Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs RECAP: First Minister to face questions about Alex Salmond inquiry and lockdown easing routemap

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By Beth Murray
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 1:45 pm

Nicola Sturgeon is preparing to face Parliament today in First Ministers Questions after defending her cautious plan to take Scotland out of lockdown.

She said yesterday that she will not offer a specific date for when all restrictions could be lifted, in the same way Boris Johnson has done in England, because she would be “making it up”.

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FM: “I hope to be in a position to do that soon” on when people can visit elderly relatives in different authorities.

FM: Restrictions could be lifted more quickly if the data will allow it

FM: “need to see” within the broad categories of the JCVI to see if there is anyone else who needs added.

FM on dropping of income in private rented sector:

Will grants be offered to low earners rather than just those on benefits to avoid evictions.

FM: Will be considered.

FM: “We look often at the quantum of the support available”

FM: “We are very serious about seeking to help people who are in this position.”

FM on daily briefings after asked whether science advisers should host the briefings instead of her.

FM: “I struggle to work out what the Tories want”

FM: Asks if the Tories want her to not do the briefings, will they hold the same standard to the Prime Minister.

Breast cancer treatment service in Dundee raised - concerns that women in Dundee won’t get the treatment they need.

FM: “I certainly want to see breast cancer services in Dundee”

FM: Happy to look in to this

FM: Won’t be “acceptable or appropriate” for women in Tayside to travel long distances for treatment.

FM asked on the disruption of supply ships to the Scottish Islands.

FM: “Firmly committed” to stop disruption.

FM: Recent bad weather caused a lot of cancellations.

FM: “Give an assurance that these are issues we understand the importance of.”

FM asked on how to protect the court system during Covid.

FM: Money has been provided to help courts implement and remote court looked in to.

FM: No accused person who has tested positive is being brought to court.

FM: Trial time limit to be extended.

FM: “safety is paramount”

FM: Safety of those attending court settings or lawyers visiting prisons - taken very seriously.

Nicola Sturgeon does “not accept” Alex Salmond’s account of everything that has happened

Ms Sturgeon says she will go through “in detail” what “actually happened and what did not happen”.

She said presenting this to the Committee is the “right and proper” way of proceeding.

She said that there should be a culture in Scotland where woman can come forward with complaints.

She said: “I’ve been accused of hiding when in actual fact what I’m seeking to do is stand up for them [the women who spoke up] because their voices have been sidelined, their motives have been blamed, they have been accused of being conspirators in this whole process and that’s not only deeply unfair to the women, but I think it is deeply unfair to the efforts that I think most of us agree with, to create a culture in Scotland where women feel that they can come forward with complaints, so I want women to be a part of all of these discussions.”

'I don't regret not sweeping the complaints under the carpet because that was the right thing to do' says First Minister

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