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11/11/13 13:23

Media Briefing - Monday 11 November 2013

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 11 November 2013

The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, is speaking at the VOCAL Scotland conference in Glasgow, where she will announce that almost £40,000 will be provided to BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure Scotland) to help the organisation run a number of inclusive events, such as free film screenings and a national showcase of Scotland’s cultural diversity in areas like music, poetry, photography and art. Ethnic minority communities across Scotland are being encouraged to get involved in the Year of Homecoming 2014.

Ms Hyslop is also attending the Legacy 2014 Host Broadcasting Initiative at Hampden Park, where she will meet with some of the students involved and announce funding from Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. The Initiative will see over 200 students in the creative sector receive work experience at the Commonwealth Games, with a further 400 students and lecturers taking part in world class training.

Transport Minister Keith Brown is in Nairn for the first of a series of public exhibitions being held to highlight the dualling of the A96.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, is attending the NHS Health Scotland annual review in Edinburgh.

As part of his trip to the Gulf States, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, is speaking at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference ADIPEC panel session on ‘Developing a Global Energy Workforce’.

The SGS then ran through key events for the rest of the week.

When asked what the implications would be for Dundee’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2017 if there was a Yes vote in the independence referendum, the SGS stated that the Scottish Government would stand behind Dundee’s bid irrespective of the referendum outcome. The SGS said she would check with officials if there had been contact on this point with the UK Government.

The SGS confirmed that the employment and labour market figures included in the Census release planned for Thursday 14 November are made available on a regular basis from other sources but that this was a further publication of Census information, broken down in a variety of geographical ways.

When asked if the Housing Revenue statistics included the effect of the Spare Room Subsidy, also known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’, the SGS confirmed she would check with the relevant Communications desk and get back to journalists.

The SGS confirmed that she was not aware of new announcements on any joint projects expected at the British Irish Council. She noted, however, that there was already a work party underway on the creative industries.