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BUSINESS BULLETIN 40 / 2001

Thursday 8 March 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 7 March 2001

 

 

S1W-13925 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how the 3.5 million funding which it received as a result of money being allocated in England for the support of the pilots of government general practitioner projects and Internet learning and access points in Post Offices has been allocated and spent.

S1W-13948 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prescribing Analysis data is in arrears and, if so, by how much and how primary care trusts can check practitioners' compliance with prescribing policies.

S1W-13950 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Mental Welfare Commission's spending plans are reducing in real terms from 1.5 million in the current financial year to 1.4 million in 2001-02.

S1W-13951 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Food Standards Agency plans to monitor imports of meat to ensure that it meets the standards required of home grown meat.

S1W-13952 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are proposals to design, pilot and evaluate the use of electronic patient-owned health records created and maintained on the Internet.

S1W-13953 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to design a mechanism to facilitate cross-disciplinary research and development in order to advance integration and innovation in health care and treatment.

S1W-13954 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure greater integration between mathematics, biology, medicine, engineering and the physical sciences in order to facilitate more joined-up research programmes.

S1W-13955 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fund and develop a neuropsychiatric disease prevention programme in order to assist and support people with, or prone to, mental illness.

S1W-13956 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any strategy to link research into brain development, brain functions and learning.

S1W-13957 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how community land buy-out projects will raise the required capital resources necessary for good stewardship and efficient management of land.

S1W-13958 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the number of people who have lost their jobs as a result of waiting for diagnosis, assessment and treatment from the NHS.

S1W-13959 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the NHS drugs budget was spent on (a) baldness, (b) obesity and (c) impotence, in each of the last three years.

S1W-13960 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any research has been carried out regarding the harmful effects of selenium deficiency in humans and animals.

S1W-13961 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that increased NHS expenditure will result in improved outcomes which benefit patient health.

S1W-13962 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it will give to NHS Trusts on reducing financial deficits prior to the new financial year commencing on 1 April 2001.

S1W-13963 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to gather information on levels of any unmet need for community care for the elderly, people with mental illness and disabled people.

S1W-13964 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase access to NHS chiropody treatment and provide additional services in this area.

S1W-13965 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether asylum seekers who have settled in Scotland are being given advice, support and access to all vaccination and screening programmes available to other NHS patients.

S1W-13966 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to tackle any excess prescribing of drugs and treatments in the NHS.

S1W-13967 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) official ministerial engagements and (b) official ministerial meetings were attended by the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning in the weeks beginning (i) 6 November 2000, (ii) 13 November 2000, (iii) 20 November 2000, (iv) 27 November 2000, (v) 4 December 2000, (vi) 11 December 2000, (vii) 18 December 2000, (viii) 8 January 2001, (ix) 15 January 2001, (x) 22 January 2001, (xi) 29 January 2001, (xii) 5 February 2001, (xiii) 12 February 2001, (xiv) 19 February 2001, (xv) 26 February 2001 and (xvi) 5 March 2001.

S1W-13968 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive for how many (a) official ministerial engagements and (b) official ministerial meetings the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning's attendance has been cancelled in the weeks beginning (i) 12 March 2001, (ii) 19 March 2001, (iii) 26 March 2001, (iv) 2 April 2001, (v) 9 April 2001, (vi) 16 April 2001, (vii) 23 April 2001 and (viii) 30 April 2001.

S1W-13969 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) official ministerial engagements and (b) official ministerial meetings the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning is scheduled to attend in the weeks beginning (i) 12 March 2001, (ii) 19 March 2001, (iii) 26 March 2001, (iv) 2 April 2001, (v) 9 April 2001, (vi) 16 April 2001, (vii) 23 April 2001 and (viii) 30 April 2001.

S1W-13970 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the amount of money to be distributed to each local authority from the latest additional funding package of 100 million allocated to tackling the problem of drugs across Scotland.

S1W-13971 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to determine the distribution of the latest additional funding package of 100 million allocated to tackling the problem of drugs across Scotland, and what weighting will be given to (a) deprivation factors, (b) population and (c) the number of drug-related deaths.

S1W-13972 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what immediate financial assistance will be given to the fish processing industry in view of the impact of the cod recovery plan.

S1W-13973 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to the Action Plan produced by the Scottish White Fish Processing Action Group on 12 February 2001.

S1W-13974 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to safeguard the long-term future of the fish processing industry.

S1W-13975 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-departmental public bodies there were on 1 May 1997 and how many there are currently.

