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These are the official transcripts of what people said in:

  • the Chamber the place where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate and make decisions
  • committee meetings - committees are small groups of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) from different political parties

This part of the website also includes written questions and answers. 

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Chamber

Official transcripts of what MSPs said in the Chamber. This is the place where all MSPs meet to debate and make decisions.

Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 25 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 24 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Farmers and Crofters (Financial Stability), Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 23 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Point of Order, Education Recovery, Local Government Finance (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [Draft], Economic Recovery, Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, Committee Announcement, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 18 June 2020

The agenda for the day:

Covid-19: Next Steps, Portfolio Question Time, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 17 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Provisional Outturn 2019-20, Justice Sector Response, Recovery and Renewal, Mental Health Transition and Recovery, Business Motion, Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, Domestic Abuse Bill, Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill , Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 16 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018), Covid-19 Fiscal Implications, Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 11 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Topical Question Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 10 June 2020

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motion, Covid-19 (Tourism), Showing Solidarity with Anti-racism, Disclosure (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, Point of Order, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 09 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Coronavirus Acts Report, Covid-19 Next Steps (Communities), Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Virtual) 04 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 03 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motion, Brexit, Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill: Stage 3, Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 02 June 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Resuming National Health Services , Economic Recovery, Point of Order, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Virtual) 28 May 2020

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Virtual) 27 May 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Manufacturing (Support for NHS Scotland), Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Children (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 26 May 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Covid-19 (Transport), Covid-19 (Economy), Covid-19 (Education), Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 21 May 2020

The agenda for the day:

Covid-19 Lockdown: Next Steps, Members’ Question Time, Urgent Question, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 20 May 2020 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Business Motion, Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3, Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 19 May 2020

The agenda for the day:

Topical Question Time, Business Motion, Care Homes, Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Points of Order, Decision Time, Correction.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Virtual) 14 May 2020

The agenda for the day:

Members’ Virtual Question Time.

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Meeting of the Parliament (Hybrid) 13 May 2020

The agenda for the day:

First Minister’s Question Time, Covid-19 (Update), Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1, Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Financial Resolution, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Correction.

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Committee

Transcripts of committee meetings are uploaded as soon as they've been checked for accuracy. This may be a few days after the meeting has taken place.

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

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COVID-19 Committee

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Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

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Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

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Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

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Education and Skills Committee

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Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

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Equalities and Human Rights Committee

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Finance and Constitution Committee

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Health and Sport Committee

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Justice Committee

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Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

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Local Government and Communities Committee

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Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

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Public Petitions Committee

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Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

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Social Security Committee

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Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (Amendment) Bill Committee

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Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

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Written Questions

These are questions that MSPs have asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answers to these questions.

S5W-30542: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to support the future development of crofting.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 8 July 2020

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 8 July 2020

The Scottish Government is firmly committed to the future development of crofting so it can continue to play a significant role in sustaining remote rural and island communities.

The capacity of the Crofting Commission is key to that, including how its activity is supported in the most remote crofting communities.

I can therefore advise Parliament that additional funding of £325,000 is being provided to the Crofting Commission to enable the creation of four new jobs in the Western Isles, and extend its crofting development activities. The decision to site these new roles in the Western Isles reflects that this area of Scotland has the highest concentration of crofts.

This decision followed suggestions raised at a meeting with crofters in Barvas, Isle of Lewis, last November, and similar suggestions made by others, and I want to thank crofters for engaging with us positively on how to develop crofting to make it sustainable in the future.

Two of the job opportunities will be based at the RPID office in Stornoway, and two based at the RPID office in Benbecula. These will provide a welcome boost to the local economy and will also help strengthen the links between the Commission and the communities it serves.

These jobs will also help to deliver crofting development priorities, which will be set out in the National Development Plan for crofting to be published this year.

Our commitment to the future development of crofting is also evident in the support we provide for crofters. Since 2007, we have provided £21.2 million to over 1,000 crofters in Croft House Grants, and annually we are providing crofting businesses with over £40 million in grant support.

S5W-30533: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it is providing to local authorities, community groups and commercial operators about the resumption of outdoor contact sports.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30204: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether face coverings will be expected to be worn by (a) teachers and school staff and (b) pupils aged five or over (i) in schools and (ii) on school transport.

