerr gave the game away in his speech by asking what is wrong with cuts for the wealthy and that is the reality of the position.

He says this leaves the SNP with questions to answer.

Background: Scottish aviation tax bill passes first Holyrood vote

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The Scottish government wants to halve air passenger duty before ultimately scrapping it altogether

Plans for a devolved aviation tax were passed the first legislative hurdle after a vote at Holyrood in April.

The Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill is designed to replace air passenger duty with a devolved Scottish levy.

Ministers want to cut the tax by 50% before eventually abolishing it "when finances allow".

MSPs backed the general principles of the bill in the first stage of the legislative process, but many asked for more details on the plans.

Read more here.

Reducing ADT by 50% over the term of the parliament will boost the economy says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Willie Coffey
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SNP MSP Willie Coffey says reducing ADT by 50% over the term of the parliament will boost the economy.

Mr Coffey says for years Scottish air passengers have been paying more than counterparts in other countries.

The SNP MSP says the government recognises that an increase in emissions will occur and are prepared to work to combat this in other areas.

Background: Committee backs Scots air tax bill but calls for more details

MSPs want more detail on air passenger duty

The Scottish Parliament's finance committee backed the general principles of the government's new air tax bill in April - but said it was "essential" more information is provided.

A bill replacing air passenger duty with a devolved air departure tax is under consideration at Holyrood.

MSPs endorsed the general thrust of the bill, but said they were "disappointed" with the amount of information given.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said he would carefully consider the report.

Read more here.

Background: MSPs call for more detail on Scots air tax plans

Plane
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The Scottish government wants to halve Air Passenger Duty before ultimately scrapping it altogether

In March the finance secretary was told to come back to Holyrood to show there is independent economic evidence to back proposed cuts to aviation taxes.

Holyrood takes control of air tax from 2018, with the government aiming to cut it by half and eventually abolish it.

The government wants to pass laws enabling changes before setting out the detail of proposed rates and bands.

But convener Bruce Crawford told Derek Mackay that the finance committee's report would call for more evidence.

Read more here.

LIb Dems will not be supporting this Bill

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
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Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says he understands the case being made to cut the tax on certain air services, like to Orkney and other islands and the Highlands, as these are lifeline services.

He argues for the APD exemption for lifeline services to continue and says there is no contradiction in saying the SNP government proposals to cut ADT are reckless.

The Lib Dem MSP says the idea seems to have been plucked out of the air by the SNP.

He says there is an opportunity to bring forward a proper enabling Bill and passing a bad Bill is not a good idea.

The Lib Dems will not be supporting this Bill he confirms.