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31/03/14 17:09

Media Briefing - Monday 31 March 2014

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

The FMOS said that later today the First Minister is hosting a reception at Kelvingrove Museum for the emergency services personnel who were involved in the response to the Clutha tragedy. The FMOS advised the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, and Community Safety Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, will also be in attendance.

The FMOS advised the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will visit Strathclyde Business Park to open the first UK premises of the Australian oil and gas company Clough, and announce 110 new jobs will be based there.

Also today, the FMOS said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is in Greenock visiting young people who are benefiting from a mentoring programme as part of the ‘No Knives Better Lives’ campaign. This campaign was initially piloted in Inverclyde in 2009 and today Mr MacAskill will highlight that crimes of carrying an offensive weapon in Inverclyde have fallen by 60 per cent since that campaign began.

The FMOS said Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead would later today highlight that the increase in fines for those who litter will come into force from the 1st April 2014. She advised journalists that people caught dropping litter will see fines increase from the current rate of £50 to £80 and the fine for fly tipping will rise from £50 to £200.

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

When asked about the purpose of the Convention of the Highlands of Islands being held today in Arran, the FMOS said that it was the latest in a series of meetings, and that she would forward the agenda.