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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 10 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Business Motion, General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2), Point of Order, Transport (Scotland) Bill, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Business Motion, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers.

Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, No-deal Preparations, National Islands Plan, Supporting Innovation, Decision Time, Institute of Occupational Medicine 50th Anniversary.

Meeting of the Parliament 03 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Great British Beach Clean, Scotland’s Onshore Unconventional Oil and Gas Policy, Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Motion Without Notice, Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, Business Motion, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Nursery Funding (Deferred Entry to Primary School), ScotRail Franchise, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week.

Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny), Committee Announcement, Decision Time, Citizens Advice Services in Scotland (80th Year).

Meeting of the Parliament 26 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Motor Neurone Disease (Blue Badge Scheme), Portfolio Question Time, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: Stage 1, Scottish National Investment Bank Bill: Financial Resolution, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Business Motion, Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Product Recall Database.

Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Topical Question Time, Supreme Court Judgment (Response), Common Frameworks, Decision Time, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Week 2019.

Meeting of the Parliament 19 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Social Security Scotland (First Anniversary), Portfolio Question Time, Getting it Right for Every Child (Practice Development Panel Report), Pre-release Access to Economic Statistics (Committee Bill Proposal), Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 18 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, National Health Service Construction Projects, Criminal Sentencing, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

Meeting of the Parliament 17 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Credit Unions, Family Migration, Business Motion, Decision Time, Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Meeting of the Parliament 12 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Drug Deaths, Portfolio Question Time, Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Post-legislative Scrutiny Reports), Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 11 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Portfolio Question Time, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Citizens Assembly of Scotland, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.

Meeting of the Parliament 10 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Topical Question Time, Creating a Sustainable Future for Crofting, Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research), Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Bullying and Harassment in the National Health Service.

Meeting of the Parliament 05 September 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Doors Open Days 2019, Portfolio Question Time, Drug-related Deaths, European Union Exit (No Deal), Points of Order, Decision Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 04 September 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Programme for Government 2019-20, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motion, Decision Time, Hamish Henderson.

Meeting of the Parliament 03 September 2019 [Draft]

The agenda for the day:

Time for Reflection, Business Motion, Affirmations, Topical Question Time, Programme for Government 2019-20, Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd, European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds), Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time, Palestine.

Meeting of the Parliament 27 June 2019

The agenda for the day:

General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time.

Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2019

The agenda for the day:

Portfolio Question Time, Citizens Assembly of Scotland, Tackling Child Poverty (Progress Report), Tenement Maintenance, Transvaginal Mesh, Poverty and Inequality Commission, Business Motions, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Point of Order, Decision Time, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Report.

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

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

Education and Skills Committee

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Finance and Constitution Committee

Health and Sport Committee

Justice Committee

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

Local Government and Communities Committee

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

Public Petitions Committee

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Social Security Committee

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Questions

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

S5W-19150: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the outcome of the BBC Loneliness Experiment, which indicates that levels of loneliness are highest among 16- to 24-year-olds, with 40% saying they often or very often feel lonely.

Answered by: Christina McKelvie on 26 October 2018

Answered by: Christina McKelvie 26 October 2018

We recognise that particular groups, like young people, can be at greater risk of social isolation and loneliness than others. Analysis of responses to our public consultation highlighted issues specifically relevant to young people. These range from the important role schools can play in raising awareness of and tackling stigma around the issues of social isolation and loneliness; risks posed by use of digital technology for communication; and the challenges faced by young parents. We are continuing to develop our national strategy, A Connected Scotland, which takes a whole population approach to these issues and we will publish this before the end of the year.

S5W-18049: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many proposals have been made each year by Scottish Natural Heritage to issue land management orders under (a) Chapter 3 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and (b) regulations 19 and 21 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 30 August 2018

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 30 August 2018

Scottish Natural Heritage has made no proposals regarding Land Management Orders under (a) Chapter 3 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 or (b) regulations 19 and 21 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994.

 

S5W-19218: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much compensation in excess of £500,000 has been paid by the NHS to settle (a) catastrophic personal injury and (b) medical negligence claims in each year since 2012-13.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 8 November 2018

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 November 2018

The following table sets out the total value of claims where the award payment was in excess of £500,000.

 

Financial year settled

Total Award (including Compensation Recovery Unit)

2012-2013

£ 17,690,954

2013-2014

£ 23,453,130

2014-2015

£ 25,923,402

2015-2016

£ 26,585,941

2016-2017

£ 7,144,768

2017-2018

£ 10,564,114

2018-2019

£ 6,798,383

All but one claim relates to clinical negligence. This claim cannot be set out individually as in doing so it may be possible to identify the claimant.

In addition, data held centrally under NHS Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme (CNORIS) does not distinguish as to whether there is catastrophic personal injury and as such this information cannot be set out separately.

