First Minister Questions 3rd May Overview

First Minister Questions has been moved from it’s usual Thursday time slot to today, thanks to the local elections.

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to field questions on NHS waiting times, education and broadband speed.

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson asked the First Minister why in 2011-2015 did the proportion of children performing well in numeracy fall.

Sturgeon mentioned the attainment challenge and fund that has been put in place to help headteachers raise attainment.

Davidson then attacked Sturgeon’s education record again, accusing them of having a “ten year record of failure.”

Sturgeon talked about how the SNP will go to the elections tomorrow pointing to the improvements that have been made, while the Tories have not put forward any policies that covers education.

NHS waiting times was brought up by Labour MSP Daniel Johnson, following the scandal at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where the hospital was forced to raise a major alert after 36 patients waited for up to 17 hours in their accident and emergency department.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said that the government were trying to provide support to all hospital boards to ensure patients are treated as soon as possible.

Green MSP Mike Rumbles asked for an update over the government’s plan to deliver 100% fibre broadband coverage by 2021 and how much it had invested in the programme.

The Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said that the total costs cannot be determined yet however he can confirm that the government will invest  £112 million in 2017-18 to improve the fibre broadband coverage in Scotland to 95% which is in addition to the £18 million being reinvested.

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