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28/04/14 17:00

Media Briefing - Monday 28 April 2014

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 28 April 2014A Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

The First Minister will today be delivering a speech on Scotland’s Place in the EU at the College of Europe in Bruges. Copies of the speech will be available once the event is underway.

The Deputy First Minister is in Glasgow for a site inspection visit of the Royal Concert Hall which is being renovated under a Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) scheme, an innovative financial model which will help unlock £1.5 billion of public and private investment. Glasgow’s £80 million Buchanan Quarter project, which the upgrade to the concert hall is part of, aims to develop the city centre and will lever in £310 million in private investment to create almost 1,500 jobs.

The Health Secretary Alex Neil will be launching the new NHS 24’s 111 Freephone number which means callers in Scotland will no longer be charged when calling from a landline or mobile. Previously calls cost the price of a local phone call from a BT landline, with calls from other landline service and mobile providers often costing more.

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

The SGS confirmed that that the report into the Mortonhall Crematorium was being led by the City of Edinburgh Council and was expected to be published midweek and further information on the government response would be provided by the Communications Healthier desk.
When asked for the reasons why multiple sets of statistics were often published at the same time, the SGS said that the publications dates for official and national statistics was a matter for the statistical departments which are entirely independent of Communications. However, the SGS agreed that she would feedback this concern to the relevant statistical teams who hold responsibility for this matter.