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Business Bulletin No. 97/2002

Thursday 13 June 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 12 June 2002

  

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

S1W-26685 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the present regulation of horseshoeing in the Highlands, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland is adequate and, if not, what action it intends to take to address this matter.

S1W-26686 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Rural Development last met the Scottish Fish Merchants’ Association and when the next scheduled meeting will be.

S1W-26687 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many compulsory purchase orders were instigated and successfully completed by each local authority in each of the last five years, broken down by categories where appropriate.

S1W-26688 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the responsibilities for the safety and maintenance of the Clyde Tunnel should be the equivalent, for the purposes of Grant Aided Expenditure, to 760 metres of dual carriageway, or whether increased recognition should be given to the role the tunnel plays within the Greater Glasgow road network.

S1W-26689 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a reclassification should be undertaken of major trunk roads throughout urban areas of Scotland to ensure that routes such as the A898 Clyde Tunnel can cope with increasing traffic flows.

S1W-26690 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what lottery funding was received by (a) Glasgow City, (b) Renfrewshire, (c) North Lanarkshire, (d) South Lanarkshire, (e) South Ayrshire, (f) Dundee City, (g) East Dunbartonshire and (h) West Dunbartonshire councils in each of the last three years.

S1W-26691 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what requests it has made for European funding relating to the creation of a global container port and what European money may be available for such a port.

S1W-26692 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-26404 on 12 June 2002, what the Parent Company Guarantee entailed and whether it included the reparation of any money lost on the contract.

S1W-26693 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the development of modern light rail systems.

S1W-26694 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the arrangements for chronic disease management payments to GPs are working successfully.

S1W-26695 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require GPs to provide practice nurses with additional training in asthma.

S1W-26696 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-26404 on 12 June 2002, what indemnity arrangements were put in place in regard to the contract with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd.

S1W-26697 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions are being taken and what funding has been allocated to prevent flooding along the River Clyde and, in particular, in the section between the Broomielaw and the Erskine Bridge.

S1W-26698 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it can give to expediting the regeneration of the Clyde corridor.

S1W-26699 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether environmental statements could be improved through a requirement that the statement reflects the broad social impact of development proposals and the cumulative impact of the proposals rather than solely environmental and other aspects.

S1W-26700 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the consultation on the review of strategic planning and when it expects to release its response to the consultation.

S1W-26701 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure has been invested in new or refurbished homes in Clydebank by Scottish Homes and Communities Scotland since 1999.

S1W-26702 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any pilot employment schemes trialled under the New Deal will be extended to West Dunbartonshire to tackle employment levels in the area.

S1W-26703 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to work with ScotRail and the Strategic Rail Authority to improve the affordability of rail travel on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow route.

S1W-26704 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to work with ScotRail and the Strategic Rail Authority to reduce journey times on the main Edinburgh and Glasgow route.

S1W-26705 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested in the bioAdventures biotechnology business incubator at Clydebank and how many new local jobs have been created to date as a result.

S1W-26706 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26204 by Malcolm Chisholm on 5 June 2002, when representatives of the National Waiting Times Unit will meet senior management of NHS boards and trusts in (a) Forth Valley and (b) Fife.

S1W-26707 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to publish information on the new policy arrangements in respect of young people leaving care.

S1W-26708 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take in regard to the possible creation of a global container hub at Flotta or Hunterston; whether any financial assistance has been or would be given to any such proposal, and whether any Executive department or non-departmental public body would be designated to support any such proposal.

S1W-26709 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any study has been undertaken into ferry links between Ardrossan and Tarbert and, if not, what action it plans to take on this matter.

S1W-26710 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider designating a public service order for a ferry link between Ardrossan and Tarbert or any other appropriate port.

S1W-26711 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it received a copy of The Direct Air Services Action Plan Final Report dated February 2000 from Scottish Enterprise National; if so, on what date it received the document; what action it took upon receiving it, and whether any budget was allocated to implement any of the report’s recommendations, detailing the reasons behind its response on this matter.

S1W-26712 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what role and powers it would have in regard to the re-let of the rail network franchise should the ScotRail franchise come to an end with no successor in place, detailing the reasons behind its response on this matter.

S1W-26713 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) target and (b) actual median current waiting times are for an opthamological examination by a consultant opthamologist in each NHS board area.

S1W-26714 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive when there will be an increase in the level of rail services between Paisley and Glasgow.

S1W-26715 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the resignalling on the Forth Bridge will be completed.

S1W-26716 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing and distributing its consultation document Implementing the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999 draft regulations and guidance for Scotland.

S1W-26717 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome was of the recent Fisheries Council in Luxembourg.

S1W-26718 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make available the reports on the central Scotland transport corridor studies.

S1W-26719 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its response to the Local Government Committee’s 6th Report 2002, Inquiry into Local Government Finance.

S1W-26720 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the lack of a permanent presence of HM Customs and Excise staff on Orkney on the Executive’s ability to police the misuse of drugs on the island.

S1W-26721 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of HM Customs and Excise staffing levels at small ports and airports on the Executive’s ability to police misuse of drugs.

S1W-26722 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the current powers of customs officers in respect of inspection of meat consignments and the resources allocated to such inspections on the prevention or control of any future outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-26723 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of ancillary staff to general practitioners is in Scotland compared with England and Wales.

S1W-26724 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which diseases require to be registered on the disease register.

S1W-26725 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether regional disease registers are anonymised.

S1W-26726 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local healthcare co-ordinators should have a direct role in commissioning hospital services.

S1W-26727 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Sewel motions it has lodged with the Parliament in each year since 1999 and how many of these were passed.

 

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