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Summary

  1. Continuation of the Scottish government debate on the first minister’s statement

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

That brings to an end our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for the day, we'll be back for the Equal Opportunities Committee from 10am tomorrow and, of course, first minister's questions at noon.

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Angela Constance

Ms Constance says "we have to ensure employers continue to have access to highly skilled employees and young people can start and progress in exciting careers".

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"There are a number of very successful skills partnerships all over Scotland."

The training, youth and women's employment secretary says the government is building on an array of exciting partnerships throughout the country.

Scottish government

Youth Employment Secretary Angela Constance is closing the debate on skills partnerships.

Apprentices

Ms Beamish highlights the importance of skills partnerships and apprenticeships across Scotland.

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The Labour MSP says across a range of sectors, including energy, finance and creative arts apprenticeships are proving vital.

She says skills development is a crucial factor in career progression and that skills partnerships can play a major role in contributing to development.

Member's debate: Skills Partnership

Labour MSP Claudia Beamish is leading a debate on skills partnerships.

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In her motion Ms Beamish mentions the important role of skills partnerships across the country.

She believes that the partnerships illustrate successful collaboration between colleges and local employers, which is in line with the recommendations of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, particularly for college courses, to meet the changing needs of local and regional economies.

The Labour MSP also understands that Skills Partnerships allow particular sectors to share knowledge and best practice; recognises the value of skills partnerships across a range of sectors, including energy, finance and creative arts; considers that skills development is a crucial factor in career progression and that skills partnerships can play a major role in contributing to development.

End of the debate

That brings the debate on the Scottish independence referendum to a close, next up after a very brief decision time followed by a member's debate on skills partnerships.

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More powers

Mr Swinney focuses on the issue of the vow of more powers for Scotland from the three main Westminster parties leaders.

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Daily Record

"We were getting concerned about the danger of backsliding" and it was "clear even in the heart of the Better Together campaign there was some backsliding going on".

Inequality

Mr Swinney says one of the major points of referendum debate was the issue of inequality and the concentrated desire of individuals to tackle inequality.

The finance secretary says the issue "motivated very substantial turnouts from areas of the country which previously had never taken any part in elections because they could not see any point".

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Mr Swinney continued "the fact that people were motivated by the desire to tackle the issues of inequality means the Scottish Parliament must take them very seriously."

John Swinney

Finance Secretary John Swinney says everyone in the debate has agreed on the engagement of 16 and 17-year-olds and their contribution to the electoral process.

Mr Swinney says everybody in the chamber now believes extending the franchise across all elections in the UK, including the general election, but the parliament does not have the power to do so.

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Finance Secretary John Swinney

Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie intervenes and says voter education must be achieved.

The finance secretary agrees saying he backs "effective dispassionate voter education".

Scottish government perspective

Finance Secretary John Swinney is the last speaker and closing on behalf of the Scottish government.

First minister

Iain Gray admits it was his desire to be first minister at one time, but jokingly accepts the fact he did not was due to "the people's will that that was not my destiny, damn them".

Iain Gray

Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray says the 55% of the vote who backed retaining Scotland as part of the UK must be heard and "we must accept their decision or we treat them with contempt".

Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray
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Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray

Mr Gray says "it is quite wrong to say no voters were tricked by promises of new powers" adding it could easily be said the Yes campaign had tricked the voters over exaggerated oil revenues and promises.

How many hours did the SNP promise of the referendum being one in a lifetime Mr Gray asks.

Labour view

Scottish Labour MSP Iain Gray is on his feet giving the closing speech for this debate on behalf of his party.

Tory view

Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says the "emphatic defeat for those that sought Scotland to leave the United Kingdom" was a large majority.

"This was a majority of ten points," Mr Carlaw says, adding "85% of Scotland who spoke now stand at odds with the 50% who voted for this parliament".

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw
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Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw

The sovereign will of the people of Scotland has spoken and said that Scotland will remain part of the UK, says the Tory MSP.

"This parliament contributed positively, enthusiastically and well to the debate."

In an amusing aside, Mr Carlaw admits his son was persuaded by the Yes campaign to vote for independence.

Conservative close

Scottish Conservative Jackson Carlaw is closing for his party.

Lib Dem views

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes says "what we must all now agree on is the vote was fair and robust".

Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes
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Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes

"There should be no more stoking the fires of division."

"They forgot to listen, they drowned out the quieter views."

Scottish Greens perspective and social media

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone says so many people found their feet, their voices during this campaign.

Ms Johnstone says it proves "democracy begins at street level" and highlighted the importance of social media which "levelled the playing field of a very unlevel playing field".