S1W-13976 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the pay and conditions of service of qualified nursery nurses.

S1W-13977 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing a Scottish centre for people with learning disabilities.

S1W-13978 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the recommendations made in the report The Same As You have been implemented.

S1W-13979 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding it has allocated to the implementation of the recommendations made in the report The Same As You.

S1W-13980 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the national guidelines for Local Economic Forums.

S1W-13981 Mr John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to help the tourist industry to deal with any loss of business caused by the foot and mouth outbreak.

S1W-13982 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints were made to health boards against pharmacists and how many local resolutions there were as a result in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.

S1W-13983 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13417 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 28 February 2001 which outlined the revenue forgone by water authorities as a result of water charges relief, how it calculated these figures and with whom any consultation took place on the calculations.

S1W-13984 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop smart cards or a database containing patients' genetic information to enable electronic prescribing of treatment.

S1W-13985 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12337 by Susan Deacon on 8 February 2001, how many patients are being given medication for the treatment of attention deficiency disorder and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and what type of medication is being administered.

S1W-13986 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence exists to show what improvements have been made in the care and service delivery through Local Health Care Co-operatives and how the cost of delivering such care and services compares with the previous structure.

S1W-13987 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which its main priorities are from the 258 action points contained in Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change.

S1W-13988 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the NHSiS spent on the use of bank and agency nurses in each of the last three years.

S1W-13989 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to issue guidance to Glasgow City Council on their inspection rates for private residential homes which are almost twice as high as the rates for local authority and voluntary sector homes, as set out in Table 5b of the Audit Scotland Performance Indicators 1999-2000, Social Work: Comparing the performance of Scottish councils.

S1W-13990 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to issue guidance to the 12 local authorities who currently carry out less than two inspections a year on residential homes, as set out in Table 5b of the Audit Scotland Performance Indicators 1999-2000, Social Work: Comparing the performance of Scottish councils.

S1W-13991 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the drugs budget according to category of treatment for specific illness and disease, broken down by health board, for each of the last two financial years.

S1W-13992 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is available to people to allow them to make informed choices on types of vitamin, mineral and other supplements.

S1W-13993 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive who is ultimately responsible at both management and NHS Trust level for cleanliness in hospitals and hospital wards.

S1W-13994 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to address the reductions in 1999-2000 of the numbers of clients receiving home care of (a) up to two hours per week, (b) two to four hours per week and (c) more than 10 hours a week, as set out in Table 2A of the Audit Scotland Performance Indicators 1999-2000, Social work: Comparing the performance of Scottish councils.

S1W-13995 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage the expansion of the private health care sector as recommended in the British Medical Association Report Healthcare funding review, and, if so, how this will be done.

S1W-13997 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pulmonary nurses are employed by the NHS in each health board area.

S1W-13998 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer in each NHS Trust.

S1W-13999 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for surgery on lung cancer in each NHS Trust.

S1W-14000 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it provided for medical research in each of the last three financial years; which organisations benefited from this funding in each year and how much funding each organisation received.

S1W-14001 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS Trusts provide free nebulisers for patients living within the community.

S1W-14002 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the role and remit of a national dietary co-ordinator will differ from and complement the role and remit of the Scottish Community Diet National Project Officer appointed in 1996.

S1W-14003 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were received for the post of chair of NHS 24.

S1W-14004 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were received for the posts of non-executive board members of NHS 24.

S1W-14005 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when interviews for the posts of chair and non-executive board members of NHS 24 are expected to be completed.

S1W-14006 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to appoint a national dietary co-ordinator.

S1W-14007 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role and remit of a national dietary co-ordinator will be.

S1W-14008 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 12 to 15 year olds smoke according to latest available figures and what percentage of 12 to 15 year olds this represents.

S1W-14009 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of women smoke during pregnancy according to latest available figures.

S1W-14010 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13366 by Susan Deacon on 28 February 2001, what charge out rate is applied by the Central Legal Office of the NHS in Scotland in determining the charges to be paid by health boards and NHS Trusts for the legal services which the office provides to them.

S1W-14011 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in its consultation on the use of children in test purchases of age restricted products.

S1W-14012 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which abattoirs have been licensed under the scheme allowing movement of livestock during the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease; what criteria were used in the licensing of these abattoirs; whether further licences will be issued if more abattoirs are required, and whether there is any provision under the scheme which limits or aims to limit the length of journey between farm and abattoir.

 

 
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