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Business Bulletin No. 80/2002

Thursday 16 May 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 15 May 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-25881 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Argyll and Bute Council's grant aided expenditure (GAE) for education (a) was in each of the past five years and (b) is in the current year; whether the council spent above or below the GAE figure in each of the last five years, and what the total GAE for Argyll and Bute Council has been in each of the last six years.

S1W-25882 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made or instructions it has given, to whom and when regarding any shortage of chiropodists in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency area.

S1W-25883 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the A830 trunk road is in a safe condition; what response it has made, or plans to make, to the claim by Mallaig Community Council that the road is not in a safe condition and the request made by the council to BEAR Scotland Ltd in a letter of 12 May 2002 to bring the road up to a safe condition; whether BEAR believes that the road is in a safe condition; if not, what action BEAR plans to take and, should any proposals which BEAR make not be accepted by the community council, what action it will take and, in particular, whether it will direct BEAR to take all necessary action to put the road into an acceptable and safe condition.

S1W-25884 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25402 by Lewis Macdonald on 10 May 2002, whether it will place copies of the two contracts, including the alterations referred to, with BEAR Scotland Ltd for the management and maintenance of the north west and north east units in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre; whether it will give a detailed breakdown of the additional costs to be paid to BEAR for the additional responsibilities as a result of these contract alterations, and what these costs will cover, how they will be calculated and why they are required.

S1W-25885 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of officers in (a) Grampian, (b) Tayside police forces and (c) all police forces were (i) recruited and (ii) on long-term sick leave in each year since 1997.

S1W-25886 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of officers left (a) Grampian, (b) Tayside police forces and (c) all police forces owing to work-related ill health in each year since 1997.

S1W-25887 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the number and geographical location of those nurses who have (a) undertaken, (b) completed and (c) re-registered on completion of, a return to practice course, in each year since 1999, broken down by training provider.

S1W-25888 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering providing additional funding for local authorities to establish, and assist in the operation of, local land fora.

S1W-25889 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it forsees for local land fora if the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill is enacted.

S1W-25890 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when the last structural survey of the buildings at HM Prison Peterhead was commissioned given the statement in the Scottish Prison Services Estates Review that "the buildings are exhausted".

S1W-25891 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies Scottish Enterprise has provided a guarantee to underwrite bank borrowing, how many such companies have gone into liquidation and what the cost to Scottish Enterprise has been of repayments to financial institutions in respect of such liquidations, all in each of the last three years.

S1W-25892 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive under what conditions Scottish Enterprise agreed to act as guarantor for Scottish Coal (Deep Mine) Ltd.

S1W-25893 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the directors of Scottish Coal (Deep Mine) Ltd were required to give a personal guarantee to financial institutions to underwrite borrowing as a condition of the guarantee from Scottish Enterprise.

S1W-25894 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25459 by Ms Margaret Curran on 13 May 2002, what the outcomes were of the seven cases referred to it involving the possible loss of playing fields.

S1W-25895 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25456 by Mr Andy Kerr on 10 May 2002 what the total amount is, in accordance with the Barnett formula, of the allocations from the Capital Modernisation Fund for new or refurbished community sports facilities and how these funds will be allocated.

S1W-25896 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what use it and the Crown Office have made of the opinion of 16 December 1999 given by Lord Sutherland in Smith and others when considering issues relating to the Skye Bridge crossing; whether this opinion has been reported and, if so, when and, if not, what the reasons were for this position.

S1W-25897 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 extends to Scotland.

S1W-25898 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24918 by Lewis Macdonald on 7 May 2002, whether Scottish Ministers are "prescribing" when fulfilling any statutory obligation to "specify" a maximum toll given that "to prescribe" can be interpreted as meaning "to specify".

S1W-25899 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the specific definition is of "order" describing a statutory instrument, as used in the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and, in particular, in sections 5 and 9.

S1W-25900 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many existing temporary staff contracts for teachers in each education authority will be ended by August 2002 in order to make teaching places available for those entering their induction year.

S1W-25901 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance it will make available to education authorities to ensure that no teacher undergoing a probationary period of training will have his or her temporary contract ended in order to create a place for a student undertaking the new induction year.

S1W-25902 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much financial support it has provided in total to date for the funding of the Motorola Task Force; whether it will give details of any further funding proposed, and over what timescale any such funding will be provided.

S1W-25903 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been received by the Motorola Task Force in each year that the task force has been operating, in total and broken down by (a) start-up costs, (b) task force employee wages, (c) expenses, (d) advertising costs and (e) costs of providing subsidised employment or training.

S1W-25904 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many persons have been given positions through subsidised employment or training schemes under the Motorola Task Force in each year that the task force has been operating.

S1W-25905 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25514 by Peter Peacock on 14 May 2002, what grant funding was given to the Association of Scottish Community Councils in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

S1W-25906 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any public loans and grants awarded to Mining (Scotland) Ltd; when they were awarded, and by which public authority.

