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NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of giving the “wrong pre-scripted answer” to a question from one of her own backbenchers for the second time in a week.
Scottish Conservative MSP Stephen Kerr raised a point of order in Holyrood following the apparent mistake.
It came after Ms Sturgeon responded to a question from SNP MSP Stuart McMillan about a public inquiry into the coronavirus crisis.
Instead of addressing the issue, the First Minister referred to Covid measures in the education sector.
On Wednesday last week, Ms Sturgeon made a similar mistake after a question from SNP MSP Stephanie Callaghan about NHS Lanarkshire.
The First Minister read out the answer to the next question due in Holyrood, from the SNP’s Evelyn Tweed, and later said there had been “confusion on my part”.
Raising a point of order today, Mr Kerr said: “Presiding Officer, for the second time in two weeks, the First Minister has read the wrong pre-scripted answer to her backbencher’s pre-scripted question.
“Stuart McMillan asked about the inquiry into the Scottish Government’s handling of the pandemic.
“The First Minister’s answer was all about schools.
“Can you, Presiding Officer, please advise as to what options there are to ensure that we hear an answer to the question that was actually asked?”
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