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BUSINESS BULLETIN 61 / 2001

Friday 6 April 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 5 April 2001

 

 

S1W-14848 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision of up to £2,000 for the cost of advice from lawyers and accountants to businesses qualifying for relief under the aid package for businesses affected by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease would be more effectively spent on direct financial assistance to businesses who have suffered total or near total loss of income. R

S1W-14849 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the total sums which will accrue to (a) lawyers and (b) accountants from the £5 million funding to the Enterprise Network for businesses hit by the consequences of foot-and-mouth disease. R

S1W-14855 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to determine the local authorities which will be included in the rates relief scheme to assist businesses during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14856 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the additional £5 million for visitscotland for marketing purposes will be made available.

S1W-14857 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by the Scottish Tourist Board and visitscotland on (a) staff, (b) marketing and (c) accommodation in each year since 1995.

S1W-14858 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hotels and guest houses have a rateable value of less than £12,000, and what percentage this represents of the total number of hotels and guest houses, broken down by local authority.

S1W-14859 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made and to whom to secure new direct flights into Scotland to address the effect of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak on the tourism sector.

S1W-14860 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what directions and guidance it has given to local enterprise companies regarding the expenditure of the £5 million allocated to the tourist industry as a result of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14861 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local enterprise company will receive from the £5 million allocated for the tourist industry as a result of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14862 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in each tourist information centre in each year since 1995, broken down by area tourist board.

S1W-14863 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed by the Scottish Tourist Board and visitscotland on marketing in each year since 1995.

S1W-14864 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed by the Scottish Tourist Board and visitscotland in each year since 1995.

S1W-14865 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees of the Scottish Tourist Board and visitscotland attended Tartan Day in the USA in 2000 and how many are attending in 2001.

S1W-14866 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by the Scottish Tourist Board and visitscotland in promoting golfing activities in each year since 1995.

S1W-14867 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish a body with equivalent responsibilities to the Countryside Agency in England.

S1W-14868 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been carried out by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers with the Scottish Public Pensions Agency to develop details of the proposed winding down scheme for teachers.

S1W-14869 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the introduction of the proposed winding down scheme for teachers.

S1W-14870 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the use of mobile incinerators to dispose of animals slaughtered during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14871 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations it has made as to whether any European Union funding is available to alleviate any aspect of the impact of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14872 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic impact of the Climate Change Levy on the business sector.

S1W-14873 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14252 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 30 March 2001, whether it will name the companies assisted by the Defence Diversification Agency.

S1W-14874 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14252 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 30 March 2001, how many of the firms assisted by the Defence Diversification Agency have reduced their dependence on defence manufacturers as a result of assistance from the agency and what percentage of their total business this reduction represents.

S1W-14875 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of licensed hotel premises have a rateable value of more than £12,500 in local authority areas with businesses which qualify for the enhanced foot-and-mouth disease related contribution for rates relief of 95%.

S1W-14876 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the guidance, direction or advice given to (a) visitscotland, (b) Scottish Enterprise and (c) Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding the way in which the additional funding for businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak can be used and, in particular, whether direct financial aid to businesses has been ruled out other than by way of a refund of the subscriptions to area tourist boards paid by businesses.

S1W-14877 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2864 by Susan Deacon on 1 February 2001, whether a secure supply of BCG vaccinations is now assured for schoolchildren in Scotland.

S1W-14878 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocation of NHS funding has been made to the Medical Research Council or other research bodies to develop preventative and treatment measures in respect of tuberculosis.

S1W-14879 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in each age cohort have received a BCG vaccination in each of the last two years and what percentage these figures represent of the school population in each cohort, broken down by health board.

S1W-14880 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what figures it has on the level of stress-related absence among its civil servants and what measures it has in place or is planning in relation to such absence.

S1W-14881 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help students under 25 with childcare costs.

S1W-14882 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reform the means test for students under 25 with their own children to take into account studentsí own incomes rather than the income of such studentsí parents.

S1W-14883 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to widen access to further and higher education for students under 25 who have their own children.

S1W-14884 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to inform general practitioners of the options available under the National Health Service (Personal Medical Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/72).

S1W-14885 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the financial allocation for the personal medical services pilot and permanent schemes, broken down by (a) health board and (b) local health care co-operative.

S1W-14886 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to determine the expected health gains arising from each approved personal medical services scheme and how patients will be informed of the targets for such gains.

S1W-14887 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12162 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 22 December 2000, when it will publish the report by the joint Executive/Food Standards Agency Task Force which is examining how to minimise the exposure of the public to E.coli 0157.

S1W-14888 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to bring forward a national strategy for respiratory disease.

