Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 25 September 2008

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that ambulance services in the Highlands and Islands are fit for purpose.

  • Armed Forces

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on progress in the rehabilitation, rehousing and, where appropriate, employment and vocational training of service personnel wounded in Iraq...

  • British Irish Council

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the First Minister’s commitment to the Parliament on 21 February 2008 ( Official Report c. 6246), it will publish the First Minister’s...

  • Broadcasting

    To ask the Scottish Executive what communication it has had with Bauer Media regarding its decision to centralise night-time broadcasting for its Scottish radio stations and any impact that this...

  • Broadcasting

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take regarding any impact on jobs following the decision by Bauer Media to centralise night-time broadcasting for its Scottish radio stations.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer.

  • Consumer Protection

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the UK Government regarding the compensation being made available to Scottish passengers left stranded or financially out of...

  • Consumer Protection

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in support of an investigation into the operation of XL...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive why it does not measure functional literacy in primary and secondary pupils.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, given that it does not have a definition of functional literacy, how it, schools, parents and pupils ascertain whether a pupil can read.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of P7 pupils do not achieve the appropriate 5-14 level in reading for understanding.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many twinning arrangements were in place between denominational and non-denominational schools at the start of 2008-09 school year, broken down by local authority.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it knows what proportion of pupils leaving primary school cannot read or write.

  • Emergency Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual expenditure for pandemic preparedness was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; what it will be for 2008-09, and under which budget heading this funding occurs.

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to incentivise energy efficiency at (a) domestic level and (b) utility level for generation and transmission.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many contacts there have been to Business Gateway services since that responsibility was transferred to local authorities.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all publicly-funded business support schemes, also detailing the (a) amount of funding allocated to each scheme in the current and next two...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on business support in each of the last five years and, of this, how much was spent on the administration of each support programmes.

  • Fair Trade

    To ask the Scottish Executive which fair trade products are used by its catering services.

  • First Minister

    To ask the Scottish Executive which primary schools have been visited by the First Minister since May 2007.

  • First Minister

    To ask the Scottish Executive which secondary schools have been visited by the First Minister since May 2007.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had on the issue of co-payments for health care.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15572 by Nicola Sturgeon on 8 September 2008, when annual reviews were last held in public by Scottish ministers with National...

  • Homelessness

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors changes in the number of households threatened with homelessness through actions for repossession.

  • Hospital-Acquired Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to inspect hospitals to ensure compliance with healthcare associated infection standards.

  • Hospital-Acquired Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15571 by Nicola Sturgeon on 5 September 2008, whether NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde followed up on the NHS Quality Improvement...

  • Hospital-Acquired Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15613 by Nicola Sturgeon on 8 September 2008, when the Outbreak Control Team will report and whether the report will be published.

  • Hospital-Acquired Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15590 by Nicola Sturgeon on 5 September 2008, whether it considers that guidance issued by the Crown Office and Procurator...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many new affordable houses will be made available by 2011 as a result of the £100 million from the Affordable Housing Investment Programme, broken down by...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses in each local authority area are not expected to achieve the Scottish Housing Quality Standard by the end of 2015.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make open-market Homestake available in Glasgow.

  • Immigration

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the UK Government to ensure that the Immigration and Nationality Directorate is familiar with the relevant Scottish...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the reoffending rate after two years is for offenders who have completed community sentences.

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed the operation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 in relation to access rights and whether it intends to bring forward proposals for amendment.

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement about the future of the Bull Hire Scheme.

  • Ministerial Meetings

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the chair of NHS Forth Valley.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average hourly rate of pay is for hospital cleaning staff employed by NHS boards and what information it has on average rates for cleaning staff delivering...

  • National Conversation

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of each meeting on Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation held since January 2008

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-departmental public bodies have been set up since May 2008.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines there are for police forces in relation to the independent scrutiny of the translation into English of evidence in other languages.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners within the prison estate have been issued with injection packs.

  • Rail Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much John G Russell (Transport) Ltd is receiving to move freight from road to rail and what the sources are of this funding, broken down by Scottish Government...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive which schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians have been approved for the first step in the process for replacement since May 2007.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in taking forward the Scottish Futures Trust.

  • Scottish Government Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether adjustments have been made to its Rural Directorate budget this year that required adjustments to the budget of any of its agencies and, if so, how much and...

  • Sectarianism

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many times Scottish ministers have met the Scottish Football League to discuss sectarianism since 17 May 2007.

  • Teachers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support there is to assist teaching graduates who are unable to find full-time work after completing a probationary year.

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive how each local authority is managing its green and brown waste outputs and whether these arrangements are set against national targets.

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds information for each local authority on where waste is disposed of when it has been collected from the kerbside.

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive when waste disposal contracts for local authorities will be renewed and under what process.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm its continuing commitment to fox clubs.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to crofters and farmers in the Highlands and Islands to control fox numbers.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has carried out with crofters and farmers in the Highlands and Islands regarding the control of predatory foxes in that area.

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