Presiding Officer's Ruling

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:55 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None 2:55 pm, 8th March 2007

I will now deal with the point of order that Stewart Stevenson raised yesterday evening.

Mr Stevenson was concerned that the answer to a written question that he had received had subsequently been contradicted by an Executive press statement. Having looked into the matter, I can confirm that, regrettably, that was indeed the case. The Minister for Justice has since written to Mr Stevenson and to me to apologise for the lapse and to reiterate the Executive's commitment to the provision of prompt, accurate and helpful answers to parliamentary questions. I welcome that open and speedy response from the minister, and I now consider the matter closed.