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Live Reporting

By Ailsa Brown and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    And that concludes our live coverage from the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 6 May 2015.

    Holyrood at night

    Remember you can catch up on business from Holyrood at BBC Scotland's Democracy Live.

    We will be back on Tuesday 12 May 2015. Until then enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend.

  2. Decision time

    After that brief decision time, where parliamentary bureau motions were passed, the day comes to an early end at holyrood.

  3. First World War commemorations

    SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell asks the Scottish government whether it will provide an update on the Scottish Commemorations Programme's First World War commemorations for 2015.

  4. European Parliament

    Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon asks the Scottish government how it monitors proceedings at the European Parliament.

    European Parliament
  5. Ministerial response

    The culture secretary says she has met with both sides of the dispute calling for a more productive relationship to find a solution.

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
    Image caption: Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

    Mr Findlay asks the culture secretary if she has so little "clout" that she cannot get the £200,000 to pay low paid staff the money they are owed for working anti-social hours.

    Ms Hyslop says the Labour MSP is wrong in a couple of areas and the cost per year would be£400,000 a year.

  6. BACKGROUND:

    Two national museums in Edinburgh shut for a second day after workers walked out in a dispute over pay, in April.

    About 100 Public and Commercial Services Union workers at the National Museum of Scotland went on strike.

    National Museum of Scotland staff are in a long-running dispute over pay
    Image caption: National Museum of Scotland staff are in a long-running dispute over pay

    The union said it was attempting to get museum management to reverse its decision to remove weekend working allowances for staff.

    The National Museum of Scotland and the National War Museum were closed.

  7. National Museum of Scotland

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay asks the Scottish government what progress is being made in bringing to an end the dispute at the National Museum of Scotland.

  8. Creative Scotland

    Labour MSP Ken Macintosh asks the Scottish government when it last met Creative Scotland.

  9. Support

    Ms Hyslop says all of Scotland's festivals are hugely influential to Scotland and are supported via Creative Scotland and VisitScotland.

  10. Festivals across South Scotland

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish asks the Scottish government what support it will give to local festivals and community celebrations across South Scotland, such as Beltane in Peebles, Lanimers in Lanark and the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

    The festival culminated in fireworks and the burning of the wicker man at midnight
    Image caption: The festival culminated in fireworks and the burning of the wicker man at midnight
  11. Shetland film and arts sectors

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant asks the Scottish government what support it provides to the film and arts sectors in Shetland.

  12. Announcement as soon as possible

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says due diligence on a film studio has now been completed but the issue has been more complicated than first thought.

    Ms Hyslop says she is unable to provide a definitive date at this time but will seek to make an announcement as soon as possible.

  13. BACKGROUND:

    A decision on a private bid to build a Scottish film and television studio should be made "as soon as possible", a group of MSPs has warned.

    A report by the economy, energy and tourism committee said a delay could cause "lasting damage" to the industry.

    The television series Outlander was filmed on location in Scotland
    Image caption: The television series Outlander was filmed on location in Scotland but news on a studio for the country has yet to be announced.

    Last month Scottish Enterprise confirmed it was considering the bid and expected to reach a decision by the end of April.

    The committee also called for a plan to develop the television sector.

  14. Film studio

    Labour MSP John Pentland asks the Scottish government when the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs will announce the location and timetable for the development of a permanent Scottish film studio.

  15. Ministerial response

    Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop
    Image caption: Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop

    Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop details the cultural, social and economic benefits of being in the EU saying the Scottish government will continue to highlight the advantages of membership.

  16. EU benefits

    EU flag

    SNP MSP Chic Brodie asks the Scottish government what benefits it considers the EU brings to Scotland.

  17. Culture, Europe and external affairs questions

    It's now the turn of the culture, Europe and external affairs ministers to take the portfolio questions hot seat.

  18. Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme

    SNP MSP John Mason asks the Scottish government whether it will provide an update on the status of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.

