The Presiding Officer:
Thank you for that point of order, Mr Kelly, and for notifying me in advance of your intention to make it.
As members are aware, I take the issue very seriously indeed. I recently revised the good practice guidance on announcements to make it clear that Government announcements should be made to the Parliament in the first instance.
I note that there has been speculation on the contents of the statement in advance and I draw the cabinet secretary’s attention to the guidance. However, I am sure that all members will welcome the opportunity to question the cabinet secretary on the detailed contents of his statement, which he can now make.