Scottish News Bulletin: 13th January 2009


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper's website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.


Lending Crisis: A leading British businessman has warned that the bank-lending famine risks ‘irreparable damage’ to the economy. JCB boss Matthew Taylor had to lay off almost 700 workers as a direct result of the high street banks’ failure to provide credit to his customers. (Scotsman page 8)

HBOS: There are no further legal obstacles in the way of a deal that will see HBOS become part of the giant Lloyds Banking Group from Monday. (Herald page 34, Times page 8)

Fishing Industry: The Scottish fishing industry has been given a £40m boost after Russia agreed to end its ban on imports of herring and mackerel. (Press and Journal page 7)


Drink-Drive: A man was jailed for 7 years for accidentally killing his young nephew in drink-drive accident. (Daily Express page 29, Daily Telegraph page 9)


Forth Road Bridge: Hamish Macdonell comments on the Forth Road bridge funding crisis. (Scotsman page 24, Daily Telegraph page 1)


Hospital Parking: A new bill was put forward by the Labour party to abolish all car-parking charges. The bill has been welcomed by public sector union Unison, whose members working at hospitals must pay the charges. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 8, Press and Journal page 4, Courier page 3)

Infections: The Health boards will have to monitor hospital infections more closely under new rules announced yesterday by the Scottish Government. Levels of both MRSA and Clostridium Difficile will have to be reported for individual hospitals every two months. (Herald page 11, Press and Journal page 9, Courier page 3)


Scottish Qualifications Authority: The Scottish Government has been criticised for appointing a senior SNP councillor as the new boss of the authority responsible for the exam system. (Press and Journal page 11)

Advanced Courses: State pupils could have to visit private schools in order to study for qualifications dropped by cash-strapped councils. Local authorities across Scotland have been forced to cut the provision of some Advanced Higher courses because of a lack of funding. (Scotsman page 13)

University Rector: Political heavyweight Iain Macwhirter will be competing against Lord George Foulkes for the role of rector at the University of Edinburgh. (Scotsman page 17)

University Courses: Ministers have set out proposals to make Scottish universities tailor course more closely to the needs of the economy, provoking an angry backlash from institutions that claim the bid threatens academic freedom. (Herald page 1)

Class Assault Case: MSP Joe Fitzpatrick confirmed that he has taken up the case of suspended teacher Mike Barile. (Courier page 8)


Budget: Opposition parties have been warned that a vote against the Scottish Budget will be a vote against economic recovery. Brinkmanship between the parties intensified ahead of a preliminary vote on the budget tomorrow. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 8)

UK Politics: The Conservatives have gained a double-figure lead over Labour as Gordon Brown’s bounce from his handling of the banking crisis has faded. (Times page 1, Telegraph page 9)

Taxi Rides: Scottish Government civil servants are using 100 taxis a day at a cost of more than £300,000 a year of to taxpayers. (Daily Mail page 10)

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