Scottish Parliament Written answers

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the misuse of alcohol throughout Scotland.

  • Animal Welfare

    To ask the Scottish Executive what position it plans to take on the banning of animal containment systems, such as freedom fences.

  • Architecture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund and support Architecture and Design Scotland.

  • Architecture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for Architecture and Design Scotland.

  • Bees

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prevent the spread of mites and varroa disease in the bee population.

  • Bees

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many reported incidences of mites and varroa disease in the bee population there have been in each of the last five years, giving the most appropriate area...

  • Cairngorms National Park

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the planned specialist cancer care centre for Ayrshire, to be located at Ayr Hospital, will proceed and what budget has been allocated for this.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to nursing homes to ensure that dementia patients receive adequate exercise.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures can be taken to encourage bone density, thereby reducing fractures, in elderly nursing home residents.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues in relation to the use of Kirkton chairs and other forms of restraint in nursing homes.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what training it recommends for staff responsible for dispensing medication in nursing homes.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what staff-to-resident ratio it recommends for nursing homes with patients who have dementia.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce the Culture Bill which has now completed its consultation phase.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of honouring the artistic independence of the Arts Council and Scottish Screen.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to work to establish Creative Scotland.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the funding and promotion of the Youth Music initiative.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the funding and promotion of the Cultural Co-ordinators in Schools programme.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of prioritising cultural entitlements for Scotland’s people.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue its major events strategy.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the success of the New Arts Sponsorship Awards scheme.

  • Debt

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the current debt level is of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what the forecast increase is in this financial year.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the criteria for determining dentists’ commitment to the NHS.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the NHS does not contract private dentists to carry out free dental checks, given that it contracts private optometrists to carry out free eye checks.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement it is giving to local authorities to increase the number of children who travel to school by school bus, so reducing the number travelling by...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to local authorities to ensure that the buses used for school transport are the most environmentally friendly.

  • Equalities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the mainstreaming of equality will continue throughout all departments.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on cod discards.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment has discussed fishery protection issues with representatives of the fishing industry and, if so,...

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any requirements for the Scottish Agricultural College to obtain consent from the Secretary of State for Scotland in terms of the memorandum of association...

  • Gaelic

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for the Gaelic language.

  • Gaelic

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of support and funding for the Gaelic digital broadcasting channel.

  • Gaelic

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for Gaelic-medium education.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-29690 by Mr Andy Kerr on 14 November 2006, what the projected funding is for the Scottish Health Council in each financial...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-21691 by Mr Andy Kerr on 19 January 2006, which NHS boards have developed strategic partnerships with the Citizens Advice...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many local advisory councils of the Scottish Health Council are operating with a full complement of volunteers.

  • Heritage

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce new legislation in respect of heritage and the built environment.

  • Heritage

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support Scotland’s historic houses.

  • Historic Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the rationale for a merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS patients domiciled in Scotland were treated in independent hospitals in (a) Scotland and (b) England in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address affordable housing issues in the Borders.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that Communities Scotland provides full support to Community Self-build Scotland to enable successful delivery of its projects, particularly...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review tenants’ rights to buy their homes.

  • International Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for international development.

  • International Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the next round of funding for international development.

  • International Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will honour the co-operation agreement with the government of Malawi.

  • International Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the co-operation agreement with the government of Malawi.

  • Ministerial Meetings

    To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions and on what dates the Joint Ministerial Committee has met since 1999, excluding any sub-committee meetings.

  • Ministerial Meetings

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any communication from the UK Government since May 2007 to propose that a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee be convened.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding NHS Health Scotland has received in each year since 1999.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive which health projects received funding from NHS Health Scotland for publicity or public information in each year since 1999 and how much each received.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the voluntary sector receives funding from NHS Health Scotland and, if so, how much it has received in each year since 1999.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring has been undertaken of the effectiveness of NHS Health Scotland’s disbursements of funding.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the expenditure of the Scottish Health Council.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many local advisory councils of the Scottish Health Council there are; where the councils are located and what funding they receive.

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the establishment of the proposed specialist cancer care centre at Ayr Hospital.

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce the network of community casualty units throughout Ayrshire, as agreed by the Minister for Health and Community Care and NHS Ayrshire and...

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to engage with clinicians who supported the establishment of community casualty facilities throughout Ayrshire, as agreed by the Executive and NHS...

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision of 24/7 intensive therapy units is essential to accident and emergency services.

  • National Parks

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it received from (a) organisations and (b) individuals to its consultation on a coastal and marine national park; in each case, how many of these...

  • Procurement

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that small firms bidding for PFI/PPP contracts, particularly in the waste industry, are not disadvantaged by the process and...

  • Public Holidays

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are in place to standardise public holidays in Scotland.

  • Public Sector Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to alter the dispersal or relocation policy in relation to its agencies.

  • Rural Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the difference is between land management contracts and rural development contracts, as referred to by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the...

  • School Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to local authorities about the tendering of contracts to provide school bus services.

  • School Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children travel to school by school bus, also broken down by local authority.

  • Single Farm Payments

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be raised each year from Shetland crofters and farmers for each extra 1% of modulation of their single farm payments.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what financial resources it has provided towards the staging of the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

  • Supermarkets

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are to establish an independent ombudsman to give teeth to the supermarket code of practice.

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will have in the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to stop the spread of squirrel pox following the confirmation that a red squirrel has died as a result of the disease in Scotland.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the policy of the Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Enterprise is on grey squirrel control in areas of outbreak of squirrel pox.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a national proof-of-age card.

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