The NHS CNORIS annual report provides details of the scheme along with summary details of the number and value of claims made during the financial year and historical values. The annual reports are published online at: https://clo.scot.nhs.uk/our-services/cnoris/frequently-asked-questions.aspx

S5W-25896: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of properties in each local authority have had access to broadband in each year since 2014.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25896: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of properties in each local authority have had access to broadband in each year since 2014.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25893: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children and their families who are affected by Developmental Language Disorder.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25896: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of properties in each local authority have had access to broadband in each year since 2014.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25893: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children and their families who are affected by Developmental Language Disorder.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25893: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children and their families who are affected by Developmental Language Disorder.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25893: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children and their families who are affected by Developmental Language Disorder.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25896: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of properties in each local authority have had access to broadband in each year since 2014.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25893: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children and their families who are affected by Developmental Language Disorder.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25896: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of properties in each local authority have had access to broadband in each year since 2014.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25896: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of properties in each local authority have had access to broadband in each year since 2014.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25893: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support children and their families who are affected by Developmental Language Disorder.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25895: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out a review of the age limit for the Advance Payment Scheme for survivors of in-care abuse.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25891: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report into interrogation practices and the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25892: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office last updated it on the status of the investigation into the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition by the United States government.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25862: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether a Minister using a (a) private and (b) political party email account for Scottish Government business (i) is a breach of (A) GDPR legislation and (B) the Ministerial code and (ii) increases the risk of a security breach, and what the reasons are for its position on this.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25895: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out a review of the age limit for the Advance Payment Scheme for survivors of in-care abuse.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25891: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report into interrogation practices and the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25862: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether a Minister using a (a) private and (b) political party email account for Scottish Government business (i) is a breach of (A) GDPR legislation and (B) the Ministerial code and (ii) increases the risk of a security breach, and what the reasons are for its position on this.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25862: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether a Minister using a (a) private and (b) political party email account for Scottish Government business (i) is a breach of (A) GDPR legislation and (B) the Ministerial code and (ii) increases the risk of a security breach, and what the reasons are for its position on this.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25891: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report into interrogation practices and the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25862: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether a Minister using a (a) private and (b) political party email account for Scottish Government business (i) is a breach of (A) GDPR legislation and (B) the Ministerial code and (ii) increases the risk of a security breach, and what the reasons are for its position on this.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25892: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office last updated it on the status of the investigation into the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition by the United States government.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25891: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report into interrogation practices and the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25892: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office last updated it on the status of the investigation into the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition by the United States government.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25895: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out a review of the age limit for the Advance Payment Scheme for survivors of in-care abuse.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25892: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office last updated it on the status of the investigation into the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition by the United States government.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25892: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office last updated it on the status of the investigation into the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition by the United States government.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25891: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report into interrogation practices and the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25895: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out a review of the age limit for the Advance Payment Scheme for survivors of in-care abuse.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25892: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when the Crown Office last updated it on the status of the investigation into the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition by the United States government.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25891: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report into interrogation practices and the use of Scottish airports in extraordinary rendition.

Awaiting answer

S5W-25894: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, following its announcement of Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services tender, when the contract will be signed.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 21 October 2019

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 October 2019

We have received further correspondence from the European Commission in relation to the ongoing complaint from Pentland Ferries that we want to consider and respond to before signing the contract. The current contract with Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd has been extended for 3 months, until 31 January 2020 to allow for this to happen.  

This will not have an impact on the Scottish Government’s commitment from January 2020, to introduce a 20% discount on cabin fares for island residents on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, as well as a three year islander fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.  

S5W-25894: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, following its announcement of Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services tender, when the contract will be signed.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 21 October 2019

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 October 2019

We have received further correspondence from the European Commission in relation to the ongoing complaint from Pentland Ferries that we want to consider and respond to before signing the contract. The current contract with Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd has been extended for 3 months, until 31 January 2020 to allow for this to happen.  

This will not have an impact on the Scottish Government’s commitment from January 2020, to introduce a 20% discount on cabin fares for island residents on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, as well as a three year islander fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.  

S5W-25894: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, following its announcement of Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services tender, when the contract will be signed.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 21 October 2019

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 October 2019

We have received further correspondence from the European Commission in relation to the ongoing complaint from Pentland Ferries that we want to consider and respond to before signing the contract. The current contract with Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd has been extended for 3 months, until 31 January 2020 to allow for this to happen.  

This will not have an impact on the Scottish Government’s commitment from January 2020, to introduce a 20% discount on cabin fares for island residents on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, as well as a three year islander fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.  

S5W-25894: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, following its announcement of Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services tender, when the contract will be signed.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 21 October 2019

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 October 2019

We have received further correspondence from the European Commission in relation to the ongoing complaint from Pentland Ferries that we want to consider and respond to before signing the contract. The current contract with Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd has been extended for 3 months, until 31 January 2020 to allow for this to happen.  

This will not have an impact on the Scottish Government’s commitment from January 2020, to introduce a 20% discount on cabin fares for island residents on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, as well as a three year islander fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.  

S5W-25894: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, following its announcement of Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services tender, when the contract will be signed.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 21 October 2019

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 October 2019

We have received further correspondence from the European Commission in relation to the ongoing complaint from Pentland Ferries that we want to consider and respond to before signing the contract. The current contract with Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd has been extended for 3 months, until 31 January 2020 to allow for this to happen.  

