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Michael Matheson urged to make another statement to parliament over £11,000 iPad data bill row

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Michael Matheson has been called on to make another statement to the Scottish Parliament amid claims he is "avoiding scrutiny" over an £11,000 data roaming bill.The embattled Health Secretary faced MSPs last week to explain his official iPad had racked up the eye-watering charge after his teenage sons had used the device as an internet hot spot to watch football while on a family holiday.The veteran SNP minister had initially denied the roaming bill was caused by personal use and blamed an out-of-date sim card for the charges - which included £7,000 worth of data in a single day.Opposition parties have insisted Matheson still faces unanswered questions over the scandal and will push for him to make a further statement this week.Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said: "Michael Matheson might have run up this eye-watering bill, but he cannot continue to run away from this scandal."He – and the other most senior members of the SNP Government – spent the weekend largely avoiding scrutiny and clearly hoping this scandal will just go away."That is wishful thinking when we know that the Health Secretary lied to the press and public over whether this parliamentary device had been used for personal purposes."His personal statement last week allowed a severely limited time for questioning.

A significant number of questions remain wholly unanswered."That is why my party is calling for a substantial amount of parliamentary time to be set aside to allow Michael Matheson to make another statement and for us to be allowed extensive questioning to get answers."Ross added the public had “lost confidence in the Health Secretary”.He continued: "Until he resigns, or Humza Yousaf does the right thing and sacks him, my party will continue to

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