Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 23 February 2006

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many air ambulance flights originating in Orkney have been classified as "emergency" in each year since 1998.

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the terms of any agreement or protocol between the Scottish Ambulance Service and the (a) Ministry of Defence or (b) Maritime and Coastguard...

  • Blood Transfusion Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has learned any lessons from the fact that NHS Scotland has not implemented the Council of Europe Recommendation No. R (83) 8 on the prevention of...

  • British Sign Language

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the recent pilot scheme for sign video relay service (SIGNVRS) technology launched in London whereby a small device attached to a videophone can...

  • Business Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in order to meet its commitment to halve the gap between the Scottish and English non-domestic rate poundage from 1 April 2006.

  • Central Heating Programme

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for continuing the central heating programme for pensioners.

  • DNA Samples

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the intellectual property rights are assigned in respect of DNA sequences in samples collected by the police in Scotland.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for drug detoxification services, broken down by NHS board.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is provided to registered cocaine users.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions associated with heroin use there were in each year since 1999, broken down by age and NHS board, and provided in table form.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many crack cocaine users currently receive community-based treatment.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have successfully completed a drug treatment programme in each of the last five years.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug users have participated in drug treatment programmes in each of the last five years.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many places providing treatment for abusers of drugs were available in each of the last five years.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its employees are involved in delivering treatment for the abuse of drugs.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the monetary value of the assets confiscated from drug dealers in Scotland under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) was redistributed to communities...

  • Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the delay in publishing volumes 3 to 5 of its report on energy generation commissioned from AEA Technology and when these volumes will be...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20459 by Rhona Brankin on 17 November 2005, whether it will provide an update on the consultation concerning the proposed 300%...

  • External Relations

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase Scottish representation abroad, other than through Foreign and Commonwealth office establishments.

  • External Relations

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been approached by Quebec and/or Catalonia with a view to joining their network of shared representative offices overseas and, if so, whether the...

  • Firearms

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the risk from airguns.

  • Fuel Prices

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government in respect of providing a long-term solution to any on-going competitive disadvantage associated with...

  • Fuel Prices

    To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the Fuel Poverty Forum has met since its inception.

  • Fuel Prices

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it has met, and what discussions it has had with, the Fuel Poverty Forum regarding fuel price rises.

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many women have received Anti-D immunoglobulin that has carried risk of infection with blood-borne viruses.

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make renewed contact with all women who are at risk of having contracted blood-borne viruses from Anti-D immunoglobulin.

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that everyone who received a blood transfusion before 1991, when there was a higher risk of transmitting the hepatitis C virus, will be traced...

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive what explanation it has for any delays by previous governments in implementing an agreed compensation scheme for people participating in clinical trials of blood...

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have read and directly reviewed all the papers and evidence from primary sources in their consideration and judgement on the need for an...

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many documents it has not released into the public domain in respect of the need for an independent public inquiry into the infection of patients contracting...

  • Hepatitis C

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its written submission to the Health Committee as part of its consideration of the case for an inquiry into infection with hepatitis C as a result of NHS...

  • Home Computer Initative

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to monitor the implementation of the Home Computer Initiative, including gathering feedback on customer satisfaction, the type and extent of...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of the Scottish Borders Housing Association’s statement that it is seeking £4 million from Scottish Borders Council to...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that any attempt by Scottish Borders Housing Association to recover the deficit resulting from its stock transfer agreement in March 2003 with...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what average price per house has been paid by housing associations for local authority properties in each year since the inception of the Scottish Borders Housing...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the average price of £3,061 per house paid by Scottish Borders Housing Association to Scottish Borders Council as part of the stock...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what contractual conditions are in place with regard to writing off the housing debt of housing associations.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can review the underwriting of a £38 million residual loan debt in respect of former Scottish Borders Council houses in the event that Scottish...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding supplied to local authorities for private sector housing grants under the Care and Repair Scheme is ring-fenced.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has received from the Executive for private sector housing grants under the Care and Repair Scheme in each of the last three years.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what budget each local authority will receive from the Executive for private sector housing grants under the Care and Repair Scheme in this and the next financial year.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has collected on the success of test purchasing of tobacco products by people aged under 16 in reducing illegal sales.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to establishing a process for the resolution of claims for negligence without the need to go to court.

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the available capacity for shipping livestock from Orkney, in light of the decision by the Rural Payments Agency not to provide or...

  • Local Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Argyll and Bute Council following the publication of the Accounts Commission’s report, Argyll and Bute Council: The Audit of...

  • Pensions

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the basis is for its position that classroom assistants, cleaners and janitors should not have the same pension rights and entitlements as teachers working in...

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been agreed with Network Rail to fully double track the Bathgate to Edinburgh railway line, as announced by the Minister for Transport and...

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the new 250-space car park at Croy railway station, announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 ( Official Report...

  • Rail Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is acceptable that, in the last 12 months, 77.3% of First ScotRail trains achieved its target of trains arriving within five minutes of scheduled arrival...

  • Scottish Executive

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of its central administration in each year since 1999.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote winter sports, following the Winter Olympics in Turin.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support is given to local authorities to encourage and promote community use of sporting facilities in schools.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed review of the Sport 21 programme should be carried out by a body independent of sportscotland and the Scottish Sports Association.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates that the proposed review of the Sport 21 programme will cost.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist Scottish skiing centres and whether it supports the measures which have been taken in the centres to diversify and provide other...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to ski areas to encourage the development of ski communities.

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been given to each local authority in the South of Scotland region to support recycling and waste minimisation.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for licences to disturb badger setts have been received since 2000; what the average time taken to process such applications was, and how long...

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