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09/10/13 16:26

Media Briefing - Wednesday 9 October 2013

The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events.

The FMOS confirmed the First Minister and Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sports Shona Robison are at Buckingham Palace today taking part in the Queen’s Baton relay launch. The FMOS advised that HRH the Queen will place a personal message into the baton, which will then travel round all the commonwealth countries and territories.

Tomorrow, the FMOS advised, Ms Robison will launch the Scottish route of the Queen’s Baton and the search for baton bearers. On Friday 11 October Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf will travel to India and as part of his wider itinerary attend a Team Scotland reception at the British High Commission as part of the baton relay activities.

The FMOS highlighted that today, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil has convened an urgent pay summit with trade union representatives. She said Mr Neil will reiterate his position that this government has no intention of freezing pay for NHS staff and reject the proposal being considered by the Department of Health in England to deny all NHS staff a pay rise.

Finally, FMOS highlighted that a news release had just issued from the Scottish Fire Brigades Union announcing that firefighters in Scotland have voted not to strike and to accept the terms of a Scottish Government offer on pensions.