This will not have an impact on the Scottish Government’s commitment from January 2020, to introduce a 20% discount on cabin fares for island residents on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, as well as a three year islander fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.  

S5W-25894: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, following its announcement of Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services tender, when the contract will be signed.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 21 October 2019

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 October 2019

We have received further correspondence from the European Commission in relation to the ongoing complaint from Pentland Ferries that we want to consider and respond to before signing the contract. The current contract with Serco NorthLink Ferries Ltd has been extended for 3 months, until 31 January 2020 to allow for this to happen.  

This will not have an impact on the Scottish Government’s commitment from January 2020, to introduce a 20% discount on cabin fares for island residents on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, as well as a three year islander fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.  

S5W-25600: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that, because it could lead to the price per millilitre of smaller alcohol-filled products increasing relative to that for larger items, having a universal flat-rate deposit fee might lead to consumers choosing to purchase larger products, resulting in increased alcohol consumption, and what analysis it has carried out of studies from Croatia, which suggest that, between 2008 and 2018, having such a flat-rate fee saw the consumption of smaller beer bottles fall by 80 million units while that for larger items increased.

 

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government published “A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Full Business Regulatory Impact Assessment” (BRIA) on 9 July 2019. That BRIA concluded that any impact on consumer choice, including a shift towards purchasing larger sized products, is likely to be small. The decision to pursue a scheme design which maximises consumer convenience and targets a high capture rate should help to mitigate this impact.

Where changes in consumer purchasing habits have taken place in other countries that operate deposit return, our analysis suggests that other policy interventions and consumer trends have often been a factor. In the case of Croatia, our understanding is that the most significant changes in demand for larger format containers occurred 5 years after the introduction of deposit return.

S5W-25730: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans Social Security Scotland has to prevent future benefits overpayments.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

We know that overpayments in recurring benefits are often attributable to unreported changes of circumstances and we will work with stakeholders and experience panels to design letters that are clear, and accessible communication channels for reporting changes.

The Agency seeks to support our clients in helping them identify appropriate changes of circumstances in order to avoid overpayments occurring.

Social Security Scotland’s approach to preventing overpayments has been set out in the Error Control Strategy which can be found at
https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/finance-and-procurement .

 

S5W-25596: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the funding that has been delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme in each year, also broken down by the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

To 31 August 2019, under the Scottish Growth Scheme, some £149.5 million has been invested in 233 companies.

The following table contains a breakdown by year of the funding delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme and also the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

 

Year

Funding delivered

European funding streams

(a)

Scottish Enterprise/other public sector bodies in Scotland (incl SG)

(b)

Private sector leverage

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

2017

22.7

2.3

3.3

17.1

2018

83.5

8.2*

15

60.3

2019

43.3

4.5*

6.6

32.2

Total

149.5

15

24.9

109.6

* The specific SEGCP investment contribution made by the European Investment Fund in deals completed (£0.5m in 2018 and £2.3m in 2019) is designated as “European resource” as it is part of a an official European programme rather than a direct investment, which would normally be deemed as private sector.

S5W-25634: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the budget is for the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund; over what time period the fund is available, and how much has been committed to date.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

As part of the Scottish Programme for Research, Innovation and Technology Eco-System (SPRITE), the maximum budget available for the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) is £14 million with allocations for that figure dependent on detailed future assessment of received applications and their contribution to the AMCF aims and objectives. No funding will be committed until the completion of the assessment and due diligence process. This is anticipated to be April 2020 and funding must be committed and spent by December 2022. A full timeline for the fund is available at the following weblink.

https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/support-for-businesses/develop-products-and-services/innovation-support/advancing-manufacturing-challenge-fund

S5W-25560: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence Social Security Scotland provided to Audit Scotland to determine whether Carer's Allowance spending under agency arrangements was in line with the relevant legislation.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Agency Agreement sets out the principles for audit and refers to the jointly agreed document; Scottish Devolution: A Framework for Audit and Accountability which was published on 8 March 2019. Social Security Scotland worked closely with Audit Scotland during the course of their audit however is unable to comment on the work undertaken by them.

 

S5W-25600: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that, because it could lead to the price per millilitre of smaller alcohol-filled products increasing relative to that for larger items, having a universal flat-rate deposit fee might lead to consumers choosing to purchase larger products, resulting in increased alcohol consumption, and what analysis it has carried out of studies from Croatia, which suggest that, between 2008 and 2018, having such a flat-rate fee saw the consumption of smaller beer bottles fall by 80 million units while that for larger items increased.

 

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government published “A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Full Business Regulatory Impact Assessment” (BRIA) on 9 July 2019. That BRIA concluded that any impact on consumer choice, including a shift towards purchasing larger sized products, is likely to be small. The decision to pursue a scheme design which maximises consumer convenience and targets a high capture rate should help to mitigate this impact.

Where changes in consumer purchasing habits have taken place in other countries that operate deposit return, our analysis suggests that other policy interventions and consumer trends have often been a factor. In the case of Croatia, our understanding is that the most significant changes in demand for larger format containers occurred 5 years after the introduction of deposit return.

