Ministers and Junior Ministers

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:38 am on 21st May 2003.

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Photo of Margo MacDonald Margo MacDonald Independent 9:38 am, 21st May 2003

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I apologise for being late. Will you clarify for me whether, according to sections 44 and 47 of the Scotland Act 1998 and the standing orders of the Parliament, the purpose of this morning's proceedings is to endorse the First Minister's choice of ministerial colleagues or to comment on the First Minister's team? The two things are different—one presupposes that we sit in judgment on the suitability of the individuals chosen and the other presupposes that we should pass comment on the strategy that the First Minister has outlined.