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To ask the Scottish Government whether Police Scotland’s Counter Corruption Unit is to be abolished.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government what independent assessment has been carried out of the impact of reducing air passenger duty.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many forensic (a) acute and (b) rehabilitation beds for female patients there are in (i) NHS Grampian and (ii) the rest of the country.


Answered by Jamie Hepburn (15/03/2016):

This information is not held centrally or provided to the Scottish Government.


Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 15/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the NHS Grampian briefing report of June 2015, which suggested that it was due to be completed by spring 2016, whether it will provide an update on the progress that is being made with the review and redesign of child and adolescent mental health delivery arrangements in the Grampian area.


Answered by Jamie Hepburn (15/03/2016):

The NHS Grampian action plan on the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) waiting times target includes a review and redesign of CAMHS delivery arrangements to maximise capacity and enhance partnership working across education, social work, primary care and other partners. The board have undertaken an extensive and inclusive planning process involving all stakeholders including patients and families. A final options appraisal was completed last month and the implementation arrangements have now commenced.

In December 2015 the board recruited band five nurse clinicians and a permanent consultant psychiatrist and have secured further locum medical cover and are filling other vacancies to provide additional capacity. The board is also reviewing Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA)* job plans in relation to capacity demand for next 18-24 month period and will offer more clinical hours for 0-12 year olds from 1 March 2016.

NHS Grampian review progress twice a month against their action plan and are continuing to prioritise prioritising emergency and urgent referrals and longest waits.

*CAPA is a clinical system that brings together the active involvement of young people and their families, demand and capacity ideas and a new approach to clinical skills and job planning.


Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 15/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the rollout of superfast broadband in the (a) north east and (b) rest of the country.


Answered by John Swinney (16/03/2016): The Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme has delivered fibre broadband to more than 92,000 premises in the north east and to more than 500,000 premises in Scotland so far.

Community Broadband Scotland is also supporting a number of community-led broadband projects across the north east, including schemes in Corgarff/Glenbuchat, Moss of Cruden, Insch/Inverurie, Banchory, and expansion of the Mearns Internet Initiative.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 16/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the ruling by Ofcom on 25 February 2016 regarding the future of BT and Openreach will have on its superfast broadband scheme.


Answered by John Swinney (16/03/2016): The conclusions set out by Ofcom in relation to BT and Openreach in its strategic review of digital communications will have no appreciable impact on the delivery of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.

The wholesale broadband platform being delivered through the programme will continue to be accessible to all retail providers on a regulated, non-discriminatory basis. Any specific proposals relating to Openreach’s network arising from the strategic review will apply to infrastructure delivered through the DSSB programme.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 16/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take in light of the publication by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland of the document, Report on unannounced visit to Forensic Acute and Rehabilitation wards, Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen, and what its response is to Recommendation (a) 1, regarding the hospital's use of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and (b) 2, regarding female patients being inappropriately placed in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit due to there being no forensic acute or rehabilitation beds.


Answered by Jamie Hepburn (15/03/2016):

This report is one of the first batch of local visit reports to be published by the Mental Welfare Commission and I welcome the commission's decision to do this.

The commission requires a response to the report's recommendations within three months of the date of the report. It is my expectation that all of the recommendations will be addressed in full.

It is the responsibility of NHS boards to plan for the services that meet the needs of the people in their area. Due to the very small numbers of female forensic patients and the high level of specialism required to care for and treat the patients, it is often clinically safer and more appropriate to provide services on a regional or national basis.

NHSScotland forensic medium secure inpatient services are provided on a regional basis, with three medium secure units: Rowanbank in Glasgow serving the west of Scotland, the Orchard Clinic in Edinburgh serving the east of Scotland and Rohallion in Perth serving the north of Scotland. Women who require conditions of medium security are admitted to either the Orchard Clinic or Rowanbank.

Provision of low secure forensic beds is the responsibility of NHS boards. It is the responsibility of the NHS board to ensure that if a women is admitted to a non-specialist ward such as Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit that their care and treatment is appropriate to their needs.


Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 15/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many chairs of regulated public bodies were appointed in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015, and how many in each year were women.


Answered by John Swinney (16/03/2016): The number of chairs of regulated public bodies appointed by ministers in each of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, and the gender breakdown, is as follows:

Year

Women

Men

Total

2013

3

8

11

2014

2

13

15

2015

3

10

13

The proportion of women appointed to board positions is growing year on year, reaching 54% in 2015, which is creating a talented pool of board members who will be ready to step into chair positions in the future.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 16/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to make infrastructure improvements north of Aberdeen.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 09/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the statutory basis for the creation of the National Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Data Centre and what legislation governs the (a) retention and (b) use of ANPR records.


Answered by Michael Matheson (14/03/2016):

Ministerial responsibility for the National Automatic Number Plate Recognition Data Centre (NADC) lies with the Home Secretary. Police Scotland has access to NADC and also shares data from its own network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras with NADC. ANPR information must be retained and used in compliance with all relevant legislation and procedures. The legislation that is relevant would depend on the particular circumstances, but the principal legislation relating to the retention and use of ANPR records in Scotland is the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 14/03/2016