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Summary

  1. The Public Petitions Committee takes evidence on a petition calling for the review of section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995
  2. MSPs quiz ministers during general questions on issues including ScotRail, the Scottish Growth Scheme and policing in Edinburgh
  3. Opposition party leaders quiz Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions
  4. Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott will then lead a debate celebrating the Island Games
  5. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will then give a ministerial statement on the Provisional Outturn 2016-17
  6. MSPs will then debate the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill for the final time

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood

    That brings to an end our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Thursday 22 June 2017.

    We'll be back on Tuesday in the final week before parliamentary recess.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. UPSUM: MSPs lift time bar on childhood abuse compensation cases

    Victims of abuse dating back to 1964 will now be able to seek damages through the courts
    Image caption: Victims of abuse dating back to 1964 will now be able to seek damages through the courts

    The three-year limit on survivors of childhood abuse suing for damages has been scrapped by MSPs.

    The move allows victims of abuse dating back as far as 1964 to seek compensation for their injuries though the civil courts.

    Victims currently have just three years from the date of their injury - or from their 16th birthday - to bring a court action.

    The limit has been removed by the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill.

    The bill was unanimously approved when MSPs voted in the Scottish Parliament, by a margin of 115 to zero.

  3. Presiding officer says the matter can be raised next week

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh says he notes the member's comments and says this matter can be raised next week.

  4. Here's some detail on the point of order raised after decision time

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson says it has just emerged the government has now sought an extension for the delivery of CAP payments because it will not meet the deadline.

    Mr Carson says the first minister was asked about this by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson earlier and did not answer.

    He asks what the point is of first minister's questions if the questions are not answered.

  5. Minister thanks all survivors for their bravery and persistence

    Ms Ewing
    Image caption: Ms Ewing

    Ms Ewing says the government believes it has found the correct balance.

    The minister thanks all of those who provided evidence and engaged with the process.

    She says most importantly she wants to thank all survivors for their bravery and persistence in ensuring the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill came into being.

  6. Courts and tribunal service may be able to absorb the cases within current structure says minister

    Ms Ewing says it is important that survivors are able to access quality legal advice.

    The legal affairs minister says time-bar has presented a barrier in the past.

    She says she cannot say what the impact will be on the courts and tribunal service but that they are of the view that the cases may be able to be absorbed within the current structure.

    Ms Ewing says it is impossible to say what the costs will be which is why the amendment was not accepted.

  7. Minister says it is important survivors are supported on an individual basis

    Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing
    Image caption: Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing

    Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing says the Bill is designed to remove a barrier to survivors of historic childhood abuse.

    Ms Ewing says in passing the Bill parliament will be recognising survivors have been let down by the justice system.

    The minister says raising a civil action may not be right for every survivor but the Bill widens the options for survivors.

    She says it is important survivors are supported on an individual basis.

  8. Tory MSP says the Bill helps achieve access to justice for survivors

    Ms Mitchell says despite the minister's reference to an adjustment to the explanatory notes these concerns remain.

    She says it will be down to the courts to decide on these issues.

    The Justice Committee convener raises the concerns about the resources needed for the Bill, the point raised in Oliver Mundell's amendment.

    The Tory MSPs says this issue still needs to be resolved.

    She says the Bill helps achieve access to justice for survivors of historic childhood abuse.

  9. It took considerable courage for the survivors to give evidence says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell

    Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell says it took considerable courage for the survivors to give evidence.

    Ms Mitchell says the removal of the three year time-bar brings an end to an insurmountable barrier.

    She says that pursuing a civil action will not be the right course for all survivors.

    She says she introduced the Apologies Act as a member's bill and it is unfortunate that the government's secondary legislation involving complex issues potentially thwarts part of the Act.

  10. Labour MSP thanks the bravery, patience and support of every survivor during this process

    Ms Fee says the inclusion of neglect rightly widens the scope of the Bill.

    The Labour MSP ensures the maximum support and protection for survivors.

    She says this is a historic Bill and she says no contribution was more powerful or persuasive than that of Johann Lamont.

    The Labour MSP says all survivors must have guidance if they choose to take a claim forward

    She thanks the bravery, patience and support of every survivor during this process which has been commendable.

  11. Bill would not have been possible without the 'bravery and persistence' of survivors

    Labour MSP Mary Fee

    In closing for her party, Labour MSP Mary Fee thanks the external organisations for their input on this Bill.

    Ms Fee says without the bravery and patience of survivors, the Bill would not have been possible.

    The Labour MSP says she cannot stress the importance of the right support being available to survivors enough.

    She says all survivors must have access to guidance and support to ensure they do not suffer more trauma.