Media briefing - Wednesday December 18 2013
The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:
Finance Secretary and Youth Employment Minister will comment on this month’s labour market statistics. SGS explained that the figures show that the number of women in employment in Scotland has reached a record 21-year high.
The First Minister, John Swinney and Fergus Ewing will attend the National Economic Forum in Edinburgh.
SGS advised journalists that the First Minister is attending Liberton High School with Commander Chris Hadfield to meet with school pupils. This will include a question and answer session with 70 pupils.
SGS also provided journalists with information on analysis on UK welfare reforms from the Scottish Government. The analysis shows that of the most vulnerable in society are having their benefits stopped because they are simply not able to meet the conditions set by the UK Government.
In terms of Parliamentary business, SGS informed journalists that Mr Ewing will be speaking on Stage One of the Bankruptcy and Debt Advice Bill and the 12 days of Debtmas Credit Union Campaign and that words would be issued after the debate.
When asked whether the Electoral Commission deadline that two governments needed to work out plan about the referendum, the SGS confirmed she would get back with more information.