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01/04/14 17:02

Media Briefing – Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) – Tuesday April 1st, 2014

The FMOS said that Cabinet has today expressed its sympathy to the family and friends of the pupil who has tragically died in an incident at Liberton High School in Edinburgh this morning. She said Ministers are being kept informed and will remain in close contact with City of Edinburgh Council.

Cabinet also noted that today would have marked one year since the implementation of a minimum unit price for alcohol. The FMOS said minimum pricing was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament and has the strong backing of doctors, nurses, the police and public health experts. She said that while Cabinet respects that it is the Scotch Whisky Association’s right to challenge the legislation, Cabinet had noted its regret that this has delayed implementation.

The FMOS advised that Finance Secretary John Swinney had updated colleagues on the full detail he would provide in his parliamentary statement this afternoon in response to the UK Budget.

In addition, the FMOS said the First Minister had welcomed the new direct air link between Scotland and the Isle of Man, and advised colleagues that he had met the Isle of Man Chief Minister Allan Bell off of his flight at Glasgow Airport this morning. The FMOS advised that the Chief Minister and his delegation would be taking part in several meetings and visits during their trip to Scotland.