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Business Bulletin No. 76/2002

Friday 10 May 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 9 May

  

 

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

S1W-25690 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications under the European Convention on Human Rights are for any local authority refusing to grant a hearing before a planning committee to any objectors to an application under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and whether it has been consulted by any local authority on any such implications.

S1W-25691 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any disadvantages for the generation of wind power will accrue as a result of the extension to Scotland of the New Electricity Trading Arrangements and what any such disadvantages will be.

S1W-25692 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the electricity generated currently comes from wind power and what the wind power generating capacity is.

S1W-25693 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wind farms are currently (a) operational and (b) planned.

S1W-25694 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in relation to off-shore wind farms and whether it has been consulted about any such farms.

S1W-25695 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what role or powers it has in respect of the licensing of off-shore wind farms.

S1W-25696 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental assessment is required before planning permission for a wind farm is granted and whether such assessment includes a flood risk assessment.

S1W-25697 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any concerns have been raised over the extraction of peat from the site of the proposed wind farm at Whitelee Forest and, if so, what its response was to any such concerns.

S1W-25698 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much energy from wind power is exported as Green Credits.

S1W-25699 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities may treat applications for wind farms under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 as if such applications were planning applications under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Acts.

S1W-25700 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what reduction in the combustion of fossil fuels has been effected by the advent of wind generated electricity.

S1W-25701 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what reduction in the production of greenhouse gases has been effected by the advent of wind generated electricity.

S1W-25702 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any concerns have been raised about possible despoiling of an area of special scientific interest in regard to the proposed wind farm at Whitelee Forest.

S1W-25703 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what flood risk assessment has been completed in connection with the proposed wind farm at Whitelee Forest; whether any such assessment has been provided to (a) it, (b) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and (c) the local authorities in the area, and whether any such assessment will be published.

S1W-25704 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25065 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 April 2002, how many offers were received for the buildings of HM Prison Penninghame before 3 May 2000.

S1W-25705 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25064 and S1W-25065 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 April 2002, why the buildings of HM Prison Penninghame were re-advertised on 10 June 2000 when the deadline for offers intimated to those who had expressed interest was 3 May 2000.

S1W-25706 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25065 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 April 2002, what closing date or dates for offers were intimated to those who expressed interest in purchasing the buildings of HM Prison Penninghame after 3 May 2000.

S1W-25707 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23459 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, whether any offer for the buildings of HM Prison Penninghame made before 3 May 2000 equalled or exceeded the value of 275,000.

S1W-25708 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis has been made of the impact of the foot-and-mouth burial site at Birkshaw on the local environment and specifically on the River Annan.

S1W-25709 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what permanent measures have been put in place to monitor the future impact of the foot-and-mouth burial site at Birkshaw on the local environment and specifically on the River Annan.

S1W-25710 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding similar to that used for the management buyout of Viasystems, North Tyneside was made available for the management buyout of Signum Circuits, Selkirk and, if so, what (a) UK and (b) European sourced funding was provided in each case.

S1W-25711 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals' 16th Annual Report 2000-2001 and, in particular, to the committee's Special Report on Education Appeal Committees of June 2000, what steps have been taken in order to ensure that its main recommendations in respect of (a) independence of the hearing venue, (b) difficulties for unrepresented appellants and (c) the need for committees' deliberations to be more structured with greater adherence to the provisions of the regulations are being implemented.

S1W-25712 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals' 16th Annual Report 2000-2001, what its position is on establishing a separate Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Scotland.

S1W-25713 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to (a) introducing "rucksack" funding packages for children with special educational needs, which follow the child throughout his or her education, and (b) funding such packages centrally.

S1W-25715 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive how often front-line ambulance vehicles should be replaced.

S1W-25716 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulance paramedics there currently are; whether this is the optimum number required and, if not, what the required optimum number is, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-25717 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether money awarded to local authorities under the special islands needs allowance scheme should be used specifically to meet the special needs of islands and whether any monitoring is carried out to determine what use local authorities put such money to.

S1W-25718 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the additional costs of the increased employers’ National Insurance contribution announced in the UK Budget 2002 will be for each (a) local authority and (b) NHS board in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04.

S1W-25719 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average age of the pipe infrastructure within the water network was in each of the past five years, broken down by local authority area or as small an area as possible.

S1W-25720 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase funding to tackle alcohol problems.

S1W-25721 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, which internal Scottish Prison Service (SPS) submissions were subsequently taken into account in the SPS Estates Review, detailing the reasons behind its response.

S1W-25722 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, which feasibility studies such as Constructing the Future were subsequently taken into account in the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review, detailing the reasons behind its response.

S1W-25723 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, how many internal Scottish Prison Service (SPS) submissions were subsequently taken into account in the SPS Estates Review.

S1W-25724 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, how many feasibility studies such as Constructing the Future were subsequently taken into account in the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review.

S1W-25725 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, whether the internal Scottish Prison Service (SPS) submissions which were subsequently taken into account in the SPS Estates Review will be made publicly available, detailing the reasons behind its response.

S1W-25726 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, whether the internal Scottish Prison Service (SPS) submissions which were subsequently taken into account in the SPS Estates Review will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, detailing the reasons behind its response.

S1W-25727 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, whether the feasibility studies such as Constructing the Future which were subsequently taken into account in the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review will be made publicly available, detailing the reasons behind its response.

