Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 24 February 2011

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received since 2008 regarding the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on crops and what the terms of such representations were.

  • Bees

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken or will undertake research into the beneficial impact on bee populations of the bans imposed on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that...

  • Bees

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research since 2008 into the impact on bees of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on crops in Scotland.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised mortality rate from prostate cancer has been in each year since 1997-98, also broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) parliamentary constituency.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths from prostate cancer there have been in each year since 1997-98, also broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) parliamentary constituency.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) age-standardised incidence for prostate cancer and (b) number of diagnoses of prostate cancer there have been in each year since 1997-98, also broken...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests there have been in each year since 1997-98, also broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) parliamentary constituency.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of reports made by prostate cancer patients regarding their treatment and care and what steps are being taken to addressing variations...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many attendances at GP surgeries by prostate cancer patients there have been in each year since 1997-98, also broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) parliamentary...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency admissions by patients with a primary diagnosis of prostate cancer there have been in each year since 1997-98, also broken down by (a) NHS board...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to increase awareness of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, including the risks and benefits, and whether it will provide information...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) men and (b) GPs was aware of the availability of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in each year since 1997, also broken down by (i) NHS...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to establish a test for prostate cancer that would be suitable as a universal screening tool.

  • Children

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on reductions in local authority spending that impact on children.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made to secure the long term financial future of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the basis was for the amount included in Highland Council’s budget for the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what understanding was reached with or through COSLA regarding increased funding for particular local authorities for national centres of excellence in education...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is regarding a local authority no longer providing funding for a national centre of excellence in education for which its annual funding had been...

  • Emergency Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in its reviews of the future of policing and the fire and rescue service.

  • Emergency Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason there is no emergency ambulance response rate target in the draft budget for 2011-12.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to secure the future of jobs at the Skykon wind tower factory at Macrihanish.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in Dundee in each industrial sector in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by gender.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many new jobs have been created in each industrial sector in Dundee in the latest year for which information is available.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has received from SEPA regarding the environmental impact of the development of biomass plants.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs it estimates will be created under its plans for a low-carbon economy by 2014-15.

  • Fatal Accident Inquiry

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond in full to the recommendations of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 review led by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the fishing industry’s contribution to the Scottish economy has been in each year since 2007.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many processing jobs have been directly associated with the fishing industry in each year since 2007.

  • Forensic Science

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the director of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) Forensic Services stated a preference to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice for any of the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-medical prescribers (a) have completed the appropriate course to allow them to become independent prescribers, (b) are registered to prescribe and (c)...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have issued their governance arrangements to permit non-medical staff qualified to prescribe to do so in the field of drug and alcohol treatment.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35505 by Shona Robison on 24 August 2010, when the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland is expected to...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35505 by Shona Robison on 24 August 2010, what the reason is for the delay to the report on progress made under the Enhanced...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has put in place to increase the uptake of breast screening by women from ethnic minority groups.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has given to GPs to increase the uptake of breast screening in deprived areas.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scotland's Healthy Working Lives on the possible adverse health effects of shift working.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the reduction in salt consumption has been as a result of voluntary agreements with the food industry in the last five years.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has agreed with the Food Standards Agency regarding the reduction of the intake of salt.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the usefulness of homeopathy in relation to the Scottish Government’s integrative approach to patient care.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the national indicator connected with reducing coronary heart disease in under-75s in deprived areas contained in the HEAT targets for 2008-09 is...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason only four HEAT targets in the 2011-12 draft budget correlate with the Scottish Government’s performance indicators.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it has decided to create HEAT standards to replace HEAT targets.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote good bone health.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has cost the NHS to treat and care for patients who have experienced fractures due to bad weather in each of the last three years.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Healthy Living Alliance.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to ensure the independence and impartiality of witness statements.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that police officers completing witness statements do so impartially and without consulting with colleagues.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether procurators fiscal have a responsibility to examine the content and impartiality of witness statements recorded by police officers.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice’s comments to the Justice Committee on 28 May 2009 that the Scottish Government wants "to ensure that the...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive on what date building work commenced on phase 2 of the Gartcosh crime campus.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been detained under the Mental Health Act (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 since April 2010.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the European average is, per 1 million of population, of beds for mental health admissions for children up to 16 years old.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children under 16 years old were admitted to adult psychiatric wards and how many of these admissions were deemed inappropriate, in each of the last three years.

  • NHS Boards

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet representatives of NHS Lothian.

  • NHS Complaints

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many written complaints each NHS board has received in each of the last three years, broken down by category of complaint, and what percentage of these has...

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, in comparing the draft budget for 2011-12 with that for 2010-11, £95 million less is budgeted for the NHS boards and Special...

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, when comparing the draft budgets for 2011-12 and 2010-11 for health and sport, spending plans for education and training are reduced at...

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, when comparing the education and training spending plans across the workforce and nursing lines in the draft budget for 2011-12 and 2010-11 for health and...

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the draft budget for 2011-12 for health and sport, the workforce budget line has decreased by 17.2% and the nursing budget line by 7% compared with the...

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the eHealth strategy commitments that it plans to defer under its draft budget for 2011-12.

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the impact of the proposed reduction in the health screening budget for 2011-12 by almost £6 million to £8.4 million in real terms...

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of how the recent increase in VAT will impact on the NHS budget in 2011-12.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the demand-led funding for general (a) medical and (b) dental services.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it has reduced, in the draft budget for 2011-12, the increase planned for eHealth for 2010-11.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason there is no accident and emergency waiting time target in the draft budget for 2011-12.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that in its draft budget for 2011-12 the spending on health will be £190 million less than planned in the budget for 2010-11.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason there is no target to tackle NHS staff sickness absence in the draft budget for 2011-12.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many psychologists have been employed in each discipline in each year since 2007.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies in consultant psychologist posts there are in each NHS board.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards provide nursery or crèche facilities for its employees wishing to return to work following maternity leave.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual staff turnover through natural wastage has been in each NHS board in each of the last four years.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many posts are currently filled on a temporary basis in each NHS board and how many have been so for more than (a) two, (b) five and (c) eight years.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the NHS has a role in reducing inequality and poverty in areas of multiple deprivation.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many senior managers there are in each NHS board and how many there have been in each of the last four years.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of expenditure on external management consultants in the NHS in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10, broken down by company...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers there are per head of population in the Grampian Police force area.

  • Prescriptions

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescription pre-payment certificates have been issued in each year since 2005, broken down by NHS board.

  • Prescriptions

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much the purchasers of prescription pre-payment certificates have saved in (a) each year since the phased reduction in the cost of pre-payment certificates began...

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors how the funding awarded to local authorities and other organisations from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund has been spent.

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many speeding offenders have been detected at speeds that fall within the parameters of eligibility for the Speed Awareness Course in each of the last five years.

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to supporting speed awareness courses in Scotland.

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason Scotland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not offer drivers speed awareness courses as an alternative to prosecution for low-end...

  • Sectarianism

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39060 by Fergus Ewing on 8 February 2011, how much of the funding detailed in the table was provided via the Race, Religion...

  • Social Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is legal to charge VAT on the cost of social care services.

  • Sport Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive, given the increase in the workforce line for health and sport in the draft budget for 2011-12 to £28.5 million in cash terms, what regulatory bodies will...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-32043 by Stewart Stevenson on 11 March 2010, what the most up-to-date estimate is of the (a) final cost and (b) completion...

  • Vaccinations

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the understanding by teenage girls of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.

  • Vaccinations

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation; when these discussions took place, and whether it plans to continue the...

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