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21/07/14 13:59

Media Briefing - Monday 21 July 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson - Monday 21 July 2014

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

The FMOS highlighted to journalists that there were a wide range of ministerial engagements throughout the week relating to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Scotland’s Food Minister Richard Lochhead has highlighted that retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands have risen by more than £500 million across Britain since 2007. They were worth almost £2 billion in the year to May 2014 – an increase of more than 36 per cent over the seven year period – according to new Scottish Government analysis of grocery purchases across Scotland, England and Wales.

External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf this morning delivered the keynote speech at Glasgow 2014’s Human Rights / Beyond the Games Conference in Glasgow. Mr Yousaf announced joint funding from the Scottish Government and Sport Relief for two projects, delivered by UNICEF, which will improve the lives of children in the developing world, helping to secure an international legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

The FMOS confirmed that there was no scheduled meeting of the Scottish Cabinet this week.

When asked what events in the Commonwealth Games the First Minister would be attending, the FMOS noted that she hoped we would be in a position to update journalists shortly on this.

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