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Summary

  1. Education Secretary John Swinney gives evidence to the Education Committee on workforce planning in schools
  2. Rural economy and connectivity ministers will take portfolio questions, followed by the environment, climate change and land reform ministers
  3. The Scottish government leads a debate on protecting worker’s rights
  4. After decision time SNP MSP Clare Adamson leads a member’s debate on Child Safety Week

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

    Holyrood

    That ends our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Wednesday 31 May 2017.

    We'll be back tomorrow.

    Have a good night.

  2. Partnership is key to sharing information on safety says Mr McDonald

    Mr McDonald says the government are delighted to have funded Child Safety Week since 2008.

    The childcare and early years minister says partnership is key to sharing information on safety.

    He says there are many examples of good practice across the country.

    Mr McDonald says the government continues to engage with Water Safety Scotland which is important to highlight at this time of year.

    He says the government will continue to work with partners and stakeholders.

  3. 'We want to create a society that is risk aware rather than risk diverse'

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald says he was also a member of the Tufty Club in the 1980s.

    Mr McDonald says he has drawn two conclusions from Mr Stevenson's speech saying "he is accident prone and immortal".

    "We want to create a society that is risk aware rather than risk diverse," he says, talking of the importance of children being allowed to explore the world around them.

    Mr McDonald says the Scottish government works closely with RoSPA.

  4. Green MSP has proposed a bill to set a default 20mph speed limit in urban areas

    Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell congratulates the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

    Mr Ruskell says "we live in a complicated technological world" and so many of us are spending a lot of time looking at screens.

    The Green MSP says sharing information on safety is important.

    He says he has proposed a bill to set a default 20mph speed limit in urban areas.

  5. The capsules used in laundry, button batteries and plastic bags all present a risk says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Alexander Stewart

    Tory MSP Alexander Stewart says this debate is particularly poignant given the Manchester attack.

    Mr Stewart says the capsules used in laundry, button batteries and plastic bags all present a risk.

    The Tory MSP says there are measures such as traffic calming and 20mph zones to try and cut down on accidents.

    He says he was a member of the Tufty club and it taught him some "valuable lessons".

  6. 'Please be careful sitting down'

    Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani tells Mr Stevenson to be careful sitting down following his speech about all his accidents.

    "The wheels on the seats can be a bit dodgy," she says.

  7. 'Don't fly with me'

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says he has experienced many accidents as a child and an adult.

    Mr Stevenson says he has come off a plane in an emergency on three seperate occasions "so don't fly with me".

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie intervenes to ask if the chamber should be cleared considering the member is so accident prone.

    Mr Stevenson says people should stick with him because he always survives.

    He says parents do not always know that their children are going to do the things that cause accidents so it is important to mitigate against them.

  8. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

    Taken from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website:

    "Accidents are the biggest threat to you and your family for most your life. In fact, more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year, while thousands more are maimed and millions are injured. Businesses are ruined. Families are devastated. Children grow up without parents, parents without children.

    "Yet despite the scale and severity of the problem, accidents are still too often discussed with a shrug of the shoulders. There is a pervasive belief amongst some people that accidents are somehow inevitable. That they can't be stopped."

    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website
  9. Children must unplug from distractions when crossing the road says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Bill Bowman

    Tory MSP Bill Bowman says roads are busy and there are more distractions for children, such as the smartphone and headphones.

    Mr Bowman says "children must unplug from all that".

    The Tory MSP pays tribute to Capt and RoSPA for their work in raising awareness in this area.

  10. Background: Cyclist dies after being hit by minibus following Edinburgh tram track fall

    Edinburgh scene of accident

    A cyclist has died after her wheel became stuck in tram tracks and she fell into the path of a minibus in Edinburgh city centre.

    The 24-year-old woman was struck on Princes Street, at its junction with Lothian Road, at about 08:30.

    Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to come forward and telling motorists to avoid the area.

    The Rabbie's Tours bus had been taking passengers on a trip to the West Highlands when the incident happened.

    Read more here.

  11. Cyclist death is an important reminder of the importance of road safety

    Clare Adamson

    Ms Adamson says there are lots of different things that people can do during Child Safety Week and it is about partnerships.

    The SNP MSP says using local facilities such as libraries to promote safety messages is important.

    She says "we need to understand the dangers of water" and that it takes only 5cm of water for a toddler to drown.

    Ms Adamson says the accident in Edinburgh this morning, in which a cyclist died, is a reminder of the importance of road safety.

  12. Child Accident Prevention Trust

    Capt website

    Taken from the Capt Child Safety Week website:

    "This year, Child Safety Week takes place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June 2017, with the theme Safe children: sharing is caring.

    "We are asking friends, families, communities and professionals to show they care by playing their part in keeping children safe and sharing their experience and knowledge – not just about the horrors of accidents, but also the really practical, simple things they do to prevent them."

  13. 'We were all shocked and saddened by the horrific attack on children in Manchester last week'

    Clare Adamson

    Ms Adamson says "we were all shocked and saddened by the horrific attack on children in Manchester last week."

    The SNP MSP says no one can prepare a parent for this type of tragedy and, although a deliberate act of terrorism is different to an accident, it will be in her mind during Child Safety Week.

    She says she has had the pleasure of working with Capt over the past couple of years.

  14. SNP MSP pays tribute to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

    Tufty club
    Image caption: The Tufty club persuaded pre-school children of the dangers of the road

    Ms Adamson highlights the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which, this year, celebrates its centenary.

    The SNP MSP says that RoSPA’s past successes from the Tufty Club in the 1960s and the introduction of the seatbelt law in the 1980s, to a successful campaign for moulded plugs in 1992 and EU-wide regulations on looped blind cords in 2014.

    She highlights the new hazards for parents and carers to be aware of such as liquid laundry capsules, button batteries, hair straighteners and nappy sacks.

    Ms Adamson congratulates the organisations that continue to work tirelessly and collaboratively in the field of accident prevention and child safety.

  15. Parents urged to share experiences and learning

    Parent crossing the road with child

    Ms Adamson says that Capt help families understand the risks, consequences and the simple ways in which accidents can be prevented.

    The SNP MSP says that work undertaken in Child Safety Week involves bringing together individuals and organisations around the UK to promote safety messages to families in a fun and engaging way.

    She says this encourages parents and carers to increase confidence by sharing experiences and learning.

    Ms Adamson congratulates Capt and other organisations working in accident prevention on their outstanding dedication.

  16. Child Safety Week: 5 - 11 June 2017

    Parent next to a child in crib

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson uses her motion to highlight Child Safety Week.

    The annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) takes place this year between 5 and 11 June 2017.

    This year's theme is “sharing is caring”.

    Ms Adamson says that accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK.

    The SNP MSP says that they account for three deaths every week and over 2,000 hospital admissions and that many of these accidents can be prevented.

  17. Child Safety Week debate begins...

    Here is Ms Adamson's motion.

    Motion
  18. The government motion as amended is agreed to

    The government motion as amended is agreed to, with 63 MSPs backing it and 23 against and with four abstentions.

    Government motion
    Labour amendment
    Green amendment
  19. The Green amendment is agreed to

    The Green amendment is agreed to, with 64 MSPs backing it and 27 against.

    Green amendment
  20. The Labour amendment is agreed to

    Labour amendment

    The Labour amendment is agreed to, with 64 MSPs backing it and 27 against.