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17/03/14 13:13

Media Briefing - Monday 17 March 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson - Monday 17 March 2014

The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is today announcing that Scottish legislation on human trafficking will be introduced in this parliamentary session. The exact timing will depend on the final legislative programme, which will be announced by Ministers later this year. The Justice Secretary has thanked Jenny Marra MSP for her interest in this agenda, and commented that the responses to her consultation on a possible Member’s Bill confirmed strong support for Scottish human trafficking legislation.

When asked if this was ‘Jenny Marra’s bill’, the FMOS confirmed that this would be a Scottish Government bill that is adopting the general proposals that Jenny Marra had looked at.

The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is this morning in East Kilbride opening a new health centre and publicising the 2nd Annual Infrastructure Investment Plan. She will then be going on to a ‘Scotland’s Future’ town hall discussion. This will form part of the activity highlighting the fact that it is six months until the referendum on Scottish independence.

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

Asked on the frequency of ‘Scotland’s Future’ town hall discussions, the FMOS confirmed that they were scheduled according to ministerial availability but that Cabinet Secretaries were planning to do approximately one per month each.

Asked whether there would be a response from the Scottish Government to comments by Vice Admiral John McAnally, on the armed forces of the United Kingdom and an independent Scotland, the FMOS told journalists she would ensure a Scottish Government response was provided.

When asked if the Scottish Government would be complaining to the BBC in regards to the First Minister’s interview yesterday by Andrew Marr, the FMOS said she had no comment to make.