13 June 2013 Last updated at 07:40 ET

As-it-happened: First Minister's Questions on Thursday, 13th June

Key Points

  • Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, answered questions from opposition party leaders and backbenchers.
  • In the hot seat for Labour was Johann Lamont and Scottish Tory questions came from party leader Ruth Davidson.
  • This week the Scottish government announced its vision for welfare in an independent Scotland.
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    1139:

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of first minister's questions.

     
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    Information Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    "Plenty of interesting stuff around this week which may be raised in the chamber. A Scottish government working group has said the administration of pensions and benefits in an independent Scotland should be shared with the rest of the UK for a transitional period. And today, a pensioner campaign group has called for more clarity on how payments would be made in the event of a "Yes" vote."

     
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    This week also came the news that three senior officials of the three-month-old Scottish Police Authority are to step down from their positions., sparking opposition claims of a policing "leadership crisis".

     
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    1154:

    Right now, ministers are answering questions from MSPs, ahead of the main event, which kicks off at noon.

     
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    Hands held

    In the last few minutes, it has also emerged that the the Scottish government has pledged to refund anyone being wrongly charged for care which should have been free. - just in time for FMQs!

     
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    To follow the debate on social media use #FMQ or #FMQs

     
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    Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    "An exceptionally difficult morning for the SNP at Holyrood - or, more precisely, for those supporters of the governing party on parliament's justice committee..... Read more from my blog."

     
  8.  
    Information Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    "... in other news Royal Bank of Scotland is cutting 2,000 jobs and beginning a search for a new chief executive, although Scotland's devolved government has little direct influence in this area."

     
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    @microcuts_22 How about some decorum and respect at this week's #fmqs. Any chance?

     
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    1201:

    Here we go! First Minister Alex Salmond (FM) says it has been a "good news week" for the Scottish economy.

     
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    1202:
    Johann Lamont Johann Lamont begins her questioning of Alex Salmond

    Labour leader Johann Lamont (JL) asks, apart from the pound, monarchy, NHS, etc, "what has the UK ever done for us?"

     
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    JL says the SNP's plan for independence would weaken Scotland. FM says independence would deliver "social justice" for the Scottish people.

     
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    1205:

    FM now attempting to get JL to back independence, by saying it would free Scotland from plans by Labour's Ed Balls to cut benefits. JL says that's not what he's doing.

     
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    @rosssanderson Newest MSP @Christia_Allard in the hot seat behind Salmond today #fmq #fmqs

     
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    JL says FM is talking "nonsense on stilts". She mocks SNP over plans to cut business tax in an independent Scotland, saying it would deliver little growth. FM says you have to add in the thousands of jobs which such a policy would bring in.

     
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    Alex Salmond in the chamber Alex Salmond holds up a copy of a Daily Record article

    FM on accusations he's misrepresenting Labour policy: "I'm quoting from the Daily Record," he jokes.

     
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    @euanmccolm salmond's attack on labour spending plans is hardly much of a defence of his party's proposal to share them. #fmqs

     
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    1212:

    JL asks if the FM has "lost his mojo" for independence, or is he just taking Scots for "mugs". She suggests the SNP should set up a breakaway backbench group called "SNP For Independence" - that gets a few laughs/howls of protest from the chamber.

     
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    1214:

    JL's attacks are based on the SNP policies like keeping the pound and monarch under independence. FM says sharing administration of welfare (for a transitional period) makes sense.

     
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    1215:

    Tories' Ruth Davidson, all fresh from the weekend's Conservative conference, asks about the previously mentioned care payments.

     
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    @JamieKinlochan Yaaaaay, even more reading out the words from other people. #fmqs = First Minister's Quotes.

     
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    1216:

    FM says where the guidelines haven't been followed, action will be taken. He also says patient rights are also an important part of the system.

     
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    1218:
    Ruth Davidson Ruth Davidson is leader of the Scottish Tory Party

    RD says free personal care isn't the issue here. She says the truth is that nobody can really tell how many people have been paying thousands of pounds when they shouldn't be. Ms Davidson says the government needs to be a bit more pro-active and calls for ministers to actively identify cases.

     
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    FM says the system allows people to get assessed, re charges. And he again adds that there's an avenue to challenge decisions. Mr Salmond also says action will be taken to make sure regulations are properly followed.

     
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    1221:

    Labour's Neil Findlay on concern over job losses at Wiseman Dairies in Whitburn. FM says the government is looking into it, but stresses that no final decisions have yet been made.

     
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    @scott_eff Getting ever more impressed with the exchanges of @AlexSalmond and @RuthDavidsonMSP. Good questions. #fmq

     
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    1223:
    Willie Rennie The Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie speaks of a "cover up"

    Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie (WR) up now and asking about the previously mentioned police authority resignations. WR says the event "stinks of a cover-up" because parliament was not informed.

     
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    1224:

    FM says WR should not confuse "interim" appointments at the police authority with the "permanency" of the organisation.

     
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    @derek_couper SNP will abolish bedroom tax in first year of indy Scotland, just like they abolished student debt after 2007. Oh, wait... #fmqs #indyref

     
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    1226:

    WR persists with his line of questioning, despite FM's answer. He asks whether the Scottish government ordered the police authority to "keep quiet" over the resignations. FM says the authority boss has regularly appeared before Holyrood's justice committee, where WR will be free to put forward his "conspiracy theories".

     
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    1228:

    Labour's Jackie Baillie asking about improvements in detecting cervical cancer. FM says there's a system in place to allow women to undergo screening.

     
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    @Scots_Politics Great question from Jackie Baillie UNTIL she finished by attacking Salmond. Salmond rebukes her and asks for a united front #FMQs

     
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    1231:

    Tories' Alex Johnstone on raising welfare payments in an independent Scotland. FM says policies will offer "fairness and justice to the people of Scotland".

     
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    1234:

    And that's it for FMQs this week. Jackie Baillie is raising a point of order in relation to questions she previously asked on NHS issues.

     
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    1234:

    She asks whether FM "perhaps" misled parliament. Deputy Presiding Officer John Scott says that's not a matter for him. Margo MacDonald asks if "mojo" is a parliamentary word? Mr Scott says amid laughs of MSPs that it's a "minor" matter.

     
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    1235:

    And that's all from us this week. Bye!

     

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