Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 29 June 2000

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether palliative care will be an integral part of strategies for cancer care and the care of those with chronic and progressive illnesses.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for a national cervical screening system.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for Scottish women of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s appeal decision regarding the use of taxanes in the treatment...

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to protect archaeological monuments and historic sites within Kilmartin Valley.

  • Disabled People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist further education colleges to adapt their buildings to the needs of disabled people.

  • Dyspraxia

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), what tests for dyspraxia have been considered and, in...

  • Dyspraxia

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000 Col. 1200), whether it will recognise the eight week intensive...

  • Dyspraxia

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Cols. 1199 and 1200), what is being done to improve collation and...

  • Dyspraxia

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000 Col. 1202) and the Deputy Minister for Children and Education (11...

  • Dyspraxia

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, col. 1200), what opportunity will be offered to the Dyspraxia Foundation...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what links exists between the Careers Service, local authority schools and the construction industry for the purpose of increasing awareness of the range of...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes to complete a modern apprenticeship in construction related trades.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that education and training initiatives for small and medium-sized enterprises meet the needs of those businesses.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to improve the dissemination of information to the business community.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reduce the potential for confusion in the area of education and training initiatives for businesses by eliminating any duplication and...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to attract biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies from Pacific Rim countries.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the access of small and medium-sized companies to venture capital.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to provide, for sectors of the economy where skill shortages are evident, a register of skilled and senior management talent who may be on...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to provide access to administrative and support staff to small and medium-size high growth companies who otherwise could not sustain them.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to encourage the use of wrasse and other environmentally friendly methods of sea lice control and whether such methods can assist in the...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any changes are proposed in the licensing and quota management arrangements for the under 10 metre fleet.

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to encourage more women to participate in computing and ICT courses in further and higher education.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that honey dew, honey and pollen contaminated from GM crops do not appear in the food chain.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to investigate the types and safety of herbicides used in some of the GM crop trials.

  • Health

    To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s response is to the interim report of the task force set up to oversee the management of NHS services in Tayside.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions major operations at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow have been cancelled, after the patients have been admitted to hospital and...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the appointment of members of health councils by health boards compromises the councils in fulfilling their statutory watchdog function within the NHS.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the selection and appointment procedures of health council members.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were cancelled in Glasgow hospitals in the last year for which figures were available.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any schemes in Scotland whereby doctors or other health professionals can prescribe heating or insulation work to be carried out on a...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), to list (a) the Executive’s representatives on the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), (a) what conditions are currently being considered by the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, which of the conditions that fall under the remit of the National Screening Committee’s children’s sub-group currently have screening programmes.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), what the full criteria are which have to be fulfilled to...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), what the definition is of "standard treatment" as used by...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive which health boards have a register of diabetic patients and what steps it is taking to ensure that all health boards have such a register.

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Brian Duffield of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) project and what information it will seek from him regarding (a) the...

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of what the expenditure of £9.86 million on the University of the Highlands and Islands project has been spent on...

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive why university status is not expected to be conferred upon the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) project for some years and what precisely the UHI...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend to North Lanarkshire Council that it ensures that, under its restructuring of its housing system, all long-term applicants on the waiting...

  • Information Technology

    To ask the Scottish Executive how European Union funds will be used to improve information and communication technology in the Highlands and Islands.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many mortgage repossession orders were made in each court district in each quarter from 1994 to the latest available date.

  • Land Reform

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the Land Reform Bill.

  • Lifelong Learning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes a trainee to qualify for a Scottish Vocational Qualification at level three.

  • Local Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to measure the extent of the use of new technology by local authorities in the delivery of their services.

  • Local Government Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether revenue support to Glasgow City Council in 2001-02 will be reduced; if so, whether it will provide an estimate of by how much and whether it has held or has...

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the mental illness grant was in real terms in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to liase with the Health Education Board for Scotland to develop a campaign to highlight mental health problems.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve training and levels of understanding of general practitioners in relation to mental health.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a definition of what it considers to be mental illness and mental disorder.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards establishing mental health specialisms in general practice.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to eliminate any discrimination against individuals with mental health problems.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what impact mental illnesses have on patients suffering from physical ailments.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many working days were lost through mental illness in the last year for which figures are available.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether adequate investment in diagnostic equipment is in place to ensure early detection and management of osteoporosis.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether adequate resources have been allocated for investment in NHS diagnostic equipment.

  • National Lottery Awards

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4663 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 31 May 2000, what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure a more even distribution of lottery...

  • Nursery Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to improve further the 68% participation rate for three-year-olds in pre-school education.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the regeneration of Scotland’s town centres and what funding it is making available for this purpose.

  • Right to Buy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take in the forthcoming Housing Bill to protect housing association housing from any extension of right to buy.

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have occurred in the last five years on the Balmedie to Tipperty stretch of the A90.

  • Social Work

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to investigate the provision of social work services in Glasgow in view of the possible strike action later this month.

  • Social Work

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the ruling of unfair dismissal by an industrial tribunal, social workers employed by Glasgow City Council should be reinstated.

  • Social Work

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to investigate any discontent within the social work profession.

  • Student Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the threshold set for the Scottish Graduate Endowment.

  • Teachers

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to ensure that priority for supply teaching posts is given to qualified teachers not in receipt of a retirement pension from the...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of the new tourist information centre (TIC) at Strontian and whether, following the sale of a number of other tourist information centres in the...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive why it does not always publish detailed summaries to responses to consultation exercises; in particular, why it has not published such a summary in relation to its...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with consultations regarding the Scottish Transport Group pension fund.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what research or evidence it used to rule out a levy on non-workplace customer parking provided at large out-of-town retail developments on page eight of Tackling...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend that local authorities standardise the criteria on which a person with reduced mobility is granted a disabled persons’ buspass and,...

  • Voluntary Sector

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to streamline funding mechanisms for voluntary organisations.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it is listening to the views of young people.

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