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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence on the BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17
  2. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition party leaders and MSPs during first minister's questions
  3. The government will give a statement on STEM Strategy for education and training
  4. The Scottish government delivers a ministerial statement on developing a new diet and obesity strategy for Scotland
  5. MSPs debate Scotland's water resources

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live for this week

    Holyrood

    That's all from Holyrood Live for this week.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. The Scottish government motion, as amended, is passed unanimously.

    MSPs unanimously back the Hydro Nation debate amendments from Labour but reject the Conservative amendment.

    32 MSPs voted for the Tory amendment, but 74 voted against.

    The Scottish government motion, as amended, is passed unanimously.

  3. Minister says Hydro Nation is helping in Malawi and contributes to the Climate Justice Fund

    Women in Southern Africa carry water
    Image caption: Women in Southern Africa carry water

    International Development Minister Alasdair Allan says many millions around the world do not have clean drinking water and good sanitation.

    Mr Allan says he met women in Malawi who said climate change meant they had to walk several more miles to get water.

    He says Hydro Nation is helping in Malawi and contributes to the Climate Justice Fund securing clean water for people.

    The minister says the Scottish government does similar good work in India.

  4. Minister highlights importance of Hydro Nation strategy

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

    International Development Minister Alasdair Allan says this debate has been a wide ranging discussion and very useful.

    Mr Allan also highlights the ice cream sharing between Jackie Baillie and Bruce Crawford.

    He stresses the importance of water to life and of the Hydro Nation strategy to Scotland.

    Below are links to Hydro Nation related documentation:

    Scotland the Hydro Nation - 2nd Annual Report

    Scotland the Hydro Nation - First Annual Report - Towards A Water Economy.

    Scotland the Hydro Nation Prospectus and Proposals for Legislation Consultation.

  5. Background: 'Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

    Video content

    Video caption: Washed up whale 'most contaminated' on record

    One of the UK's last killer whales was contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say.

    The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines.

    But tests now reveal her body contained among the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, ever recorded.

    The chemicals were banned from the 1970s but are still in the environment.

    Read more here.

  6. Tory MSP highlights Hydro Nation Strategy

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden
    Image caption: Tory MSP Maurice Golden

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden says his party will support the motion and amendments from the hydro debate.

    Mr Golden reaffirms his party's commitment to protecting and harnessing Scotland's abundant water resources.

    He welcomes the Hydro Nation Strategy.

    Mr Golden says the debate has largely been consensual.

    Water pollution should be of concern, he says, highlighting the case of Lulu the whale.

  7. 'Hydro Power is the grand old man of renewables'

    Labour MSP David Stewart
    Image caption: Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart says Hydro Power is the grand old man of renewables.

    Mr Stewart says there are opportunities for a new hydro revolution.

    He says Scotland has a proud record in hydro power and he says there is so much more to achieve.

    The Labour MSP says sustainable development of hydro power can help tackle climate change.

  8. Background: Scotland the Hydro Nation

    The Donside Hydro Archimedes Screw delivers £30,000 profit to the community every year
    Image caption: The Donside Hydro Archimedes Screw delivers £30,000 profit to the community every year

    Scottish ministers have committed to making Scotland a Hydro Nation and they have underpinned that commitment with their statutory duty in the Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 to "take such reasonable steps as they consider approptiate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland's water resources".

    The government says the hydro-economy provides huge opportunities for Scotland which we are determined to seize.

    It says establishing Scotland as a Hydro Nation will maximise the benefits to the Scottish economy through the economic development and good stewardship of Scotland’s abundant water resources.

    Below are links to Hydro Nation related documentation:

    Scotland the Hydro Nation - 2nd Annual Report

    Scotland the Hydro Nation - First Annual Report - Towards A Water Economy.

    Scotland the Hydro Nation Prospectus and Proposals for Legislation Consultation.

  9. Lib Dem MSP praises Climate Justice Fund and work in Malawi on clean and safe water

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says as the MSP for Orkney he needs no persuading how Scotland's destiny is shaped by water.

    Mr McArthur stresses the importance of wave and tidal energy.

    He says there is real potential to grow hydro power and there is also an opportunity through pump storage, but he adds there needs to be new routes to storage.

    Mr McArthur says he was delighted to see the Labour amendment highlighting the Climate Justice Fund and the work in Malawi.

  10. Green MSP calls for EU directives on water standards remain

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell highlights the quality of Scotland's water and the EU directives that have protected the standards.

    Mr Ruskell says it is vital they remain.

    He says he is concerned about future Scottish governments rolling back on these standards.

    Mr Ruskell says Scottish Water must be kept in public hands.

  11. Renewable energy potential .....and rain!

    Maree Todd

    SNP MSP Maree Todd says the renewable energy potential could transform her region.

    Ms Todd, a member for Highlands and Islands, cites the annual rain fall as making the burns near Ullapool very energetic.

    She says water is centre to the potential of the area's resources.

    UllapoolImage copyrightBBC ALBA Image caption Ullapool is one of the towns on the North Coast 500 route
    Image caption: Ullapool is one of the towns on the North Coast 500 route
  12. 'Huge untapped potential'

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie
    Image caption: Labour MSP Jackie Baillie

    Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says she has hydro schemes in her own constituency that contribute to the local economy.

    Ms Baillie says hydro power is used to supply 12% of Scottish energy and she says their is huge untapped potential.

  13. And the Labour amendment..

    labour amendment
  14. Labour MSP Claudia Beamish welcomes the new Hydro Nation update report

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish
    Image caption: Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish welcomes the new Hydro Nation update report.

    Ms Beamish says water resources support industries, support tourism, help wellbeing and of course we drink it.

    She highilghts the canal system and the work of Scottish Canals.

    The Labour MSP says Scottish hydro projects offer and exciting opporunity.

    Scottish Canals
    Image caption: Scottish Canals