S1W-25728 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25236, S1W-25237 and S1W-25238 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 May 2002, whether the feasibility studies such as Constructing the Future which were subsequently taken into account in the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, detailing the reasons behind its response.

S1W-25729 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is being spent on consultation fees in respect of the Inverness and the Highlands bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008.

S1W-25730 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions since May 1999 it has used (a) hotels, (b) commercial conference centres and (c) any other non-Executive venues for policy launches, press conferences and business breakfasts and how much was paid to the venue in each case.

S1W-25731 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many functions, receptions, and conferences its representative in Washington DC has attended since appointment and (a) where and (b) when any such events took place.

S1W-25732 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average administration costs are for each scheme administered or run by its Environment and Rural Affairs Department, expressed as a percentage of total costs in each case.

S1W-25733 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25166 by Peter Peacock on 1 May 2002, what the (a) actual and (b) estimated revenues were, or will be, from (i) council tax and (ii) business rates for (1) Stirling and (2) Clackmannanshire in each year from 1996-97 to 2002-03.

S1W-25734 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on staff transfers from one establishment run by Premier Prison Services Ltd or any of its subsidiaries to another and what information it is (a) able and (b) willing to release.

S1W-25735 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what information or briefings Premier Prison Services Ltd or any of its subsidiary companies have voluntarily provided to it in each month in each of the past three years.

S1W-25736 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it ever has requested, or will request, information from Premier Prison Services Ltd or any of its subsidiary companies to enable it to answer a parliamentary question and, if so, what information it has requested or might request.

S1W-25737 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25266 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 May 2002, whether the answer is compatible with the remarks made by the Deputy Minister for Justice in the debate on the prison estates review on 18 April 2002 (Official Report, col. 10963) giving information on the number of staff transfers from one Premier Prisons Services Ltd establishment to another.

S1W-25738 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much grant funding has been made available in Scotland through the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and whether any such funding is likely to increase in real terms in the next round of grant allocations.

S1W-25739 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects in (a) Ballingry, (b) Cardenden, (c) Lochgelly, (d) Kelty and (e) Cowdenbeath have received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

S1W-25740 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) elderly people, (b) visually impaired people and (c) children in Fife have been treated at hospital after being knocked over by a cyclist on a public footpath.

S1W-25743 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure the safety of (a) elderly, visually-impaired and disabled people and (b) children in relation to cyclists using public footpaths.

S1W-25744 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it received to its consultation paper, Getting Involved in Planning, and how many such responses were in favour of third party rights of appeal.

S1W-25745 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints to the Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland in each of the last three years were about third party rights of appeal in the planning system.

S1W-25746 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the Inquiry Reporters Unit has overruled Fife Council in respect of west area planning department matters in each of the last two years.

S1W-25747 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed European Commission directive on access to justice will have an impact on
third-party rights of appeal in the planning system.

S1W-25748 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the United Nations Aarhus Convention are for third-party rights of appeal in the planning system.

S1W-25749 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on any cases that have been heard by the European Court of Human Rights that have given support to third-party rights of appeal in the planning system.

S1W-25750 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will employ in the selection of consultants for work on each of recommendations 17, 19, 20, 22, 25 and 26 contained in The Scottish Fire Service of the Future.

S1W-25751 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recommendations of the joint Scottish Executive and Brigades Purchasing Arrangements Working Group on the review of procurement within the fire service are publicly available; if so, in what format and, if not, what the reasons are for withholding these recommendations.

S1W-25752 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what rules and regulations apply to the operation of Common Good Funds held by local authorities.

S1W-25753 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to the public about Common Good Funds.

S1W-25754 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to monitor local authorities' transactions in respect of Common Good Funds.

S1W-25755 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent figures are for Common Good Funds held by local authorities.

S1W-25756 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Common Good Funds held by local authorities are subject to statutory audit procedures.

S1W-25757 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is accessible to the public in respect of the 122,132,000 held by local authorities in Common Good Funds at 31 March 2000.

S1W-25758 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that laws and regulations governing litter are enforced.

S1W-25759 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency or agencies are responsible for the monitoring of pesticides in seeds imported for growing.

S1W-25760 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pesticides that are licensed for use in other EU countries are prohibited for use in Scotland.

S1W-25761 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive for which pesticides seeds imported for growing are tested; by whom such testing is carried out, and whether it will provide a list of the maximum permitted residue level in respect of each such pesticide.

S1W-25762 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list for each of the last three years (a) any occasions on which pesticide residue in excess of maximum permitted levels has been found on seeds imported for growing and (b) the (i) level and (ii) type of pesticide in each case.

S1W-25763 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and funding it offers to local communities in order to help them purchase or acquire for community use any former local authority premises designated surplus to the authority's requirements.

S1W-25764 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase facilities and opportunities for respite care for children and adults with disabilities and special needs, either directly or by supporting voluntary or statutory agencies.

S1W-25765 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with BP plc about plans for the proposed redevelopment of Bo'ness.

S1W-25766 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make any submissions or correspondence it has received from BP plc about proposed redevelopment plans for Bo'ness publicly available.

S1W-25767 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is aiding or intending to aid the redevelopment of Bo'ness.

S1W-25768 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children died in each year from 1975 to 1985 in Simpson’s Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh, or following transfer to another hospital, after receiving an intrauterine transfusion.

 

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