S5W-25730: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans Social Security Scotland has to prevent future benefits overpayments.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

We know that overpayments in recurring benefits are often attributable to unreported changes of circumstances and we will work with stakeholders and experience panels to design letters that are clear, and accessible communication channels for reporting changes.

The Agency seeks to support our clients in helping them identify appropriate changes of circumstances in order to avoid overpayments occurring.

Social Security Scotland’s approach to preventing overpayments has been set out in the Error Control Strategy which can be found at
https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/finance-and-procurement .

 

S5W-25602: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials arising from Brexit preparations, and how it plans to allocate this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.

S5W-25597: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25327 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, how it plans to allocate the £1.2 million remaining from the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme in the 2018-19 budget line.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme is a multi-year intervention that is expected to run until the end of 2022.

Any unspent funding will be allocated in future phases of the programme to grant applicants, to act as a catalyst for innovation and to embed a circular and sustainable Scottish Economy.

S5W-25559: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has asked Audit Scotland to correct exhibit 2 in its paper, Social Security Scotland annual audit report 2018/19, which states that the Scottish Child Payment will be delivered at the end of 2022.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

Exhibit 2 correctly states that eligible families with children under 16 will receive their payments by the end of 2022, which reflects the timeline announced by the First Minister for the Scottish Government in its Programme for Government 2019-2020. The document referred to is not produced by Scottish Government or Social Security Scotland and any questions regarding its editing should be put to Audit Scotland.

 

S5W-25559: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has asked Audit Scotland to correct exhibit 2 in its paper, Social Security Scotland annual audit report 2018/19, which states that the Scottish Child Payment will be delivered at the end of 2022.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

Exhibit 2 correctly states that eligible families with children under 16 will receive their payments by the end of 2022, which reflects the timeline announced by the First Minister for the Scottish Government in its Programme for Government 2019-2020. The document referred to is not produced by Scottish Government or Social Security Scotland and any questions regarding its editing should be put to Audit Scotland.

 

S5W-25564: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each of the last 10 years have (a) been hospitalised and (b) died as a result of taking drugs at a music festival.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

National Records of Scotland (NRS) collect data on drug related deaths registered in Scotland, providing data on:

  • Drugs (where reported) which were implicated in or potentially contributed to, the cause of death.
  • Drugs (where reported) which were found to be present in the body.

Data are published annually by NRS and their most recent report Drug Related Deaths in Scotland was published on the 16 July 2019.

 

S5W-25780: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether social prescriptions for physical activity should be available to anyone who could improve their health through exercise, at no cost to the person.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

Social prescribing is an emerging practice to complement healthcare provision, so that people can make informed choices about their care in line with their preferences.

The Scottish Government recognises the many benefits of participation in sport and physical activity to physical and mental health, and supports all efforts to help everyone in Scotland to be more active.

The Scottish Government therefore welcomes initiatives being developed in a number of locations in Scotland which use social prescribing approaches to help people access opportunities to be physically active in their local communities, such as walking groups and community sport.

 

S5W-25598: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25326 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, whether it will provide a breakdown of the £1.8 million spent by Zero Waste Scotland on programme delivery for the deposit return scheme.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The following table sets out a breakdown of the £1.8 million programme planned expenditure relating to the Deposit Return Scheme.

 

 

Budget Line

2019-20 Budget

£000s

Communications

605

Operations

835

Securing re-processing capacity and determining the impact on existing infrastructure

130

Stakeholder engagement

230

Total Programme Delivery

1,800

 

S5W-25602: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials arising from Brexit preparations, and how it plans to allocate this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.

S5W-25779: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to undertake a new audit of the provision of exercise referral schemes, in light of the last such audit being published by NHS Health Scotland and the University of Stirling in 2009.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

A new audit of exercise referral schemes, carried out by Loughborough University’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, was published by NHS Health Scotland in September 2018. The report can be accessed at: http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/2203/ers-review-scotland-final-report.pdf

 

S5W-25598: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25326 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, whether it will provide a breakdown of the £1.8 million spent by Zero Waste Scotland on programme delivery for the deposit return scheme.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The following table sets out a breakdown of the £1.8 million programme planned expenditure relating to the Deposit Return Scheme.

 

 

Budget Line

2019-20 Budget

£000s

Communications

605

Operations

835

Securing re-processing capacity and determining the impact on existing infrastructure

130

Stakeholder engagement

230

Total Programme Delivery

1,800

 

S5W-25593: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities offer a face-to-face service for Scottish Welfare Fund applicants.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary fund, managed and administered by all 32 Local Authorities, based on Scottish Government guidance. Local Authorities have responsibility for deciding how to deliver their service, in line with that guidance.

S5W-25597: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25327 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, how it plans to allocate the £1.2 million remaining from the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme in the 2018-19 budget line.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme is a multi-year intervention that is expected to run until the end of 2022.

Any unspent funding will be allocated in future phases of the programme to grant applicants, to act as a catalyst for innovation and to embed a circular and sustainable Scottish Economy.

