Media Briefing - Monday 17 February 2014
Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 17 February 2014
The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:
The First Minister is addressing the Business for Scotland conference in Aberdeen. His speech will be made available online afterwards.
A news release has issued on behalf of the Fiscal Commission Working Group, restating their position that a currency union is the best of the options that they considered for a currency in an independent Scotland, both for Scotland and for the rest of the UK.
Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay, is in Shetland along with Keith Brown, Fergus Ewing and Paul Wheelhouse for the fourth meeting of the Island Areas Ministerial Working Group. A communique will be issued following the meeting.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is in Brussels for the AgriFish Council where discussions will focus on slipper farmers and coupled payments.
The SGS then ran through the key events for the rest of the week.
The SGS confirmed that the Scottish Government would not be commenting further on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in relation to Donald Trump’s development on the Menie estate, following last week’s ruling by the Court of Session. The SGS noted there was still scope for appeal.
When asked for further detail on the SPRUCE funding announcement, the SGS confirmed it was a £9.6 million investment in a multi-purpose development in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh. It is expected to support 300 jobs during construction.
The SGS noted that a news release was issued on Sunday highlighting that almost 100 young people had been supported over the last three years since a national Adoption Register was established to help place children with families. The Register, which is to be placed on a statutory footing in the Children and Young People Bill, which Parliament will vote on this Wednesday enables children to be matched with potential families from across the country, rather than limiting opportunities within a local authority area. When asked whether the Register would be public and if there was a regional breakdown of the children that had been placed with families, the SGS noted that it was managed by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).
When asked if it was possible to see a regional breakdown of the Modern Apprenticeships statistics, the SGS said he would ask the Communications Smarter desk to confirm.