Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 2 March 2006

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify its funding policy in respect of organic farming.

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Environment and Rural Development last met officials from NFU Scotland and what matters were discussed.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether residents of north-west Sutherland will be able to access discounted flights from Wick Airport.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote direct flights to Germany from Scotland.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many bids it has received for monies from the Route Development Fund since its inception, broken down into (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful bidders.

  • Airports

    To ask the Scottish Executive what public transport links there are between Scotland’s airports.

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to meet the targets set to reduce alcohol consumption by adults and children.

  • Avian Influenza

    To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to poultry farmers about avian flu.

  • Avian Influenza

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of an outbreak of avian flu, it will undertake an emergency vaccination programme to curb the spread of the virus in poultry flocks surrounding...

  • Better Neighbourhood Services Fund

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde from the Better Neighbourhood Services Fund (BNSF) in each year since 2000-01 and whether any...

  • Bridges

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce the results of the Tolled Bridges Review.

  • Building Standards

    To ask the Scottish Executive what examples of international best practice in the energy performance of buildings it has (a) identified and (b) implemented to protect and enhance Scotland’s...

  • Building Standards

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make it compulsory for new or replacement gas boilers to be condensing boilers.

  • Building Standards

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make it compulsory for new or replacement boilers to be condensing boilers.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle waiting lists for free personal and nursing care.

  • Children and Young People

    To ask the First Minister what action across the relevant agencies is being considered to provide better protection for vulnerable young people and children.

  • Civil Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that its relocation decisions offer greater benefit to communities throughout Scotland.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much social inclusion partnership (SIP) funding has been allocated to (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde in each year since 1999-2000 and what proportion of the...

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much money from the Community Regeneration Fund has been allocated to (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde in 2005-06; how much will be allocated in 2006-07, and...

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how effective monitoring of concessionary travel will be carried out in the absence of an operational smart card system in order to ensure prompt and accurate...

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the capping powers integral to the new concessionary travel scheme will operate in practice in order to prevent any misuse of the system by any rogue bus operators.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the understanding that operators will be reimbursed at the rate of £0.736 per pound of the average adult fare within the new concessionary travel...

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how often, and by what means, participant bus operators will be reimbursed under the new concessionary travel scheme.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunities exist to use concessionary travel data for wider transport planning purposes whilst simultaneously protecting the commercial interest of bus operators.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects rail travel within Scotland to be brought within the ambit of the concessionary travel scheme.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the provision of NHS dentistry services in rural Scotland.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instigate a commission to investigate the impact on health of cannabis and other drugs.

  • Economic Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote economic development in Ayrshire.

  • Emergency Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many petitions it has received from Orkney opposing the proposed withdrawal of the Kirkwall-based BN Islander air ambulance; which particular areas of Orkney the...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people took up employment in its main departments in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 under the New Deal.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people gained permanent employment in its main departments in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 following a period of employment with it under one of the New...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 are intended to help reduce the culverting and covering over of streams.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has to ensure that an environmental impact assessment is undertaken of the proposed Rolls-Royce aero engine...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures exist for monitoring radiation levels in Dumfries and Galloway.

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive and its departments and agencies are working to secure gender equality in Scotland.

  • European Council

    To ask the Scottish Executive in which European Council meetings its ministers have led the UK delegation since May 1999, broken down by (a) minister, (b) subject discussed and (c) decisions taken.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working with other agencies to ensure that skills and training in the fishing sector are maintained.

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many households would return to fuel poverty as a result of a 25% increase in the price of gas.

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive why, for the purposes of calculating the number of households in fuel poverty, households with children under five are no longer considered by the Scottish Household...

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in respect of the 2002 Scottish House Condition Survey, how many households with children under five would be considered to be in fuel poverty if (a) the higher...

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in respect of the 2002 Scottish House Condition Survey, how many households would be considered to be in fuel poverty if council tax benefit was not included in the...

  • Fuel Prices

    To ask the Scottish Executive what new plans it has to address poverty, in light of the recent 22% increase in fuel prices by Scottish Gas.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive on what criteria the locations of the proposed health care pilots were determined.

  • Health

    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.

  • Health

    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...

  • Health

    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.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what circumstances caused the shutdown of the Protein Fractionation Centre in Edinburgh.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what risks to the safe production of products have been identified at the Protein Fractionation Centre in Edinburgh.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what will happen to the products produced in the Protein Fractionation Centre in Edinburgh in the period preceding the shutdown of the plant.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any products produced in the Protein Fractionation Centre in Edinburgh have been recalled.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have undergone cardiac resynchronisation therapy procedures in each year since 1999.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what research it is aware of in respect of the impact of cardiac resynchronisation therapy for patients with heart failure in terms of prognosis and reductions in...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make cardiac resynchronisation therapy available to all patients who need it.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16922 by Mr Andy Kerr on 7 June 2005, what progress is being made with the catheter-associated urinary tract infection...

