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Business Bulletin No. 41/2002

Monday 11 March 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 8 March 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-23834 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding was allocated to audiology services for the implementation of The Good Practice Guidance for Adult Hearing Aid Fittings and Services for the years 2001-02 and 2002-03.

S1W-23890 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what rent guarantees Glasgow Housing Association has given to current council tenants should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23891 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees Glasgow Housing Association has given on service charges to current council tenants should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23892 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees Glasgow Housing Association has given on routine repairs to properties transferring to it should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23893 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive how Glasgow Housing Association will deal with anti-social neighbours should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23894 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether existing council tenants in Glasgow will still have the opportunity to buy their home should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot

S1W-23895 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the effect will be on current council tenants’ existing entitlement to discounts under the Right to Buy provision should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23896 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what levels of investment there will be on housing stock in each Glasgow parliamentary constituency over the first 10 years after the transfer of the housing stock to Glasgow Housing Association, should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23897 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what levels of investment there will be on housing stock in each Glasgow parliamentary constituency over 30 years after the transfer of housing stock to Glasgow Housing Association, should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23898 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive over what timescale central heating will be installed in houses in Glasgow under the Warm Deal should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23899 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive over what timescale double-glazing, insulation and exterior repairs will be completed to properties transferring from Glasgow City Council to the Glasgow Housing Association should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23900 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what up-grading to current council properties in Glasgow will be made under the new Glasgow Standard should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23901 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive over what timescale modernisation to current council properties in Glasgow under the Glasgow Standard will be completed should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23902 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to improve the energy efficiency of current council properties in Glasgow should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23903 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new homes will be built for social rent in Glasgow should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23904 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs it estimates will be sustained in Glasgow should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23905 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to direct new job opportunities towards those currently unemployed in Glasgow should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23906 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to improve the physical security of current council properties in Glasgow should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23907 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has that the proposal for transferring Glasgow City Council’s housing stock will be funded should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23908 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how Glasgow Housing Association will be held accountable for the commitments it has given to tenants should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23909 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are in place to ensure that elected councillors in Glasgow can continue to effectively represent their constituents on housing matters should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot of tenants.

S1W-23910 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring will be undertaken of the Glasgow Housing Association’s housing allocation policy should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot for tenants.

S1W-23911 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure that Glasgow City Council is able to meet its statutory obligations under homeless legislation should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23912 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any special arrangements will be made to meet the requirements of Glasgow’s older council tenants should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23913 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be made to deal with Glasgow City Council’s existing Housing Revenue Account debt should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23914 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to ensure that owner occupiers in Glasgow will be able to participate in any resulting improvement works should there be a yes vote in the Glasgow housing stock transfer ballot.

S1W-23915 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the European Charter for Small Enterprises will lead to a reduction in red tape for Scottish businesses.

S1W-23916 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any call centres are considering a move to India in order to reduce operational costs.

S1W-23917 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21633 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 23 January 2002, when it will reach a decision on the advice submitted to it by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council in respect of the Research Assessment Exercise of 2001.

S1W-23918 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5443/2002 of 4 March 2002, whether it will list the economic development projects in the west of Scotland that will benefit from the new round of support from European Structural Funds under the Objective 2 programme.

S1W-23919 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of mothers currently continue to breastfeed at six weeks in each NHS board area.

S1W-23920 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered charities there were in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area at 31 March in each of the past three years.

S1W-23921 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications were (a) made and (b) approved in each local authority area in each of the past three years.

S1W-23922 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Presiding Officer how much the Parliament spent on (a) postage and (b) stationery in each year since 1999-2000.

S1W-23923 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Presiding Officer what percentage of the Parliament’s (a) waste paper and (b) waste plastic was sent for recycling in each year since May 1999-2000.

S1W-23924 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many audiologists trained in (a) the diagnosis of a patient’s suitability for digital hearing aids and (b) the fitting of such aids there were in each health board area at 31 March and 30 September in each of the past three years.

S1W-23925 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many successful claims were made against the insurers of each health board in each of the past three years.

S1W-23926 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of cannabis possession in each of the past three years.

S1W-23927 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have died as a direct result of ecstasy consumption in each of the past three years.

S1W-23928 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been prescribed methadone in each health board area in each of the past three years.

S1W-23929 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each health board spent on methadone prescriptions in each of the past three years.

S1W-23930 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities currently have strategies in place to offer help and advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

S1W-23931 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school nurses were employed in each local authority area at 31 March and 30 September in each of the past three years.

S1W-23932Δ Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are being developed to assure the reliability and integrity of official statistics.

S1W-23933Δ Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the Review of the Tourism Strategy.

S1W-23934Δ Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the next Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers will be held in Edinburgh in 2003.

S1W-23935 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of young people referred to Children’s Panels live in rural areas.

S1W-23936 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in developing closer links between the youth justice system and agencies dealing with children and young people who are at risk of offending.

S1W-23937 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the 21.75 million available from the New Opportunities Fund to promote the role of sport in diverting young people from offending will be allocated to projects in rural areas.

