Euan Robson: Does the minister agree that it is high time that supermarkets made a genuine effort to support local primary producers during market fluctuations, particularly by sharing additional costs instead of simply passing them on? Furthermore, will he comment on recent statements that appeared to cast doubt on the quality of Scottish food?
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the central heating scheme will be amended to lower the qualification age for those wishing only to replace a heating appliance.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend the list of fundable bodies referred to in schedule 2 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce or confirm the budget for the Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
Euan Robson: I am grateful for the opportunity to place on the record my constituents' views on "Getting Fit For The Future - Modernising Health Services in the Borders", which is a consultation document that has been published by NHS Borders. It is the subject of controversy in my constituency. Some of the proposals that it contains would have a far-reaching effect on the two towns that are mentioned in...
Euan Robson: If the minister is looking for ways to extend the concessionary travel scheme to incorporate community buses, could he consider where they link, or could link, to other forms of public transport? That might be a way of beginning an extension of community bus services. It would certainly help areas in my constituency, which are covered by Berwickshire Wheels and Teviot Wheels.
Euan Robson: I thank Maureen Macmillan for securing the debate, which is welcome, and I extend my congratulations to NASCO on the 21 st anniversary of its establishment. NASCO's work has been immensely important and I hope that the organisation goes from strength to strength in the future. Before I proceed, I record my recent appointment as president of Kelso Angling Association. I assure members that...
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to permit the dispensing of patient packs across primary, secondary and tertiary care, including the implementation of suitable medication self-administration schemes in hospital.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies have been cared for in each intensive and special care unit in each of the last two years.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is a shortage of neo-natal nurses and, if so, what plans it has to increase recruitment.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage career development for staff involved in the nursing of babies requiring intensive or special care by improving entry and professional development training and reviewing current gradings.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all intensive and special care baby units, broken down by NHS board, and what the ratio of nurses to babies is in both types of unit.
Euan Robson: Obviously, it is very good that the Scottish Executive has addressed regeneration in its "People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement". It is particularly welcome and clearly important that there is a continuing commitment to work more closely with the private sector to remove barriers to action and to bring about a more strategic and focused approach. The minister mentioned the key...
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that training in child protection is being adequately delivered and, if not, what plans it has to address the issue.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the scope and content of training in child protection is adequate and, if not, what plans it has to address the issue.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has requested advice or a report from the Social Work Inspection Agency in respect of levels of participation in, and the quality of, child protection training and, if so, what the agency’s findings were.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards have developed models of practice to ensure that every patient receives their medicines, and has any medication issues, addressed in advance of discharge from hospital, as set out in The Right Medicine: A Strategy for Pharmaceutical Care in Scotland .
Euan Robson: This has been an interesting but low-key debate, as Alex Johnstone said. Even Opposition members have conceded that there have been significant improvements in waiting times, which is welcome. As Helen Eadie said, it is a proud day—perhaps these are proud times—and the improvement is a notable achievement. I reiterate the thanks that have been paid to the NHS staff for that. In the...
Euan Robson: I will try to open first, Presiding Officer.
Euan Robson: I am grateful for the opportunity to set out the Liberal Democrat perspective on the "Fair to All, Personal to Each" agenda and the progress on waiting times. I start by putting on the record my party's thanks to all the people in the NHS who have worked so hard to deliver the improvements to waiting times in Scotland that have been achieved in the past year. It was good that all parties in...