S1W-25907 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-24906 and S1W-24907 by Iain Gray on 13 May 2002, whether the original agreement to act as guarantor was between Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Coal and not with the subsidiary company Scottish Coal (Deep Mine) Ltd.

S1W-25908 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scottish Enterprise entered into an agreement with Scottish Coal (Deep Mine) Ltd to provide a guarantee to underwrite bank borrowings and whether this agreement was approved by Ministers.

S1W-25909 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the incidence of macular degeneration, broken down by age and geographic location.

S1W-25910 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the number of cases of blindness by macular degeneration in adults over the age of 50 in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S1W-25911 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what submissions it received in regard to the provisions of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage and what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government in regard to implementation of the Convention.

S1W-25912 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Coal, the parent company, were required to act as guarantor for Scottish Coal (Deep Mining) Ltd as part of the agreement which Scottish Enterprise entered into to underwrite bank borrowings.

S1W-25913 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any public loans and grants awarded to (a) Mining (Scotland) Ltd, (b) Scottish Coal Company Ltd, (c) Castlebridge Plant Ltd, (d) Game Fisheries Ltd, (e) Scottish Coal Contracts Ltd and (f) Alba Regeneration and Power; when each such loan and grant was awarded and by which public authority.

S1W-25914 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to expand the role of private medicine within the NHS.

S1W-25915 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive why there has been a decline in the numbers of women being recalled early for breast screening from 1993 to 2001 according to Information and Statistics Division KC62 return.

S1W-25916 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times since 1999 mobile screening units for breast cancer have visited (a) Dumfries and Galloway, (b) Highland, (c) Lanarkshire, (d) Shetland and (e) Western Isles NHS Board areas.

S1W-25917 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attendance orders under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 were served in each of the past three years, broken down by education authority.

S1W-25918 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, what the reason is for the rise in the number of cases marked "no proceedings" as a result of delay by the police and other reporting agencies since 1998-99.

S1W-25919 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, what steps it is taking to reduce the number of cases marked "no proceedings" as a result of delay by the police and other reporting agencies.

S1W-25920 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, what the reason is for the rise in the number of cases marked "no proceedings" as a result of delay by the procurator fiscal since 1998-99.

S1W-25921 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, what steps it is taking to reduce the number of cases marked "no proceedings" as a result of delay by the procurator fiscal.

S1W-25922 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, what the reason is for the rise in the number of cases marked "no proceedings" due to a time-bar under section 136 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 since 1998-99.

S1W-25923 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, what steps it is taking to reduce the number of cases marked "no proceedings" as a result of a time-bar under section 136 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

S1W-25924 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25069 by Colin Boyd on 29 April 2002, whether it will list for each agency which sends reports to the procurator fiscal (a) the total number of reports sent, (b) the number of cases marked "no proceedings" as a result of delay, (c) the number of cases proceeding to trial and (d) the number of convictions secured in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-00, (iii) 2000-01 and (iv) 2001-02.

S1W-25925 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service prioritise cases; whether there is any guidance to staff of these offices on how to prioritise cases, and whether any such guidance will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-25926 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service set criteria to indicate which cases should be sent to the district court and which are eligible for an alternative to prosecution and whether any such criteria will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-25927 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reason is for the decline in the number and proportion of cases reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service being sent to the district court since 1997-98.

S1W-25928 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the types of costs the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service incur in the event of the adjournment of a trial (a) in advance and (b) on the date of the trial.

S1W-25929 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22603 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 February 2002, how many adjournments of a criminal trial on the date of trial were granted on the motion of the procurator fiscal or advocate depute in each of the last four years.

S1W-25930 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the costs to it and local government of adjournments of a criminal trial on the date of the trial, including the costs associated with the abstraction from their duties of social workers, fire officers, NHS employees, police officers and civilians.

S1W-25931 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of police abstractions from duty for court appearances.

S1W-25932 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have any policy in regard to the citing of police officers to give evidence at trials, and, if so, whether any such policy will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-25933 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of summary criminal trials adjourned in advance of the trial date due to the unavailability of police officers.

S1W-25934Δ Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what performance targets it has set for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for 2002-03.

S1W-25935 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to paragraph 2.3.2 of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Review of Scottish Prison Service Estates Review, why the site cost is included in the capital and development costs for the public sector comparator.

S1W-25936 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24826 by Mr Jim Wallace on 13 May 2002, in relation to paragraph 2.3.2 of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Review of Scottish Prison Service Estates Review, why it considers the annual cost per prisoner place for the public sector comparator comparable with the annual cost per prisoner place shown for HM Prison Kilmarnock, given that the latter does not include the costs of the site.

S1W-25937 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the National Physical Activity Taskforce has examined the health and physical activity of older women.

S1W-25938 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many former coal-mining areas are covered by Social Inclusion Partnerships.

S1W-25939 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the decision to employ probationer teachers will affect the employment of current supply teachers.

S1W-25940 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of supply teachers are women.

 

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