As-it-happened: First Minister's Questions

Key points

  • Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond answered questions from opposition party leaders and back benchers.
  • The SNP leader's weekly Q&A came ahead of the publication of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and standards.
  • Mr Salmond told MSPs he wants to set up an independent implementation group following publication of the report.

Live text


  • Andrew Black 
  • Mona McAlinden 
  • Deirdre Kelly 

Last updated 29 November 2012


Hello and welcome to our weekly video and text coverage of First Minister's Questions. Alex Salmond is due to get to his feet at about 12 noon.


Sends us your comments on First Minister's Questions via Twitter using the hashtag #fmq and we'll post the best ones here on the live text.


General questions to Scottish ministers is taking place ahead of FMQs.


Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland

"Substantial interest here at Holyrood anent Alex Salmond's thoughts on the regulation of the press, the day the Leveson report is published. You'll recall that Lord Leveson was asked in June last year to conduct an investigation into the press and related matters following the newspaper phone hacking scandal..... read more from my blog."


Our reporter @BBCRaymondB tweets: "Will #Leveson or #rydercup feature at #fmqs - switch on to BBC2 Scotland to find out with @TannadiceLad." Of course, he means BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor.‏

STANDARD Information

If you don't already know, this is Leveson day, when Lord Justice Brian Leveson publishes his report into press ethics and standards. The judge will make a statement at about 13:30 on his 2,000-plus document. Remember, First Minister Alex Salmond gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.


And FMQs begins.... Johann Lamont, Labour leader, begins her questioning.


First Minister Alex Salmond (FM) says he'll be reading the Leveson report "with great interest".


Ms Lamont goes on to talk about the Leveson Inquiry. She says there has to be change. But we need also to "protect press freedom", she adds. "Can I ask when did he [FM] last complain to a newspaper about its coverage?" Ms Lamont asks.