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Portfolio question time

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the Scottish government's consultation on licensing air weapons will begin on 14 December 2012, during portfolio questions on 12 December 2012.

Mr MacAskill intends to regulate the ownership and use of air guns via the introduction of a bill at Holyrood.

The power to do so was contained in the Scotland Act 2012.

Two-year-old Andrew Morton was killed by an airgun pellet in Glasgow in 2005.

His parents Sharon McMillan and Andy Morton have campaigned for a change in the law ever since.

Rural affairs and environment ministers were also questioned.

Before the beginning of portfolio question time Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick referred back to a point of order from Labour MSP Lewis MacDonald on the 11 December 2012.

Ms Marwick had responded by saying, out of general courtesy and respect, points of order should not be circulated to the press before they were raised in the chamber.

The presiding officer told the chamber Mr MacDonald had spoken to her and had assured her neither he nor anyone connected to him had circulated the information and she said she had "no hesitation in accepting his assurances".

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