S5W-25564: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each of the last 10 years have (a) been hospitalised and (b) died as a result of taking drugs at a music festival.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

National Records of Scotland (NRS) collect data on drug related deaths registered in Scotland, providing data on:

  • Drugs (where reported) which were implicated in or potentially contributed to, the cause of death.
  • Drugs (where reported) which were found to be present in the body.

Data are published annually by NRS and their most recent report Drug Related Deaths in Scotland was published on the 16 July 2019.

 

S5W-25573: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it measures the environmental impact of the annual release of non-native gamebirds into the wild.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government does not measure the environmental impact of the release of non-native gamebirds but Scottish Natural Heritage do so where there is a statutory requirement, for example if the release may impact a designated protected area.

S5W-25597: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25327 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, how it plans to allocate the £1.2 million remaining from the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme in the 2018-19 budget line.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme is a multi-year intervention that is expected to run until the end of 2022.

Any unspent funding will be allocated in future phases of the programme to grant applicants, to act as a catalyst for innovation and to embed a circular and sustainable Scottish Economy.

S5W-25597: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25327 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, how it plans to allocate the £1.2 million remaining from the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme in the 2018-19 budget line.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme is a multi-year intervention that is expected to run until the end of 2022.

Any unspent funding will be allocated in future phases of the programme to grant applicants, to act as a catalyst for innovation and to embed a circular and sustainable Scottish Economy.

S5W-25559: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has asked Audit Scotland to correct exhibit 2 in its paper, Social Security Scotland annual audit report 2018/19, which states that the Scottish Child Payment will be delivered at the end of 2022.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

Exhibit 2 correctly states that eligible families with children under 16 will receive their payments by the end of 2022, which reflects the timeline announced by the First Minister for the Scottish Government in its Programme for Government 2019-2020. The document referred to is not produced by Scottish Government or Social Security Scotland and any questions regarding its editing should be put to Audit Scotland.

 

S5W-25593: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities offer a face-to-face service for Scottish Welfare Fund applicants.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary fund, managed and administered by all 32 Local Authorities, based on Scottish Government guidance. Local Authorities have responsibility for deciding how to deliver their service, in line with that guidance.

S5W-25596: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the funding that has been delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme in each year, also broken down by the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

To 31 August 2019, under the Scottish Growth Scheme, some £149.5 million has been invested in 233 companies.

The following table contains a breakdown by year of the funding delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme and also the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

 

Year

Funding delivered

European funding streams

(a)

Scottish Enterprise/other public sector bodies in Scotland (incl SG)

(b)

Private sector leverage

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

2017

22.7

2.3

3.3

17.1

2018

83.5

8.2*

15

60.3

2019

43.3

4.5*

6.6

32.2

Total

149.5

15

24.9

109.6

* The specific SEGCP investment contribution made by the European Investment Fund in deals completed (£0.5m in 2018 and £2.3m in 2019) is designated as “European resource” as it is part of a an official European programme rather than a direct investment, which would normally be deemed as private sector.

S5W-25559: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has asked Audit Scotland to correct exhibit 2 in its paper, Social Security Scotland annual audit report 2018/19, which states that the Scottish Child Payment will be delivered at the end of 2022.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

Exhibit 2 correctly states that eligible families with children under 16 will receive their payments by the end of 2022, which reflects the timeline announced by the First Minister for the Scottish Government in its Programme for Government 2019-2020. The document referred to is not produced by Scottish Government or Social Security Scotland and any questions regarding its editing should be put to Audit Scotland.

 

S5W-25634: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the budget is for the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund; over what time period the fund is available, and how much has been committed to date.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

As part of the Scottish Programme for Research, Innovation and Technology Eco-System (SPRITE), the maximum budget available for the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) is £14 million with allocations for that figure dependent on detailed future assessment of received applications and their contribution to the AMCF aims and objectives. No funding will be committed until the completion of the assessment and due diligence process. This is anticipated to be April 2020 and funding must be committed and spent by December 2022. A full timeline for the fund is available at the following weblink.

https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/support-for-businesses/develop-products-and-services/innovation-support/advancing-manufacturing-challenge-fund

S5W-25573: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it measures the environmental impact of the annual release of non-native gamebirds into the wild.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government does not measure the environmental impact of the release of non-native gamebirds but Scottish Natural Heritage do so where there is a statutory requirement, for example if the release may impact a designated protected area.

S5W-25638: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on the accountability for the follow-up care of patients who have received private health screening that has not been authorised by the UK National Screening Committee.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

All screening programmes which are offered by NHS Scotland are done so following recommendations made by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), and are supported by expert advice and robust evidence. We cannot provide the same assurances of private healthcare companies which often test for a wider range of conditions.

If screening, outside of the UK NSC’s recommendations, is being offered it is the responsibility of the person offering screening to ensure that the patient is sufficiently informed about both potential benefits and potential harms of the screening.

The follow up of patients referred to the NHS for further investigations or treatment following a screening test will be in line with current NHS Guidelines, regardless of their referral route.

