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Summary

  1. The Equalities and Human Rights Committee will shortly take evidence on destitution, asylum and insecure immigration status in Scotland.
  2. The Small Business Bonus Scheme and regeneration of town centres are both raised during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. SNP MSP Ross Thomson leads the lunchtime member’s debate on the impact on North East businesses of the hike in Non-Domestic Rates
  5. The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will then lead a debate on its report The Draft Climate Change Plan - The Draft Third Report on Policies and Proposals 2017-2032

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That ends Holyrood Live's coverage on another compelling day in Scottish Polictics

    The UK government is to reject calls for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit after Theresa May said "now is not the time".

    The prime minister said the focus should be on getting the best Brexit deal for the whole of the UK.

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    Video caption: Theresa May: 'Now is not the time' for Scotland independence vote

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a vote by the spring of 2019 would be rejected "conclusively".

    The first minister said blocking a referendum would be a "democratic outrage".

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    Video caption: Nicola Sturgeon: This could be the day the fate of the union was sealed

    Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, told BBC Scotland: "It is an argument for independence really in a nutshell, that Westminster thinks it has got the right to block the democratically elected mandate of the Scottish government and the majority in the Scottish Parliament.

    "You know history may look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed."

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    Video caption: Ruth Davidson: SNP must earn the right to hold indyref2

    Have a good weekend and don't forget to joins us for the Scotland's Choice debates next Tuesday and Wednesday!

  2. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned

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    The Scottish Parliament is adjourned.

  3. MSPs agree to Farriers (Registration) Bill - UK Legislation motion

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  4. The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee motion is unanimously agreed to

    The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee motion is uanimously agreed to.

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  5. 'Climate change leadership in the public sector must be addressed'

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    Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee deputy convener Maurice Golden says the committee believes all sectors should be considered consistently in the plans.

    Mr Golden says "climate change leadership in the public sector must be addressed."

    He says the committee recognises Scotland's world-leading commitment in the area of climate change. 

  6. Tory MSP says information on further engagement should be included in the final CCP

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden
    Image caption: Tory MSP Maurice Golden

    Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee deputy convener Maurice Golden says there is a recognition that climate change must be tackled.

    Mr Golden says the committee welcomes the scrutiny of the draft climate change plan by four committees.

    He says overall the Scottish government's approach to develop the draft plan has changed.

    The Tory MSP says the committee welcomes the intention to have wide ranging engagement but says this was not executed well enough.

    Mr Golden says information on further engagement should be included in the final plan.

  7. UK government "flip flopping" on approach - minister

    Windfarm

    Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse says Scotland's remote and island communities are already demonstrating clean energy solutions.

    Mr Wheelhouse says achieving the ambitious targets will require the belief and collaboration of parliament. 

    The energy minister says the government are committed to the targets despite the UK government "flip flopping".

    He says the direction of the UK government approach has shifted and that has caused difficulties. 

  8. Minister says the draft climate change plan is a 'clear roadmap' to meet climate change targets

    Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse
    Image caption: Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse

    Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse says it has been a lively and interesting debate and says the 2009 Climate Change Act sets the 60 day timetable.

    Mr Wheelhouse says the draft climate change plan sets out a clear roadmap on how to meet the government's climate change targets.

    He says the government has built apon the previous RPPs and the TIMES model is very good and transparent.

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell ask if carbon capture could be removed from the TIMES model and could it be rerun.

    Mr Wheelhouse says the equivalent of over half of Scotland's energy comes from renewables.

  9. 'We have heard the wing and the prayer method on which this plan has been put through'

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman
    Image caption: Tory MSP Peter Chapman

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman says "the SNPs targets are laudable but are unlikely to be delivered." 

    Mr Chapman says speakers have highlighted the tight timescale to scrutinise the government's plans.

    The Tory MSP says it is to be commended that we are ahead of targets. 

    He says there are questions around how much we can rely on technology which has not been invented yet. 

    He says there are improvements that can be made in animal production. 

    "We have heard the wing and the prayer method on which this plan has been put through." 

  10. 'We need to be more ambitious'

    Labour MSP David Stewart
    Image caption: Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart says this has been an excellent debate.

    Mr Stewart says climate change is here today, the impacts do not exist in some sort of Sci-Fi future.

    He says: "Climate change salutes to no flags."

    The Labour MSP says we need to boost energy efficiency, public transport and active travel and tackle fuel poverty.

    He says concerns have been raised about the extent of active travel.

    Mr Stewart concludes saying the climate change plan sets out a positive plan for the future but we need to be more ambitious.

  11. 'That means ceasing all fossil fuel development and, above all, it means no fracking'

    Green MSP Andy Wightman
    Image caption: Green MSP Andy Wightman

    Green MSP Andy Wightman says the actions required to hold to two degrees are actually outwith the bounds of politics in most countries.

    Mr Wightman says global emissions need to peak now and start declining.

    He says it means we need to leave two thirds of hydrocarbons in the ground.

    "That means ceasing all fossil fuel development and, above all, it means no fracking," says Mr Wightman.

  12. Draft plan lacks ambition and the Scottish government is not being clear enough says Lib Dem MSP

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles says the draft plan lacks ambition and the Scottish government is not being clear enough. 

    Mr Rumbles says air travel is the highest emitter of carbon and that is why it is not in the draft plan.

    The Lib Dem MSP says Transport Scotland begins with the assumption that car use will increase by 27% by 2025.

    He says the government's plan does not include expanding bus travel and they are actually curtailing the free-bus pass policy. 

  13. Point of order

    Neil Findlay

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay says he makes a criticism of the way this debate has been timetabled.

    Mr Findlay says: "The credibility of this parliament is at stake when we have debates curtailed like this and these are not debates just a series of speeches."

    Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani says that is not a point of order and she suggests Mr Findlay take it up with his business manager.