Answered by: John Swinney on 6 July 2020

Answered by: John Swinney 6 July 2020

We have recently established a sub-group to our COVID-19 Advisory Group that specialises on education and children’s issues. The group will provide advice to support and inform the development of operational guidance for providers of learning, childcare and children’s service. As part of a range of work addressing health and safety issues, the sub-group will look at the evidence for face coverings and other protective barrier mechanisms such as visors, both in school and on school transport.

Guidance on this will be published in full in advance of schools reopening.

S5W-30209: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance will be prepared for teachers, school staff, parents and pupils who wish to wear face coverings in schools on a voluntary basis.

Answered by: John Swinney on 6 July 2020

Answered by: John Swinney 6 July 2020

We have recently established a sub-group to our COVID-19 Advisory Group that specialises on education and children’s issues. The group will provide advice to support and inform the development of operational guidance for providers of learning, childcare and children’s service. As part of a range of work addressing health and safety issues, the sub-group will look at the evidence for face coverings and other protective barrier mechanisms such as visors, both in school and on school transport.

Guidance on this will be published in full in advance of schools reopening.

S5W-30084: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects physical visits to resume in prisons.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 6 July 2020

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 July 2020

I have asked Teresa Medhurst, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. Her response is as follows:

It is not yet possible to confirm a date for when physical prison visits will resume. SPS has however now published its Operational Planning Route Map which sets out the criteria for how we will seek to reintroduce elements of our regimes, including prison visits. This Route Map is available on the external SPS website at:

https://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/Information/covid19/covid-19-information-hub.aspx

SPS’ approach will be fully informed by the latest public health guidance and aligned with Scottish Government’s National Response Route Map. It is currently anticipated that prison visits will resume as Scotland transitions to Phase 3 of Scottish Government’s National Response Route Map.

It should be noted that some flexibility may be required in our approach in order to allow SPS to adapt to the evolving situation in terms of health, risk and staff availability. SPS will continue to engage with those who live and work in our prisons throughout implementation.

S5W-30127: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has had contact with Creative Scotland, in the Year of Coast and Waters, regarding increasing the number of job opportunities it offers outside Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 6 July 2020

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 6 July 2020

Through the work of the EventScotland Year of Coasts and Waters Steering and Working Groups, the Scottish Government has maintained close contact with a range of public, private and third sector stakeholders, including Creative Scotland, regarding the opportunities offered by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 to the tourism, creative and event sectors in all parts of Scotland.

The plans for the Year have been heavily impacted by the Covid restrictions but would have brought benefit to many areas outside Edinburgh and Glasgow. For example, Vision Mechanics received funding from, inter alia, Creative Scotland to create Storm , a 10m giant puppet which had a programme of appearances planned across Scotland, bringing an environmental message to a wide audience. Other Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 supported events were to be the RSPB DolphinFest in Aberdeen, Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival and concerts by the Nevis Ensemble in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Due to the necessary cancellation of most of the original planned schedule, consideration is being given to the potential rollover of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 programme through to 2021. EventScotland is currently undertaking feasibility work on the reshaped events programme with funded events partners.

In the meantime VisitScotland’s marketing campaign continues to harness the power of Scotland’s coastal landscapes and inland waters in celebration of the Year of Coasts and Waters. As the campaign currently draws on the planned re-opening of our tourism and hospitality sectors and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, visitors will be inspired to responsibly and safely enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of being close to Scotland’s ‘blue’ spaces, right across Scotland.

