Ministerial Visits

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered am ar 28 Mawrth 2007.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

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Question S2W-32070

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the official visits made by Scottish ministers to Orkney since the inception of the Parliament.

Photo of Tom McCabe Tom McCabe Llafur

The information requested is shown in the following table. The information identified in the table has been gathered from the various Ministerial Private Offices and is as complete as our records allow.

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Name of Minister Title Date of Visit Purpose Of Visit Including Organisation Met
Donald Dewar First Minister 6 August 1999 Launch of Land Reform Website
Creamery Visit and Announcement
Exam Results Announcement
Q and A Event Kirkwall Arts Centre
24 March 2000 Visit To Balfour Hospital
Opening of Orkney College
Signing of Orkney World Heritage Site Contract
Henry McLeish First Minister 2 March 2001 Official Opening Balfour Hospital
Glaitness Primary School
Radio Orkney Interview
Jack McConnell First Minister 14 May 2005 30th Anniversary of Islands Council Gala Events
15 May 2005 Tour of Scapa Flow
23 April 2006 Service of thanksgiving St Magnus Cathedral
Visit to St Magnus Festival Offices
24 April 2006 Highlands and Islands Convention
Official Opening of Garson Dental Practice
Visit to European Machine Energy Centre Offices
Visit to Firth Primary School
Jim Wallace Deputy First Minister 3 September 1999 Opening of Orkney Science Festival
22 November 1999 Speech at Conference for Lifelong Learning
8 September 2000 Opening of Orkney Science Festival
10 November 2000 Attending Orkney Disability Forum
15 February 2001 Speech at Orkney Youth Crime Seminar
2 March 2001 Opening of Balfour Hospital
Visit to Glaitness Primary School
25 November 2002 Launch of the Orkney drug, Alcohol and Smoking Action Plan
30 August 2002 Chairing Criminal lecture at Orkney Science Festival
15 October 2002 Speech at the Renewable Reality Seminar at Stromness Academy
29 November 2002 Speech at Homelessness Awareness day
BBC Question Time, Kirkwall Grammar
31 May 2003 International Council on Monuments and Sites UK Buffet Supper in Orkney
2 June 2003 Speech at Orkney’s Health Everyone’s Business Conference
2 September 2003 Royal Engagement
14 May 2004 Reception for the success of open university graduates in Orkney
28 May 2004 Visiting Volunteers Centre Orkney
1 September 2004 Attending Orkney Science Festival
3 June 2005 Visiting St Rognvlads Residential Care, Orkney
Nicol Stephen Deputy First Minister 14 August 2006 Visit to Orkney Industry Committee, Economic Development Group
Visit to European Machine Energy Centre and Open Hydro
Meeting with Orkney Renewable Energy Forum
International Centre for Island Technology
15 August 2006 Visit to Orkney College
Nicol Stephen Minister for Transport 25 to 26 August 2003 Visit to Flotta
Visit to Hatston Ferry Terminal
Meeting with Orkney Islands Councillors
Margaret Curran Deputy Minister for Social Justice 17 April 2001 Meeting with Orkney Housing Association
Sam Galbraith Minister of Education and Young People 26 November 1999 School Visits
Peter Peacock Minister of Education and Young People 9 June 2006 School Visits and Ministerial Reception
Euan Robson Deputy Minister for Education & Young People 6 August 2004 Meeting Chairman of Children’s Hearing Panel
Meeting with Orkney Islands Council
Meeting with Orkney Pre-School and Play Association
Meeting with Chief Executive Orkney Islands Council
Ross Finnie Minister for Environment and Rural Development 8 12 August 2000 Orkney County Show
9 October 2001 Reception for Ministers, Convention of Highlands and Islands
10 October 2001 Convention of Highlands and Islands