  19. Enhanced devolution

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle asks the Scottish government what opportunities enhanced devolution could bring to the transport system.

  20. Ministerial response

    Mr Harvie says the government has been called on to assess the carbon impact of any changes to Air Passenger Duty.

    Transport Minister Derek Mackay says carbon emissions must be taken into account, the government supports electric cars.

    Transport Minister Derek Mackay
    Image caption: Transport Minister Derek Mackay

    Mr Mackay says there are no plans to introduce congestion charges but the government is doing all it can to address climate change.

  21. BACKGROUND:

    Congestion charges should be considered to help the Scottish government reach its climate change targets, a report recently concluded.

    The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said stronger policies were needed in transport, renewable heat, agriculture and forestry if targets were to be met.

    It warned plans to cut air passenger duty by 50% could lead to increased carbon emissions.

    Holyrood's Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod welcomed the report.

  22. Climate change recommendations

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie asks the Scottish Government what its position is on the transport recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change in its 2015 progress report.

  23. Planning applications

    Infrastructure and Investment Secretary Keith Brown says when a planning application is made the impact on the road network must be taken into account.

  24. Roads investment

    Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan asks the Scottish government what plans it has to increase investment in roads as a result of the forecast population increase.

    Road network
  25. Ministerial response

    Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown says a public consultation on procurement ended last week and the government is currently analysing the responses.

    Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown
    Image caption: Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown

    Mr Brown, the Tory MSP, says the FSB suggests one change to procurement to include a break down of business sizes, would the cabinet secretary agree to this.

    His namesake the cabinet secretary says he would rather see all the consultation responses before coming to a judgement.

  26. Government procurement

    Conservative MSP Gavin Brown asks the Scottish government what changes it has planned for government procurement.

  27. Highland mainline journey times

    Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser asks the Scottish government what progress has been made on reducing journey times on the Highland mainline between Inverness and Edinburgh.

  28. Supermarket lorries

    SNP MSP Rob Gibson asks the Scottish government what carbon saving would be made by removing one supermarket lorry from the A9 between Edinburgh and Thurso and carrying the contents by rail.

  29. Portfolio question time

    MSPs are quizzing Scottish government ministers at portfolio question time.

  30. That's it folks

    That ends our coverage of first minister's questions and we move swiftly on to portfolio questions.

  31. Working age population

    Ms Sturgeon our working age population is boosted by immigrants which helps deal with our ageing population.

  32. 'Always welcoming'

    The first minister says Scotland should always be welcoming to people who want to come and live here.

  33. BACKGROUND

    Scotland's population reached its highest ever total in 2014.

    Statistics published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed that the estimated population of Scotland was 5,347,600 in mid-2014.

    Population rise

    The figures showed a rise of 19,900 (0.4%) people since mid-2013.

    About 3,500 more people were born than died and in-migration, which includes people from the rest of the UK, exceeded out-migration by about 17,600 between mid-2013 and mid-2014.

  34. Population rise

    SNP MSP Roderick Campbell asks the first minister what the Scottish government's position is on the increase in Scotland's population.

  35. Post update

    TrendieUK tweets: "#FMQs" is now trending at rank 1 in United Kingdom

  36. Fracking and the economy

    Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser asks how a moratorium on fracking will help expand the economy.

    The first minister says the precautionary approach is the right one.

  37. 'Full ban'

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie says people are impatient to see the moratorium on fracking turned into a full ban.

    Ms Sturgeon says the government is striking the right balance with its precautionary evidence based approach.

  38. 'Good relationship'

    Ms Sturgeon says the government will comply with the process of the freedom of information process.

    She says Ineos is a major employer in Scotland and any first minister should seek to have a good relationship with the company. The first minister says the relationship will not influence the decision on fracking which will be evidence based.

  39. Freedom of Information

    Mr Findlay says since January he has been pursuing an FOI about the government's dealings with Ineos which has been refused.

