Alex Salmond told MSPs on 21 January 2010 that Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham had followed all the proper procedures, as a row about royal security dominated first minister's question time.
Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray had said Ms Cunningham had rejected advice from both the police and the Home Office over whether two paths near the Queen's Balmoral Estate should be included in a plan being drawn up by the Cairngorms National Park Authority.
Mr Gray went on to say that it was only when the Home Office threatened to overrule her that the environment minister changed her mind.
The first minister said Mr Gray's claims were "absolute, total ridiculous absurdity".
The Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie told Mr Salmond that his government had got its priorities on health all wrong.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott challenged the first minister to cut the pay bill for high earning public sector workers.