On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would be grateful for your advice on how to clarify the assertion that Mr Findlay made that I misled Parliament. I want to make it clear that a part of the minutes of the meeting of 22 February that Mr Findlay did not read out states:
“It was agreed that when the future nature of the service is more certain, it will be helpful to get clear direction and guidance from the Scottish Government.”
I have given that clear direction and guidance. The halt will not be lifted, and I can see no circumstances in which it will.
The point of order gave you the opportunity to put that on the record, cabinet secretary. Unfortunately, because Neil Findlay used the wrong language, which was very inappropriate, he was expelled, which did not give you the opportunity that you should have had to respond. The member is not here, but I urge him to reflect on his behaviour, because it does not do his argument any favours whatsoever.