  40. 'Cautious approach'

    The Scottish government is taking a cautious and evidence based approach to fracking, hence the moratorium and public consultation. This is in contrast to the "gung ho" approach of the UK government.

  41. BACKGROUND

    Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has called for a "national debate" on fracking in a BBC Scotland interview.

    The Scottish government is facing demands from environmental campaigners for a permanent ban on unconventional oil and gas extraction.

    Fracking

    It follows Mr Ewing's announcement in January of a "moratorium" on fracking.

    Mr Ewing told MSPs the temporary ban would remain in place until the Scottish government had carried out a full public consultation.

  42. Fracking

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay asks the first minister what the Scottish government's position is on fracking.

  43. Student debt

    Ms Sturgeon responds to criticism from Labour MSP Iain Gray by saying average student loan debt is the lowest in the UK.

  44. BACKGROUND

    The report suggested more people from deprived areas took up places at university in 2012
    Image caption: The report suggested more people from deprived areas took up places at university in 2012

    Progress is being made but increasing the number of university students from deprived backgrounds remains a challenge, according to a report at the end of 2014.

    New figures suggested more people from deprived areas started university in 2012 - a rise from 12.3% to 13.3%.

    Widening access to universities is a priority for the Scottish government.

    The figures come in a report from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), which welcomed the rise but said more needed to be done.

  45. 'Same chance'

    Ms Sturgeon says she wants children from deprived communities to have the same chance as any other child of getting to university.

  46. University access

    SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell asks the first minister what progress the Scottish government is making on widening access to university for young people from the most deprived communities.

  47. 'Clutching at straws'

    Willie Rennie

    Mr Rennie calls on the first minister to rule out a second referendum. Ms Sturgeon hits back saying Mr Rennie is clutching at straws and again says the election is not about independence.

  48. Post update

    Jason Rose tweets: #FMQs wall-to-wall tired slogans from campaigns. Format means no Green question scheduled. Hoping for a surprise...

  49. 'Not about independence'

    Ms Sturgeon says this election is not about independence, even if the SNP wins every seat it is not a mandate for another referendum. The election is "about giving Scotland a louder voice".

  50. Second referendum

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie says his party stands for stability. He accuses the first minister of evasion and avoidance over a second referendum.

  51. Post update

    CommonSpace tweets: Davidson claims the SNP will "hold Labour to ransom" & that the Tories are the only unionist party. #fmqs

  52. Loud voice

    The first minister says tomorrow is an opportunity to make Scotland's voice heard at Westminster "louder than we have ever heard before".

  53. Post update

    Marek Zemanik tweets: Today's #FMQs summary: Tory, Tory, Tory. Tory...Tories. Tories. Tory! #Tory #Tories

  54. Independence

    Ms Sturgeon hits back saying bringing up independence reminds people of the Labour/Tory alliance.

  55. 'Preserve the union'

    Ms Davidson says if she had a pound for every time the first minister said the word "Tory" today she would be on her wages.

    She says Ms Sturgeon wants to put Miliband in Downing Street as she thinks it will bring independence closer. The Scottish Conservative party leader says only her party will preserve the union.

  56. 'No a Tory'

    Ms Sturgeon says: "I tell you the top thing...... he's no a Tory".

  57. Weak candidate?

    Ruth Davidson

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says the first minister wants to see Ed Milliband as prime minister, who is the weakest candidate ever. Who would she back for No: 10, asks Ms Davidson.

  58. 'Bolder' government

    Ms Sturgeon says if there is an anti-Tory majority the SNP will work to keep David Cameron out of Number 10.

    The first minister says it is not enough for Scotland just to get rid of the Tories "but we must make sure the Tories are replaced by something better and bolder".

  59. 'Vote for Labour'

    Ms Dugdale says a vote for Labour will start progressive change and if people want a Labour government they have to vote for Labour.

