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Summary

  1. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing gives evidence on CAP payments failures
  2. Justice, culture, tourism and external affairs ministers are in the hot seat for this week's portfolio questions
  3. Scottish Conservatives lead a debate entitled 'NHS Scotland staffing crisis'
  4. SNP MSP Graeme Dey leads this afternoon's members debate entitled 'Promoting Good Food from Angus'

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That concludes Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament

    Scottish Parliament

    That concludes Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 21 September 2016.

    Have a lovely and peaceful evening. 

  2. Minister highlights cross-party promotion of success of Scotland's food and drink

    Mr Ewing praises the food and drink industry across Scotland.

    'Haggis, neeps and tatties'

    The rural economy says the Scottish Food Commission was established by the Scottish government.

    He says there is cross-party promotion of success of Scotland's food and drink.

  3. 'Jilting the bridie'

    Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing welcomes the comprehensive catalogue of mouth-watering food described by Mr Dey.

    Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing

    Mr Ewing says Angus a la Carte has a nice ring to it.

    He says Mr Dey was a wee bit churlish to not accept the Forfar bridie.

    The minister says he has heard of jilting the bride but not jilting the bridie.

  4. BreakingBreaking news: Draft budget row

    The Finance Committee is demanding that MSPs debate the budget timetable after the Scottish government delayed announcing their financial plans until December. 

    Ministers put back publication of the draft budget until after the Chancellor's autumn statement, because of uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote.

    SNP MSP Bruce Crawford
    Image caption: SNP MSP Bruce Crawford is the Finance Committee convener

    But the committee's convener has written to the finance secretary expressing concern about the lack of time to scrutinise the plans. 

    Bruce Crawford also says it's unacceptable that Derek Mackay isn't even prepared to publish any scenario planning information to help the committee. 

    If the budget timetable goes to the vote, there's no guarantee that the SNP Government would win it. 

  5. 'Too small a share of what the public spends on food flows back to the farmer'

    Scottish Conservative MSP Peter Chapman says times are hard on Scotland's farms and profits are hard to find.

    Scottish Conservative MSP Peter Chapman

    Mr Chapman says he has been happy to talk to the successful companies in Scotland's food and drink industry.

    The farmer, who represents North East Scotland, says the food chain is not working and the money is not getting back to farmres

    "Too small a share of what the public spends on food flows back to the farmer."

  6. SNP MSP calls on the government to appoint a national chef

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey calls on the Scottish government to appoint a national chef. 

  7. Scotland's food and drink outperforming the rest of the UK in growth

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey says when people think Angus they no longer just think food but also vodka and Gin which is made in local distilleries. 

    Mr Dey says there is no doubt that the food and drink sector is thriving in Angus and is internationally recognised. 

    He says Scotland's food and drink sector is thriving in general and outperforms the rest of the UK in terms of growth.  

  8. Promoting Good Food from Angus debate begins...

    Here's the motion from SNP MSP Graeme Dey:

    SNP motion
  9. The Scottish Conservative motion as amended by the SNP is agreed to

    The Scottish Conservative motion as amended by the SNP is agreed to, with 62 backing it and 54 against and with again 6 abstentions.

    Scottish Conservative motion
    SNP amendment

    The Labour amendment fell automatically because the SNP amendment was agreed to.

  10. The SNP amendment for the health debate is agreed to.

    After a pregnant pause we move to decision time...and the SNP amendment is agreed with 62MSPs voting for it and with 55 against and with 6 abstentions.

    SNP amendment
  11. Tory MSP calls on government to take responsibility for NHS staffing crisis

    Mr Briggs says concludes saying after nine and half years in office it is time the SNP took responsibility for the NHS staffing crisis it is presiding over.

  12. Tory MSP says SNP ignoring future GP training

    Mr Briggs says the training of our future GPs is clearly an issue that the government has not focused on.

    GP

    The health secretary intervenes asking if the Tory MSP welcomes the new graduate medical school.

    Mr Briggs hits back again saying half of medical students are non-domiciled in Scotland.

  13. 'Our GP services cannot cope with the increasing demand' says Tory MSP

    Conservative MSP Miles Briggs says MSPs have outlined the severe challenges facing GP services in Lothian.

    Mr Briggs says: "Our GP services cannot cope with the increasing demand."

    Conservative MSP Miles Briggs

    He says six practices have been taken over by NHS Lothian and the SNP is not addressing the GP crisis across Scotland.

    The Tory MSP says resources for primary care must be increased to at least 10% of NHS spend.

  14. Minister warns of 'post-Brexit bourach'

    The public health minister says the government is developing a National Health Care Workforce Plan.

    Ms Campbell cites the importance of early intervention and preventative spend.

    She warns of the "post-Brexit bourach" left by Farage, Johnson et al after the EU referendum and its impact on health and dentistry.