S5W-25597: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25327 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, how it plans to allocate the £1.2 million remaining from the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme in the 2018-19 budget line.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme is a multi-year intervention that is expected to run until the end of 2022.

Any unspent funding will be allocated in future phases of the programme to grant applicants, to act as a catalyst for innovation and to embed a circular and sustainable Scottish Economy.

S5W-25780: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether social prescriptions for physical activity should be available to anyone who could improve their health through exercise, at no cost to the person.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

Social prescribing is an emerging practice to complement healthcare provision, so that people can make informed choices about their care in line with their preferences.

The Scottish Government recognises the many benefits of participation in sport and physical activity to physical and mental health, and supports all efforts to help everyone in Scotland to be more active.

The Scottish Government therefore welcomes initiatives being developed in a number of locations in Scotland which use social prescribing approaches to help people access opportunities to be physically active in their local communities, such as walking groups and community sport.

 

S5W-25593: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities offer a face-to-face service for Scottish Welfare Fund applicants.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary fund, managed and administered by all 32 Local Authorities, based on Scottish Government guidance. Local Authorities have responsibility for deciding how to deliver their service, in line with that guidance.

S5W-25600: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that, because it could lead to the price per millilitre of smaller alcohol-filled products increasing relative to that for larger items, having a universal flat-rate deposit fee might lead to consumers choosing to purchase larger products, resulting in increased alcohol consumption, and what analysis it has carried out of studies from Croatia, which suggest that, between 2008 and 2018, having such a flat-rate fee saw the consumption of smaller beer bottles fall by 80 million units while that for larger items increased.

 

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government published “A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Full Business Regulatory Impact Assessment” (BRIA) on 9 July 2019. That BRIA concluded that any impact on consumer choice, including a shift towards purchasing larger sized products, is likely to be small. The decision to pursue a scheme design which maximises consumer convenience and targets a high capture rate should help to mitigate this impact.

Where changes in consumer purchasing habits have taken place in other countries that operate deposit return, our analysis suggests that other policy interventions and consumer trends have often been a factor. In the case of Croatia, our understanding is that the most significant changes in demand for larger format containers occurred 5 years after the introduction of deposit return.

S5W-25570: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it will deliver its Programme for Government commitment to “commence work to modernise the Scottish inshore fisheries fleet, investing a further £1.5 million in inshore technologies such as the deployment of remote electronic monitoring for scallop fishing vessels.”

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 18 October 2019

Marine Scotland are leading the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government commitment to modernise the Scottish inshore fisheries fleet.

The Design and Inception phase of the Modernisation of the Inshore Fleet Programme commenced in November 2018 following the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy’s announcement of £1.5 million support at the Inshore Fisheries Conference in September 2018.

Implementation of this complex programme of work is well underway adopting a phased approach to deployment. The scallop dredge sector is recognised as the priority fleet in the programme with the rest of the inshore fleet being rolled out in two subsequent phases of programme delivery.

An Invitation to Tender published on Public Contracts Scotland closes on 3 rd October, from which suppliers will be secured to fit Remote Electronic Monitoring equipment to Scotland’s scallop dredge fleet. Timelines for installation of equipment and associated logistics will be drawn up once contracts are secured.

 

S5W-25626: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received in Barnet consequentials arising from the UK Government's expenditure on Brexit preparations, and how it has allocated this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.

S5W-25573: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it measures the environmental impact of the annual release of non-native gamebirds into the wild.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government does not measure the environmental impact of the release of non-native gamebirds but Scottish Natural Heritage do so where there is a statutory requirement, for example if the release may impact a designated protected area.

S5W-25560: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence Social Security Scotland provided to Audit Scotland to determine whether Carer's Allowance spending under agency arrangements was in line with the relevant legislation.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Agency Agreement sets out the principles for audit and refers to the jointly agreed document; Scottish Devolution: A Framework for Audit and Accountability which was published on 8 March 2019. Social Security Scotland worked closely with Audit Scotland during the course of their audit however is unable to comment on the work undertaken by them.

 

S5W-25593: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities offer a face-to-face service for Scottish Welfare Fund applicants.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary fund, managed and administered by all 32 Local Authorities, based on Scottish Government guidance. Local Authorities have responsibility for deciding how to deliver their service, in line with that guidance.

S5W-25559: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has asked Audit Scotland to correct exhibit 2 in its paper, Social Security Scotland annual audit report 2018/19, which states that the Scottish Child Payment will be delivered at the end of 2022.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

Exhibit 2 correctly states that eligible families with children under 16 will receive their payments by the end of 2022, which reflects the timeline announced by the First Minister for the Scottish Government in its Programme for Government 2019-2020. The document referred to is not produced by Scottish Government or Social Security Scotland and any questions regarding its editing should be put to Audit Scotland.

 

S5W-25602: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials arising from Brexit preparations, and how it plans to allocate this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.

S5W-25570: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it will deliver its Programme for Government commitment to “commence work to modernise the Scottish inshore fisheries fleet, investing a further £1.5 million in inshore technologies such as the deployment of remote electronic monitoring for scallop fishing vessels.”

