Scottish Parliament Written answers

Friday, 16 March 2007

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent Single Farm Payment entitlements are being traded; whether it is aware of any entitlements being purchased by those with interests based outside...

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol-related deaths there were in hospitals in each of the last 10 years.

  • Arts

    To ask the Scottish Executive in what specific ways the arts have been placed at the centre of the work of each of its departments.

  • Compulsory Purchase Orders

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether property number 39 in the Glasgow-Carlisle Special Road (M74) (Water of Milk to Ecclefechan) Compulsory Purchase Order 1992 remains in the possession of the...

  • Council Tax

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-22271 by George Lyon on 13 January 2006, whether it will exempt people living in very sheltered accommodation in the...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many instances of (a) offences against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud, (g) drug offences and (h) motoring...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many gun-related crimes there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of credit card fraud were committed in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

  • Dairy Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent support payments for dairy production are linked to current production levels and whether it considers that the current arrangements are in the...

  • Dairy Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with the European Union regarding the current basis on which the Dairy Premium and Additional Payment are calculated.

  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that employing authorities have the skills and knowledge to assess whether teachers who have not attended a recognised Teacher of the Deaf course...

  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how teachers of deaf and hearing impaired pupils will find out about a range of methods to teach deaf children if they stay in their local authority to acquire...

  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that teachers of deaf pupils who are trained by their employers will engage with issues that may challenge these employers, for example by looking...

  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired People

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether teachers of deaf pupils trained through the competency route will be able to have their qualifications recognised in other parts of the United Kingdom or in...

  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage more deaf people to train as teachers of deaf children.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to produce Know the Score: Anti-Heroin 2006-7 Campaign Evaluation.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of its anti-cocaine campaign.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the Know the Score anti-heroin campaign has been in 2006-7.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to harm reduction programmes in each year since 2003.

  • Eating Disorders

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) 10 to 16, (b) 17 to 23 and (c) 24 to 30 were diagnosed with eating disorders in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been home educated in each of the last five years.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how and at what frequency inspection of home education is carried out.

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy it has in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in Executive buildings.

  • European Convention on Human Rights

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases heard in Scottish courts in each of the last eight years were due to alleged breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Financial Inclusion

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to power companies and Virgin Media regarding additional charges applied to customers who do not, or cannot, use direct debits and...

  • Firearms

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many gun crimes were committed in each of the last 10 years with (a) legally registered and (b) illegally held weapons.

  • First Minister

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the reported comments on hospital car parking charges by the First Minister at the latest "Ask Jack" event that "At the moment we don’t get...

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications proposing development on flood plains have been approved contrary to advice from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and...

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any guidance about building on a flood plain (a) within and (b) outwith a national park and whether it considers that residential dwelling houses...

  • Homelessness

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many 16-year-olds were recorded as homeless in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

  • Hospital-Acquired Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people died after contracting MRSA in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) violent assaults and (b) arrests took place in hospitals in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is considering to ensure compliance with guidelines on hospital car parking charges.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) children lived in overcrowded housing in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have benefited from the Homestake shared equity scheme in Edinburgh through (a) open market purchase and (b) new supply.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it acceptable or proper for registered social landlords to specify specific manufacturers’ products in tender documents when alternative...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to prevent any registered social landlord from specifying specific manufacturers’ products in tender documents when alternative...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to investigate the charging of VAT at 17.5% for insulated wall rendering and roofing works carried out on the homes of owner-occupiers...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with Glasgow Housing Association’s (GHA) position that it is legally obliged by registered charity law to recover the costs of renovation...

  • Life Expectancy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what average life expectancy for (a) men and (b) women was in each parliamentary constituency in each year since 1997.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children and young people between the ages of 12 and 20 who required hospital treatment for (a) alcohol and (b) substance misuse were accommodated in adult...

  • Ministers

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice attended a public discussion meeting at Partick Burgh Halls at 7 pm on 22 January 2007 in her official capacity

  • Ministers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the Minister for Justice’s ministerial engagements were on 22 January 2007.

  • Northern Ireland

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated security costs are for the Northern Ireland devolution summit held at St Andrews in October 2006 and who will meet these costs.

  • Nursery Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the public sector provision is of full-time and part-time nursery places for three and four-year-olds in south Edinburgh.

  • Nursery Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to reduce the number of full-time nursery places available for three and four-year-olds in south and south-east Edinburgh.

  • People with Learning Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent per capita on students with learning difficulties in each of the last five years.

  • Piers and Harbours

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the letter from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development (ref. 2006/0022748), whether advice from the Executive’s Legal and Parliamentary...

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many day nurseries have (a) closed and (b) opened since 2003, broken down into (i) private, voluntary and independent and (ii) maintained nurseries.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of state-educated people with learning difficulties served prison sentences in each of the last 10 years.

  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-32072 by Johann Lamont on 7 March 2007, how much funding from the £10 million confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act...

  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-32072 by Johann Lamont on 7 March 2007, whether all local authorities were invited to bid for the money confiscated under the...

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is monitoring the progress of public transport quality partnerships and quality contracts and whether it is aware of any problems arising from...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines are in place in respect of the siting of wind farms.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for micropower technologies to be covered by general permitted development orders.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost will be of maintenance of the A830 from Fort William to Mallaig since the beginning of its upgrade from single to twin track road to completion,...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the guidelines on the use of biometric systems in schools, currently being developed by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, will...

  • Scottish Executive Departments

    To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have been employed to provide external consultancy advice on rebranding its departments since 1999 and what the costs have been of such advice.

  • Scottish Executive Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of its budget was taken up by PFI/PPP commitments in each of the last 10 years, broken down by department.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the sale of Meadowbank Stadium fits with the National Strategy for Sport.

  • Suicide

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children committed suicide in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board area.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive who the point of contact for MSPs is at Transport Scotland.

  • Water Charges

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the exemption from the payment of water and sewerage charges extended to Church of Scotland congregations will be continued after 2010.

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