Beattie Media

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:27 pm on 30th September 1999.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Leader, Scottish National Party 12:27 pm, 30th September 1999

I have two further questions: one specific and one general.

First, when the First Minister said that the invitation, claimed by Beattie Media, to Mr McConnell did not even appear, even provisionally, in his diary, was he talking just about his ministerial diary, or had the First Minister also made inquiries into Mr McConnell's constituency diary? Is he satisfied that the invitation never existed?

Secondly, we all want to look forward: I welcome the Executive examining the whole issue of PR companies and I welcome the Standards Committee examining it. All of us in this Parliament should do that. Can the First Minister tell us whether he supports—if it is the Executive's position—the Standards Committee examining the specific allegations, hearing evidence in public and being provided with the ministers' diaries, so that the matter can be cleared up to public satisfaction?