  60. 'Tory light'

    The first minister says the SNP want an end to austerity and if the party voted down a Labour budget that is what would be achieved.

    The Tories will be locked out and not replaced by a Labour "Tory light" government, if there is a big SNP MP team.,

  61. Post update

    Donald Kerr tweets: Oh dear, @kdugdalemsp. @UKLabour could have done a deal with @LibDems in 2010 but didn't, ushering in 5 years of @Conservatives. #fmqs #fmq

  62. 'Side of the Tories'

    Ms Dugdale says when Labour were on the side of working people the SNP were on the side of the Tories.

  63. Post update

    David Gardiner tweets: The First Minister apparently ignoring that Labour didn't get enough votes to form a government in 2010, not too many. #FMQs

  64. Downing street

    Ms Sturgeon asks if Labour will work with the SNP to "keep the Tories out" or will they let David Cameron back into Downing Street.

  65. 'Team of SNP MPs'

    The first minister says Scotland voting Labour in 2010 did not protect Scotland against a Tory government.

    Ms Sturgeon says Scotland should vote SNP to send a big team of SNP MPs to stand up for Scotland as "Labour MPs never have".

  66. Post update

    Alan Roden tweets: Pretty poor turnout from MSPs for their day job. #FMQs

  67. Labour vote

    Kezia Dugdale

    Scottish Labour's deputy leader Kezia Dugdale says Alex Salmond spent the last election telling the Scottish people to vote against Labour.

    Ms Dugdale says Ms Sturgeon is calling on people to vote against Labour, "which is a funny way of showing she wants a Labour government".

  68. And we're off

    Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says there might be some more campaigning today as she gets FMQs under way.

  69. Mansion tax

    Labour MSP Drew Smith asks the Scottish government whether Barnett consequentials arising from a mansion tax could help the NHS meet its waiting time guarantee.

  70. Ministerial response

    Health Secretary Shona Robison says recommendations will be reported to her by the end of September.

    Health Secretary Shona Robison
    Image caption: Health Secretary Shona Robison
  71. BACKGROUND

    The review will look into the demand for GP services
    Image caption: The review will look into the demand for GP services

    A review of access to non-urgent medical care out-of-hours was announced by the Scottish government in January.

    It will look into the demands for services at night and the weekends, when local surgeries are closed.

    It has been 10 years since GPs stopped having to provide care at evenings, weekends and holidays, when the responsibility moved to health boards.

    Labour said ministers were trying to "buy time" in an area where they previously failed to take action.

  72. Primary care services

    SNP MSP Linda Fabiani asks the Scottish government when its review of out-of-hours primary care services will be published.

  73. Mull health service

    SNP MSP Michael Russell asks the Scottish government what progress it is making in ensuring that the ambulance and health services on Mull meet the needs and expectations of the local community as expressed to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport at a meeting in March 2015.

  74. Coming up....................

    Nicola Sturgeon

    We will shortly bring you extensive coverage of the final first minister's questions before the general election.

    It's a fair bet we will see the campaign writ large in the chamber.

  75. BACKGROUND

    Police Scotland has been urged to halt its programme of control room closures.

    It followed reports of problems at Bilston Glen, which previously handled calls from the Lothians and Borders.

    Police control room
    Image caption: Police control room

    Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the control room in Midlothian was struggling to cope following the closure of the Glenrothes control room in Fife on 17 March.

    He told Holyrood more than 1,000 calls were lost in one day, and non-emergency calls took 40 minutes to answer.

  76. Police control centre

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley asks the Scottish government how many complaints Police Scotland has received from Fife residents regarding police response and call-out times since services were moved from the Fife control centre to Bilston Glen.

  77. NorthConnect

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson asks the Scottish government what progress is being made with NorthConnect's £2 billion power scheme between Aberdeenshire and Scandinavia.

  78. Ministerial response

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson says the pilot scheme in Ayrshire and Aberdeen will continue pending the outcome of an evaluation.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson
    Image caption: Justice Secretary Michael Matheson

    Mr Matheson says he is optimistic that Clare's Law will be taken forward.