S5W-30458: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to establishing a single set of consolidated accounts for the public sector, showing revenue-funded commitments alongside total public sector assets and liabilities, to increase the transparency of the overall financial position of the public sector.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30459: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to increasing the planned funding settlement for the Scottish National Investment Bank to assist businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30453: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of calls to the police using 101 are abandoned.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30456: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the PACE interventions to support oil and gas workers in Scotland that were reported to the Strategic Leadership Group on Oil and Gas and Energy Transition in July 2020 by Skills Development Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30448: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many acoustic deterrent devices (ADD) are used by the aquaculture sector in Scotland, broken down by (a) company, (b) model of ADD and (c) whether the ADD is continually turned on.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30432: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to reinstate the Energy Jobs Task Force to help protect the oil and gas workforce and the north east economy as the country enters another economic recession.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30454: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish performance figures for the Police Scotland call centre.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30431: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it proposes to include the North Sea oil and gas sector within its economic recovery plans.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30449: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported findings of a fatal accident inquiry that unsafe staffing levels contributed to the suicide of a patient at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital on 4 April 2014, and what action it has taken to ensure that all hospital wards have sufficient staff to maintain safe levels of care.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30452: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the average length of time is that people have to wait to speak to an operator when phoning the police on 101.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30460: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government on what legislative basis Police Scotland will enforce the wearing of mandatory face coverings in shops.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30450: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-29576 by Michael Matheson on 16 June 2020, whether it will provide an update on the situation Scotland in light of plans to resume driving lessons elsewhere in the UK.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30457: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the job losses among oil and gas workers in Scotland that were reported to the Strategic Leadership Group on Oil and Gas and Energy Transition in July 2020 by Skills Development Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30430: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what support it plans to provide to the North Sea oil and gas workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30271: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects respite and day care services for adults with learning disabilities to open again.

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 3 July 2020

Answered by: Clare Haughey 3 July 2020

Respite and day care encompasses a wide variety of types of support. Some day care and respite support for people with learning disabilities has remained in place with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures, whilst other services have re-opened, or started to provide support in a different way.

For those services which had had to adapt during or after lockdown, design and development of support should be co-produced with people who use social care.

We recognise that communication will be an important factor in helping people understand why support may look different from before; and to be confident that it is safe.

 

S5W-29981: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to prioritise broadband upgrades for households with school-age children where there are inadequate connections.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 3 July 2020

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 July 2020

Despite all regulatory and legislative responsibility for telecommunications resting solely with the UK Government, the Scottish Government has taken decisive action to greatly improve digital connectivity in Scotland. The £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme has delivered transformative results across all parts of the country, including Dumfriesshire, where more than 31,000 properties in the constituency are now able to access fibre broadband as a direct result of the DSSB roll-out – with more than 27,500 able to do so at speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps).

Of course, I recognise the ever-increasing importance of digital connectivity to all aspects of our lives – including education – and the COVID-19 pandemic has only served to reinforce that. Situations like this are why we made our commitment to ensure that 100% of properties in Scotland are able to access superfast broadband. This commitment will be delivered through three strands of activity – the main Reaching 100% (R100) contracts; a Scottish Government funded, nationwide superfast voucher scheme that will be demand-led; and continued expansion of commercial coverage. As you may be aware, the Scottish Government is funding £579 million or 96.5% of the £600 million R100 contracts with the UK Government contributing 3.5% of funding (£21 million), despite the latter having full responsibility for oversight of the UK telecommunications market.

With regards to the R100 contracts for the South and Central regions, surveys are being undertaken and we know that BT’s intention is to look to accelerate build wherever possible, with our expectation that work will begin in the South lot area this month. Of course in the South of Scotland, specifically, 100% of the build by BT, under our £134 million South Lot contract with them for R100, will be for a full fibre solution, with speeds of up to one gigabit per second. This is the current ‘gold standard’ and a tremendous outcome for almost all of the approximately 26,000 premises in the Lot area that have yet to receive a superfast broadband service.

We will launch an online checker this summer that will allow owners and tenants to determine if and when the R100 contracts will deliver a superfast broadband connection to their property.

Anyone who will be unable to access a superfast broadband service before the end of 2021 will be eligible for our new nationwide voucher scheme that will provide grants to customers in business and domestic premises; offering support to access a range of technologies and suppliers to deliver superfast broadband speed services. We are working through the details of the scheme, and I will update Parliament in due course.

 

S5W-30451: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on publishing validated statistics regarding hospital-onset COVID-19 cases in Scotland.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 3 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 3 July 2020

Public Health Scotland (PHS) this week, 1 July, published validated statistics on the number of nosocomial Covid-19 infections in Scotland, based on the agreed definitions of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC).

