Rhona Brankin: I chaired the inaugural meeting of the football partnership on Monday 14 June. The partnership set up a task force to draw up detailed proposals and report back by the end of October. Our aim is to help Scotland's national teams and top clubs to compete successfully on the international stage, through the development of our native talent.
Rhona Brankin: I am aware that Norway has invested heavily in indoor and all-weather facilities, and that it has had some recent success. This is a key area that the football partnership and the football task force will examine.
Rhona Brankin: We expect to issue a consultation document shortly. We have appointed a small group of people with expertise in that area to focus on the development of that strategy.
Rhona Brankin: Yes, the process is intended to be as inclusive as possible. We are arranging a series of meetings over the summer in order to consult people across Scotland. We also expect that individuals and organisations will put in written submissions, if they so wish, and that the Parliament will have an important role in the consultation process.
Rhona Brankin: We are supporting the appointment of school sports co-ordinators in every secondary school in Scotland, and local authorities will receive up to £1 million of lottery funding to support the scheme in its first year.
Rhona Brankin: I am glad to see that there is another footballer among the women members in the chamber. The school sports co-ordinators in secondary schools will be encouraged to make links with local associated primary schools, to examine how sports can be developed in those schools. We are making additional funding available for our top sport and play programmes in primary schools. The sum of £2.1...
Rhona Brankin: The Scottish film industry will be able to put forward proposals during our consultations on the national cultural strategy.
Rhona Brankin: Lottery funding of £2.1m over 3 years has been earmarked to make the TOP Play TOP Sport programmes available to all primary schools. This package can be used to enhance existing sports and physical activity programmes.
Rhona Brankin: On 7 June, I announced that the first tranche of school sports co-ordinators would be appointed in 87 secondary schools. Our target is to have school sports co-ordinators in all Scotland's secondary schools by 2003.
Rhona Brankin: Yes, and I welcome the work that is being done in East Renfrewshire. Sport has an essential role to play in promoting social inclusion; social inclusion features in the Scottish Sports Council's corporate plan, "Sport 21". Earlier this week, I visited Arbroath High School and Arbroath Academy to see school sports co-ordinators in action. In Arbroath Academy I was particularly pleased to see...
Rhona Brankin: The Scottish Sports Council operates a major events programme to assist eligible bodies to attract and stage major events in Scotland. Since its inception in 1996, it has supported 19 events of Commonwealth, European and world level in Scotland.
Rhona Brankin: Many of us would love to see the Ryder cup come to Scotland. In the first instance, that is a matter for the relevant golf associations, although we would all like to the event to take place.
Rhona Brankin: That would be an interesting development and I would be happy to talk to Fiona McLeod about it.
Rhona Brankin: Scottish Ministers have been consulted about the appointment of the BBC Scottish Governor. The political activities of candidates are declared during the appointments process. The criterion for recommending candidates is their suitability for the particular appointment.
Rhona Brankin: We have no plans to assess the impact of quarrying at Croy Hill. A section of the Antonine Wall here is scheduled and in the care of Historic Scotland. The existing quarrying has no direct impact on the monument. Any proposal to quarry within the scheduled area would require scheduled monument consent from Historic Scotland.
Rhona Brankin: Under the provisions of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985, the National Museums and Galleries of Scotland are funded by central government grant. Local authorities operate and fund their own museums and galleries as part of their statutory duty to ensure that there is adequate provision of facilities for their residents for recreational, sporting, cultural and social activities. We...
Rhona Brankin: Scottish Screen already fulfils this role.
Rhona Brankin: Enhancing the economic role of the creative industries will be an objective of the national cultural strategy.
Rhona Brankin: We strongly support in principle the proposal to establish a national training centre for swimming.
Rhona Brankin: I refer the Member to the answer S1W-240 given to Dr Richard Simpson, on 19 July 1999.