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Summary

  1. The Local Government Committee takes evidence on disabled parking places from stakeholders
  2. MSPs quiz finance and the constitution ministers followed by economy, jobs and fair work ministers during portfolio questions
  3. The Scottish Lib Dems lead a debate on educational governance
  4. MSPs will then participate in another Lib Dem debate, this time on the collapse of Scots-China investment pact
  5. Tory MSP John Lamont leads this evenings member's debate entitled 'Congratulations to Rotary District 1020 and Other Champions of Change Winners'

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood night

    That brings to an end our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Wednesday 29 March 2017.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning.

    Have a good night.

  2. International Development Minister Alasdair Allan praises Rotarians

    International Development Minister Alasdair Allan
    Image caption: International Development Minister Alasdair Allan

    International Development Minister Alasdair Allan says it gives him great pleasure to welcome Rotarians to the gallery. 

    Mr Allan praises the work Rotarians do to help save lives around the world. 

    The minister says the government supports volunteers via the  Community Capacity Resilience Fund, the Empowering Communities Fund and the Volunteering Fund.

  3. Holocaust exhibition opens at Holyrood

    
          Shortlisted design for a National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre
    Image caption: Shortlisted design for a National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre

    An exhibition of the shortlisted designs for a National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament.

    The exhibition, which will be on display until 1 April 2017, showcases 10 shortlisted designs and physical models for a new National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre in the UK.

    Envisaged as a place for everyone to come together to remember the Holocaust, the centre will provide a focal point for annual national commemorations in the UK.

    The travelling exhibition was on display at Westminster earlier this month and some of the shortlisted designs will also visit the National Assembly of Wales.

  4. Rotarians deserve the support they receive from Holyrood

    Mr Lamont asks the minister to explain what the Scottish government is doing to support the work of Rotary Clubs.

    He says he is delighted to see the level of support of the Parliament for Rotarians.

    The Tory MSP says the Rotarians deserve the support as they provide charitable work across the country. 

  5. This evening is an opportunity to celebrate the work of all the Rotary Clubs

    Tory MSP John Lamont
    Image caption: Tory MSP John Lamont

    Tory MSP John Lamont welcomes Rotary members to the gallery. 

    He praises the work of Rotary districts across Scotland.

    In particular he praises the work of the Rotary District 1020 and he says this evening is an opportunity to celebrate the work of all the Rotary Clubs in the country.

  6. 2017 Champions of Change awards ceremony to take place in April

    Mr Lamont says that the 2017 Champions of Change awards ceremony will be taking place in April and will once again recognise unsung heroes in domestic and international categories.

    The Tory MSP says that the Rotary Club of Galashiels has recently delivered 15 analogue breast screening lorries to India, in partnership with Indian Rotaries and led by local Rotarians, Patricia Paterson and Peter Croan.

    He says that the fantastic work of groups such as District 1020 and other Rotarians across Scotland makes a huge difference to local communities across Scotland and worldwide, 

    He congratulates Rotary International, which is celebrating its 112th anniversary in 2017.    

  7. Tory MSP congratulates Rotary District 1020

    Tory MSP John Lamont highlights the excellent work of Rotary clubs across Scotland in delivering projects to improve their local area and beyond.

    Mr Lamont congratulates Rotary District 1020 on being awarded two out of 12 Rotary Champions of Change awards in 2016 for humanitarian service.

    Rotary District 1020 website

    The Tory MSP says that Grant Stephen of the Rotary Club of Duns was commended for setting up and running the Dementia Café in Duns.

    He says Robin Hamilton of the Rotary Club of Dunbar received an award for his project in India providing sanitation at schools in the Kalimpong district.

  8. Rotary clubs debate

    Tory MSP John Lamont will now lead a debate entitled 'Congratulations to Rotary District 1020 and Other Champions of Change Winners'.

    Here is Mr Lamont's motion: 

    Tory motion
  9. The Scottish Lib Dem motion on the Chinese agreement, as amended by the government, is agreed to

    Lib Dem motion

    The Scottish Lib Dem motion on the Chinese agreement, as amended by the government, is agreed to with 64 MSPs backing, 54 against and with 3 abstentions.

  10. The Labour amendment to Chinese agreement motion is

    Labour amendment to Chinese agreement motion

    The Labour amendment to the Chinese agreement motion is not agreed to with 58 for 63 against.

  11. The Scottish government amendment on the Chinese agreement motion is agreed to

    Scottish government amendment

    The Scottish government amendment on the Chinese agreement motion is agreed to with 63 MSPs backing it, 55 against and with 3 abstentions.

    The Tory amendment is preempted.

  12. The Scottish Lib Dem motion on education, as amended, is unanimously agreed to

    The Scottish Lib Dem motion on education, as amended, is unanimously agreed to.

    Education
  13. Scottish government amendment to the education motion is agreed to

    SNP amendment

    The Scottish government amendment to the education motion is agreed to with 68 MSPs backing it and 53 against.

  14. Decision time

    We now move to decision time.

  15. Rennie says Keith Brown should apologise for attack on Lib Dems over Chinese Agreement collapse

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie
    Image caption: Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says for the last year his party have been accused of being hypocrites and running down Scotland and many, many other things.

    Mr Rennie says there is little point in the cabinet secretary coming and acting contrite without apologising for these attacks.

    He says he is grateful at last that after 12 months that Keith Brown has "deigned to come before us and say he has got some things wrong and he will learn lessons", but this should not come in an opposition debate.

    Mr Rennie says Patrick Harvie says he will let his own MSPs make up their own minds but says they were not in the chamber to make their minds up. 

    He calls for a set of rules to be put in place to protect this country's reputation, particularly on human rights.

    Mr Rennie says: "Scotland's reputation has been tarnished."

  16. 'I am sorry for the issues raised from this', says Keith Brown

    Keith Brown

    Keith Brown told the chamber in his closing speech that the government's approach to trade recognised the rights of workers. 

    He said: "It is important to do as much as possible to check the human rights records of investors."

    The minister also recognised the importance of "due diligence" in establishing future deals.

    Mr Brown empathised that the government was "not for business at any cost".

    He went on to say that he had sole responsibility on this matter and was "sorry for any issues raised".