Scotland is the only country in the UK to have published this data to date. The data provides a detailed picture of hospital associated infections.

The information is not directly comparable to previously published unvalidated management information. The validated statistics cover a longer time period, week ending 1 March to week ending 7 June. The new statistics also capture each individual laboratory confirmed case, rather than only those in a HAI infection cluster.

These statistics will be published weekly on the PHS website as part of the wider information already published. In addition, the National Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Unit within NHS National Services Scotland are working on a statistical process to produce further information relating to COVID-19 Healthcare Associated Infection deaths where possible.

The data and supporting methodology is available at: https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/population-health/covid-19/hospital-onset-covid-19-cases-in-scotland/

 

S5W-30455: Joan McAlpine (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it will further support performing arts venues in Scotland that have been seriously affected by COVID-19.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 3 July 2020

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 3 July 2020

The Scottish Government today is announcing a new £10m fund to support not-for-profit venues in the performing arts sector who are experiencing significant difficulties from the impact of Covid-19. The fund adds to measures introduced for the culture sector and creative industries who were amongst those affected by closures in the very early stages of the pandemic. The £10 million will be aimed at organisations that cannot yet open because of physical distancing restrictions, but whose return to creative production is key to Scotland’s vibrant arts scene. Creative Scotland will manage the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and will be publishing further details shortly.

S5W-30424: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when work will resume on developing proposals for a new medical school in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30422: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its contingency plans are in the event that the ongoing legal challenge concerning Lot 1 of the R100 high-speed broadband programme is not resolved before 31 December 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30429: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when beauticians who specialise in services such as nail treatments will be permitted to operate again.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30354: Sarah Boyack (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the communities secretary’s statement that food provision should be delivered on a whole household, cash first principle, whether it will provide details of any guidance and support that it has provided to local authorities on the quality and value for money of either food or voucher provision for children entitled to free school meals.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30425: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the key criteria will be for it to assess the proposals for a new medical school in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30419: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications were submitted to the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund, and how many were successful.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30402: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the effectiveness of the provisions regarding the use of sexual history and character evidence in sexual offence trials.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30397: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what work is being carried out with local authorities to support teachers who are in receipt of the job retention payment for supply and temporary contracts into full-time teaching posts.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30421: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of how funding from the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund has been allocated by each local authority.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30427: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) homes and (b) businesses are due to be upgraded under the North Lot of the R100 programme, and when the North Lot is due to be delivered.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30351: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether its Race Equality Action Plan will take account of the recommendation of the International Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination to ensure that the curriculum for excellence contains material regarding the human rights violations and slavery associated with colonialism.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30355: Sarah Boyack (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the communities secretary’s statement that the provision of funding for food over the school holidays represents an opportunity for it to learn about what is working, what it could do more of and how it might link policies with others, what work is being carried out with local authorities to improve the quality, value and quantity of food being provided, and whether it now plans to enshrine a right to food for all in law.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30418: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) Scottish Enterprise, (b) Highlands and Islands Enterprise and (c) South of Scotland Enterprise outsourced the scoring of applications to the (i) Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Hardship Fund and the (ii) Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund; what the total cost of outsourcing was by each agency, and which companies were chosen to complete the outsourcing work, also broken down by the awarding agency.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30413: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making towards achieving the development of a wild salmon strategy by September 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30428: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects the legal proceedings regarding the North Lot of the R100 programme to be completed, and what impact this will have on the state aid approval granted to the UK in 2016.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30420: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications to the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund were submitted by businesses paying rates to The Highland Council, and how many were successful.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30416: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to making balancing payments through the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund to businesses that have received small grant sums from other UK and Scottish government schemes.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30423: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which institutions have submitted expressions of interest in developing a new medical school in Scotland.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30408: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what training has been provided for the people employed as COVID-19 contact tracers, and who provides this.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30350: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether its Race Equality Action Plan will take account of the recommendation in the BEMIS conference report, A Thematic Conference on Tackling Hate Crime and Prejudice Motivated by Racial and Religious Hatred, to set up an expert group that will examine how to integrate material in the curriculum for excellence on colonialism and how this impacts on society today.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30399: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with operators to ensure that ferry services during the COVID-19 outbreak are “island-proofed” and take account of island residents’ requirements regarding traveling for work, health, education and other urgent matters, including by offering them priority access to booking tickets.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30412: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20090 by Roseanna Cunningham on 21 November 2018, for what reason SEPA has reportedly refused to visit Pow Burn to investigate reported contamination and significant fish deaths following the related incident on 24-25 June 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30398: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what impact social distancing on ferry services during the COVID-19 outbreak has had on (a) capacity and (b) island residents’ ability to access and book services.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30407: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many COVID-19 contact tracers will be required for the system to operate as effectively as possible; how this compares with how many there are currently in each NHS board area, and what action it is taking to address any shortfall in numbers.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30400: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the economic impact on island communities of the reduction in ferry services and capacity during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30396: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to improve access to ferry services for island residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30414: Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recently-published study, The Gaelic crisis in the vernacular community, and which of its findings and recommendations it plans to act upon.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30410: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering an extension to the current Employability Fund and, if so, for how long.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30426: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the average population of HMP Inverness has been in each (a) year and (b) month since 1 January 2018.