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the current revenue funding to universities adequately reflects the costs of operating multi-campus operations such as the Crichton in Dumfries.

  • Immigration

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-22816 by Mr Tom McCabe on 21 February 2006, whether it will detail the specific measures it is taking to attract each of the...

  • Immigration

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-22816 by Mr Tom McCabe on 21 February 2006 whether it will detail the specific measures it is taking to ensure that visas are...

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission regarding the Rule of 85 in the Local Government Pension Scheme during the period since the Commission made...

  • Maritime Issues

    To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will play in the issue of ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth following any decision by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to approve Forth...

  • NHS 24

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-22512 and S2W-22508 by Mr Andy Kerr on 1 February 2006, whether it will confirm that there is no clinical basis for the...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of senior staff in NHS Western Isles are currently suffering from stress-related illnesses, are on long term sick leave or are involved in grievance...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the previous agreed target deadlines for completion of Agenda for Change were and what the reasons are for each specific delay.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or has asked the NHS to take, to support staff and keep them informed during the job evaluation aspect of the Agenda for Change.

  • NHS Waiting Times

    To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits patients in Edinburgh can expect from the most recent announcement on NHS waiting times.

  • NHS Waiting Times

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address any issues in respect of increased waiting times to see epilepsy specialists resulting from a review of epilepsy patients as recommended...

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-departmental public bodies (NDBPs) it has set up in each year since 1999, listing each such NDBP.

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive where the headquarters of each non-departmental public body (NDPB) set up since 1999 have been located, broken down by local authority area.

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total budgets of all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have been in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

  • Nuclear Power

    To ask the First Minister whether there are any plans to review the Scottish Executive’s policy on nuclear power.

  • Older People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals there are to enhance or improve the financial and social circumstances of older people living in poverty in (a) West Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities make provision for mobility training.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities provide escorts for elderly and infirm people wishing to access public transport.

  • Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people or households in Glasgow are officially designated to be living in (a) income poverty and (b) fuel poverty.

  • Prime Minister

    To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss.

  • Public Sector

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the next spending review.

  • Rail Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans have been made to extend any concessionary travel by air from Caithness to include concessionary travel by rail from Wick, Thurso and other stations on...

  • Rail Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the usage of trains from Caithness stations will be monitored following any introduction of concessionary air fares from Wick airport.

  • Regional Selective Assistance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it an appropriate use of public funds to award HSBC a grant worth £1 million under the regional selective assistance scheme, in light of...

  • Registers of Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to reach a decision concerning the future location of the head office of Registers of Scotland.

  • Registers of Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement on 7 April 2005, what progress has been made in the relocation of Registers of Scotland.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to cultivate a biomass industry in Scotland.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the local public inquiry into the proposals to upgrade the A80 will be presented to ministers and be available to the general public.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in the design of the footbridge at Harthill service station.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to enforce existing legislation on roadside litter.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has carried out of the climate change implications of building the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

  • Scottish Executive Cabinet

    To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s cabinet.

  • Scottish Executive Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many times special advisers have travelled (a) in the UK and (b) abroad since 1999 and how many of these visits took place without a minister being present,...

  • Secretary of State for Scotland

    To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland.

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions exist to ensure that staff and passengers on public transport will be protected by the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005,...

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on tobacco awareness campaigns in each year since 1999.

  • Speed Limits

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15219 by Nicol Stephen on 20 June 2005, whether it will now make an order to lower the speed limit to 30 mph on the A95 at...

  • Speed Limits

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that the evaluation of the speeds of vehicles recorded travelling through Cromdale on the A95 between 8 and 15 August 2005, when a temporary...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has provided to local authorities to attract more cruise liners to visit Scottish ports.

  • Voluntary Organisations

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people are now involved in volunteering as part of the National Youth Volunteering programme.

  • Voluntary Organisations

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommendations of the Executive’s cross-department group on the voluntary sector will be in respect of new areas for service delivery in the...

  • Voluntary Organisations

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations in each of the last five years.

  • Voluntary Organisations

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to support local voluntary organisations in the Highlands, given that no uplift in funding is being provided by the Highland Council.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that every young person in Scotland has access to either education or training.

  • Parliamentary Allowances

    To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what additional staffing and hours have been allocated to the Allowances Office since the implementation of the new procedure for publishing...

  • Parliamentary Allowances

    To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the average number of hours worked per week is of staff employed in the Allowances Office.

  • Parliamentary Allowances

    To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the average length of time for dealing with expense claims for staff and members has been in each year since 1999, including 2006.

  • Parliamentary Allowances

    To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what plans are in place to improve the resources available to the Allowances Office to assist it to carry out its responsibilities efficiently.

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