S1W-14889 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by local authorities on personal social services, net of any income received from charges made for such services, in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99 and (e) 1999-2000.

S1W-14890 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in response to the recommendation in the Accounts Commissionís Overview of the 1999/2000 Local Authority Audits that it should consider how it can assist local authorities to meet recycling targets.

S1W-14891 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to encourage local authorities to address the need identified in the Accounts Commissionís Overview of the 1999/2000 Local Authority Audits to review the management of capital expenditure

S1W-14892 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to assist local authorities to address the need identified in the Accounts Commissionís Overview of the 1999/2000 Local Authority Audits to improve the quality of performance information in relation to direct labour organisations and direct service organisations.

S1W-14893 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in response to the statement in the Accounts Commissionís Overview of the 1999/2000 Local Authority Audits that progress in developing corporate governance arrangements in local authorities has been relatively slow.

S1W-14894 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage football authorities to progress a bid to host the 2005 World Soccer Club Championships.

S1W-14895 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what receipts were given to Her Majesty's Treasury via the UK Consolidated Fund in respect of fines imposed by Scottish courts and police, for each year since 1997.

S1W-14896 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation or any other measures regarding the placement of non-Roman Catholic pupils at Roman Catholic denominational schools.

S1W-14897 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the compatibility of the denial of a place at a Roman Catholic denominational school to a non-Roman Catholic on the grounds of faith with the European Convention on Human Rights.

S1W-14898 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to include Ministry of Defence police officers within the calculation of police numbers at either a national or local constabulary level.

S1W-14899 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation exercises on (a) local government and (b) housing have been initiated since 1 July 1999.

S1W-14900 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10392 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 30 October 2000, whether it will publish the criteria to be used for the designation of pressured areas in relation to its plans to exempt some areas from right to buy under its Housing (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-14901 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made and to whom to bring forward the possible introduction of direct flights from Edinburgh to the USA.

S1W-14903 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date the report Prison Admission Health Screening as a Measure of Health Needs, published in the Scottish Executive Health Bulletin on 1 March 2001, was first approved for publication by the Scottish Prison Service.

S1W-14904 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the First Minister on 22 March 2001 (Official Report col. 877) that "we hope to be able to develop consequential compensation", whether it will list the measures covered by any such consequential compensation and whether this term covers compensation for loss suffered by businesses affected directly or indirectly by the current foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14905 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many births there were in Ayrshire and Arran in each of the last five years, broken down by location of delivery.

S1W-14906 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many births in Ayrshire and Arran in each of the last five years followed complex or high-risk pregnancies.

S1W-14907 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the Framework for Maternity Services in Scotland, areas with more than approximately 3000 births per year should be served by more than a consultant led maternity unit with a full range of services and a tertiary location consultant-led specialist maternity unit.

S1W-14908 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take with regard to any change in maternity provision proposed by a health board which does not fulfil the levels of care model for childbirth set out in the Framework for Maternity Services in Scotland.

S1W-14909 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to collect centrally details of the number of operations which are cancelled for non-medical reasons in the NHSiS.

S1W-14910 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it issues to health boards and NHS Trusts on the collection of data on hospital and clinical activity and, in particular, whether any such guidelines cover the collection of data on cancelled appointments and operations.

S1W-14911 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS Trusts currently provide continuous hyperfactionated accelerated radiotherapy and whether this treatment will be made more widely available.

S1W-14912 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its review of the Scottish Prison Service chaplaincy service; what level of consultation took place during this review, and which churches were involved in the review.

S1W-14913 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding has been provided to the Scottish Prison Service chaplaincy service in each of the last three years, broken down by prison.

S1W-14915 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many representations have been received in support of the policy of removing water rates reliefs for the voluntary sector, and how many against.

S1W-14916 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how the figures quoted by the Deputy Minister for Rural Development in Parliament on 4 April 2001 (Official Report col.1249) in relation to the cost to the voluntary sector of the removal of water rates reliefs were calculated, whether any check was made of their accuracy and whether any assessment of the economic impact of the proposals was carried out.

S1W-14917 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of completed questionnaires returned to the water authorities in connection with the proposed withdrawal of relief for water and sewerage charges for the voluntary sector indicated support for the complete withdrawal of relief.

S1W-14918 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any contact has been made with the European Commission to ascertain the potential for a partial lifting of the export ban currently imposed due to foot-and-mouth disease and, if so, when that contact was made and whether any further contact is planned.

S1W-14919 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Ministerial statement on foot-and-mouth disease on 5 April 2001, whether it will detail those restrictions that are to remain in place and those restrictions that are to be lifted within the Provisionally Free Area.

S1W-14920 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the wage structure for prison officers within Kilmarnock prison during 2000 and 2001.

 
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