Awaiting answer

S5W-30415: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether mobile hairdressers will be permitted to operate again from 15 July 2020.

Awaiting answer

S5W-29989: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government on what date it was advised by Momentum Scotland that the service was considering potential redundancies, and what action it has taken to prevent any job losses.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 July 2020

The Scottish Government was made aware of Momentums intention to cease operations on Fair Start Scotland in April 2020. Since then the Scottish Government has worked closely with Momentum to ensure there is no disruption to service delivery, both in terms of participants and Momentum staff where possible, as it is important to retain their expertise in employability support.

S5W-30024: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether it is aware of the documentary source of the references made to the work of JASPERS and UKWIR, and whether it will publish any such documentary sources.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30404: George Adam (Paisley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish an update on Scotland’s approach to physical distancing.

Answered by: John Swinney on 2 July 2020

Answered by: John Swinney 2 July 2020

The Scottish Government has today published COVID-19: Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis – Update on approach to physical distancing in light of advice from the Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group which provides an update on the approach to physical distancing in Scotland as we move through Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Route Map. This approach continues to be informed by evidence and has been updated in light of advice from the Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group which has also been published today.

The publication also updates on the final stage of Phase 2 of Scotland’s Route Map. Continued progress in suppressing the virus, as measured by the latest data, means that we are able to confirm the indicative dates for the remainder of Phase 2, concerning relaxation of the 5 mile guidance on travel for leisure purposes, the re-opening of self-contained, self-catering accommodation and the re-opening of outdoor hospitality. Changes to allow children and young-people more opportunity to meet up are also set out.

S5W-30023: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, what analysis the Commission undertook to arrive at the figure of up to £150 million that could result from including emissions in appraisals, and whether it will publish any such analysis.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30078: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports of large numbers of salmon smolts trapped in the Muirtown Lock on the Caledonian Canal.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

The decline in the numbers of Scottish wild salmon is of great concern and we are determined to safeguard the future of this important species. We recognise the problem is down to a range of complex factors and have identified 12 high level groups of pressures on salmon (which include barriers to migration) and will continue to work with stakeholders to better understand and tackle these issues.

The particular issue at the Muirtown Lock is an example of positive stakeholder engagement, with the River Ness District Salmon Fishery Board and Scottish Canals working together to ensure the protection of wild salmon during Covid-19, with support from Marine Scotland officials. Large numbers of outgoing smolts, trapped in the Caledonian Canal, were released and further discussions are now in hand to seek a longer term solution to manage future smolt movements in the area.

S5W-30039: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, what the assumptions are for government borrowing in the statistical modelling to 2040-41.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30022: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether the average price ranges envisaged for the 2021-27 period are based on a smooth price trajectory to meet investment levels defined as necessary in 2040.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30025: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether it will publish the analysis that underlies the international cost comparisons that are made.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30035: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, what the duties and powers are of the Commission to set a (a) maximum charge cap and (b) minimum charge level; for what period a charge cap or minimum charge level must be set, and where any such duties are set out in statute.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

The Commission’s duties are set out in the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002, as amended by the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005. The process of determining charges is set out in section 29B of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.

