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First minister's questions

First Minister Alex Salmond has given his sympathy to the people of West Cumbria following the shooting dead of 12 people.

He told Holyrood, during first minister's questions on 3 June 2010, that Scottish authorities had offered assistance to their Cumbrian colleagues and would continue to do so.

Education was the focus of Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray's questions, as he told the chamber three out of four new teachers could not find a full time permanent job in Scotland.

The first minister replied the level of unemployed teachers in Scotland was "lower than south of the border".

Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie said people in Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, were being "denied" acceptable GP out of hours cover and called on Mr Salmond to persuade Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to intervene.

The first minister defended his government's record on the NHS and said "communities in Scotland do have satisfactory out-of-hours cover".

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott wanted to know why there was still no money available from the Scottish Investment Bank for businesses, 14 months after its creation was announced.

Mr Salmond said the Scottish Investment Bank would "substantially increase" the funds available to Scottish business within this financial year.

Labour's Pauline McNeil then told the first minister she would support him if he went ahead with a review of trading relations with Israel, following the death of nine activists killed when Israeli forces stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Mr Salmond said Israel's actions were "insupportable" and he said he had called for the immediate lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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