FOR the first time in history Scotland’s Cabinet met in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday.
Ministers held their formal meeting in the council chambers at the Town House, led by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, as part of this year’s summer Cabinet programme.
This week’s meeting was the penultimate in this year’s ‘Summer Tour’ with the Cabinet having already met in Fort William and Stranraer.
It is set to meet in Elgin next week.
Among matters discussed at Tuesday’s meeting were the controversial tram system in Edinburgh.
Ministers decided the Cabinet could not support a decision by Edinburgh Council last week to stop the tram line at Haymarket, two miles short of the planned terminus in the city centre.
Transport Scotland issued an ultimatum that it will withhold an outstanding grant of £72m towards the tram scheme unless the Council resurrects its plans to build the new line through the city centre.
Aside from the official Cabinet meeting, the visit to Fife also provided opportunities for Ministers to hold other meetings.
John Swinney, finance secretary, and Bruce Crawford, government strategy secretary, met community and business representatives from the Residents’ Action Force Leuchars to reiterate the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to support the area as it prepares to turn RAF Leuchars into an army base.
Ministers discussed the social and economic future of communities around RAF Leuchars and the future contribution of the army.