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03/03/14 09:46

Media Briefing - Wednesday February 26, 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) – Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The FMOS welcomed journalists to the briefing and provided an update on the events taking place today.

At 10am Fergus Ewing spoke at a Wave and Tidal conference in Belfast to announce a £4.8 million investment in marine energy funding.

Shona Robison is speaking at a Holyrood Legacy conference and has announced a £1 million fund for community sports organisations to secure facilities to sustain local clubs. This is partnership with the Robertson Trust with more details of the fund will be made available in March.

Asked about Mr Brown’s keynote speech in Aberdeen on sustainable transport and the EU the FMOS said he would confirm when the speech would be available from Transport Scotland.

When asked if the SG still had Ministerial Aides and if there was a list of them available, the FMOS said that he would check but believed that it would be a matter for the Scottish Parliament, as they are Parliamentary Aides.

Asked for a response to Rupert Soames speaking at the Economy committee this morning, the FMOS pointed to the we have seen no evidence of investment being affected by the debate and would point people to the Ernst and Young attractiveness survey that showed Scotland was the number one place for inward investment outside London. He added that we had made our position on currency union very clear that we think it is the best option for both Scotland and the UK.