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Business Bulletin No. 5/2002

11th January 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 10 January 2002

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S1W-21639 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15753 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 July 2001, whether it supports the use by the Scottish Law Commission in its report on Boundary Division Walls (Report No. 163, paragraph 1.4, footnote 6) of the case of Robertson v Scott 1886 (13R 1127) as being central to its opinion that that case changed the law on march fence type divisions when it concerned a common or mutual gable and when the only question which was put before the court in that case, and the only decision given by the court, was that as a predecessor of a later builder had paid the cost of half the wall, that later builder was entitled to get back a payment he had made by mistake on beginning to use the gable, and what recognition it has given to this decision which established that the wall in question was legally held as common or mutual property "pro indiviso", as confirmed by Professor Bell in Principles of the Law of Scotland, (10th Edition 1899, section 1078).

S1W-21640 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15753 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 July 2001, what recognition it has given to those legal titles concerning boundary division subjects which are extant and which conform to, and are based on, the legal standing of the subject as set out in Principles of the Law of Scotland, (10th Edition 1899, section 1078).

S1W-21641 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15753 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 July 2001, what action it plans to take in respect of holders of legal title concerning boundary division subjects which are based on the Principles of the Law of Scotland, (10th Edition 1899, section 1078) which confirmed the subjects as being held as common or mutual property "pro indiviso" if such holders' rights and value in their property are affected in adverse manner by an alleged change in the law to ownership only to the mid-point of the subject and how it will address any confusion and inequality amongst such 'pro-indiviso' holders.

S1W-21647 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make the 1901 Census freely available to the public.

S1W-21648 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19176 by Mr Jack McConnell on 8 January 2002, whether it plans to include in the Scottish Ministerial Code provisions to restrain ministers from commenting on the conduct of those charged with offences whose cases have not been dealt with by the courts.

S1W-21649 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what particular skills and competencies are required to be a member of the board of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

S1W-21650 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether every school is required to make resources available for the provision of drug education and whether every school does.

S1W-21651 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding, and what support, was made available to schools for the provision of drug education in each of the past three years, broken down by education authority.

S1W-21652 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a list of the drugs education material and resources which have been approved by it and made available to schools and, if not, what plans it has to draw up such a list.

S1W-21653 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what role Scotland Against Drugs has in recommending drugs education material and resources for schools.

S1W-21654 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to easyJet to encourage the company to commence an air passenger service between Inverness and Gatwick and whether it will make funding available for the marketing of such a service.

S1W-21655 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its final detailed proposals for NHS capital expenditure for 2002-03.

S1W-21656 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any requests by Grampian NHS Board for capital expenditure funding for facilities in the Banff area.

S1W-21657 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any requests by Grampian NHS Board for permission to develop NHS facilities in the Banff area.

S1W-21658 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include provision within its NHS capital expenditure allocations for 2002-03 to fund developments in the Banff area.

S1W-21659 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last received any correspondence from Grampian NHS Board regarding health services in the Banff area.

S1W-21660 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last sent any correspondence to Grampian NHS Board regarding health services in the Banff area.

S1W-21661 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what subjects have been covered in any correspondence with Grampian NHS Board on health services in the Banff area since September 2001.

S1W-21662 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter of 26 November 2001 to the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care regarding Scottish Ambulance Service provision.

S1W-21663 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many lifelong learners have been affected by the closure of the Individual Learning Accounts scheme.

S1W-21664 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans have been made to provide on-going support to lifelong learners who have not yet activated their Individual Learning Accounts (ILA) following the closure of the ILA scheme.

S1W-21665 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will relaunch the Individual Learning Accounts scheme following its closure and what advice is being given to lifelong learners in the interim.

S1W-21666 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20150 by Iain Gray on 17 December 2001, how Energy Action Scotland's targets are assessed and what specific targets have been set.

S1W-21667 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20150 by Iain Gray on 17 December 2001, what costs the funding received by Energy Action Scotland (EAS) from the Executive is intended to cover and whether EAS makes financial awards for energy efficiency or energy poverty projects.

