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BUSINESS BULLETIN 90 / 2000

Tuesday 30 May 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 25 May 2000

 

 

S1W-7193 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the outstanding repair and maintenance requirements of primary schools in Hamilton North and Bellshill.

 

S1W-7194 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the outstanding repair and maintenance requirements of primary schools in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

 

S1W-7195 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested by Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire in Hamilton North and Bellshill since May 1999.

 

S1W-7196 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested in Regional Selective Assistance in Hamilton North and Bellshill since May 1999.

 

S1W-7197 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in attracting new jobs and industry to Hamilton North and Bellshill.

 

S1W-7198 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested in Regional Selective Assistance in Kilmarnock and Loudoun since May 1999.

 

S1W-7199 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested by Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire in Kilmarnock and Loudoun since May 1999.

 

S1W-7200 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in attracting new jobs and industry into the Kilmarnock and Loudoun area.

 

S1W-7201 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a detailed breakdown of Scottish Homes investment levels in Hamilton North and Bellshill since May 1999.

 

S1W-7202 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a detailed breakdown of Scottish Homes investment levels in Kilmarnock and Loudoun since May 1999.

 

S1W-7203 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the capital spend estimates contained in Table 2.5 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7204 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates for Scottish Homes contained in Table 2.4 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7205 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates for New Housing Partnerships contained in Table 2.5 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7206 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates for Warm Deal contained in Table 2.6 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7207 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on the Social Inclusion Partnership Fund contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7208 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Working For Communities contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7209 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Listening to Communities contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7210 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Partnerships contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7211 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on the Voluntary Sector contained in Table 2.8 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7212 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Equalities contained in Table 2.8 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7213 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Publicity and Policy contained in Table 2.9 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7214 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Commissions and Committees contained in Table 2.9 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

 

S1W-7215 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in preparing legislation to transfer to Scottish local authorities full planning control over marine developments in Scottish coastal waters.

 

S1W-7216 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Crown Estate Commissioners on proposals to transfer to Scottish local authorities full planning control over marine developments in Scottish coastal waters and what the outcome of any such discussions was.

 

S1W-7217 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the costs currently borne by Shetland Islands Council and Orkney Islands Council as a result of exercising their statutory planning powers over aquaculture developments in the sea around their islands and whether such costs should be refunded to Shetland and Orkney Islands Councils from the aquaculture rents collected by the Crown Estate Commissioners.

 

S1W-7218 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the costs currently borne by Scottish local authorities as a result of the work they undertake for the Crown Estate Commissioners in assessing planning applications for aquaculture developments off their coastlines and whether such costs should be refunded to local authorities from the aquaculture rents collected by the Crown Estate Commissioners.

 

S1W-7219 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to allow white-fronted goose numbers to be controlled by shooting in line with present policy in England and Wales.

 

S1W-7220 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to allay any public concerns regarding the forensic science service and in particular fingerprinting services.

 

S1W-7221 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the Riddell report, whether the new National Special Educational Needs Forum will give early consideration to what steps are needed to simplify and speed up the process of creating a record of need and, in particular, to laying down a code of practice which sets out minimum standards.

 

S1W-7222 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how the number of people and proportion of the population in penal establishments in Scotland compares with the equivalent figures for the rest of the UK and Europe and what steps are being taken to reverse the growth in the prison population in Scotland that took place between 1979 and 1998.

 

S1W-7223 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the total capital allocations made available to each local authority in each year from 1996-7 to 1999-2000.

 

S1W-7224 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the assessment made by it and The Scottish Office of the capital allocation requirements for education in each local authority area in each year from 1996-97 to 1999-2000.

 

S1W-7225 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure that bus companies cannot withdraw services for purely financial reasons.

 

S1W-7226 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the latest figures available for the average hours of physical education per week received by pupils in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools in S1 and S2, (c) secondary schools in S3 and S4 and (d) secondary schools in S5 and S6.

 

S1W-7227 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any vaccination programmes in schools have been reduced or suspended because of a shortage of the BCG vaccine.

 

S1W-7228 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1732 by Peter Peacock on 18 May 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of local authority capital expenditure on education by authority and by nature, including acquisition of land, leases, existing buildings or works, new construction, and expenditure on vehicles, plant, machinery and equipment, and whether it will supply such information for each year from 1996-97 to the present.

 

S1W-7229 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will submit all Executive documents for scrutiny by the "Plain English Campaign" prior to release.

 

S1W-7230 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the additional resources for education announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March will be forwarded to local authorities.

 

S1W-7231 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional resources for education announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March will be allocated in their entirety to schools or whether some of this funding will be retained by local authorities.

