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14/01/14 13:17

Media briefing - Tuesday 14 January 2014

Post Cabinet Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) and the First Minister’s Special Adviser (FMSA)

The FMOS welcomed journalists to the briefing and gave an update following that morning’s meeting of the Scottish Cabinet:

  • Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was represented at Cabinet by Minister for Community Safety Roseanna Cunningham as Mr MacAskill was giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee.
  • Cabinet reiterated the First Ministers comments from the previous day; welcoming the UK Treasury’s endorsement of “the common sense approach” to debt suggested by the Scottish Government’s Fiscal Commission and as set out in the Scottish Government’s white paper, Scotland Future.
  • There was a general welcome to the release of Scottish Renewable’s report which highlighted a record number of people were working full-time in the sector.

FMSA and FMOS were asked about Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee’s inquiry into the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and if Mr MacAskill was to order further review of the abolition of corroboration. FMOS referred the journalist to the Justice Communications desk.

When asked if journalists would receive a trail of the contents of Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at the David Hume Institute on the evening of Wednesday, January 15, the FMOS confirmed that they would. FMOS also confirmed that the speech would be followed by a question and answer session.

Asked about the announcement that former Remploy factory workers in Stirling were to be employed at the new Haven PTS factory, the FMOS confirmed that the announcement had been made by Health Secretary Alex Neil and Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing in the city that morning and referred the journalist to the Finance communication colleagues.