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Decision time

Finance Secretary John Swinney saw his motion, which called for support on the Scottish government's approach to economic growth, passed with 62 MSPs backing it and 47 against.

Scottish Labour finance spokesperson Ken Macintosh's amendment was defeated, with30 MSPs backing it and 79 against.

It expressed concern that decisions of the SNP administration, such as its £86 million real-terms cut in the housing budget over the last year, had contributed to the contraction in the construction sector in Scotland, with the loss of around 12,000 jobs last year,

Scottish Conservative enterprise spokesperson Mary Scanlon's amendment was defeated with 10 MSPs backing it, 95 against and with four abstentions.

It praised the UK government for the actions it had taken to create growth and reduce unemployment.

The amendment from Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, which called for reform of Scottish Water, was also defeated with 4 MSPs backing it, 95 against and with 10 abstentions.

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