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05/11/14 13:25

Media briefing - Tuesday 4 November 2014

Post cabinet briefing by a Scottish Government Spokeswoman (SGS) and the First Minister’s Special Advisor (FMSA).

The SGS and FMSA welcomed journalists to the briefing.

The SGS said that at Cabinet the First Minister updated colleagues on the announcement that DFDS Seaways, the Scottish Government and Forth Ports have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agreed to continue the Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight shipping service.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill gave a brief update to Cabinet that the quarterly police target has been maintained and the number of additional police officers in Scotland continues to be higher than 1,000.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead updated Cabinet on the Ocean Way fishing vessel sinking and Cabinet offered their condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy.

The SGS also drew journalists’ attention to Health Secretary Alex Neil announcement of an additional £40m funding to be invested in GP and primary care services over the next year. The fund will be used at local and national level to support new ways of delivering local GP and primary care services that can better support the changing demographic needs.

When asked if the First Minister has decided what he will do once he steps down the FMSA said that the First Minister will make an announcement in due course.