6 December 2003 Meeting Orkney Fisherman’s Association
23 August 2004 Visit to Agronomy Institute, Orkney College
Visit to Orkney Auction Mart
Meeting with Orkney Fisherman’s Association
Meeting with Orkney National Farmers Union
11 August 2006 Visit to Orkney Herring Company, Stromness
12 August 2006 Orkney County Show, Kirkwall
Rhona Brankin Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development 23 24 April 06 Convention of the Highlands and Islands
Tom McCabe Minister for Finance 24 April 2006 Meeting with Orkney Islands Council Leadership
Meeting with Jim Wallace & Alistair Buchan
Speech, Highlands & Islands Convention
Andy Kerr Minister for Finance 2 August 2004 Mgt with Orkney Community Planning Partners
Lunch with Orkney Islands Council
Official opening of OrkneyIslands Customer Service one stop shop
Visit to European Machine Energy Centre
Press meeting
Dinner with Orkney Islands Council
23 May 2002 Modernising Government Fund visit to East Kirk
Finance Committee Meeting
2 August 2004 Orkney Islands Council
Andy Kerr Minister for Health and Community Care 3 August 2005 NHS Orkney Annual Review 2004 2005
Meeting with Area Clinical Forum
Meeting Partnership Forum
Visit to Balfour Hospital Radiography Dept
31 July 2006 NHS Orkney Annual Review 2005 2006
Meeting Chair and Chief exec, NHS Orkney
Lunch with NHS Orkney Board members
Meeting Area Partnership Forum
Meeting Area Clinical Forum
Meeting Patients / Service Users
Opening new Renal Unit, Balfour Hospital
Press Briefing
Tavish Scott Deputy Minister for Finance 7 August 2003 Meeting with Orkney Council
Tavish Scott Minister for Transport 28 October 2005 Meeting with Ferries, Transport Grant and Regional Transport Partnerships
Inter Island Air Service, Orkney Island Council
Livestock meeting, Orkney Island Council
29 October 2005Container HubScapa Flow Oil Port, Director of Harbours & Director of Development Services OrkneyOrkney Enterprise Ltd
5 March 2007 Community Council Visit
Tour of Orkney Ferries
Kirkwall Travel Centre
George Lyon Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business7 February 2007 Meeting with Orkney Council
Susan Deacon Minister for Health and Community Care 22 October 1999 Tour of Balfour Hospital
Tour of New Community Facilities at Glaitness Project for People with Physical Disabilities and Glaitness Very Sheltered Housing
Malcolm Chisholm Minister for Health and Community Care 6 August 2002 Meeting NHS Orkney Senior Management team
Visit to Community Social Services, Laing Street, Kirkwall
Tour of Balfour Hospital
Visit Health Centre, Kirkwall
Dinner with NHS Orkney Board members
7 August 2002 Meeting with Partnership Forum, Balfour Hospital
Meeting with members of Carers and Users Patient Information Database
Tour of Balfour Hospital
Frank McAveety Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care 11 to 12 November 2002 Visit to Westray and Papa Westray, Initiative at the Edge
Dr Richard Simpson Deputy Minister for Justice 27 May 2002 Visit to Orkney Drug Action Team
Orkney College
Patricia Ferguson Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport17 to 18 June 2006 Attendance at St Magnus Festival
Elish Angiolini Solicitor General 17 May 2004 Installation Sheriff of Grampian, Highlands and Islands
29 August to 1 September 2004 National Lighthouse Board Inspection
Colin Boyd Lord Advocate 24 to 28 August 04 National Lighthouse Board Inspection
23 July 2001 Visit to local Procurator Fiscal Office
Iain Gray Minister for Social Justice 19 March 2002 Voluntary Action Orkney - Active Communities Conference & Lunch
Visit Orkney Women’s Aid and Orkney Victim Support
Orkney Housing Association
Dr Elaine Murray Deputy Minister for Sport, The Arts and Culture 3 to 4 May 02 Meeting with Orkney Tourist Board
Launch of Orkney Tourism Strategy
Visit to Skara Brae Visitor Centre

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