Pupils from Harris and Uist will continue the National Gaelic Schools Debate in the Scottish Parliament this week (Thursday 5 December.)

The debate will, for the first time, take place on the floor of the debating chamber to mark the twentieth anniversary of both the debating competition and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament.

The four semi-finalists who will battle it out to progress to Holyrood are:
• Inverness Royal Academy B
• Sgoil Lionaclait, Uist
• Bishopbriggs Academy A
• Sir E Scott School, Isle of Harris

The final will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP said: “Gaelic matters. It is part of who we are and part of Scotland's rich cultural identity.

“The humour, insight and linguistic skill displayed by young people in this competition year after year, convincingly demonstrates that the language continues to flourish.

“It gives me immense pleasure that the final will be held on the floor of Holyrood’s debating chamber, marking this, our joint twentieth anniversary.”