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To ask the Scottish Government when beauticians, hairdressers and others who provide aesthetic procedures will be regulated in the same way as medically-qualified practitioners.

Current Status: Due in Chamber on 20/06/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in implementing its 2018-19 legislative programme.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 13/06/2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of the food and drink sector and what was discussed.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Electoral Commission regarding planning in Scotland for possible European Parliament elections in May 2019.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 24/04/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its response to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) report on the inquiry into Tayside NHS Board Endowment Funds, which was published on 1 February 2019.

Answered by Jeane Freeman (05/04/2019):

I am pleased to announce that, in response to OSCR’s recommendations, I have appointed Julie Hutchison, an independent specialist in charities governance, to chair a review of the governance of NHS Endowment Funds in Scotland. Ms Hutchison will set up an expert Project Group which will submit a report to me before the end of this year. I have asked that this report makes recommendations on future structures and governance arrangements to ensure that those managing these charitable funds are able to demonstrate at all times that they are acting in the interests of the charity.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jeane Freeman on 05/04/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that those patients who require forensic mental health services receive the appropriate care and treatment to aid their rehabilitation.

Answered by Clare Haughey (08/03/2019):

In recent years there has been a significant adjustment in the delivery of forensic mental health services. My recent annual ministerial review of the State Hospital examined a number of issues, not least how the board responds to a decline in the number of patients detained in high security, and the development of medium secure services elsewhere. We have also seen the introduction of excessive security appeals for patients detained in medium security and a continuing move towards community services.

In order to enable forensic mental health services to be delivered as effectively as possible I am instigating a review more widely into the delivery of these services in recognition of these changes and new developments.

The review will consider;

  • The demand for forensic mental health services, including bed availability and use in hospitals across the levels of security;
  • Forensic mental health services in the community across Scotland;
  • The delivery of forensic mental health services in prison;
  • The governance and delivery of high secure forensic services in hospital, given the decline in the number of patients at the State Hospital;
  • The capacity of medium secure services to deliver forensic mental health services for all patients who require such services;
  • The impact of excessive security appeals across the forensic mental health system;
  • The availability of specialist open i.e. unlocked forensic rehabilitation services; and
  • The movement of patients from low or medium security into the community

We will set out further details on this operation and remit of the review, including its chair, in due course.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Clare Haughey on 08/03/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact that Brexit will have on third sector funding.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14/03/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the impact that Brexit will have on Scotland.

Answered by Michael Russell (28/02/2019):

The Scottish Government’s Chief Economist published analysis on 21st February indicating that a No Deal Brexit could be expected to push the Scottish economy into recession during 2019. The analysis indicated that there is the potential for the economy to contract by between 2.5%-7% depending on the way in which a No Deal Brexit evolves.

Previous analysis published in Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment outlined the long term implications of Brexit for Scotland’s economy. Our modelling inicates that by 2030 our GDP would be around £9 billion lower than if we stayed in the EU. That is equivalent to £1600 for every person in Scotland.

Current Status: Answered by Michael Russell on 28/02/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the importance of foodbanks in supporting people in receipt of universal credit.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21/02/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how the roll-out of universal credit is impacting on local authority rent arrears.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 10/01/2019
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