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Good morning. The first item of business is general question time. In order to get in as many questions as possible, I would appreciate short and succinct questions and responses.
Members—we will hear the First Minister. First Minister, I ask you to conclude.
I thank Mr Cole-Hamilton for his contribution. Parliament has, of course, taken steps to increase transparency and awareness of the process, but as this is a matter that relates to pre-introduction of bills, it is entirely a matter for the Government.
Green MSP for Lothian
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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