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To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


Current Status: Due in Chamber on 01/06/2017

To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle homelessness in Glasgow and across the country.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 18/05/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to preserve greenspaces.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27/04/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to address irresponsible parking.


Answered by Humza Yousaf (31/03/2017):

Parking policies form an essential part of a local road authority’s traffic management strategy to help reduce congestion and improve safety. However, irresponsible parking can have a negative impact, particularly when inconsiderate, obstructive or dangerous parking takes place thereby restricting access for emergency services or putting the safety of pedestrians and other motorists in jeopardy by forcing people onto the road amongst moving traffic.

Having obtained new powers through the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Government can now undertake a detailed review of parking in Scotland. I am pleased to confirm today that we are launching the “Public Consultation on Improving Parking in Scotland” on the Citizen Space website at: (https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/road-policy/improving-parking-in-scotland)

The focus of this consultation paper is to invite views from stakeholders on delivering a consistent approach to managing and enforcing parking on public roads, including trunk roads and thereby improving accessibility for all. The consultation responses will inform our policy on how this can best be achieved, and help to develop provisions for the Transport Bill and supporting guidance, which will then be presented for consideration by the Scottish Parliament.


Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Humza Yousaf on 31/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of a rise in the HIV infection rate in Glasgow.


Answered by Aileen Campbell (18/04/2017):

We are aware of the rise in HIV rates in Glasgow which is primarily related to an ongoing outbreak in relation to injecting drug users. This incident is being managed by a multi-agency Incident Management Team, which involves relevant stakeholders including Health Protection Scotland and third sector organisations, led by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This Team has put in place a number of bespoke measures to address this outbreak. In addition to this the Scottish Government supports preventative measures, such as funding for the Scottish Drugs Forum to improve the quality of interventions to drug users at risk of infection and to increase the preparedness of frontline services, user groups and the third sector to respond to outbreaks of infection among drug users.


Current Status: Answered by Aileen Campbell on 18/04/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to ensure that there is equal pay for local authority staff across Scotland.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 16/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what response it has received from the UK Government to the concerns that it has raised regarding people from Scotland being blocked from returning from overseas visits due to the United States imposing a travel ban.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31/01/2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to review the application of business rates.


Answered by Derek Mackay (02/02/2017):

The Barclay review of business rates will report to Ministers this Summer.


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 02/02/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the Celtic Connections festival on the economy of (a) Glasgow and (b) Scotland.


Answered by Fiona Hyslop (24/01/2017):

An answer to this was provided in question S4W-29363 on 27 January 2016.

Celtic Connections 2016 Economic Impact Assessment, carried out by EKOS Limited for Glasgow Life was published in June 2016. The report showed the following results:

Economic Impact 2016

Celtic Connections 2016 generated expenditure of £5,537,195 from visitors from the Glasgow area and £1,732,247 from visitors from the rest of Scotland.

Once all organiser costs have been taken into account, the calculation of economic impact has identified that the festival has a benefit of £4,002,532 across Scotland. (This is made up of £3,899,433 from the Glasgow area and £1,031,099 from across the rest of Scotland).

The festival is estimated to have generated over a hundred full-time equivalent jobs for one year across Scotland in 2016 (79.6 jobs in Glasgow and 24.8 jobs across the rest of Scotland).

All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx


Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 24/01/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what support it has provided to the 2017 Celtic Connections festival.


Answered by Fiona Hyslop (24/01/2017):

Creative Scotland has provided £550K of regular funding for the period of 2015-2018. In addition, they provided funding of £8K towards the Gaelic and Scots Showcase in 2017.

Scottish Government, through Major Events, provided BEMIS funding during 2016-17 for multi-cultural programme to celebrate Scotland's Winter Festivals. A provisional amount of around £4,000 was been earmarked by BEMIS to support their Burns event as part of Celtic Connections.

VisitScotland, as part of the Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology are providing funding of £40k on a Youth marketing Traditional Music project which will launch on the 26th January during Celtic Connections.

EventScotland are supporting Celtic Connections via a range of mediums including The List Guide to Festivals launch at Celtic Connections and an International Media visit.


Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 24/01/2017