S1W-21668 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20150 by Iain Gray on 17 December 2001, how many local authorities are members of Energy Action Scotland (EAS) and whether COSLA has any involvement in EAS.

S1W-21669 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated deer population was in each of the last 40 years; by what method any such estimates were determined, and what its position is on figures in respect of deer population provided by the Deer Commission for Scotland.

S1W-21670 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made or is making, and what research it has commissioned or plans to commission, to assess the impact of student poverty on academic performance and whether it will detail the results of any such analysis and research.

S1W-21671 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact student poverty and student debt have on the economy.

S1W-21672 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the imposition of tuition fees on students had on the economy.

S1W-21673 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reinstate subsistence grants for students in place of the current student loans system.

S1W-21674 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost of reinstating student grants would be.

S1W-21675 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of student debt is a consequence of the introduction of the student loans system.

S1W-21676 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, entrants to higher and further education left without completing the qualification they were studying for and how many, and what percentage, left as a result of debt or poverty in each of the past three years and in the current year, broken down by institution.

S1W-21677 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the non-completion of courses by students has on the economy.

S1W-21678 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the non-completion of courses by students has on the education system.

S1W-21679 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the non-completion of courses by students had or is having on the ability of those students to repay tuition fees or their student loans.

S1W-21681 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any research it has commissioned into the rates of non-completion of courses by students.

S1W-21682 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loans are a disincentive to potential students from less affluent backgrounds from entering further and higher education.

S1W-21683 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loans are a disincentive to female students from entering further and higher education.

S1W-21684 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loans are a disincentive to mature students from entering further and higher education.

S1W-21685 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loans are a disincentive to potential students from ethnic minority backgrounds from entering further and higher education.

S1W-21686 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether tuition fees are a disincentive to any potential students from entering further and higher education.

S1W-21687 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has commissioned, or plans to commission, into the effects on students' academic performance of also being in employment and whether it will detail the results of any such analysis and research.

S1W-21688 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20814 by Lewis Macdonald on 21 December 2001, what the locations were of the traffic calming measures on the Ardrossan stretch of the A78 trunk road, including pedestrian refuges, nibbings, improved road markings and appropriate gateway signing, which have been carried out since January 1997, other than the pedestrian island and right turn lane at the North Crescent Road/Witches Linn Junction and the nibbings at the junction of Parkhouse Road/Loanhead Road.

S1W-21689 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20814 by Lewis Macdonald on 21 December 2001, whether any traffic calming measures were carried out on the Saltcoats stretch of the A78 trunk road along the lines of those referred to as having been carried out in Seamill, Ardrossan and Stevenston which include pedestrian refuges, nibbings, improved road markings and appropriate gateway signing.

S1W-21690 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances a patient from outwith Scotland would be allocated a bed in an NHS hospital in Scotland ahead of people on waiting lists.

S1W-21691 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce unemployment in the Clydesdale area.

S1W-21692 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Ministry of Defence regarding the provision of helicopter search and rescue services within Scotland and in particular at HMS Gannet.

S1W-21693 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many workers are currently employed by BEAR Scotland Ltd in relation to the operation of the trunk roads maintenance contract.

S1W-21694 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has inspected the vehicles used by BEAR Scotland Ltd to fulfil their obligations under the trunk roads maintenance contract in order to monitor whether the vehicles are fit for their purpose and whether the gritters used by them are able to, and do in practice, disperse sufficient quantities of grit.

S1W-21695 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many gritters are used by BEAR Scotland Ltd in order to fulfil its obligations under the trunk roads maintenance contract.

S1W-21696 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which learning providers based in Moray were recipients of Individual Learning Account payments in each of the last two years.

S1W-21697 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on vaccination or immunisation requirements for the purposes of nursery and primary school admissions.

S1W-21698 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual cost per prisoner place in the Scottish Prison Service was in each of the last 10 years and what expenditures are included in calculating that cost.

