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10/12/13 17:15

Media Briefing - Tuesday 10 December 2013

Post-cabinet briefing by the First Minister's Official Spokesperson and First Minister’s Special Advisor

The First Minster’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and provided an update from Cabinet.

The First Minister’s Special Advisor (FMSA) noted that it was a short cabinet due to the stakeholder event on Scotland’s Future. He advised that cabinet noted its condolences on the death of Nelson Mandela and First Minister will lead the motion of condolence in Parliament shortly.

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham attended Cabinet on behalf of Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill, who attended the funeral of Clutha victim Constable Kirsty Nelis.

The First Minister gave a commitment to hold a series of public meetings, for members of the public and stakeholders, in the run up to the referendum. FMOS advised that today’s event was the first event aimed at engaging with civic Scotland and future events will focus on giving the public an opportunity to meet with Cabinet as often as possible.

Asked about the number of and cost for future events, the FMOS said that the costs will published like any Scottish Government event, and noted that further details on the timing and locations would be issued in the coming days.

FMOS advised that with 90 minutes Q&A there were still people wishing to ask further questions at today’s event. This highlighted the interest in debate across civic Scotland.

FMOS also drew journalists’ attention to the launch of the Scotland’s National Action Plan on Human Right which the Deputy First Minister attended this morning.