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Social Media

In the 30 days preceding the referendum, there were something like 232,000 uses of the Twitter #bettertogether and #nothanks hashtags, while more than 750,000 tweets have used #YesScotland and #VoteYes.

And tweeting activity surged during the debates, with 186,267 in the first, rising to 255,559 in the second.

Meanwhile, on Facebook the Yes campaign's page has attracted 258,000 likes compared with 182,000 for the No page. When it comes to the volume of conversation Facebook says the two sides are neck and neck,

That's before 18 September and the flurry of activity that occurred then.

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes is giving the closing speech for her party.

Young electorate

First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 in future UK elections

Glasgow boasts the biggest population in Scotland and also has a high number of teen voters. Figures from the 2011 Census show the city had more than 18,000 people aged 13 to 15.

Depending on when their birthday falls, these youngsters will now be aged 16 to 19.

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Scottish Greens

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone takes to her feet to close for her party.

Closing speeches

We're coming up to the closing speeches of this debate on Scotland's independence referendum statement from the first minister.

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After decision time Labour MSP Claudia Beamish will lead a member's debate on skills partnerships.

Westminster vow

Much has been made in this debate of the vow made by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to the Scottish electorate, which commits to preserving the Barnett funding formula.

Alex Salmond has accused the three UK party leaders of "reneging" on the pledge.

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Here's a wee reminder of the details of the vow:

The first part of the agreement promises "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament "delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed" by the three parties.

The second says the leaders agree that "the UK exists to ensure opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably".

The third "categorically states" that the final say on funding for the NHS will lie with the Scottish government "because of the continuation of the Barnett allocation for resources, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue".

Scotland's engagement

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine joins many of her fellow MSPs in praising the electorate of Scotland for their engagement.

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Voter

Her praise was echoed by SNP MSP Christian Allard who said the turnout of 85% was "fantastic".

Full participation

Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown says if Scotland and the UK are to get the best out of Lord Smith of Kelvin's devolution commission it will require the good will of all the Union parties, the Scottish government and the Scottish Green Party.

Mr Brown says it is "critical" the Scottish government means what they say when they say they are going to participate fully.

Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown
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Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown

He also warns the SNP not to "criticise the process before it has begun".

"To criticise it and say it is not delivering before it has started I think is quite wrong."

Poles apart

Labour MSP Lewis MacDonald says "two million people voted for Scotland to stay in the UK" on the basis of the evidence put before them.

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Labour MSP Lewis MacDonald

Mr MacDonald clashes with SNP MSP Kevin Stewart who represents Aberdeen and during an intervention claims a number of Polish voters were threatened with deportation by the No campaign if they voted Yes.

The Labour MSP calls this claim a "slur".

'Courage and compromise'

The head of the new commission on delivering more powers to Scotland has warned it will "not be easy" to get agreement from the Scottish parties.

Lord Smith said those involved in the talks would require "courage" and "compromise" - but he was confident they would rise to the challenge.

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The discussions on new powers for Holyrood are taking place after Scotland voted against independence.

Draft legislation is due to be unveiled by the end of January.

Labour response

Labour MSP Lewis MacDonald takes to his feet and begins his speech.

Peer meeting

Finance Secretary John Swinney says the referendum debate was "full, open and engaged".

Mr Swinney says the campaign was a "credit to Scotland" and highlighted the level of voter registration, participation level, turnout levels and the contribution of the newly enfranchised 16 and 17 year olds.

Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP
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Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP

The finance secretary confirms that he and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have met with Lord Smith of Kelvin to "confirm the Scottish government and SNP will participate fully in the process" the peer is undertaking in "trying to secure agreement around additional responsibilities to come to Scotland".

John Swinney

Finance Secretary John Swinney opens the second part of the debate on the first minister's statement.

'Read my lips'

Here we go again, this time Labour MSP Jayne Baxter brings up the reported shortfall in the NHS budget.

Ms Baxter asks "what the impact on NHS Fife would be of the reported shortfall of up to £450 million in NHS funding".

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Health Secretary Alex Neil says "Read my lips, there are no planned cuts to NHS funding."

Mr Neil says his government has been protecting and increasing NHS funding and will continue to do so.

Delayed discharges

Labour's health spokesperson Neil Findlay MSP says "the cabinet secretary is living in cloud cuckoo land if he does not recognise delayed discharge is the biggest issue in health and social care at the moment".

Health Secretary Alex Neil says delayed discharge levels are nothing like the scale they were when Labour were in power, he cites substantial reductions since then but concedes there is more to be done.

