Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 14 May 2009

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote and encourage the maintenance and expansion of Scotland’s international air connections.

  • Civil Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of civil service jobs is located in each city, also expressed as a percentage of the city’s population.

  • Civil Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in seeking suggestions of potential candidates for the relocation of civil service jobs under the Small Units Initiative.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much from the CashBack for Communities scheme has been spent on communities in the east end of Glasgow in each year since 2005.

  • Constitutional Renewal Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers or officials have had with the UK Government regarding the implications for Scotland of the draft Constitutional Renewal Bill.

  • Crown Estate

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to apply the elements of the Callander report on the operation of the Crown Estate Commission that are relevant to the Scottish Government.

  • Digital Technology

    To ask the Scottish Executive which communities in Tayside will not be broadband-enabled by June 2009.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive when and from whom it commissioned research on male victims of domestic violence.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is in place for support services for male victims of domestic violence.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the comment of the director of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow, as reported in The Scotsman on 27 April...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have died in police custody in each year since 1999 and, of that number, how many deaths have been as a consequence of drug-taking.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) permanent and (b) temporary exclusions from schools there were in the Lothians region in each year since 1999 and, of these, how many were as a result...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20532 by Richard Lochhead on 3 March 2009, whether there is a representative from the leisure marine industry on the Scottish...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a copy of the report by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Consequences in Norway of a hypothetical accident in Sellafield, and...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been informed by the Health and Safety Executive about a loss of cooling incident at the high level radioactive liquid storage tanks at the Sellafield...

  • Exports

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of exports to each European country in the last year for which information is available, also expressed as a percentage of total exports.

  • Ferry Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the implications that the UK Government’s e-Borders programme will have on Scottish waterways, in particular on domestic ferry...

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Ofgem in relation to Scotland’s Energy Assistance Package.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to address men’s health issues.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive which community health partnerships have a combined falls prevention and bone health strategy in place.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the electronic health record has been defined and, if not, when it will be.

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Funding Council will save from the 2.5% reduction in the standard rate of VAT and where savings will be spent.

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much universities have saved from the 2.5% reduction in the standard rate of VAT, broken down by institution.

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much colleges have saved from the 2.5% reduction in the standard rate of VAT, broken down by institution.

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to establish a graduate talent pool, similar to the scheme run by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

  • Influenza

    To ask the Scottish Executive what cross-border co-operation there has been between NHS Scotland and its English counterpart in combating the flu outbreak.

  • Land

    To ask the Scottish Executive when guidance will be issued on the Disposal of Land by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

  • Local Government Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration ministers have given to the conclusions of The Audit of Best Value and Community Planning - Dumfries and Galloway Council report , published by...

  • Marine Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20532 by Richard Lochhead on 3 March 2009, when the Scottish Enterprise strategy for aerospace, defence and the marine...

  • Marine Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20532 by Richard Lochhead on 3 March 2009, who is a member of the newly formed advisory group informing the strategy for...

  • Ministerial Engagements

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to change the travel arrangements of ministers and officials to and from official engagements to take account of the effect on climate change.

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive which recommendations in the 2005 Audit Scotland report, A Scottish prescription - Managing the use of medicines in hospitals , have been implemented and when it...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many physiotherapists were employed by NHS Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available, expressed both as whole-time equivalent...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many physiotherapists employed by NHS Tayside are 55 or over and what percentage of physiotherapists employed by NHS Tayside this represents.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to achieve national standards for training technicians in extended roles in the NHS.

  • Parkinson's Disease

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialist nurses dealing with Parkinson’s disease there have been in each NHS board area in each of the last three years for which information is...

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanism it has in place in each directorate to ensure that parliamentary questions are answered within the time limit.

  • Pharmacies

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to extend NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration system to other NHS boards.

  • Pharmacies

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that NHS boards review the way in which hospitals provide pharmacy services.

  • Pharmacies

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to develop workforce planning in pharmacy services in the NHS.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it took into account in identifying invitees to the planning reform progress and e-planning launch event on 29 April 2009.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the planning reform progress and e-planning launch event on 29 April 2009 contributed to the inclusive and sustainable aims of the modernised planning system as...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the interests of local communities and other third parties involved in the planning system were represented at the planning reform progress and e-planning launch...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the e-planning programme has been and what the estimated final cost is.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits of the e-planning system will be for third parties to the planning process, including neighbours, local communities and NGOs.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what financial and other assistance it has provided or plans to provide to assist third parties, including neighbours, local communities and NGOs, to access...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to evaluate consultation with voluntary groups and local communities in the community planning partnership process.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much is spent by police forces on GP out-of-hours services for those held in custody.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the on duty nurse programme being piloted by Lothian and Borders Police will be evaluated and when this is likely to be published.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Naloxone is available for use in police stations with custody cells and whether it will encourage increased availability.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to prevent the use of drugs while individuals are in police custody.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the change has been in the number of (a) prison places and (b) community service order placements since May 2007.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the protocol is for visits to prisons by MSPs.

  • Rail Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that a decision will be made on the proposed A8 Mossend rail freight terminal development.

  • Scottish Futures Trust

    To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to direct the chair of the Scottish Futures Trust to respond to inquiries from MSPs regarding interests declared by members of the trust.

  • Special Advisers

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many special advisers it has employed in each year since 1999.

  • Taxation

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the weekly impact on single person and family households of the reduction in VAT announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 November...

  • Taxation

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the weekly impact on single person and family households of the reduction in VAT announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 November...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support in cash and in kind is provided to the leisure marine industry by (a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) VisitScotland.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support in cash and in kind is provided to encourage golf tourism by (a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) VisitScotland.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Transport Scotland and what issues were discussed.

  • Water Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the proposals in Waterwatch Scotland’s report, Affordability of Scottish Household Water and Sewerage Charges: Historic Trends and...

  • Water Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive, using the definition of water poverty as those spending more than 3% of their income on water and sewerage charges, how many households were in water poverty in (a)...

  • Waterways

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to implement the recommendations in Sailing in the Clyde Estuary - The Potential for Future Development .

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government with regard to the Welfare Reform Bill.

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