General Reports and Other Publications

ScotGov: A new report has again highlighted the high level of illegal animal poisonings which have been taking place in Scotland. The report, published by the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency (SASA), shows that last year it dealt with 190 suspected pesticide poisoning incidents, more than 50 of which related to birds of prey.

SASA is now a division of the Scottish Government, having formerly operated at arms length as the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency.
Press release ~ SASA – Investigations into poisonings in Scotland ~ ScotGov – Wildlife & Habitats ~ Golden eagle found poisoned in Scotland - Telegraph ~ Natural Justice: A Joint Thematic Inspection of the Arrangements in Scotland for Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Wildlife Crime ~ Central Scotland Police - Wildlife Crime ~ Ministerial response
 
ScotGov: Sports Minister Stewart Maxwell has responded to Audit Scotland's report into sport, pointing at steps already being taken by the Government to boost participation, deliver state of the art facilities and improve elite performance.

Audit Scotland: A Performance Overview of Sport in Scotland, examined:
* the organisation of sport in Scotland
* sport funding
* preparations for the Commonwealth Games and
* performance against national targets

Mr Maxwell reiterated the importance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to the wider sports development agenda across Scotland and said that the Scottish Government would continue to fight for a fair deal for Scotland from the lottery.
Press release ~ Audit Scotland: A Performance Overview of Sport in Scotland ~ Reaching Higher: Building on the Success of Sport 21 ~ Active Schools ~ Sportscotland ~ Glasgow's Bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games ~ Commonwealth Games Federation
 
STFC: The Science and Technology Facilities Council STFC has responded to the House of Commons’ Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee report (30 April 2008) on Science Budget Allocations.
Press release ~ Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) statement ~ House of Commons’ Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee report – Vol. 1 ~ Vol. 2
 
ScotGov: A new report recommends a number of actions to improve the monitoring of the productivity of police officers and to encourage forces to make greater connections between performance & service delivery at the strategic level and frontline policing.

The Productivity of Police Officers report was published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) and it builds on their 2005 report, Managing Improvement, which showed a healthy and growing performance culture within Scottish forces.
Press release ~ ScotGov - Police ~ Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) ~ Scottish Policing Performance Framework 2008/09 ~ Productivity of Police Officers ~ Managing Improvement
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