Point of Order

– in the Scottish Parliament at 4:57 pm on 14 June 2007.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

Thank you, Presiding Officer.

During First Minister's question time today I asked the First Minister about comments made in the chamber yesterday by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Fiona Hyslop. I told the First Minister that, in response to a question on higher education funding, the cabinet secretary said that Scotland's universities were currently well funded. In his response, the First Minister corrected me and said that what the cabinet secretary in fact said was that they were properly funded.

I have now had an opportunity to consult the Official Report of yesterday's meeting, and I see that Fiona Hyslop said:

"I think that our universities are well funded."—[Official Report, 13 June 2007; c 639.]

I am sure that the First Minister did not knowingly intend to mislead Parliament, but nevertheless that is what has happened.

Presiding Officer, can you advise me how, under standing orders, the record may be put straight?

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

I thank the member for reading out his point of order very slowly. I hope that he does not mind if I give an equally slow and deliberate response.

Seriously, I am grateful to him for giving notice of his point of order. Like him, I have checked the Official Report and I simply say to him that his correction is now a matter of record, as it will be in the Official Report.

I still have to suspend the meeting until five o'clock.

Meeting suspended.

On resuming—