Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 22 November 2001

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its spending is in the current financial year on tackling alcohol misuse and what its estimate is of the numbers suffering from severe or chronic misuse.

  • Arts

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture has had any discussions with the chairman or other representatives of the Scottish Arts Council regarding...

  • Bees

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number of reported incidences of mites and varroa disease in the bee population in each of the past five years, giving the most...

  • Bees

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to prevent the spread of mites and varroa disease in the bee population.

  • Bridges

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive payments in respect of the costs of repair of the Erskine Bridge from those parties considered responsible for damaging the bridge.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the cancer budget in each of the past five years and in 2001 to date was spent on palliative care.

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes owned by elderly people in Dundee have been fitted with central heating under the central heating initiative.

  • Child Welfare

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce the number of children abused and neglected in Scotland and improve services offered to those children.

  • Children

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are currently detained in secure accommodation places and what the probable period of detention and reason for detention is in each case.

  • Community Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many assessments of carers’ needs were made by each local authority in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Community Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what duties it has placed, or plans to place, on local authorities to identify and assess the needs of individual carers.

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many clinical assistant posts have been created for (a) orthodontics, (b) surgical dentistry and (c) paediatric dentistry, as outlined in its Action Plan for...

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the fee structure for specialist treatments such as orthodontics and sedation has been reviewed, as recommended in its Action Plan for Dental Services in...

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is supporting the provision of 470 dental nurse student places and 30 dental technician student places for basic annual training, as recommended in the...

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the enhanced registration scheme has been introduced for six to eight-year-olds in deprivation categories five to seven which includes the requirement for...

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the additional £1 million made available this financial year as part of its Action Plan for Dental Services in Scotland has been allocated to enhance dental...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether its target of 120 dental students graduating annually from both dental schools, as set out in its Action Plan for Dental Services in Scotland , is sufficient...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new dental therapy course and basic training courses for dental nurses in all areas have been established, as recommended in its Action Plan for Dental...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current deficiency in funding for the Dundee Dental School has been corrected in the light of the work on the funding of dental schools undertaken by the...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in taking forward the recommendation in the report by the Scottish Advisory Committee on the Dental Workforce, Workforce Planning for...

  • Diabetes

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to improve the services available on the NHS to people with diabetes.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it plans to take following the publication of its report , Estimating the National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Misuse in Scotland .

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the composition is of the Education Task Force associated with National Qualifications and what the rationale is for the allocation of places to it.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive (a) whether there are any guidelines on (i) how many computers schoolrooms should be equipped with, (ii) the minimum network requirements of supporting such...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the relationship between class size and examination results.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has established a mechanism to provide small businesses with practical, sector-specific advice and information on compliance with legislation and...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatal accident inquiries have been held in the past five years into the loss of the lives of crews of fishing vessels and whether it is informed of the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has held any discussions with Dr Andrew Walker of the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics in the University of Glasgow, in light of his report on...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to health boards regarding the additional £18.6 million for improvements to general medical practices announced by the Minister for...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £18.6 million announced on 13 June 2001 for improvements to general medical practices will go directly to the practices themselves.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage and support the establishment of a nurse education programme in trauma rehabilitation.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the actual cost was to the NHS in each of the past five years of patients failing to keep appointments and what steps it is taking to reduce these occurrences.

  • Health Spending

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a detailed breakdown of the 2000-01 underspend in the health budget by subject area.

  • Lifelong Learning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is taking to promote lifelong learning amongst those aged between 50 and 65 who are not in receipt of state benefits but who have retired early...

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in discussions with Her Majesty’s Government on the possibility of a national top-up to the Sheep Annual Premium.

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses (a) have submitted applications and (b) have received funding under the (i) Sheep Annual Premium Scheme, (ii) Suckler Cow Premium Scheme, (iii)...

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to bring forward legislation equivalent to the Animal Health Bill which has been introduced in England and Wales.

  • Local Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to implement those aspects of the Report of the Renewing Local Democracy Working Group not concerned with proportional representation.

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its current position is on the relocation of jobs in non-departmental public bodies from Edinburgh and Glasgow to other locations in Scotland.

  • Nursing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with its plans to recruit and retain additional nurses.

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time has been for giving (a) substantive answers to all written parliamentary questions and (b) substantive answers to written...

  • Refuges

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide funding to support additional places in women’s refuges.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the First Minister what progress is being made in establishing biomass projects under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland).

  • Road Accidents

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3917 by Iain Gray on 25 October 2001, what steps it will take to meet the requirements of those who seek access to police road...

  • Scotland Act 1998

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to have discussions with Her Majesty's Government regarding the possibility of amending the Scotland Act 1998.

  • Social Work

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to produce guidelines limiting the number of cases, particularly child protection cases, allocated to individual social workers.

  • Teaching

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers in relation to attracting individuals from the public or private sector into the...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote and support cultural tourism.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the New Strategy for Golf Tourism.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its next steps will be to assist tourism.

  • Warrant Sales

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the development of a form of diligence to replace poindings and warrant sales.

  • Water Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has received of the number of compulsory redundancies, if any, that will result from the creation of Scottish Water.

  • Water Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has received of the number of staff who will take voluntary retirement as a result of the creation of Scottish Water in each of the financial years...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the national strategy recommended in the Report of the Advisory Group on Youth Crime which had a deadline for implementation no later than April 2001 has not yet...

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