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 18 October 2019

Marine Scotland are leading the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government commitment to modernise the Scottish inshore fisheries fleet.

The Design and Inception phase of the Modernisation of the Inshore Fleet Programme commenced in November 2018 following the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy’s announcement of £1.5 million support at the Inshore Fisheries Conference in September 2018.

Implementation of this complex programme of work is well underway adopting a phased approach to deployment. The scallop dredge sector is recognised as the priority fleet in the programme with the rest of the inshore fleet being rolled out in two subsequent phases of programme delivery.

An Invitation to Tender published on Public Contracts Scotland closes on 3 rd October, from which suppliers will be secured to fit Remote Electronic Monitoring equipment to Scotland’s scallop dredge fleet. Timelines for installation of equipment and associated logistics will be drawn up once contracts are secured.

 

S5W-25560: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence Social Security Scotland provided to Audit Scotland to determine whether Carer's Allowance spending under agency arrangements was in line with the relevant legislation.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

The Agency Agreement sets out the principles for audit and refers to the jointly agreed document; Scottish Devolution: A Framework for Audit and Accountability which was published on 8 March 2019. Social Security Scotland worked closely with Audit Scotland during the course of their audit however is unable to comment on the work undertaken by them.

 

S5W-25779: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to undertake a new audit of the provision of exercise referral schemes, in light of the last such audit being published by NHS Health Scotland and the University of Stirling in 2009.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

A new audit of exercise referral schemes, carried out by Loughborough University’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, was published by NHS Health Scotland in September 2018. The report can be accessed at: http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/2203/ers-review-scotland-final-report.pdf

 

S5W-25638: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on the accountability for the follow-up care of patients who have received private health screening that has not been authorised by the UK National Screening Committee.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

All screening programmes which are offered by NHS Scotland are done so following recommendations made by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), and are supported by expert advice and robust evidence. We cannot provide the same assurances of private healthcare companies which often test for a wider range of conditions.

If screening, outside of the UK NSC’s recommendations, is being offered it is the responsibility of the person offering screening to ensure that the patient is sufficiently informed about both potential benefits and potential harms of the screening.

The follow up of patients referred to the NHS for further investigations or treatment following a screening test will be in line with current NHS Guidelines, regardless of their referral route.

S5W-25597: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-25327 by Roseanna Cunningham on 27 September 2019, how it plans to allocate the £1.2 million remaining from the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme in the 2018-19 budget line.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme is a multi-year intervention that is expected to run until the end of 2022.

Any unspent funding will be allocated in future phases of the programme to grant applicants, to act as a catalyst for innovation and to embed a circular and sustainable Scottish Economy.

S5W-25565: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action has been taken to reduce the number of people being hospitalised or dying as a result of taking drugs at music festivals.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government fund CREW 2000's 'NPS and Training Coordinator' post to provide support and harm reduction at festivals and events across Scotland.

CREW 2000 report reaching 1,700 young people at festivals and events to December 2017, offering 198 crisis interventions and 279 brief interventions. Overall, 82.5% of young people reached reported increased knowledge and understanding of risks of harm, positive attitudinal change and positive changed behaviours in regard to their substance use.

 

S5W-25780: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether social prescriptions for physical activity should be available to anyone who could improve their health through exercise, at no cost to the person.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

Social prescribing is an emerging practice to complement healthcare provision, so that people can make informed choices about their care in line with their preferences.

The Scottish Government recognises the many benefits of participation in sport and physical activity to physical and mental health, and supports all efforts to help everyone in Scotland to be more active.

The Scottish Government therefore welcomes initiatives being developed in a number of locations in Scotland which use social prescribing approaches to help people access opportunities to be physically active in their local communities, such as walking groups and community sport.

 

S5W-25564: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each of the last 10 years have (a) been hospitalised and (b) died as a result of taking drugs at a music festival.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

National Records of Scotland (NRS) collect data on drug related deaths registered in Scotland, providing data on:

  • Drugs (where reported) which were implicated in or potentially contributed to, the cause of death.
  • Drugs (where reported) which were found to be present in the body.

Data are published annually by NRS and their most recent report Drug Related Deaths in Scotland was published on the 16 July 2019.

 

S5W-25730: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what plans Social Security Scotland has to prevent future benefits overpayments.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 October 2019

We know that overpayments in recurring benefits are often attributable to unreported changes of circumstances and we will work with stakeholders and experience panels to design letters that are clear, and accessible communication channels for reporting changes.

The Agency seeks to support our clients in helping them identify appropriate changes of circumstances in order to avoid overpayments occurring.

Social Security Scotland’s approach to preventing overpayments has been set out in the Error Control Strategy which can be found at
https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/finance-and-procurement .

 

S5W-25573: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it measures the environmental impact of the annual release of non-native gamebirds into the wild.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government does not measure the environmental impact of the release of non-native gamebirds but Scottish Natural Heritage do so where there is a statutory requirement, for example if the release may impact a designated protected area.

S5W-25780: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether social prescriptions for physical activity should be available to anyone who could improve their health through exercise, at no cost to the person.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 18 October 2019

Social prescribing is an emerging practice to complement healthcare provision, so that people can make informed choices about their care in line with their preferences.