Health Secretary Alex Neil MSP
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Health Secretary Alex Neil MSP

Labour MSP Sarah Boyack brings up the issue of delayed discharges again and goes on to mention the NHS funding gap as well.

Mr Neil says on 7 August 2014 he announced a further £5m of funding to tackle delayed discharges and improve flow through health care services.

He concluded by saying the £450m NHS funding gap is a "myth".

NHS budget

Labour's health spokesman Neil Findlay brings up the leaked minute from the chief executives of health boards calling for "immediate and transformational change" and asks how the health secretary will "close the additional £450m funding gap in his budget".

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Neil Findlay MSP

Mr Neil says the published information shows the target for savings for this year in the NHS has already been exceeded, adding "there is not a £450m deficit in the budget".

NHS managers

SNP MSP Maureen Watt begins portfolio questions by asking Health Secretary Alex Neil about reducing the number of senior managers in the NHS

Presiding officer

Deputy Presiding Officer Elaine Smith gets the afternoon session underway.

NHS battleground

The future of the NHS became one of the key battlegrounds in the independence referendum campaign.

Referendum result
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Scotland voted "No" in last Thursday's independence referendum.

NHS cost-saving

This is the first time health has been under scrutiny by MSPs since confidential papers passed to the BBC which suggested a radical cost-saving plan would have to be be implemented in the Scottish NHS after the referendum.

The papers were presented to a meeting of health board chief executives and civil servants last month.

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They suggested the NHS is facing a £400m funding gap, and sweeping changes will be needed for boards to break even.

The Scottish government said it was committed to "protecting and increasing the NHS budget".

Portfolio questions

Here's a list of all the questions expected to be asked during portfolio questions from the

Scottish Parliament website:

1. SNP MSP Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in reducing the number of senior managers in the NHS. (S4O-03511)

2. SNP MSP Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government how many consultants work in NHS Scotland. (S4O-03512)

3. Labour MSP Margaret McCulloch: To ask the Scottish Government how it is addressing medical staffing issues in NHS Lanarkshire. (S4O-03513)

4. Labour MSP Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Lanarkshire. (S4O-03514)

5. Labour MSP Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Government what additional resources it is providing to address delayed discharges. (S4O-03515)

6. Labour MSP Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on NHS homeopathic and complementary medicine arrangements in South Scotland. (S4O-03516)

7. Labour MSP Graeme Pearson: To ask the Scottish Government what additional support it is providing to the Scottish Ambulance Service in light of it not meeting a range of targets. (S4O-03517)

8. SNP MSP James Dornan: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to improve support for unpaid carers. (S4O-03518)

9. Labour MSP David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what research has been undertaken to determine if there is a link between the intake of sugar and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. (S4O-03519)

10. Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government what issues it discussed when it last met NHS boards. (S4O-03520)

11. Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is for children who require an upgraded cochlear implant processor. (S4O-03521)

12. Labour MSP Hanzala Malik: To ask the Scottish Government what evaluation it is undertaking of the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011-15 and when it will publish the framework for work beyond 2015. (S4O-03522)

13. Labour MSP Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government what the impact on NHS Fife would be of the reported shortfall of up to £450 million in NHS funding. (S4O-03523)

14. Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Government how frontline services would be affected if the reported £400 million reduction in NHS funding is implemented. (S4O-03524)

15. Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government how it supports the provision of accessible GP services for people in remote and rural areas. (S4O-03525)

16. SNP MSP Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will have on the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland. (S4O-03526)

17. Labour MSP Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how IVF and other infertility services will be affected by possible NHS budget reductions. (S4O-03527)

18. Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that the six NHS boards that did not meet the 26-week target for child and adolescent mental health services waiting times are able to do so, and are able to meet the new 18-week target from December 2014. (S4O-03528)

19. Independent MSP Jean Urquhart: To ask the Scottish Government what support it can offer to NHS boards covering remote and rural areas to provide necessary GP cover. (S4O-03529)

20. Labour MSP Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met members of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what matters were discussed. (S4O-03530)

Welcome back

Welcome back to

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

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BBC Scotland's Democracy Live Website

This afternoon will be dominated by the continuation of the debate on the outcome of the independence referendum.

That kicks off at 2.40pm, but we begin with portfolio questions, this week focussing on health and well being.

That means Health Secretary Alex Neil and Public Health Minister Michael Matheson will be in the hot seats.

This afternoon

Thank you for watching with us. We begin our coverage this afternoon from 2pm with portfolio questions, focusing on health and wellbeing.

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The future of the NHS became a key battleground in the Scottish independence campaign

Issues expected to be raised include what progress had been made in reducing the number of senior managers in the NHS and how IVF and other infertility services would be affected by possible NHS budget reductions.