S5W-30019: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether a media release for this was issued and, if so, which media outlets in Scotland it was sent to.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the independent economic regulator, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-29039: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 May 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each week since 1 February 2020 have been discharged from hospital to care homes; of those, how many were (a) tested and (b) not tested for COVID-19, also broken down by how many tested (i) positive and (ii) negative.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

At present we do not hold information on the specific number of patients tested before discharge. However, officials are working with Public Health Scotland to produce this data.

S5W-30017: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how much capital expenditure Scottish Water plans for 2020-21.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

In its 2020 Delivery Plan Update, Scottish Water forecast capital expenditure of £730 million for 2020-21, however due to the COVID-19 crisis, this figure will be reduced. Scottish Water will be updating and re-forecasting in the next few months as the capital programme begins to re-start in line with Government guidelines.

S5W-30037: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether it would support charges raised for the purpose of providing for the cost of emissions in appraisals being spent on investments not directly related to that purpose.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

Scottish Water is funded through revenue raised from customer charges and borrowing from the Scottish Government. This finances, amongst other spend, Scottish Water’s investment programme and therefore charge revenue, or any parts thereof, is not hypothecated to particular investments.

S5W-28292: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 April 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many contact tracers there were in each NHS board at the point of transition from the containment to the delay phase for COVID-19, and how many there are currently.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

Public Health Scotland (PHS), working with NHS Boards, are leading activity to put in place a contact tracing system that will rapidly enhance existing capacity, and evolve into a sustainable service that can be in place for as long as is required. The priorities for delivering this includes the establishment of a national service alongside the contact tracing services in every Board. The following table details the number of contact tracing staff in place for each NHS Health Board at the following points:

? 12 March: Transition point between the containment and delay phase

? 28 May: The point at which a commitment was made to have 2,000 contact tracers ready to deploy across Scotland.

 

NHS Board

Staff in place

12 March

Staff Deployable 28 May

Ayrshire & Arran

0

111

Borders

4

44

Dumfries & Galloway

0

40

Fife

11

105

Forth Valley

8

40

Grampian

15

200

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

5

570

Highlands

10

30

Lanarkshire

18

238

Lothian

9

233

Orkney

 

24

Shetland

13

13

Tayside

0

73

NES

-

50

Western Isles

3

16

Public Health Scotland & NSS

10

170

SAS

0

50

Total number of staff

106

2007

 

S5W-28443: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 April 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-27952 by Jeane Freeman on 15 April 2020, how many samples have been taken each week; what this confirms about prevalence, and when it will publish prevalence data.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

The COVID-19 data and trend charts for Scotland are published daily and provide a range of information, including the cumulative number of people tested for COVID-19 in Scotland and how many of the tests had a positive result. The link to the daily data update is: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-data-for-scotland/ .

In addition, Test and Protect was rolled out across Scotland on 28 May 2020 and the Test and Protect data is published on Public Health Scotland's website at:

https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/population-health/covid-19/covid-19-statistical-report/

Health Protection Scotland are conducting surveillance swab testing in the community for individuals with mild to moderate symptoms. Testing commenced on 27 April and results are available a week later by HPS report for internal planning and surveillance purposes. Details of this can be found at: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/enhanced-surveillance-of-coronavirus-covid-19/

Antibody testing will help us understand if a person has had the infection and will enable us to learn more about the virus and gain an understanding of how it is spreading through the population in Scotland. Health Protection Scotland commenced antibody testing on 6 May. This will inform wider published information on the Government's response to the virus. Evidence is evolving on whether the presence of antibodies indicates that someone is immune, and if so, for how long that immunity would persist.

S5W-28611: Joan McAlpine (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 April 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether an asymptomatic care worker who has not been tested can make an accurate assessment that they are not carrying COVID-19.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

All care home staff are routinely offered testing, even in care homes where there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19. This testing will be offered to both symptomatic and asymptomatic care home workers. Based on the advice of our Chief Medical Officer, these tests will be conducted every seven days to regularly assess the care home workforce.

