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To ask the Scottish Government what impact the CAMHS taskforce at NHS Grampian has had on mental health treatment for adolescents.


Current Status: Due in Chamber on 20/02/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the rate of articulation from college to university.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 06/02/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reports that the company that operates the Stoneywood paper mill in Aberdeen, Arjowiggins, has entered administration; what engagement it is having with (a) the company and (b) the workforce, management and unions at the plant regarding this; what support and assurances it can offer to the employees, and what plans it has to undertake an assessment of the economic importance of the plant and to help secure a viable future for it.


Answered by Jamie Hepburn (24/01/2019):

I visited the Stoneywood mill on 23 January and met with Senior Management, as well as Unite representatives and local partners. The Minister had previously spoken with the company on 11 and 15 January, workforce representatives (Unite) on 17 January and administrators (FRP Advisory) on 21 January. Scottish Government will continue to engage with the company and union as well as with local MPs and MSPs, to try to secure a sustainable future for the mill and its workforce. Scottish Enterprise has engaged with local (Aberdeen City Council) and national partners (SDS/PACE) and is working closely with the administrators and senior management towards securing a positive outcome for Stoneywood.

Scottish Enterprise prepared an Economic Impact assessment last year as part of its ongoing work with the company. This will be reviewed for relevance in the current context and also with regards to any potential public sector support.


Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 24/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote Scotland’s reputation overseas as that of a welcoming and tolerant society.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 20/12/2018

To ask the First Minister how Scotland is working with the international community to tackle climate change.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 06/12/2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to support schoolchildren with mental health issues.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 05/12/2018

To ask the Scottish Government how courts take domestic abuse into account in child contact cases.


Answered by Humza Yousaf (29/11/2018):

Section 11(7A) to (7E) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 makes provision in this area. These subsections provide that the court must have regard to the need to protect from abuse when considering cases such as contact and residence.

We have recently consulted on reforming family law and are committed to introducing a Family Law Bill. One of its aims is to ensure victims of domestic abuse and children are protected in child contact cases.


Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 29/11/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what issues it expects to be given priority at the UN Climate Change Conference in December.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14/11/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) advice and (b) support it gives to freshwater fisheries management bodies regarding the removal of historic manmade features that can act as obstacles to the movement of migratory fish.


Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (09/11/2018):

The Scottish Government advises fisheries management bodies to contact the Scottish Environment Protection Agency regarding any historic manmade features that may be acting as obstacles to the movement of migratory fish.

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require that any owner of a structure such as a weir or dam ensures it does not impact on fish passage. SEPA is progressively working to ensure that owners put any necessary measures in place.

Any historic structures no longer serving an economic purpose and which are impacting on fish passage, may be eligible for funding from the Scottish Government’s Water Environment Fund, which is administered by SEPA. SEPA is progressively working with local fisheries trusts to identify all such structures and develop solutions.

It is important that SEPA is contacted about such cases to ensure an appropriate solution is developed which takes account of the circumstances of each case.


Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 09/11/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) advice and (b) support it gives to freshwater fishery management bodies regarding riparian tree planting.


Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (09/11/2018):

The Scottish Government provides a range of guidance and tools to fisheries managers on the issue of tree planting to manage river temperature. These can be found on Marine Scotland's Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network webpages at https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/Freshwater/Monitoring/temperature/Timeline

In summary the resources available include:

  • The Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network itself, which will provide a long-term, quality controlled and centrally stored, dataset from which to assess the status of Scottish rivers and provide management advice.
  • Marine Scotland Topic Sheets #90 and #91 which have been updated in recent months. These provide an overview of the network and the ways in which the outputs can be used to inform policy and management of rivers
  • A range of interactive maps of river temperature and climate sensitivity which provide tools for river managers to plan and prioritise riparian planting when combined with the leaflets above.

In addition, Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Research also publish guidance on how riparian woodland can be used to improve water management and provide benefits such as reducing diffuse pollution, protecting river morphology, moderating stream temperature and aiding flood risk management. Forestry Commission Scotland also administers grants for riparian woodland creation through the Scotland Rural Development programme.


Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 09/11/2018
 
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