Ministerial Attendance at Constituency Events (Guidelines)

Question Time — Scottish Executive — General – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:42 am on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Sandra White Sandra White Scottish National Party 11:42 am, 25th January 2007

To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers plan in their official capacities to attend constituency events organised by MSPs from their own parties in the period up to dissolution and what guidelines apply to such visits in a pre-election period. (S2O-11745)

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

The requested information is not held in such a format. Ministerial diaries retain a record of engagements that have been carried out. However, I assure the member that ministers will give due consideration to all invitations from members of the Scottish Parliament to visit their constituencies.

Photo of Sandra White Sandra White Scottish National Party

I thank the minister for his interesting answer.

Recently, I asked the Minister for Justice to attend a public meeting in Milton. I am still waiting for a reply to my request. She was able to attend a public meeting in Kelvin; prior to that, she attended a Labour Party election campaign meeting in Kelvin. Will Mr Lyon allay the fears of Scottish people who do not want ministers to be used as electioneering tools? Will the relevant minister accept an invitation from a member of the Scottish National Party to come to a public meeting to allay the concerns and fears of the many people in Glasgow who are affected by the operations of Glasgow Housing Association? I assure him that there will be a full house at that meeting.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

Sandra White's allegation is inaccurate. Ms Jamieson attended the Labour Party meeting that she mentioned in her capacity as a Labour representative, and not as a minister.

I repeat: ministers will give due consideration to all invitations from members to visit their constituencies.