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14/04/14 17:00

Media Briefing - Monday 14 April 2014

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

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today comment on the roll-out of superfast broadband for the ‘rest of Scotland’ with the homes and businesses in a rural Aberdeenshire village the first to benefit. She will announce that homes in Kirkton and Skene will now be able to connect to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the roll out of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband scheme.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, will be highlighting 100 days to go to the Commonwealth Games by revealing the competition medals at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where the lawn bowls will be held. She will also be making an ’33 Fifty’ announcement which is a youth leadership programme and is part of the legacy programme for the Games.

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, will today highlight Operation Easter, the police campaign which protects the nests of rare bird species by monitoring their activities and sharing intelligence across the UK. The campaign, which involves the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and the RSPB, also has the backing of the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW), which the minister is chairman of.

The SGS then ran through key events for the rest of the week including the Stornoway Cabinet programme of events.

When asked if details of the First Minister’s speech at the STUC conference tomorrow would be made available beforehand, the SGS said that there were no plans to do so at present – a news release would issue afterwards - but to contact the First Minister’s desk this afternoon for confirmation. The SGS also confirmed that he would be making his speech at the Caird Hall in Dundee 11:00.

After the weekend announcement that Shona Robison and Angela Constance are both to have their current responsibilities expanded and to be promoted from Ministerial to Cabinet positions, the SGS confirmed that their titles would remain as they are at present until the formal process of appointment was completed. The SGS also confirmed the appointments are in addition to the current Cabinet positions and that further details, including information on the timescales of their approval, would be available from the relevant desks. Asked whether they would receive a pay increase, the SGS said further details on the appointments would be available in due course once the approval process was complete.