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Scottish Traditional Music

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 16th September 2004.

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Photo of Rob Gibson Rob Gibson Scottish National Party 2:00 pm, 16th September 2004

In answer to my question earlier this year, the minister's colleague Andy Kerr dismissed a request to support the invitation to Scottish pipers to play at a tartan day event that was to be organised in Paris. He described the event as "commercial", but what else are the American tartan day events? Does the minister recognise the contradiction in the Government's behaviour in that regard? Will he send an unambiguous message to the Scottish traditional music community by adopting transparent and well-publicised guidelines for any overseas invitations that are received and by showing that our Government is proud to promote our unique culture around the globe?