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08/10/13 09:49

Media Briefing - Tuesday 8 October 2013

Post-Cabinet Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) & the First Minister's Special Adviser (FMSA) – Tuesday 8 October

SGS welcomed journalists to the briefing and provided information on today’s Cabinet discussion. The SGS said the Cabinet had today extended its congratulations to Professor Higgs who was awarded a shared Nobel prize for physics. In a statement issued earlier, the First Minister praised Professor Higgs’ achievements and his commitment to encouraging the next generation of scientists.

The SGS advised that the Deputy First Minister will make a statement this afternoon about the future of Preswick Airport.

The SGS advised that Health Secretary Alex Neil has announced a number of measures to ensure that patients will benefit from an increased range of new medicines. Mr Neil has invited the Scottish Medicines Consortium to establish more flexible approaches in the evaluation for medicines for end of life care and treating very rare conditions.

The FMSA added that the Deputy First Minister has written to Alistair Carmichael congratulating him on his new post. The DFM has requested an early meeting to discuss the joint statement recommended by the Electoral Commission so that the two Governments can better inform voters what will happen after the referendum.

The FMSA advised that defence was not discussed at Cabinet and referred journalists to various comments from Keith Brown on this issue.