Humza Yousaf is facing questions from MSPs after the first batch of Scotland’s delayed census results were released.
The figures showed Scotland’s population had risen to 5,436,600 – primarily driven by immigration.
First Minister’s Questions also follows confirmation from the UK Government that it will not block Scotland’s safe drug consumption room pilot.
Scottish secretary Alister Jack told the House of Commons on Wednesday that he would not interfere in the project – despite drug laws being reserved and the Conservatives remaining against the plans.
The First Minister could also see questions on the Scottish Government’s new licensing scheme for short-term lets.
An “error” saw two of his Cabinet ministers vote against the Scottish Government on the Tory-led bid to delay the scheme.
Serial rebel Fergus Ewing is understood to have purposefully voted against the regulations.