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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence from Gypsy/Travellers to mark Human Rights Day 2017
  2. Scottish government ministers are quizzed during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is questioned by opposition party leaders and backbench MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. Tory MSP Alexander Stewart highlights brain tumour awareness in Scotland during his member's debate
  5. The government delivers a ministerial statement entitled 'Improving Scotland's Air Quality - Putting in Place Scotland's Low Emission Zones
  6. MSPs debate Scotland's sea fisheries and end year negotiations

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Andrew Southwick

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Nicola Sturgeon says attacks on the named person policy by the Conservatives were politically motivated
    Image caption: Nicola Sturgeon says attacks on the named person policy by the Conservatives were politically motivated

    That's all from Holyrood Live on 7 December 2017.

    Nicola Sturgeon has rebuffed calls for the Scottish government to "ditch" its controversial named person policy.

    Holyrood's education committee has put the brakes on legislation aimed at bringing the scheme into force.

    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said the policy was "in tatters" and said ministers should "ditch this broken plan" to find a better approach.

    The first minister accused the Tories of "politically undermining" the scheme and said many family groups backed it.

    Have a lovely weekend and get your calculators out of the cupboard, because next week is budget week!

    money and calculator
    Image caption: The budget is on Thursday 14 December
  2. Government motion on fisheries, as amended by the Lib Dems, is agreed to

    The Scottish government motion on fisheries, as amended by the Lib Dems, is agreed to with 70 MSPs backing it and 29 against.

    Motion
    Amendment
  3. Lib Dems MSP Tavish Scott's amendment is agreed to

    amendment

    71 MSPs backed it and 28 voted against.

  4. Conservative MSP Peter Chapman's amendment is not agreed to

    Motion

    Conservative MSP Peter Chapman's amendment to the govrnment motion on fisheries is not agreed to.

    28 MSPs back it, but 57 vote against it with 14 abstentions.

  5. Minister highlights impact of Brexit on fishing industry

    Mr Ewing
    Image caption: Mr Ewing

    Mr Ewing says the use of the word political is not helpful in this debate and says the SNP cannot support the Tory amendment.

    The rural economy secretary says in respect of the choke species, there must be inter area respectability.

    The minister says the problems of Brexit have been mentioned by many MSPs, not least the EU workers in processing.

    He says many members also stressed the importance of trade and says the European market is the largest overseas market.

  6. Scotland's clean, green image 'important'

    Waves crashing

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says: "Buyers from all over the world, many made the point that the prominence of Scotland's clean, green image is important for purchase."

  7. Minister says fishing industry makes enormous contribution Scottish society

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing
    Image caption: Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing welcomes the support for the government and himself in the forthcoming fisheries negotiations in Brussels.

    Mr Ewing says the fishing industry makes an enormous contribution to Scottish society at genuine risk to their own lives.

    The minister says we must not forget this.

    He says consumption of fish is growing in comparison to meat.

  8. Donald Cameron confident of 'comprehensive' deal for Scotland

    Flying fish

    Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says he is confident Scotland will still get a comprehensive EU deal.

    Mr Cameron asks the cabinet minister if he is in favour of the nine month bridge suggested by Peter Chapman.

  9. Tories will back government motion on fish negotiations

    Tory MSP Donald Cameron
    Image caption: Tory MSP Donald Cameron

    Tory MSP Donald Cameron says he hopes this is his last fishing debate, then says he jests.

    Mr Cameron says he takes great interest in fishing and says he will back the government motion but not the Lib Dems amendment.

    He says he will bring clarity to the Tory amendment.

    The Tory MSP says his party believes the UK government must be able to use its political clout to prevent fishing vessels being tied to the harbour wall.

  10. Conservative amendment is as mysterious as Brexit stategy - Lewis Macdonald

    Lewis Macdonald, Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald says its is unclear how this year's negotiations will be historic, though it undoubtedly will be, he says.

    On the Conservative amendment, he says it "remains almost as much as a mystery of Mrs May's Brexit strategy".

    He criticises the lack of a Brexit impact assessment for the sector from the UK government and expresses concern about the possible loss of access to EU workers.

  11. Fishing industry 'worth more than oil and gas' in future

    Lib Dems MSP Tavish Scott

    Lib Dems MSP Tavish Scott says: "The fundamental argument in parliament today about the strength of science is a reasonable one and an important one for future".

    Mr Scott says: "The fishing industry will be worth more than the oil and gas industry in the long term."

  12. Sustainability must endure - Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell calls for the "hard won principles around sustainability" to endure after Brexit.

    Mr Ruskell calls for the discard ban to be enforced and suggests eliminating discards of six key whitefish species could lead to economic success.

    "We should be leading the way on monitoring", he adds, wondering if the government will support remote monitoring tech on all boats over 10m long.

  13. Fishing for Litter

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish raises the "impressive work" of Fishing for Litter.

    http://www.fishingforlitter.org.uk/
  14. Scotland are best staying in the single market - Emma Harper

    SNP MSP Emma Harper

    SNP MSP Emma Harper says: "In the absence of full EU membership, Scotland's best interests would be staying in the single market and customs union."

  15. 'Brexit is a once in a lifetime opportunity'

    Liam Kerr

    Conservative MSP Liam Kerr says: "Brexit is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    "It gives the country the potential to be a world leader in seafood production and exports.

    "This does not mean isolation. The UK will still need to co-operate with the EU."