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27/01/14 12:16

Media Briefing - Monday 27 January 2014

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 27 January 2014

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

Transport Minister Keith Brown is announcing an extra six summer ferry sailings for Orkney for Homecoming events. He has also announced the awarding of contracts for the electrification of part of the train line under the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, has welcomed the Scottish Health Research Register marketing campaign, an opt-in scheme for the Scottish public to help improve the NHS in Scotland.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, is in the Scottish Borders undertaking a range of Games related engagements as part of the Legacy 2014 Tour.

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance is visiting WGM Engineering Limited in Livingston to welcome 35 new jobs and £200,000 in Regional Selective Assistance.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is in Dumfries and Galloway undertaking a series of policing visits. Mr MacAskill will be seeing first-hand the benefits brought to the area from the single police force in terms of the specialist Trunk Roads Policing Team and a new specialist Rape Investigations Team. There will also be an announcement today that Derek Penman will become the new HM Inspector of Constabulary, replacing George Graham. The SGS also said that an announcement on a replacement for Derek Penman as Assistant Chief Constable for the Police Scotland North command area was imminent and more details could be obtained from Police Scotland communications.

Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf is undertaking a series of visits in Africa, covering both Zambia and Malawi.

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

The SGS informed journalists that a series of Cabinet meetings would be taking place across the country, starting in Bathgate on Tuesday. Cabinet Secretaries would also be making themselves available for a series of town hall events where the Scottish public could engage with the Scottish Government on any questions relating to the recently published White Paper. The SGS confirmed that Cabinets will follow a similar theme to those carried out in the summer. He also advised journalists of logical arrangements for the Post Cabinet FMOS media briefings and access to town hall events.