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Scottish Parliament Written answers

Some recent written answers

Drug Misuse answered 22 March 2011

Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average fine was for possessing (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy, (d) cannabis and (e) amphetamines in the Lothians region in 2009-10, broken down by sheriff court, and what percentage change was from the previous year.

Cancer answered 16 March 2011

Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs are associated with the cervical screening programme.

Housing answered 18 March 2011

Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39738 by Alex Neil on 1 March 2011, what the budget for rural home ownership grants will be for (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

Poverty answered 21 March 2011

Anne McLaughlin: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it gives to the needs of the Chinese community when developing anti-poverty policy and which representatives of that community it consults.

Scottish Government Funding answered 16 March 2011

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the decision to withdraw funding for the (a) UKRC and (b) Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Employment answered 15 March 2011

Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) private and (b) public sector jobs have been lost in each local authority area in the last 18 months.

Medication answered 21 March 2011

Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the progress reports of NHS boards that were requested by ministers as part of the process of implementing the CEL 17 (2010) guidance on the introduction of new medicines into NHSScotland.

Enterprise answered 15 March 2011

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it considers any reduction in funding from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise will have on the objectives of the Intellectual Asset Centre in relation to its work on food and drink strategic objectives and protected food names.

Employment answered 21 March 2011

Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will offer those affected by the proposed job losses at the West Freugh satellite ground station.

Alcohol Misuse answered 21 March 2011

Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since publication of A Fuller Life: Report of the Expert Group on Alcohol Related Brain Damage in ensuring that suitable housing or appropriate residential placements are available to people with alcohol-related brain damage.

Medication answered 16 March 2011

Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is provided to NHS boards regarding exceptional prescribing arrangements in relation to funding orphan and ultra-orphan medicines not recommended by the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

Renewable Energy answered 17 March 2011

Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39728 by Jim Mather on 1 March 2011, how many representations the Section 36 team of its Energy Consents Unit has received (a) in favour of and (b) against the (i) Aikengall II Wester Dod community wind farm, (ii) Allt Duine wind farm, (iii) Arecleoch wind farm, (iv) Black Law wind farm, (v) Black Law wind farm extension, (vi) Braes of Doune wind farm, (vii) Clashindarroch wind farm, (viii) Clyde wind farm, (ix) Clyde wind farm extension, (x) Creag Dhubh wind farm, (xi) Dorenell wind farm, (xii) Druim Ba wind farm, (xiii) Dunmaglass wind farm, (xiv) Earlshaugh wind farm, (xv) Ewehill wind farm, (xvi) Fallago Rig wind farm, (xvii) Farr wind farm, (xviii) Fauch Hill wind farm, (xix) Glenmorie wind farm, (xx) Griffin wind farm, (xxi) Hadyard Hill wind farm, (xxii) Harelaw renewable energy park, (xxiii) Harestanes wind farm, (xxiv) Harrows Law wind farm, (xxv) Kilgallioch wind farm, (xxvi) Kyle wind farm, (xxvii) Kype Muir wind farm, (xxviii) Lewis wind farm, (xxix) Moy wind farm, (xxx) Muaitheabhal wind farm, (xxxi) Pairc wind farm, (xxxii) Tom nan Clach wind farm, (xxxiii) Viking wind farm, (xxxiv) Waterhead Moor wind farm, (xxxv) Westerdale wind farm, (xxxvi) Whitelee wind farm, (xxxvii) Whitelee wind farm extension, (xxxviii) Whitelee wind farm extension phase 2, (xxxix) Windy Standard wind farm extension, (xl) Abercairny wind farm, (xli) Afton wind farm, (xlii) Baillie wind farm, (xliii) Berry Burn wind farm, (xliv) Black Law wind farm extension, (xlv) Blackcraig Hill wind farm, (xlvi) Calliachar wind farm, (xlvii) Carraig Gheal wind farm, (xlviii) Causeymire wind farm, (xlix) Crystal Rig wind farm extension, (l) Crystal Rig wind farm extension 2, (li) Crystal Rig wind farm phase 2a, (lii) Dersalloch wind farm, (liii) Druim Ba wind farm, (liv) Dunbeath wind farm, (lv) Gordonbush wind farm, (lvi) Ewehill wind farm, (lvii) Greenock wind farm, (lviii) Mark Hill wind farm, (lix) Millennium wind farm extension, (lx) Mid Hill wind farm capacity increase, (lxi) Newfield Windfarm, (lxii) Paul’s Hill wind farm, (lxiii) Paul’s Hill wind farm extension, (lxiv) Rothes wind farm, (lxv) Rothes wind farm extension, (lxvi) Spittal Hill wind farm and (lxvii) Stornoway wind farm applications.

Public Transport answered 17 March 2011

Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions there are to ensure that the number of buses in an area meets local demand.

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.

Justice answered 17 March 2011

Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of knife crime on policing since May 2007.

Planning answered 17 March 2011

Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incinerator applications have received planning approval in each year since 1999.

Scottish Government Expenditure answered 18 March 2011

Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deliver cash savings of at least 20% over the next four years in reducing scrutiny and what impact this will have on health and social care scrutiny bodies.

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.

Transport answered 17 March 2011

Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many postbus services have been withdrawn in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

Enterprise answered 15 March 2011

Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether progress has been made in securing a buyer for the Skykon wind turbine tower factory at Machrihanish.