Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 20 November 2008

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils have been suspended for alcohol-related issues in each local authority area in the Lothians region in each of the last five years.

  • Allotments

    To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms it will implement within the context of its national food policy to make land available to local authorities for use as allotment space where there...

  • Animal Welfare

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the paper entitled "A survey of gundog lameness and injuries in Great Britain in the shooting seasons 2005-06 and 2006-07", which was...

  • Burial and Cremation

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from funeral directors since May 2007 regarding disposal of unclaimed ashes and what action it has taken.

  • Business Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses it estimates will have their business rates reduced to zero from April 2009, broken down by local authority.

  • Children’s Panels

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider legislation to entitle children’s panel members to have paid time off to participate in hearings.

  • Children’s Panels

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that disposals arrived at by children’s panels are properly resourced.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the community hubs will be financed and, specifically, what the role of the private sector will be.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on the national concessionary travel scheme.

  • Cycling

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support cycling as a sustainable method of transport.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether teachers are being asked to produce materials for the Curriculum for Excellence without recompense.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans ministers have to improve support in schools for children with long-term conditions.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support small businesses through the credit crunch.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has been given on the extent and health of Scotland’s ancient woodland and what steps it is taking and intends to take to protect this...

  • Farming

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes cross-compliance provisions are a useful tool at the disposal of ministers to assist in addressing issues of concern.

  • Farming

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it perceives any threat to its ability to continue to use cross-compliance measures.

  • Farming

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to seek to ensure cross-compliance measures remain available for governments in Europe to deploy.

  • Farming

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met representatives of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to discuss cross compliance and any developing view within the...

  • Farming

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations at European Union level on the question of the future of cross-compliance provisions.

  • Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what significant budgetary changes there were in its draft budget for 2009-10 compared to previous plans.

  • First Minister

    To ask the Scottish Executive which race courses the First Minister has visited since May 2007 and on how many occasions.

  • First Minister

    To ask the Scottish Executive which hospitals the First Minister has visited since May 2007.

  • First Minister

    To ask the Scottish Executive what official journeys have been undertaken by the First Minister by train or bus since 1 September 2008.

  • Foster Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15976 by Adam Ingram on 10 September 2008, what progress has been made in bringing forward legislation to allow same-sex...

  • Healthcare Associated Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that incidence of and mortality from Clostridium difficile are reported on a hospital-by-hospital basis.

  • Healthcare Associated Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a staff uniform policy in relation to the prevention of healthcare-acquired infections and, if so, what the main principles are.

  • Healthcare Associated Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will use double testing in suspected cases of Clostridium difficile, as recommended by a recent independent study, to ensure accurate diagnoses.

  • Healthcare Associated Infection

    To ask the Scottish Executive how often it has used cross-compliance provisions to address questions of persecution of birds and other species.

  • Hedges

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to legislate on the subject of high hedges and, if so, when.

  • Higher Education Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what capital projects are being undertaken in the university and college sector.

  • Higher Education Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what capital projects are planned for the university and college sector in the next three years.

  • Higher Education Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the transfer of £20 million out of the university and college budget will have on capital projects in the sector.

  • Higher Education Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would need to spend in 2009-10 to ensure that Scotland would be in the top decile internationally in terms of the percentage of GDP invested in its...

  • Homecoming Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to actively engage tourist businesses in Ayrshire and across Scotland in the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations to ensure that the tourism...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Scottish Government’s pledge of £100 million to alleviate a chronic housing shortage will be spent in Edinburgh.

  • Immigration

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Migration Advisory Committee regarding the minimum threshold for low-skilled workers, such as Indian curry chefs, coming from...

  • Immigration

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the minimum threshold for low-skilled workers, such as Indian curry chefs, coming from outside the...

  • Immigration

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with restaurateurs regarding the effect of the UK Government’s new points-based immigration system

  • International Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of how it has spent its overseas aid budget since 2007.

  • International Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-2233 by Linda Fabiani on 7 February 2008 ( Official Report c. 5994) whether it will reconsider the decision to remove...

  • Legislation

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the Public Services Reform Bill’s Financial Memorandum incorporating the costs of setting up Creative Scotland.

  • Lifelong Learning

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the UK Government’s proposed right to request time off to train will apply to employees in Scotland.

  • Ministerial Meetings

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth last met COSLA.

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide substantive answers to questions S3W-15852 and S3W-15851, which received holding replies on 29 September 2008.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to reduce the number of babies being raised in prison, in light of recent media coverage on the matter.

  • Public Private Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will itemise by value the PPP projects that are in the market place or under procurement in this financial year and provide comparable data for the last...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16852 by Jim Mather on 22 October 2008, what generating capacity was approved by (a) Aberdeenshire Council under the Town and...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the financial details for the construction of the on-line upgrade of the A80 to full motorway status have been agreed and, if so, what the details are.

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning last met Midlothian Council to discuss its school building programme; what the outcome was of these...

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the agreed tenure is of Sir Angus Grossart as chair of the Scottish Futures Trust.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with banks and financial institutions in the last three months on the subject of the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and which of them have...

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken an assessment of the market for potential investors to get involved in projects using the non-profit distributing model.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of how it aims to save £150 million per annum under the Scottish Futures Trust.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Scottish Futures Trust to have its own funding capability.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the board and chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust will be named.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive when a memorandum of agreement on how the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) will operate will be completed between the Scottish Government and the SFT board.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget of the Scottish Futures Trust will be.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the Scottish Futures Trust’s operating model will be.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) will have an agreed investment model.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Futures Trust will raise money.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive which local bodies that wanted to participate in the community hubs pathfinder territories had signed a letter of intent by 10 October 2008.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the community hubs will fit operationally with the Scottish Futures Trust.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will still receive level-playing field support under the Scottish Futures Trust.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will provide to local authorities under the Scottish Futures Trust.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether assets built under the Scottish Futures Trust will be accounted for on public sector balance sheets.

  • Scottish Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive which members of the Scottish Government have received the services of a stylist since May 2007.

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive by how much the remuneration of the (a) chair, (b) asset management director and (c) commercial director of Scottish Water has increased in the last two years.

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive by what percentage the remuneration of the chief executive of Scottish Water has increased relative to that received by his predecessor in 2006-07.

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive in what way its rules regarding pay prevent Scottish Water from using efficiency savings to top up its pay offer to employees in the same way as local government.

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to the board of Scottish Water to the effect that all employees in the water industry should be rewarded in the same way for...

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to Scottish Water over the level of pay increases for staff and whether that advice indicates that it is acceptable for senior executives in...

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has contingency plans in case of disruption resulting from industrial action by employees of Scottish Water and, if so, what those plans involve.

  • Sex Offenders

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16680 by Kenny MacAskill on 27 October 2008, whether it intends to take action to increase the proportion of sex offenders...

  • Sex Offenders

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16679 by Kenny MacAskill on 24 October 2008, whether it has plans to collate information on reoffending rates for sex...

  • Sex Offenders

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S3W-16676, S3W-16677 and S3W-16678 by Kenny MacAskill on 24 October 2008, whether it intends to run the Sex Offender Treatment...

  • Substance Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16845 by Maureen Watt on 4 November 2008, whether it intends to take action to address the number of pupils temporarily...

  • Teachers

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many retired teachers are (a) on supply lists and (b) working as supply teachers, broken down by local authority.

  • Terrorism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the UK Counter-Terrorism Bill.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to bring forward transport infrastructure investment ahead of the strategic transport projects review.

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