The Scottish Government recognises the many benefits of participation in sport and physical activity to physical and mental health, and supports all efforts to help everyone in Scotland to be more active.

The Scottish Government therefore welcomes initiatives being developed in a number of locations in Scotland which use social prescribing approaches to help people access opportunities to be physically active in their local communities, such as walking groups and community sport.

 

S5W-25600: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that, because it could lead to the price per millilitre of smaller alcohol-filled products increasing relative to that for larger items, having a universal flat-rate deposit fee might lead to consumers choosing to purchase larger products, resulting in increased alcohol consumption, and what analysis it has carried out of studies from Croatia, which suggest that, between 2008 and 2018, having such a flat-rate fee saw the consumption of smaller beer bottles fall by 80 million units while that for larger items increased.

 

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government published “A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Full Business Regulatory Impact Assessment” (BRIA) on 9 July 2019. That BRIA concluded that any impact on consumer choice, including a shift towards purchasing larger sized products, is likely to be small. The decision to pursue a scheme design which maximises consumer convenience and targets a high capture rate should help to mitigate this impact.

Where changes in consumer purchasing habits have taken place in other countries that operate deposit return, our analysis suggests that other policy interventions and consumer trends have often been a factor. In the case of Croatia, our understanding is that the most significant changes in demand for larger format containers occurred 5 years after the introduction of deposit return.

S5W-25602: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials arising from Brexit preparations, and how it plans to allocate this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.

S5W-25596: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the funding that has been delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme in each year, also broken down by the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

To 31 August 2019, under the Scottish Growth Scheme, some £149.5 million has been invested in 233 companies.

The following table contains a breakdown by year of the funding delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme and also the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

 

Year

Funding delivered

European funding streams

(a)

Scottish Enterprise/other public sector bodies in Scotland (incl SG)

(b)

Private sector leverage

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

2017

22.7

2.3

3.3

17.1

2018

83.5

8.2*

15

60.3

2019

43.3

4.5*

6.6

32.2

Total

149.5

15

24.9

109.6

* The specific SEGCP investment contribution made by the European Investment Fund in deals completed (£0.5m in 2018 and £2.3m in 2019) is designated as “European resource” as it is part of a an official European programme rather than a direct investment, which would normally be deemed as private sector.

S5W-25573: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it measures the environmental impact of the annual release of non-native gamebirds into the wild.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government does not measure the environmental impact of the release of non-native gamebirds but Scottish Natural Heritage do so where there is a statutory requirement, for example if the release may impact a designated protected area.

S5W-25602: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials arising from Brexit preparations, and how it plans to allocate this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.

S5W-25596: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the funding that has been delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme in each year, also broken down by the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

To 31 August 2019, under the Scottish Growth Scheme, some £149.5 million has been invested in 233 companies.

The following table contains a breakdown by year of the funding delivered by the Scottish Growth Scheme and also the proportion that was delivered by (a) European funding streams and (b) Scottish Enterprise and other public sector bodies in Scotland.

 

Year

Funding delivered

European funding streams

(a)

Scottish Enterprise/other public sector bodies in Scotland (incl SG)

(b)

Private sector leverage

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

2017

22.7

2.3

3.3

17.1

2018

83.5

8.2*

15

60.3

2019

43.3

4.5*

6.6

32.2

Total

149.5

15

24.9

109.6

* The specific SEGCP investment contribution made by the European Investment Fund in deals completed (£0.5m in 2018 and £2.3m in 2019) is designated as “European resource” as it is part of a an official European programme rather than a direct investment, which would normally be deemed as private sector.

S5W-25602: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 October 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials arising from Brexit preparations, and how it plans to allocate this.

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 18 October 2019

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 October 2019

The Scottish Government has been allocated £139.4 million from the UK Government as a consequential of EU Exit preparation funding over 18-19 and 19-20. £98.7 million of this has been received and of this, £98.25 million has been spent on a raft of preparatory measures. This includes but is not limited to activities such as negotiations, legislative preparations and supporting stakeholders, including businesses, cultural bodies, higher education institutes, local governments and the third sector. The Scottish Government has also funded the Prepare for Brexit campaign at a cost of £2.2 million and provided an additional £1.5 million in funding to FareShare to deal with food insecurity. A full breakdown of money allocated to EU Exit preparation is contained within the Scottish Government’s overview of no deal preparations published on 8 October.

On 1 August UKG announced further funding of £2.1 billion for No Deal exit preparations for 2019-20. The Scottish Government will receive £40.7 million in consequentials from the circa £900 million already allocated to individual UK departments. In the event of No Deal on 31 October, £7.0 million of this has been confirmed for establishing a Rapid Poverty Mitigation Fund, to scale up current poverty mitigation measures including the Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, and responses to food insecurity and fuel poverty.

Scottish Ministers will continue to prioritise funding to those areas most in need. The costs of EU Exit are expected to far exceed the consequentials we have received from the UK Government. This would require the Scottish Government to divert resources from other services.