As-it-happened: First Minister's Questions on Thursday, 28 June

Key points

  • Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond took questions from opposition leaders and backbench MSPs.
  • It was the last FMQs of the parliamentary year in which Mr Salmond was quizzed by Labour's Johann Lamont and the Tories' Ruth Davidson.
  • It's been a busy day in parliament as the final debates, statements and votes are made before MSPs go off for their summer recess.

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  • Sandy Murray 
  • Deirdre Kelly 
  • Andrew Black 

Last updated 28 June 2012


Hello and welcome to our FINAL First Minister's Questions of the parliamentary session. (From next week onwards, you'll have to find something else to do at 12 noon on a Thursday because we won't be doing this again until the first week in September.)

STANDARD Information

Just because parliament is closing for the summer, it doesn't mean that political debate is going on holiday. So, before you head off with your bucket and spades, tune in to BBC Scotland tomorrow night when we will be broadcasting a TV special on the Scottish referendum debate.

  • Time? - 19:00 - 20:00 on Friday
  • Which station? - BBC One Scotland
  • Chaired by? - Political editor Brian Taylor
  • Panel? - Politicians from across the political spectrum


Even though it's the last day of term, rather than bringing in their board games, MSPs have a busy afternoon ahead, with several new pieces of legislation to vote on.


Remember, if you want to follow this parliamentary debate on social media use #FMQ


Johann Lamont

Labour's Johann Lamont wishes the FM well for "mandela Day". Once again she mentions anker Fred Goodwin and fromer Rangers man David Murray. She goes on to ask why the FM didn't meet the Dalai Lama when he was in Scotland?


Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond (FM) says he's discussing arrangements later for Nelson Mandela Day, clebrated on his birthday, on July 18.


FM goes over old ground from last week's FMQs, when Nicola Sturgeon was standing in, by saying the Dalai Lama visit to Scotland was a pastoral one.


Ms Lamont has further digs at the FM. She implies he was to blame for his party's show in the Glasgow council election result; hiccups in his referendum campaign and the failure of the Edinburgh Zoo panas to mate. How does the first minister explain his sudden loss of form?


FM says he'll "accept responsibility for many things", but jokes that the failure of the pandas to mate was not his fault.


@DuncMcKay tweets: Last #fmqs of the session and you can tell. SNP & Labour benches look a wee bit de-mob happy #fmq