Page last updated at 12:31 GMT, Thursday, 13 December 2012

General question time

MSPs questioned Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell, Enterprise Secretary Fergus Ewing, Finance Secretary John Swinney and Public Health Minister Michael Matheson during general question time on 13 December 2012.

Issues that arose included what information the Scottish government had on any increase in calls and approaches to organisations that support survivors of childhood sexual abuse following the recent revelations about Jimmy Savile, what action was being taken to replace substandard road markings on the A75 and A76 trunk roads and what impact the Chancellor's Autumn Statement would have on the Scottish budget.

Prior to general question time Labour MSP Jackie Baillie raised a point of order about hidden waiting times.

Ms Baillie said she believed it was the intention of the Scottish government to publish reports on 14 health boards on 19 December, which was just before the parliament was due to break for the recess.

The bodies were all asked to review their practices earlier in the year and they are expected to submit the results of their investigations by the end of the month.

Labour's health spokesperson asked presiding officer Tricia Marwick, "given the seriousness of the situation", if a ministerial statement could be made on this issue on Thursday.

Ms Marwick said Ms Baillie should raise it with her party's business manager.


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