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Conservative MSP David McLetchie said the Year of Creative Scotland had turned in to the "year of destructive, or self destructive Scotland", during topical questions on 11 December 2012.

Mr Mcletchie was asking Ms Hyslop whether the Scottish government would provide details of the severance package agreed with the chief executive of Creative Scotland, Andrew Dixon, in light of his announcement that he is to leave the organisation in January 2013.

Ms Hyslop said "No. This is a matter for the board of Creative Scotland who employ the chief executive".

The culture secretary the board had made a statement issued on Friday by the board indicated what actions they were going to take.

She said she thought the board had been "decisive with their actions" and she thought it was an "opportunity for Creative Scotland to move on".

Labour MSP Claire Baker asked the Scottish government what its position was on the reported increase in unconventional gas exploration.

SNP MSP John Mason asked what impact the Jobcentre Plus system of encouraging work experience was having on its policies that support people into paid employment.

Energy Secretary Fergus Ewing and Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance answered them.

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