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Scottish Parliament

Alex Salmond defended moving Nicola Sturgeon from health secretary to a new role overseeing the independence referendum and to be the cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital spending, during first minister's questions on 6 September 2012.

Alex Neil, who had the infrastructure brief, will now move to health in the reshuffle.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont had asked why the first minister had reduced the ministerial role responsible for the economic recovery to a "part time post" and why he viewed the health portfolio as less important than the referendum.

Ms Lamont said: "When will he realise its not independence people care about it's the economy stupid."

Mr Salmond hit back saying "every single member of this government is focused on economic recovery in Scotland".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson asked the first minister how many convicted killers and rapists had been released from prison early.

Ms Davidson went on to say 161 rapists and 277 killers were amongst nearly 5,000 of the most violent members of society who had been released early since Mr Salmond came to power.

The first minister said Scotland had the lowest crime rates for 30 years, with 1,000 more police officers and fear of crime falling.

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader asked how many civil servants would work under Nicola Sturgeon in her role overseeing the independence referendum.

Less than were working at Westminster against independence was the first minister's reply.

SNP MSP John Finnie brought up concerns about job losses at BBC Highlands and Islands and a reduction to its Gaelic news.

The first minister said the job cuts at BBC Scotland were extremely disappointing and he would bring them up when he met the BBC's director general elect George Entwhistle.

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