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

Key points

  • First Minister Alex Salmond took part in his weekly question and answer session inside the chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
  • He was quizzed by Scottish Labour leader Joanne Lamont, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Lib Dem Willie Rennie.
  • Several questions were asked of the FM about the possible status in Europe of an independent Scotland.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Sandy Murray 
  • Deirdre Kelly 
  • Keir Murray 

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Hello and welcome to our Live page coverage of First Minister's Questions. Alex Salmond will get to his feet at midday. Currently, ministers are answering general questions coming from backbenchers.

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The new Health Secretary Alex Neil is asked about waiting times at A&E.

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Labour's health spokeswoman Jackie Baille says SNP cuts are to blame for NHS delays. Mr Neil, in a strongly worded response, says Ms Baillie has a "cheek to talk about cuts when Alistair Darling [former Labour chancellor] implemented those cuts, deeper and tougher than Margaret Thatcher". He adds that her assertion does not tally with the facts. Mr Neil tells Ms Baillie: "We are delivering a more effective service with better outcomes for our people."

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Details on increased childcare for three and four-year-olds are given to the chamber.

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HolyroodKatie Good to see @DrewSm1th will be asking a Q at #fmq on steps the Scottish Government is taking to address growing demand for foodbanks...

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Cuts at BBC Scotland are raised in the chamber. Minister Fiona Hyslop says she is concerned about what the cuts might do to the delivery of news.

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If you would like to take part using Twitter, please use the hashtag #fmq.

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Labour leader Johann Lamont asks if there is anything about independence which people of Scotland shouldn't know.

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Johann Lamont follows up with question about Scotland and the EU. Is the president of the European Commission - Jose Manuel Barroso - wrong to say Scotland would have to apply for membership?