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Business Bulletin No. 106 / 2004

Monday 21st June 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Friday 18th June 2004

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-9152 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to discontinue the means test for disabled people seeking a home improvement grant for adapting their home.

S2W-9153 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact has been of the introduction of means testing on those who apply for a home improvement grant.

S2W-9154 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government and the government of the United States of America seeking the provision of US immigration facilities at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, in light of the impact of direct flights from the United States on tourism and business.

S2W-9155 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of total electricity consumption in Ayrshire is currently generated by wind turbines, giving the comparative figures for electricity consumption and the amount generated by wind farms.

S2W-9156 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much electricity it estimates will be generated each year by the proposed wind turbines at Dalmellington, Ayrshire.

S2W-9157 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) consultant neurologists and (b) epilepsy nurse specialists are currently in post.

S2W-9158 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of consultant neurologists and epilepsy nurse specialists.

S2W-9159 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in order to continue funding free personal care, in light of the projected increase in the size of the elderly population over the next 30 years.

S2W-9160 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the decision on the Queen Mother's Hospital will be reached.

S2W-9161 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote a higher population and birth rate.

S2W-9162 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that the Agricultural Industries Confederation's Code of Practice for the Manufacture of Safe Compound Animal Feedingstuffs is contrary to free trade directives.

S2W-9163 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated financial impact on Scottish farmers, agricultural merchants and feed suppliers will be of registration with, and obtaining approval from, the Agricultural Industries Confederation in respect of its Code of Practice for the Manufacture of Safe Compound Animal Feedingstuffs.

S2W-9164 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact Agricultural Industries Confederation rules preventing members from buying feed materials from non-members will have on supply of prescription-only medicines and specialist supplements within the veterinary sector.

S2W-9165 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on which other European Union countries have an identical auditing control to Scotland in respect of animal feed.

S2W-9166 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of concerns that the Agricultural Industries Confederation's Code of Practice for the Manufacture of Safe Compound Animal Feedingstuffs encourages the importation of cheaper animal feed from other European Union countries.

S2W-9167 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the influence of the supermarket sector on the animal feed manufacturing and supply sector.

S2W-9168 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of concerns that other European Union countries are not ensuring that their animal feed suppliers comply with EU directives.

S2W-9169 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many instances of contaminated animal feed have been recorded in each of the last five years.

S2W-9170 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of egg production is registered as free range.

S2W-9171 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of concerns that unnecessary burdens are being placed on Scottish agriculture by the interpretation of EU directives by (a) government and (b) commercial consultants.

S2W-9172 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the restoration of Kinloch Castle; whether Kinloch Castle is on the Scottish Civic Trust's buildings at risk register and, if so, what implications this has for the castle's future and whether this renders it eligible for any public funding towards the costs of its restoration.

S2W-9173 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is appropriate to use pens in order to enclose deer prior to shooting them; whether this practice is humane; what evidence it has in respect of the extent to which deer culled in this manner suffer from stress, and how the humaneness of this method of killing deer compares with instant death from a skilled stopper's bullet.

S2W-9174 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7453 by Mr Tom McCabe on 5 May 2004, how many access panels contain a representative who is deaf.

S2W-9175 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in ending the distinction between payments to care homes operated by local authorities and homes in the voluntary and independent sectors.

S2W-9176 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current basis of funding for care homes of retail price index plus one percent maintains the number of care home beds required.

S2W-9177 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities operate care homes.

S2W-9178 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to local authorities in respect of payment for care home places purchased from the voluntary and independent sectors.

S2W-9179 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many delayed payments to farmers of subsidies there are, broken down by region.

S2W-9180 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeenshire Council regarding the funding of public services and what the outcomes were of such discussions.

S2W-9181 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding the funding of public services and what the outcomes were of such discussions.

S2W-9182 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the General Medical Council regarding the registration of non-EU doctors.

S2W-9183 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to ensure that NHS boards pay for treatments that they purchase from other boards.

S2W-9184 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding the contracting-out of health care provision to independent providers to reduce waiting times for treatment.

S2W-9185 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were conveyed to out-patient hospital appointments by the Scottish Ambulance Service Non-Emergency Service in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9186 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the 2004-05 budget is for hospital out-patient visits conveyed by the Scottish Ambulance Service Non-Emergency Service, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-9187 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients with hospital out-patient appointments were unable to attend the appointments, or had to make alternative transport arrangements, due to the Scottish Ambulance Service non-emergency vehicles being booked to capacity, broken down by NHS board in each of the last five years.

S2W-9188 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial provision is made for patients attending hospital out-patient appointments by public transport, including taxis, when the Scottish Ambulance Service non-emergency vehicles are booked to capacity, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9189 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the first key message of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C that "the hepatitis C epidemic is a public health crisis".

S2W-9190 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the key messages of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, what resources have been allocated to improving the (a) prevention of hepatitis C and (b) delivery of care to patients with hepatitis C in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, (iii) 2001-02, (iv) 2002-03, (v) 2003-04 and (vi) 2004-05 to date in (1) Scotland as a whole and (2) each NHS board area.

S2W-9191 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the key messages of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, which patient groups currently have access to treatment for hepatitis C infection and which do not and what the reasons are for any difference in such access.

S2W-9192 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 3.3 of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, what measures are being taken to encourage patient involvement, given that half of those referred do not attend clinics.

S2W-9193 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 3.6 of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, how many outreach clinics there are for patients with hepatitis C, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-9194 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 4.4 of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, what its response is in respect of the call for new drug therapies.

S2W-9195 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hepatitis C patients there have been in (a) Scotland as a whole and (b) each NHS board area in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, (iii) 2001-02, (iv) 2002-03, (v) 2003-04 and (vi) 2004-05 to date.

S2W-9196 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 5.2 of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, what economic analysis it has undertaken in order to inform resource allocation decisions in relation to the treatment and prevention of hepatitis C over the next 10 years.

S2W-9197 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 5.1 of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C, what measures it is taking, and are planned, to reduce non-attendance at hepatitis C virus services (HCV), enhance referral to HCV services, improve data collection and service audit within the framework of managed clinical networks.

S2W-9198 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 5.3 of Final Consensus Statement of the Royal College of Physicians' Consensus Conference on Hepatitis C that "if we do not invest adequately now, we will not be able to afford the consequences of failing to tackle this epidemic".

 

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