S5W-29295: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 May 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reasons the majority of delayed discharges from hospital in the period up to March 2020 arose, and what its position is on whether a lack of care home or care at home capacity or whether funding provided to local authorities and integration joint boards was insufficient were factors.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

Information on the reason for delays is available in the monthly delayed discharge census, published by Public Health Scotland. The April census records 138 (22%)delays awaiting completion of care arrangements to go home, and 127 (21%) delays awaiting a care home place. There were also 148 (34%) patients delayed who were awaiting the appointment of a Guardian by the courts, and 60 delays (10%) with highly complex needs. There were no delays awaiting funding.

In comparison, in January 598 (36%) patients were delayed awaiting completion of care arrangements, 347 (21%) delays were awaiting a care home place, and 336 (20%) were delayed awaiting a social care assessment. There were also 210 (13%) patients delayed awaiting the appointment of a Guardian, and 78 (10%)delays with highly complex needs. There were 30 delays awaiting funding.

S5W-30130: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many Momentum Scotland staff are being consulted for redundancy in each Fair Start Scotland lot.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 July 2020

Under the terms of the contract novation from Momentum, Start Scotland have agreed that TUPE regulations apply and have taken action to transfer all relevant staff over, where staff choose to do so.

The undertaking of this process is a matter between Momentum and Start Scotland.

S5W-28701: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 April 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it is utilising the veterinary science sector to increase COVID-19 testing capacity.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

Work on expanding testing for the NHS has focussed on NHS laboratories which already have arrangements in place for receiving samples from patients, testing safely and ensuring that the data from test results is captured. However, we are working with two laboratories based in the veterinary science sector to increase capacity: Biobest, and the Moredun Research Unit. Contracting is underway with both organisations.

This will further increase our testing capacity, which currently is as follows:

Active maximum weekday NHS lab capacity: over 10,000 tests a day;

Weekend capacity: around 8,000 tests a day.

In addition to this we have further capacity through the UKG run Lighthouse Laboratories. Glasgow Lighthouse Lab has capacity to process approximately 20,000 tests a day and may process tests taken from across the UK.

If organisations would like to submit offers of support they should contact the National Laboratories Programme Team or Scottish Enterprise who will share the survey to allow an assessment to be undertaken.

S5W-30032: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Water Industry Commission for Scotland has (a) played a leadership role in developing the framework for future investment requirements for the future of the water industry within the Strategic Review of Charges 2021/27 and (b) provided analysis and papers on potential future investment requirements and targets to any working groups of stakeholders or others and, if so, whether it will publish these papers.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

The Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) has worked with Scottish Government, Scottish Water, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Drinking Water Quality Regulator to identify the future investment requirements. The minutes of key meetings are already published on its website and it has published a range of relevant papers.

S5W-29990: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ensure that all staff working for (a) Fair Start Scotland contractors and (b) Momentum Scotland who are selected for redundancy are redeployed to another provider under the TUPE regulations or directly redeployed to it.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 July 2020

The Scottish Governments main priority is to ensure staff working on Fair Start Scotland are retained where possible, as their skills and expertise are essential in meeting the current demand for increased support in the employability market.

In this situation, Start Scotland have agreed that TUPE regulations apply and have taken action to transfer all relevant staff over, where staff choose to do so.

S5W-30031: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2019 decision paper, Asset Replacement, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, what sums were specifically included for the costs of meeting the net-zero targets, and whether it will publish the analysis that was carried out to arrive at this conclusion.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30026: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether current water charges are lower than they should be to meet the economic costs of providing the service and, if so, (a) whether ministerial objectives were expressed in such a way as to require that outcome and (b) for what reason the Commission has set charges at this level.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-29988: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure the continuity of the Fair Start Scotland service if Momentum Scotland was to cease trading.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 July 2020

In the event of a prime delivery partner ceasing operations on Fair Start Scotland, the Scottish Governments main priorities are to ensure continuity of the service with minimal impact on its participants, and to protect delivery partner staff where possible.

