Derek Mackay said he wanted to meet key economic challenges such as growing employment.
Plans to establish the Scottish National Investment Bank were initially outlined by Nicola Sturgeon in 2017.
The Welsh Assembly joined Holyrood and Stormont in formally refusing consent to the Bill.
The First Minister's spokesman said she remains 'committed' to holding a vote this year.
MSPs were told by the UK Government medicine pricing would not be part of post-Brexit negotiations.
The average loan debt per student has risen from £6000 nine years ago to £13,800 in 2018/19.
Official survey finds 619,000 homes in fuel poverty, a rise of 36,000 from the year before.
Friends of the Earth Scotland made the call as MSPs prepare to vote on legislation.
Evidence from under 18s will now always be pre-recorded in specialist centres.
In 2011, there was a four-way contest to become Scottish Conservative leader, won by Ruth Davidson.
The First Minister announced fresh funding to expand legal support services for European citizens in Scotland.
The change is aimed at helping children under the age of 18 who have witnessed some of the most serious crimes.
The figures were obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats under freedom of information laws.
Analysis found more than 2.7m lost bed days in the five years up to November last year have cost the taxpayer £653m.
ScotRail has been criticised over its level of performance after racking up more than £3.3m in...
Niamh Freeburn, 20, had a procedure that went wrong in late 2018.
Police Scotland will have to make 'difficult choices' to address their 'structural deficit'.
Power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong.
An idea named "Suzanne's Law" has been proposed by the families of victims.
Presiding officer Ken Macintosh said the flag will come down at 11pm on January 31, when the UK leaves the EU.