As-it-happened: First Minister's Questions on Thursday, 10 January 2013

Key points

  • First Minister Alex Salmond took questions from opposition leaders and backbenchers in the first FMQs of 2013.
  • Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson grilled the FM on the NHS and crime.
  • MSPs have been getting back to committee meetings and Scottish Parliament debates following their two-week festive holiday.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Doug Kennedy 
  • Deirdre Kelly 
  • Helen Place 

Last updated 10 January 2013

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Hello and welcome to our first FMQs of 2013. Alex Salmond is due to take questions from opposition leaders and backbenchers from 12 noon.

STANDARD Analysis

Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland

"Ian Davidson MP seldom skirts round a topic. Indeed, he is characteristically blunt speaking. Depending on circumstances and audience, this can provoke reactions ranging from relief to endorsement to exasperation.... read more from my blog"

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General questions are taking place before the first minister begins his Q&A.

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@patrickharvie OK, off to the Chamber for #FMQs. It's always panto season at Holyrood!

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To follow the debate on social media use #FMQ

STANDARD Information

An inquiry has cleared First Minister Alex Salmond of breaching the ministerial code over a row about an independent Scotland's status in the EU.

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Labour's Johann Lamont begins questioning. Mr Salmond starts with a tribute to former SNP leader Jimmy Halliday, whose funeral takes place this lunchtime.

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Ms Lamont adds her condolences.

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@caronmlindsay The ministerial code was a massive Red Herring on the issue of EU legal advice. #fmqs

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The Labour leader homes in on attack on the SNP's handling of the NHS, making reference to waiting lists and staffing issues. Mr Salmond says that Ms Lamont seem to have a revisionist view of the former health minister - he points out that Labour' Jackie Baillie was complimentary to Ms Sturgeon.