Iain Gray opened this week with questions about the government's proposal to offer early retirement to school teachers in order to make jobs available for newly qualified teachers. He also accused the government of reducing teacher numbers since they've been in power and allowing crumbling schools to crumble even more.
The FM explained that some councils were having difficulties with teacher numbers and in particular Glasgow City council (labour) was responsible for 25% of the reduction.
I can never understand why labour bring the condition of Scotland's schools up at FMQs. The school is such disrepair haven't suddenly crumbled since 2007. It's the lack of investment from previous years which has caused the poor condition of schools although the SNP government continue to address the matter.
Annabel Goldie's turn repeated the 'stop free prescriptions' call and she returned to her question of last week regarding an increase in health visitors. The FM, after quoting some statistics, said he would consider her suggestion.
These days I rather feel for Tavish Scott because he does leave himself open to ridicule but his question this week was about the amount of money lying in the bank accounts of quangos. The First Minister explained the Treasury would not give permission for monies to be withdrawn from quango accounts and added to the government's coffers so there was little point in withdrawing it just to send it to the Treasury.
Some interesting debate today and I have to give credit to Iain Gray for his improved delivery, even though the taxpayer paid for his TV acting lessons.
Forgive me for such a brief report but it's a card night and time is rather short. The complete half hour can be viewed on BBC iPlayer or HolyroodTV.