S1W-21699 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road gritters BEAR Scotland Ltd is operating on each trunk road within the Highland Council area compared to the previous number operated by the council.

S1W-21700 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency arrangements BEAR Scotland Ltd has in place for extreme weather conditions in the Highland Council area compared to the previous arrangements in place under the council.

S1W-21701 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that all new applicants from Scottish residents or institutions will not be disadvantaged as a result of the transfer of the Scottish Studentship Scheme from the Students Awards Agency for Scotland to the Arts and Humanities Research Board in Bristol.

S1W-21702 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Studentship Scheme is being withdrawn and, if so, what procedures are in place to ensure that a fair proportion of the applications from Scotland benefit from the scheme administered by the Arts and Humanities Research Board.

S1W-21703 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the performance of the Arts and Humanities Research Board in areas of Scottish interest and research.

S1W-21704 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any contingency plans to restore the responsibility for awards under the Scottish Studentship Scheme back to the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) should the Arts and Humanities Research Board in Bristol be found to be placing postgraduate research and researchers at a disadvantage compared to the SAAS administered system.

S1W-21705 Helen Eadie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Parliament's restaurant and shop currently accept payment in euros and, if not, whether there are any plans to allow them to do so.

S1W-21706 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of draft school inspection reports were altered in each of the last five years following comments made by the responsible education authority.

S1W-21707 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of draft school inspection reports were altered in each of the last five years in order to render them more critical of a school following comments made by the responsible education authority.

S1W-21708 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are followed when Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education is considering whether to alter a draft inspection report following comments made by a local authority.

S1W-21709 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proposed alterations to a draft school inspection report suggested by a local education authority that are detrimental to the school are investigated by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education before being accepted.

S1W-21710 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion it has had with sportscotland regarding the recent departure of three senior members of staff.

S1W-21711 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when was it informed that sportscotland wished to restructure its senior management, what response it made to such information, and when it will make an announcement to the Parliament about the restructuring.

S1W-21712 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it first became aware of the existence of the PanAsia Type O strain of foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-21713 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive at what international conferences on agriculture or animal health and disease it was represented by its officials in each of the last two years and whether foot-and-mouth disease was discussed at any such conferences.

S1W-21714 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Chief Veterinary Officer received or saw before 23 February 2001 any report from the Institute of Animal Health or from any other body that indicated a threat from the PanAsia Type O strain of foot-and-mouth disease to previously clear areas.

S1W-21715 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers were first alerted before 23 February 2001 to any report from the Institute of Animal Health or from any other body that indicated a threat from the PanAsia Type O strain of foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-21716 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers were made aware before 23 February 2001 of any substantial risk of infection in previously clear areas of Europe from the PanAsia Type O strain of foot-and-mouth disease and what action it took in the light of any such information.

S1W-21717 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with Her Majesty's Government, with other governments or with any other international bodies before 23 February 2001 about any threat posed by the PanAsia Type O strain of foot-and-mouth disease, when any such discussions took place and what the outcomes were.

S1W-21719 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency or emergency plans existed for coping with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Scotland before 23 February 2001; when any such plans were drawn up; then when were subsequently reviewed, and what changes were made to them in the light of such review.

S1W-21720 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates of (a) the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, (b) the likely number of cases and (c) the need for specialist assistance in slaughter and disposal including the hire or purchase of specialist or additional equipment and supplies were contained in any contingency or emergency plans for coping with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that existed before 23 February 2001 and how accurate any such estimates were.

S1W-21721 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the accuracy of information regarding the location, size, nature and current operational status of farms available to the state veterinary service, to the police or to other services during the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001.

S1W-21722 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it received any complaints or comments from the state veterinary service, the police or other services, including local authorities, during or after the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 regarding the accuracy of information on the location, size, nature and current operational status of farms and what the nature of such complaints and comments was.

S1W-21723 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to make available a complete, accurate and regularly updated database of farms giving precise details of their locations, size, nature and current operational status.

 

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