Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament Written answers

Some recent written answers

Tax answered 15 March 2011

Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) it saved between 1 December 2008 and 31 December 2009 and (b) extra it will spend between 5 January and 31 December 2011 due to changes to the rate of VAT, broken down by (i) directorate and (ii) public body.

Cancer answered 16 March 2011

Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) sensitivity and (b) specificity is of the cervical screening programme.

Renewable Energy answered 21 March 2011

Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits it expects communities will receive from the Forestry Commission Scotland renewables contracts announced by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 22 February 2011.

NHS Expenditure answered 15 March 2011

Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the efficiency savings that NHS Tayside will be required to make in 2011-12, expressed as a percentage of its revenue allocation.

Renewable Energy answered 17 March 2011

Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters will be published.

Scottish Government Staff answered 18 March 2011

Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many senior civil servants are employed in its health directorate.

Renewable Energy answered 21 March 2011

Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis it proposed the deadline of eight months from the agreement of exclusivity arrangements for communities to propose their own renewables projects on the Forestry Commission Scotland estate.

NHS Staff answered 21 March 2011

Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a deadline has been set for resolving Agenda for Change cases involving podiatrists.

Employment answered 15 March 2011

Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people who have lost their jobs in the last 18 months is (a) male, (b) female, (c) under 25, (d) disabled and (e) from black and minority ethnic communities.

Prison Service answered 17 March 2011

Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners (a) was assessed as having an alcohol addiction and (b) received support for this in prison in 2010, broken down by prison.

NHS Expenditure answered 15 March 2011

Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much NHS Tayside has been allocated from the Change Fund in its initial revenue resource allocation for 2011-12.

Prison Service answered 17 March 2011

Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many banned items were seized from individuals entering prison in 2010, broken down by (a) item and (b) prison.

Pharmacies answered 16 March 2011

Mary Scanlon (Highlands and Islands) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to roll out the Pharmore project of walk-in services being piloted at five Boots pharmacies.

Alcohol Misuse answered 21 March 2011

Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made since May 2007 of the incidence and prevalence of alcohol-related brain damage.

Prison Service answered 17 March 2011

Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners (a) was assessed as having a drug addiction and (b) received support for this in prison in 2010, broken down by prison.

Police answered 21 March 2011

Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much the total pay bill for senior police officers in Strathclyde Police has gone up in each of the last three years.

Transport answered 16 March 2011

Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-38040, S3W-38041, S3W-38607 and S3W-39444 by Keith Brown on 15 and 16 December 2010, 3 February and 3 March 2011 respectively, at what point the part of the iterative process for defining the timeline of the transport plan for the 2014 Ryder Cup that will involve infrastructure work at either Gleneagles or Blackford stations and associated roadworks will be (a) available for public comment, (b) concluded and (c) published.

Renewable Energy answered 17 March 2011

Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides for research into the environmental effects of offshore renewable energy developments.

Agriculture answered 22 March 2011

Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the (a) first and (b) last Less Favourable Area Support Scheme payments to farmers and crofters were issued in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009 and (iv) 2010.

Digital Technology answered 21 March 2011

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason Highland and Cairngorms local action groups were unsuccessful in their bid for funding from the Broadband Challenge Fund.