Media briefing - Wednesday 18 June 2014
The SGS welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the days’ events:
- Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will give evidence at the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee today, when she will provide MSPs with an update on future plans for Prestwick Airport.
- Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead unveils a new food and drink discussion paper, Becoming a Good Food Nation, aimed at increasing access to good quality food for everyone, a move that will lead to the creation of a Scottish Food Commission to champion the importance of food to Scotland’s environment and economy, while recognising the health challenges that we have, particularly obesity. It comes as food has been formerly added to Mr Lochhead’s portfolio, as Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment.
- Health Secretary Alex Neil is announcing 500 new health visitor posts will be created over the next four years, while visiting Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre in Edinburgh, recognising the contribution that health visitors make in providing universal services for young children their parents and carers.
Asked if Mr Lochhead did not already cover food and drink, the SGS explained that food and drink overlaps other portfolios, such as the economy brief, but the addition recognises the centrality of food and drink to Mr Lochhead’s rural affairs and environment remit.