 

S1W-7232 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to special educational needs, equivalent cases are treated consistently by different local authorities and whether there is evidence that the current lengthy process involved in creating a record of need is acting as a deterrent to parents in general and poorer parents in particular.

 

S1W-7233 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the major strategic review of the operation of Glasgow Dental Hospital will be complete.

 

S1W-7234 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to tackle any problems with the waiting list at Glasgow Dental Hospital pending the completion of the major strategic review of dental services.

 

S1W-7235 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners escaped whilst in transit (a) between court and prison and (b) between prisons in each of the last three years broken down by (i) police force area and (ii) local authority area.

 

S1W-7236 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to publish the outcome of accountability reviews of health boards and health trusts.

 

S1W-7237 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish its plans for the administration of the recently announced expanded flu vaccine programme.

 

S1W-7238 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its guidance to local authorities to allow easier access to children requesting assessment of educational needs.

 

S1W-7239 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms or incentives are in place to allow joint funding by health and education authorities to provide innovative visual aids to young people with visual impairment.

 

S1W-7240 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that an investigation of the clinical and cost effectiveness of beta interferon as a treatment for multiple sclerosis sufferers is an early priority of the new Health Technology Assessment Board for Scotland.

 

S1W-7241 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used to determine which multiple sclerosis sufferers were suitable to receive beta interferon treatment, what criteria were used to determine which patients received treatment using the drug, and what proportion of those deemed suitable actually received the treatment.

 

S1W-7242 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights, what steps are being taken to ensure that legal advice is available at the outset rather than at the appeal stage of children’s hearings.

 

S1W-7243 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what detoxification facilities are currently available for those aged under 16 who are drug dependent in the greater Glasgow area and what measures are being taken to make additional facilities available to assist drug dependent children.

 

S1W-7244 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places are available on projects that promote alternatives to offending for young people in Scotland and what percentage of these places are provided using short-term rather than long-term funding.

 

S1W-7245 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5502 by Susan Deacon on 5 April 2000, whether it will consider all possible factors, not just the psychological ones, affecting the condition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis before adapting or adopting the findings of the Chief Medical Officer’s working group.

 

S1W-7246 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5503 by Susan Deacon on 5 April 2000, whether it will consider Scottish medical opinion on all possible models of the condition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis before adapting or adopting the findings of the Chief Medical Officer’s working group.

 

S1W-7247 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what detoxification facilities are currently available for drug dependent young mothers in the Greater Glasgow area, and what measures are being taken to make additional facilities available to assist drug dependent young mothers and their children.

 

S1W-7248 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3721 by Wendy Alexander on 27 January 2000, whether West Dunbartonshire can expect to benefit from the full range of support measures which the Executive has put in place to assist Glasgow’s regeneration in the light of the economic and social problems it shares with the city.

 

S1W-7249 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in developing a funding regime for the voluntary sector which reflects ministerial commitment to the introduction of three year funding regimes as set out in its document The Scottish Compact.

 

S1W-7250 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce unemployment by encouraging new business start-ups and by providing support for existing small and medium-sized businesses in West Dunbartonshire, and what impact these efforts are having on business birth and survival rates in West Dunbartonshire.

 

S1W-7251 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to prevent solicitors from taking out additional court actions in neighbour disputes on behalf of several different members of the same household using legal aid.

 

S1W-7252 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how the operation of Social Inclusion Partnerships is regulated.

 

S1W-7253 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the regulations are concerning the make up of Social Inclusion Partnership boards.

 

S1W-7254 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been awarded to Social Inclusion Partnership projects in Glasgow, broken down by Parliamentary constituency.

 

S1W-7255 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many organisations in Glasgow are currently in receipt of Social Inclusion Partnership funding broken down by Parliamentary constituency.

 

S1W-7256 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Social Inclusion Partnership funding has been awarded in total to projects in the Glasgow City Council area.

 

S1W-7257 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the designation of an area as a Social Inclusion Partnership Area.

 

S1W-7258 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the operation of Social Inclusion Partnerships.

 

S1W-7259 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what total and per-capita health expenditure in Greater Glasgow has been over each of the last five years.

 

S1W-7260 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many documents bearing the heading "Making it Work Together" it has produced and how much each such document cost.

 

S1W-7261 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether North Lanarkshire Council acted within its powers in suspending all community councils with effect from 31 May 2000 and requiring each community council to return all holding funds.

 

S1W-7262 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance is available to people with disabilities for the purpose of starting a company in the field of e-commerce.

 

S1W-7263 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2137 by Peter Peacock on 22 November 1999, whether the information given on total expenditure and expenditure per pupil by each unitary authority can now be updated to include figures for 1998-99.

 
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