  79. BACKGROUND

    A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence was used more than 1,300 times in England and Wales in less than a year in January 2015.

    Clare's Law - named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009 - came into force across England and Wales in March 2014.

    Clare's law

    Miss Wood's father said he was "quietly delighted" the law was being used.

    In Scotland a pilot scheme to allow women and men to access information on their new partners' offending history was introduced.

    Police Scotland's Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse - also known as 'Clare's Law'- is being piloted for six months in Ayrshire and Aberdeen

  80. Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland

    Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie asks the Scottish government what progress has been made with the implementation of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland, which was piloted in Aberdeen and Ayrshire.

  81. Self-directed support

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey asks the Scottish government what guidance it provides to local authorities on the purposes for which self-directed support may be used.

  82. Police Scotland strategy

    Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell asks the Scottish government what its position is on the effectiveness of Police Scotland's strategy for engaging with local communities.

  83. Ministerial response

    Learning Minister Alasdair Allan says this is a matter for education authorities and the government has a commitment to ensure schools are staffed and staffed well.

    Learning Minister Alasdair Allan
    Image caption: Learning Minister Alasdair Allan
  84. BACKGROUND:

    The EIS teaching union claimed that cuts in staff are making it harder to deal with bad behaviour in schools, earlier this year.

    The union blames falling teacher numbers, support staff cuts and falling numbers of educational psychologists.

    Support staff

    One particular concern is that pupils who might be better suited to special schools are remaining in mainstream schools without appropriate support.

    Local authority organisation Cosla said the EIS was not "talking up" the good behaviour of school pupils.

  85. General questions begins

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont asks the Scottish government what steps it is taking to assess and sustain the levels of support staff in schools.

  86. Debate ends

    That concludes the debate on the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

  87. 'Collective responsibility'

    Ms Hyslop says too much of the focus has been on criminalising human trafficking in the Mediterranean, but many of the migrants have paid for the journey

    She says the EU must take collective responsibility and avoid a temporary political fix.

    The Italian government needs long term political support and the UK must pay a full part in supporting Italy, says the cabinet secretary.

    Ms Hyslop says the incoming UK government must approach the issue differently and the Scottish government stands ready to help.

  88. 'Simply wrong'

    Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop says this summer these migrant journeys will reach their peak accompanied by terror and death unless the EU community acts.

    She says the abandoning of search and rescue by the EU, supported by the UK government, was simply wrong.

  89. Ministerial response

    Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop says: "I want to reassure MSPs that the Scottish government is fully committed to doing whatever we can to address the ongoing tragedies - we have offered assistance in the last year."

    Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop
    Image caption: Europe and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop

    The deaths and misery continue in the Mediterranean and we must never forget that, says the cabinet secretary.

  90. 'Hugely important issue'

    Independent MSP John Finnie says this is a hugely important issue.

    Independent MSP John Finnie
    Image caption: Independent MSP John Finnie

    Mr Finnie says there should be an expansion of the search and rescue mission and an addressing of the issues that cause migrants to take such risks.

  91. 'Spirit of compassion'

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie says that the migrants are human beings and we must reach out to them in a spirit of compassion.

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie
    Image caption: Green MSP Patrick Harvie

    Mr Harvie says safe routes of passage must be placed before migrants rather than merely disrupting unsafe routes.

  92. BACKGROUND:

    David Cameron said a "comprehensive plan" was needed to tackle migrant traffickers as he pledged military assets to boost search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean.

    The prime minister made the promise of warship HMS Bulwark, two patrol boats and three helicopters at an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels in April.

    HMS Bulwark, two patrol ships and three helicopters from the UK will boost Mediterranean searches
    Image caption: HMS Bulwark, two patrol ships and three helicopters from the UK will boost Mediterranean searches

    The European Union withdrew funding for Italy's "Mare Nostrum" search and rescue operation last year, replacing it with the smaller Operation Triton.