S1W-23938 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding announced in June 2000 for the prevention of youth crime has been allocated to tackling youth crime in rural areas.

S1W-23939 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a commitment to maintaining (a) the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness rail service, (b) the Wick and Thurso to Inverness rail service and (c) the sleeper services from Inverness from 2004 onwards.

S1W-23940 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23171 by Mike Watson on 5 March 2002, whether Historic Scotland has set any targets for increasing the proportion of its budget represented by income.

S1W-23941 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive which spending allocations to the former Forth Valley Health Board in each of the past two years have been based on the Arbuthnott formula for distributing health funding, including any additional or one-off items of expenditure.

S1W-23942 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ministerial Code applies to those appointed as ministerial parliamentary aides.

S1W-23943 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-4741 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 28 February 2002, which obsolete regulations affecting business it has revoked.

S1W-23944 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23597 by Malcolm Chisholm on 1 March 2002, how much money prescription charges have raised for the NHS in each of the last five years.

S1W-23945 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients detained at the State Hospital Carstairs have been assessed as suitable for transfer to another hospital or other suitable establishment nearer to their or their relatives' homes.

S1W-23946 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was (a) allocated and (b) spent to date from the ring-fenced sums announced for the Highland Pilot of the Rural Partnership for Change Initiative and how much will be spent (i) by the end of 2001-02 and (ii) in 2002-03 and (iii) in 2003-04.

S1W-23947 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much (a) Scottish Homes and (b) Communities Scotland have augmented their budgets for use in the Highlands to accommodate the ring-fenced funding allocated for the Highland Pilot of the Rural Partnership for Change Initiative in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04 as compared with their budget plans in 1999-2000.

S1W-23948 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all money allocated to the Highland Pilot of the Rural Partnership for Change initiative will be utilised by the end of 2002-03 and, if not, whether any unused sums will continue to be available beyond then.

S1W-23949 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether expenditure allocated to (a) Scottish Homes and (b) Communities Scotland available for spending in the Highland Council area in (i) 2000-01, (ii) 2001-02 and (iii) 2002-03 has increased over the planned expenditure for 1999-2000 and, if so, by how much.

S1W-23950 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts have been made to secure the location of new European Union agencies in Scotland.

S1W-23951 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will lodge a motion for consideration for debate in the Parliament on the Scottish Youth Parliament.

S1W-23952 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it (a) has given in each of the past two years and (b) plans to give to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

S1W-23953 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with the Scottish Football Association and chief constables about football-related violence.

S1W-23954 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what role has been played by the system of speed cameras in reducing the incidence of (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal road accidents.

S1W-23955 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place concerning the implementation of the Objective 1 programme and how much has been paid to projects under this programme.

S1W-23956 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken in order to reduce delayed discharges in (a) West Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde.

S1W-23957 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with ScotRail about the passengers in excess of capacity limits set by the Strategic Rail Authority and any overcrowding of ScotRail services.

S1W-23958 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many delayed discharges there were in (a) West Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde in each of the last three months for which information is available.

S1W-23959 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mixed-sex hospital wards are in use in (a) West Renfrewshire, (b) Inverclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole.

S1W-23960 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the tourist industry about the use of euro notes and coins.

S1W-23961 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-4668 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 February 2002, what the proposed measures are in respect of making UK and foreign nationals convicted of sex offences abroad subject to the same registration requirements as such offenders convicted in the UK.

S1W-23962 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5439/2002, when the process of recruiting more prosecutors for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service will begin and when it expects these prosecutors to take up their duties.

S1W-23963 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 of 12 February 2002, why finance from the venture capital Investment Fund will be co-invested in funds set up and managed by private sector fund managers.

S1W-23964 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 of 12 February 2002, what criteria will be used to select the private sector fund managers for the venture capital Investment Fund and what the selection and appointment process will be.

S1W-23965 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 of 12 February 2002, what (a) conditions will apply to and (b) objectives will be required of the private sector fund managers in respect of handling investments using finance from the venture capital Investment Fund.

S1W-23966 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 on 12 February 2002, what criteria will be used by the private sector fund managers when making decisions on investments using finance from the venture capital Investment Fund and what conditions will apply to any such investments in order to secure the Executive’s equity participation in the selected companies.

S1W-23967 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 of 12 February 2002, what role (a) Scottish Enterprise, (b) Highlands and Islands Enterprise and (c) local enterprise companies will play in the investment of finance from the venture capital Investment Fund.

S1W-23968 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 of 12 February 2002, whether Audit Scotland will report regularly on investments made using finance from the venture capital Investment Fund.

S1W-23969 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5330/2002 of 12 February 2002, whether any rules will apply to the expected internal rate of return on any investment by a private sector fund manager in any one company using finance from the venture capital Investment Fund and to the return on any associated investment by the same fund manager in the same company using private finance.

S1W-23970 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many venture capital firms are registered in Scotland.

S1W-23971 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish a blood testing facility in south-west Scotland following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

 

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