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Summary

  1. The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee take evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill.
  2. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf gives evidence on the National Transport Strategy
  3. Opposition MSPs quiz Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions
  4. Economic growth, studying medicine and the amputation of tails in health puppies are raised during general questions
  5. Portfolio questions features culture, tourism and external affairs ministers and then justice and law officers

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood

    That ends our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Wednesday 7 June 2017.

    Parliament is suspended tomorrow due to the general election.

    We'll be back next week.

  2. Minister says the overall trend in terms of homicide is going down

    Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing
    Image caption: Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing

    Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing says the overall trend in terms of homicide is going down, as is non-sexual crimes of violence.

  3. Background: Violent crime rises after long-term fall

    Police said violent crime was down over the past five year
    Image caption: Police said violent crime was down over the past five year

    Serious assaults, murder and robbery are increasing in Scotland, according to documents obtained by the BBC.

    After more than a decade of violent crime and knife use falling, the papers show that the use of weapons in west central Scotland is also up.

    Police Scotland said violent crime was down over the past five years.

    They said much violent crime was "common assaults" and many were domestic assaults which had been under-reported in the past.

    Police said crime overall was down to a 40-year low.

    Read more here.

  4. Violent crime prevention

    Conservative MSP Annie Wells asks the Scottish government whether it will provide an update on its work to prevent violent crime.

  5. Minister says HMCIS's report will be published by 22 June

    SNP MSP George Adam asks when HMCIS's report on the SPA.

    Mr Matheson says HMCIS has been asked to bring forward its governance review.

    He says it has agreed to publish its report by 22 June.

  6. Wrong to say there has been no improvements with SPA says Michael Matheson

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson says the government will give consideration to the reports on the SPA before reaching a decision.

    Ms Baillie says Mr Matheson appointed Mr Flanagan so she understands his frustration and asks what lessons have been learned.

    Mr Matheson says HMICS set out improvements that have been made in the SPA so it is wrong to say otherwise.

    The justice secretary says Mr Flanagan has set out where he feels he has not met standards expected of him.

  7. Background: MSPs renew calls for Scottish Police Authority chief to go

    Andrew Flanagan

    MSPs renewed calls for Andrew Flanagan to leave his role as chairman of the Scottish Police Authority last week.

    During a question session at Holyrood, members from all four opposition parties said it was time for Mr Flanagan to go.

    Two committees issued scathing reports about his leadership of the police authority after transparency probes.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said issues would be considered carefully before the government made a decision.

    Read more here.

  8. Question of confidence in the chair of the Scottish Police Authority

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie asks the Scottish government whether it has confidence in the chairperson of the Scottish Police Authority.

  9. Rise in rape victims between 16 to 24 year olds who met the perpetrator online

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman
    Image caption: Tory MSP Peter Chapman

    Mr Chapman says Police Scotland reported a rise in rape victims between 16 to 24 year olds who met the perpetrator online.

    He asks the justice secretary what the government is doing about online security.

    The minister points to Police Scotland's 2026 strategy.

    He says there needs to be a much sharper focus on sexual crimes.

  10. Minister says the government will publish the validated figures for crime in September

    Mr Matheson says the government will publish the validated figures for crime in September.

    The justice secretary says the full reasons for the growth inn reported sexual offences are complex but historic and online crimes are part of it.

    He says victims of sexual crimes must be able to come forward and report in confidence.

    The justice secretary says victims need specialist report and the government has invested record levels in third sector organisations.

  11. Background: Number of sex crimes reported to Police Scotland at record high

    Women with protective hand outstretched
    Image caption: The number of sex crimes recorded last year was the highest since Police Scotland was created

    The number of sex crimes recorded by Police Scotland has gone up, according to the force's own figures.

    In 2016/17 there were 10,822 cases reported - an increase of 5.2% on the previous year and a record high.

    Two reports containing the latest statistics are due to be presented to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) next week.

    They also highlight the fact that much of the increase came from non-recent cases and online offences.

    BBC Scotland's home affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson said the persistent rise in sexual offences, including rape, was against a general trend of reduced crime and had caused concern among police.

    Read more here.

  12. Increase in reported sexual offences

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman asks what the government's response is to the increase in reported sexual offences in 2016-17.

  13. £140m unrecoverable VAT paid by Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue

    Michael Matheson

    Mr Matheson says the amount of unrecoverable VAT paid, between April 2013 and March 2017, is of the order of £140m and the government will continue to make its case to the UK government.

    Mr Torrance asks if the justice secretary agrees that the system should be changed to allow Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recover VAT.

    Mr Matheson says he does agree and that it has been changed for other organisations.

  14. Background: Police Scotland cannot reclaim £76m VAT bill from last three years

    Police

    Last June we reported that Scotland's single police force had paid £76.5m in VAT since it was formed three years ago and remained unable to reclaim the tax.

    Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley revealed the figure in a letter to the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

    Local police and fire services were exempt from VAT but this ended with the creation of national bodies in 2013.

    The VAT issue remains controversial as Audit Scotland recently warned Police Scotland faced an £85m funding gap.

    Westminster's Home Affairs Committee recently requested information from Police Scotland regarding its work training police forces of foreign governments.

  15. Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service VAT

    SNP MSP David Torrance ask the Scottish government how much Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have paid in VAT that they have not been able to claim back.

  16. Police complaints

    SNP MSP Linda Fabiani

    SNP MSP Linda Fabiani asks the Scottish government what recourse there is for people who are dissatisfied with the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner's response to a complaint.

  17. Justice and the Law Officers

    It is now the turn of justice ministers and law officers to face questions from MSPs.

  18. Expansion of SEC

    Ms Hyslop says the Scottish government recognises that business events are an excellent way to promote Scotland.

    The culture secretary says that the government supports its partners in business events.

    Mr Tomkins asks what the government can do to support the expansion of the SEC.

    Ms Hyslop says the expansion was not part of the Glasgow City Deal and that he may wish to speak to the UK government about additional support.

  19. Background: Glasgow's SECC to be renamed 'Scottish Event Campus'

    SEC chief executive Peter Duthie said the new name reflected changes to the business over the past 30 years
    Image caption: SEC chief executive Peter Duthie said the new name reflected changes to the business over the past 30 years

    In January we repoerted that the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow was to be renamed the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

    The iconic events venue has developed over the past 30 years and the site now includes the Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo) and The SSE Hydro.

    Live entertainment has now become a significant part of its business.

    SEC chief executive Peter Duthie said the rebrand aimed to reflect these changes and showcase its ability to stage large-scale events.

    He said the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Ignition Festival of Motoring were both "great examples of utilisation of all areas of our campus, internally and externally".

    Read more here.

  20. Scottish Event Campus questions

    Tory MSP Adam Tomkins asks the Scottish government how it supports the Scottish Event Campus to increase business tourism in Glasgow.