    Following the crisis talks, European leaders are to triple funding for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean to €9m (£6.5m).

    The EU will also look at ways to capture and destroy smugglers' boats, officials said.

  93. 'Shocked and horrified'

    Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor says all MSPs have surely been shocked and horrified by the deaths in the Mediterranean.

    Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor

    Mr McGrigor says the UK government has announced measures to help address the situation.

  94. 'Inaction'

    Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson says it is necessary that we shine a light on the inaction of governments.

    Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson
    Image caption: Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson

    Ms Ferguson says it is necessary that Holyrood highlights the tragedy.

  95. Catastrophe

    SNP MSP Kenny MacAskill says the migrant crisis is a catastrophe and is biblical in its proportions.

    This is something we've not seen in the European continent for many generations and not since world war two he says.

    SNP MSP Kenny MacAskill
    Image caption: SNP MSP Kenny MacAskill

    "Common humanity dictates we need to act and we need to act now."

  96. BACKGROUND:

    More than 5,800 migrants were rescued and 10 bodies recovered off the Libyan coast over the weekend, the Italian coastguard said.

    The survivors were picked up from wooden and rubber boats, in 17 separate operations by Italian and French ships.

    Map showing the most deadly Mediterranean migrant routes

    An Italian ship landed nearly 900 people in Sicily early on Monday.

    At least 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014 when 96 people died.

  97. Action

    Mr Rowley asks that we all remain focussed in attaining action from the UK government and other governments as the tragedy must not be allowed to go on.

  98. BACKGROUND: Amnesty International report

    Mr Rowley talks about Amnesty International's report 'Europe's Sinking Shame'.

    Report

    The report documents testimonies of shipwreck survivors.

    It details the challenges and limitations of current search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean and sets out ways in which this can be remedied.

    It calls for the immediate launch of a humanitarian operation to save lives at sea, with adequate ships, aircraft, and other resources, patrolling where lives are at risk.

  99. 'We must do more'

    The Labour MSP says the United Nations is currently seeking guest countries for refugees to settle in, "we must do more".

  100. Internationalism

    Mr Rowley says Scotland has a proud history of internationalism and reaching out to fellow human beings when they are in danger.

    "We have to think of protecting people, not just protecting borders. "

  101. People drowning

    The Labour MSP says every single boat with refugees is followed by Fortex, so there is surveillance of people drowning in the Mediterranean.

  102. Human tragedy

    Mr Rowley highlights the scale of the human tragedy and says Holyrood must do more to speak out and use its influence to make the UK government and governments across Europe to step up and prevent this tragedy.

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley
    Image caption: Labour MSP Alex Rowley
  103. Dereliction of duty

    The Labour MSP says that the decision of the EU to stop funding Italy's Mare Nostrum rescue mission last year in favour of the surveillance patrols currently being carried out by its border agency, Frontex, is a clear example of its dereliction of duty with regard to this matter.

    Mr Rowley highlights the evidence given to the European and External Relations Committee by Pasquale Terracciano, the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, who stated:

    35,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in 2015, many from Libya
    Image caption: 35,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in 2015, many from Libya

    "We are pressing to persuade the European Union that there is an external border that is of common interest and should be managed at a common level, we are pressing other partners to make it a European priority and all political pressure is welcome to create awareness of the scale of the phenomenon".

    Mr Rowley says he believes that it is the duty of all EU nations to work together to tackle this humanitarian crisis, the scale of which it considers is causing widespread concern and disbelief in communities across Scotland.

  104. Mediterranean migrant crisis debate

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley is leading a debate about the crisis of migrants dying in the Mediterranean attempting to reach Europe.

    In his motion Mr Rowley says he is shocked at the recent loss of life in the Mediterranean sea where almost 400 migrants attempting to reach the EU are believed to have died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya.

