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Topical questions

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Secretary Alex Neil confirmed to the chamber that there was no chance of the city receiving Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) funding for any scheme that did not involve the transformation of Union Terrace Gardens.

SNP MSP Kevin Stewart had asked whether Aberdeen City Council had submitted any new tax incremental financing applications since rejecting the business plan incorporating the City Garden Project, during the first ever topical questions on 4 September 2012.

Mr Stewart accused Labour led Aberdeen City Council of having the "inverse midas touch" in deciding against the City Garden Project.

Scottish Labour MSP Richard Baker hit back accusing the SNP of "sour grapes" and said the party was willing to punish Aberdeen City Council for daring to reject their plan even if it punished Aberdeen at the same time.

Mr Neil said it was Labour that was punishing Aberdeen.

Earlier Labour MSP Siobhan McMahon asked Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill what action the Scottish government would take to "ensure that young people across Scotland had access to the relevant information regarding the legal and practical definition of rape".

Mr MacAskill said the Sexual Offences Scotland Act 2009 modernised and clarified the law and more accurately reflected what constituted rape.

He also confirmed that the Scottish government was "working within the curriculum for excellence and with specialised services to make sure that young people understand what sexual violence and rape is".

Ms McMahon asked if the Justice Secretary would "consider offering direct funding to rape crisis centres across Scotland, which will allow them greater freedom to respond to local issues?"

Mr MacAskill replied that the Scottish government had given £34.5m to tackle violence against women, an increase of over 50%.

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