In this event, a novation agreement has been signed between Momentum and Start Scotland – prime delivery partner in the East and South West of Scotland, who will take over operations from Momentum in the North East.

S5W-29241: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 May 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many tests for COVID-19 have been carried out on people with (a) learning disabilities and (b) other support needs who are resident in care homes.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

The COVID-19 data and trend charts for Scotland are published daily and provide a range of information, including the number of care homes notifying cases of COVID-19 and the number of suspected cases of COVID-19 in care homes. The data also includes the daily number of people in hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 but does not include details on how many of these are care home residents or staff. The cumulative number of people tested and the number of positive and negative tests is also provided.

Weekly data on COVID-19 in adult care homes in Scotland is available at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-additional-data-about-adult-care-homes-in-scotland/

You can find figures updated every day at 2pm (including care home data) here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Daily data for Scotland .

S5W-29292: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 May 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what the average cost per week is to keep a person in a care home, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) integration joint board area.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

Since 2006, a National Care Home Contract has been in place, which defines the terms of local authority (publicly) funded placements into private or voluntary sector care homes across Scotland.

The information requested in not available broken down by NHS Board or Integration Joint Board. However, the National Care Home Census, published by Public Health Scotland includes details of the average gross weekly charge for long stay residents in care Homes for older people in Scotland, with and without Nursing Care, by source of funding. This information can be found at:

https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/health-and-social-care/social-and-community-care/care-home-census-for-adults-in-scotland/ .

Furthermore, agreement on the National Care Home contract for 2020-21 was reached between local government and Scottish Care - this has seen a 3.5% increase in the rate.

From 6 April 2020 the 2020-21 standard rates for publicly funded service users are:

? £714.90 a week for nursing care

? £614.07 a week for residential care

S5W-30029: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether the Just Transitions Commission was consulted on the possible charge increases envisaged and, if so, when.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-30020: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2019 decision paper, Asset Replacement, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether it can confirm the sum envisaged for asset replacement is calculated on the basis of like-for-like replacement of existing assets and, if so, whether such an approach is compatible with the work of the Scottish Infrastructure Commission, which recommends that future planning of asset replacement should be based on a presumption against like for like replacement of assets.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.

S5W-28626: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 April 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many patients who were previously categorised as delayed discharge patients have been discharged from hospital to make way for coronavirus capacity, and how many of them have been discharged (a) with and (b) without a care package in place.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 2 July 2020

All delayed discharge patients will have required some form of care after discharge, either in their own home, care home or other community setting. Using a Home First Discharge to Assess approach many partnerships are discharging people for further rehabilitation and on-going assessment at home, or in a more homely setting. This approach provides a much better outcome for the individual since the assessment is undertaken in a more realistic living setting than a hospital ward.

Delayed discharge management information is now being published regularly on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-data-for-scotland/ .

S5W-30038: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, who the stakeholders are that Scottish Water has to satisfy and reassure that it is performing well and in line with ethical business practice.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

The Scottish Government welcomes Scottish Water’s adoption of the principles of Ethical Business Practice and expects it to engage as widely as possible with customers, communities and water industry organisations.

S5W-30018: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it was formally or informally consulted by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland prior to the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, and whether it formally or informally indicated that it was content with the decision paper to be published.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

The Scottish Government is in close and regular contact with the Commission on a wide range of issues and was fully aware of the plan to publish the 2020 decision paper. The economic regulator is independent and as such it is not for the Scottish Government to signal whether it is content or otherwise.

S5W-30036: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2020 decision paper, Prospects for Prices, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, in the absence of a hard budget constraint, how the customer interest that they are not charged more than necessary is secured.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

Section 29G of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 provides that Scottish Water must deliver the Objectives set by Scottish Ministers at lowest reasonable overall cost. In determining charges under section 29B, the Commission will identify the lowest reasonable cost of delivering those objectives.

S5W-30030: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the 2019 decision paper, Asset Replacement, by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, whether it will confirm what the aggregate annual cost is of the “prudent”, “reasonable” and achieving “high confidence” assumptions outlined in the paper.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 July 2020

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 July 2020

This is a matter for the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and I have asked them to respond directly in writing to your question.