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Summary

  1. The Equalities and Human Rights Committee takes evidence on destitution, asylum and immigration status in Scotland
  2. Child fares on public transport and A&E waiting times are among the issues raised in general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie leads this afternoon's member's debate on the future of Elmwood campus
  5. The Scottish government delivers four ministerial statements on the mental health strategy, transvaginal mesh implants, unconventional oil and gas and the Enterprise and Skills Review

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from the Holyrood Live team

    Holyrood night

    That's all from the Holyrood Live team for Thursday 30 March 2017.

    We'll be taking a break during the parliamentary recess and will return on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

    Have a good night. 

  2. Summary: Scotland's enterprise agencies to retain own boards

    
          Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed to MSPs that Scotland's enterprise agencies would retain their boards
    Image caption: Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed to MSPs that Scotland's enterprise agencies would retain their boards

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to retain its board but also work with a new strategic set-up.

    The Scottish Funding Council and other enterprise and skills public bodies will also keep their boards and "have a seat" on the new strategic board.

    HIE, along with the other bodies, has been the subject of a review.

    The process has been the source of  a political row  with opposition MSPs accusing the Scottish government of centralisation.

    Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed to MSPs that Scotland's enterprise agencies would retain their boards.

    Read more here.

  3. After that political feast ..... time for the Easter recess

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh
    Image caption: Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh

    There is now a wee delay before decision time before the parliamentary bureau motions are passed unanimously.

    With that, Ken Macintosh closes the meeting of the parliament and that is the Easter recess.

  4. And finally........ Tory MSP Dean Lockhart gets his chance to ask his question

    Tory MSP Dean Lockhart is back from the naughty step and gets the last question when he expected the first.

    Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame put him to the back of the queue for missing the top of the statement.

    Keith Brown and Dean Lockhart
    Image caption: Tory MSP Dean Lockhart (right) finally gets to ask Economy Secretary Keith Brown (left) his question.

    Mind you the statement did start early, Ms Grahame says Mr Lockhart has learned the hard way because business always follows on.

    Mr Lockhart says he was busy reading the statement and he starts on the u-turn and asks if Audit Scotland was right when it said the agencies were performing well, but the Scottish government needs a better strategy.

    The minister says that is the point and purpose of the review and he says he is grateful for the engagement with Dean Lockhart.

  5. SNP MSP raises duplication and asks if there will be more alignment

    SNP MSP John Mason
    Image caption: SNP MSP John Mason

    SNP MSP John Mason says the review found there is duplication amongst the agencies and asks if there will be more alignment. 

    Economy Secretary Keith Brown says he thinks everyone agrees that there is duplication and that this needs to be rectified. 

  6. Lib Dem MSP asks what the boards of HIE and the Funding Council are going to do

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says he welcomes the u-turn but he is struggling to square that with another line in the statement.

    He asks what the boards of HIE and the Funding Council are going to do. 

    Mr Brown says the boards will continue to do what they are doing now and there is potential for them to be more powerful than they are now. 

  7. Green MSP thanks the cabinet secretary for listening on HIE board

    Green MSP John Finnie
    Image caption: Green MSP John Finnie

    Green MSP John Finnie thanks the cabinet secretary for listening on HIE board and asks for a meeting to hear Green concerns.

    Mr Brown thanks Mr Finnie for his engagement and confirms he will be happy to meet him. 

  8. SNP MSP raises HIE Moray

    SNP MSP Richard Lochhead
    Image caption: SNP MSP Richard Lochhead

    SNP MSP Richard Lochhead asks the economy secretary to recognise the work of HIE Moray and confirm that it will continue its good work.

    Mr Brown says he can confirm that.