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26/05/15 18:01

Media Briefing - Tuesday 26 May

Post-Cabinet Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) and the First Minister’s Special Adviser (FMSA): Tuesday, May 26 2015

The FMOS and FMSA welcomed journalists to the briefing before the FMOS provided an update of this morning’s Scottish Government Cabinet meeting.

FMOS said that following First Minister’s speech at Tynecastle Stadium this morning, Deputy First Minister updated cabinet on the Scottish Business Pledge, and the role that Heart of Midlothian is playing in the scheme.

Cabinet was also updated on the latest A&E waiting time and delayed discharge statistics, published today.

FMOS added that First Minister will visit Belgium next Tuesday when, as a guest of the European Policy Centre, she will make her first speech as First Minister in Brussels. She will also be undertaking a series of meetings during the visit. The FMSA also said that the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s European Union membership was discussed at Cabinet, with First Minister reaffirming the Scottish Government’s position that there should be a ‘double lock’ on Scotland’s membership.

FMSA told journalists that Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, updated Cabinet on the subject of high speed rail. Mr Brown told colleagues that despite repeatedly attempting to engage with his UK Government counterparts to make the case for high speed rail to be introduced in Scotland, the response from Westminster had been less than forthcoming. Mr Brown made clear that the Scottish Government would continue to press the case for high speed rail coming to Scotland.