Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there was a preliminary diagnosis of anthrax by Edinburgh Royal Infirmary or by specialist laboratories following the death in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 8 July 2006 of a man from the Scottish Borders and, if so, whether NHS Borders was informed and by whom.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive when Public Health Scotland was first advised of a definite diagnosis of anthrax by specialist laboratories following the death in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 8 July 2006 of a man from the Scottish Borders and when Public Health Scotland informed NHS Borders of that diagnosis.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive who is potentially at risk, however small, of contracting anthrax following the single incidence of the disease in the Scottish Borders.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will be clear that other cases of anthrax will not occur as a result of the case reported in the Scottish Borders.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures need to be taken at the property of the victim of the case of anthrax in the Scottish Borders, both to confirm the source and to render the area harmless, and how long it is estimated that this process will take.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any risk to animal health from the case of anthrax reported in the Scottish Borders.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether precautions need to be taken by those in charge of livestock, in terms of the protection of both human and animal health, as a result of the case of anthrax reported in the Scottish Borders.
Euan Robson: The future of Scotland lies in its people. The business of this Parliament is, and will continue to be, the securing of the progress of their interests. That is what Liberal Democrats in Government have sought to do in the past seven years, and it is what we will strive to do for the rest of this Parliament and whenever we are in Government in the next Parliament and beyond. Scotland's...
Euan Robson: I have no intention of apologising to the SNP for anything; the SNP should be apologising to Parliament for devoting most of its time to separatism and not to the issues that are before the Scottish people. Liberal Democrats believe that not only is alcohol abuse a threat to individuals' health and a prime cause of crime, but that it is a threat to the economic well-being of Scotland. With an...
Euan Robson: I will allow the member to ponder the fact that there is a non sequitur in that. Addressing need has led the Executive to develop the central heating programme for older people in order to begin to eliminate the phenomenon of excess winter deaths, which is unknown in colder Scandinavian countries. It has also concentrated minds on the task of eliminating homelessness by 2012. Neither task...
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many head teacher posts in the current financial year are shared between schools, broken down by local authority area.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any regulatory requirement on local authorities to cut grass and trim vegetation from the edge of roadways to any given distance therefrom within an area covered by a speed limit.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish an estimate of the number of current undiagnosed cases of diabetes and what plans it has to publish this figure annually.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help to raise awareness of diabetes among at-risk communities.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget of the Scottish Medicines Consortium was in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2005-06.
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget of the Scottish Medicines Consortium is for 2006-07 and will be for 2007-08.
Euan Robson: I am grateful that the minister met Scottish Borders Council, which is another small council with severe flooding difficulties. Is the minister saying that it is better to find out what expenditure is eligible for grant before undertaking that expenditure, or is she saying that it is better to seek reimbursement of expenditure that has already been undertaken? Which is preferable?
Euan Robson: In the light of yesterday's announcement of the closure of two small community hospitals in Coldstream and Jedburgh in my constituency, will the First Minister reflect on whether the Health Department's decision was in line with the Kerr report? Further, will he impress on NHS Borders the need to develop national health service provision in both towns and to engage constructively with nursing...
Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is planned to bring home loss payments in respect of compulsory purchase orders in Scotland into line with those in England and Wales.
Euan Robson: Does the minister agree that this is indeed a proud day when we will right a wrong that was done 37 years ago? Will he further congratulate the Campaign for Borders Rail and all those associated with bringing the project to the fore, including the committee? Does he agree that the line will not only contribute to providing Borderers with a sustainable and more environmentally friendly form...