    Italy has brought thousands of rescued migrants to Sicily
    Image caption: Italy has brought thousands of rescued migrants to Sicily

    Mr Rowley says he supports the comments of human rights groups across Europe that have condemned the scrapping of rescue operations in the Mediterranean, which it believes is endangering the lives of thousands of desperate migrants making perilous journeys across the sea.

    Amnesty International has stated that "European governments' on-going negligence towards the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean has contributed to a more than 50-fold increase in migrant and refugee deaths since the beginning of 2015".

  105. BACKGROUND:

    Yesterday it emerged dozens of migrants had drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people sank south of Sicily, according to Save the Children.

    The aid group says survivors reported up to 40 people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching.

    Screen grab of video footage obtained by the Associated Press showing migrants jumping off of dinghy said to be filmed on 3 May 2015
    Image caption: Footage shows migrants jumping off their deflating dinghy

    The survivors arrived in the city of Catania on Tuesday.

    At least 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

  106. Mediterranean migrants crisis debate

    The Italian coastguard rescues 397 migrants on one boat on Saturday
    Image caption: The Italian coastguard rescues 397 migrants on one boat on Saturday

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley will shortly lead a member's debate on the tragedy of migrants dying whilst attempting to reach Europe.

  107. Welcome back

    Welcome back to BBC Scotland's Democracy Live coverage of Holyrood on 6 May 2015.

    Chamber

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley will shortly lead a member's debate on the tragedy of migrants dying whilst attempting to reach Europe.

    The remainder of the day is filled with question time sessions.

    General questions precedes the final first minister's questions before the big vote on Thursday - expect sparks to fly and the election campaign to come to the chamber.

    Last item of the day sees infrastructure, investment and cities ministers in the hot seat followed by culture, Europe and external affairs ministers.

  108. We'll be back

    We'll be back with this afternoon's chamber business from 2pm, including extensive coverage of the final first minister's questions before the general election.

  109. .......and that's it!

    The committee now moves into private session.

  110. Approved

    The committee approves the Climate Change (Additional Greenhouse Gas)(Scotland) Order.

    Group shot
  111. The Climate Change (Additional Greenhouse Gas)(Scotland) Order

    The instrument is made in exercise of the powers conferred on the Scottish Ministers by sections 10(2)(a), 12(3) and 96(3) of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and by all other enabling powers.

    The instrument is subject to affirmative procedure.

    Policy Objectives

    This Order adds nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) to the list of greenhouse gases covered by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, and designates 1995 as the baseline year against which progress to reduce emissions will be measured.

    This will ensure consistency with international agreements.

  112. Nitrogen trifluoride emissions

    Greenhouse gases

    Ms McLeod says Scottish greenhouse gas emissions will be published shortly, including nitrogen trifluoride emissions for the first time.

  113. Domestic nitrogen trifluoride emissions

    Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod says nitrogen trifluoride emissions in the UK are very low.

  114. Climate change

    MSPs are taking evidence on a climate change order from Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod.

    Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod
    Image caption: Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod

    Mainly this Order modifies the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 ("the 2009 Act") by adding nitrogen trifluoride as an additional greenhouse gas to the greenhouse gases listed.

  115. First Milk

    SNP MSP Mike Russell asks if the committee could recall witnesses from First Milk.

    milk
  116. ......and we're off!

    Committee convener Rob Gibson gets us underway.

  117. Coming up

    Coming up from 10am this morning is the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

    The committee will be taking evidence from Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod.

    After lunch Labour MSP Alex Rowley will lead a member's debate on migrants dying whilst attempting to reach Europe.

    The remainder of the day is filled with question time sessions.

    General questions precedes the final first minister's questions before the big vote on Thursday - expect sparks to fly.

    Last item of the day sees infrastructure, investment and cities ministers in the hot seat followed by culture, Europe and external affairs ministers.

  118. Good morning

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Democracy Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 6 May 2015.

    Holyrood