Scottish Parliament Written answers

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to remove barriers that might prevent entry into the agriculture industry.

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to encourage estate owners to make starter units available for new agricultural tenants.

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that patients with alcohol-related brain damage are identified earlier and supported by a multidisciplinary team assessment,...

  • Asylum Seekers

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed or will discuss with the UK Government the possibility of taking over health service provision at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.

  • Benefits

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36795 by Alex Neil on 27 October 2010, whether it will contribute to the independent review by Professor Michael Harrington to...

  • Blind and Partially Sighted People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were registered as blind in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 and how many had glaucoma, broken down by NHS board.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the UK Government’s proposed creation of a £200 million cancer drug fund to provide cancer drugs that are not approved by the...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £200 million cancer drug fund for England and Wales proposed by the UK Government will have a Barnett consequential.

  • Construction Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has in trying to secure a future for the Nigg construction yard and when a conclusion to current discussions is expected.

  • Crime Prevention

    To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has undertaken of crime prevention strategies.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it and its agencies have given the computer games industry since 2007.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive when applications made at the end of 2009 to the European Fisheries Fund, provisionally to be put to a project assessment committee (PAC) in March 2010, were put to...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the most recent meeting of a project assessment committee to consider applications to the European Fisheries Fund was; when it submitted its recommendations to...

  • Glasgow Airport Rail Link

    To ask the Scottish Executive who took the decision to sell the land obtained for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project under compulsory purchase powers; when the decision was taken; what...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information pharmacists will be able to access from GPs’ records under the chronic medication service between GPs’ and pharmacists.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether information can be selectively withheld from record sharing under the chronic medication service between GPs and pharmacists.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether particular read codes can be automatically excluded from read coding under the chronic medication service between GPs and pharmacists.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for patients with chronic pain.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards offer acupuncture treatment for patients with chronic pain.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the availability of acupuncture treatment for patients with chronic pain.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors how often patients are able to access acupuncture treatment and the length of time between sessions.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any clinical or policy decision to reduce the availability of acupuncture treatment for patients with chronic pain.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the position is regarding a new health centre in Linwood, for which planning permission was granted in 2008.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it anticipates an increase in repossessions as a result of the announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions that it is reducing income support...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to prevent repossessions as a result of the decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to cut income support mortgage interest...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it anticipates a significant increase in demand on the Home Owners’ Support Fund following the announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase the amount available to home owners through the Home Owners’ Support Fund in order to offset the reduction in income support...

  • Local Authorities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking with local authorities to promote and report on performance improvement plans.

  • Local Authorities

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it issues guidance to local authorities regarding the disposal of buildings that they no longer require and, if so, where it can be accessed.

  • Local Authorities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities are permitted to use capital receipts from the sale of buildings.

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) timetable and (b) process is for considering the future of the C3 orthopaedics ward at the Raigmore Hospital by (i) NHS Highland and (ii) the Cabinet...

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what NHS capital projects have been approved at final business case stage but are not yet legally committed, broken down by NHS board and the value of each project.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS boards have been given an indication of their likely capital allocation for 2011-12 and, if so, what this is for each NHS board.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has an estimate of the proportion of spend on NHS distinction awards that relates to pension contributions.

  • Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill will give patients over 40 the right to a health check similar to that in the NHS in England.

  • Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive what rights will be given to patients with a (a) hearing impairment, (b) visual impairment and (c) language or literacy difficulty under the Patient Rights...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on using planning regulations to require supermarkets to source locally a proportion of their goods.

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to maintain the provision of bus services in isolated urban communities reliant on public transport.

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation process is necessary prior to the alteration of commercial bus services and whether there are plans to enhance this process.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated start date is for work on the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimated costs are for the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

  • Scottish Parliament Elections

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have had with the (a) Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) Deputy Prime Minister regarding the possible change of date to the Scottish...

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