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Business Bulletin No. 107/2002

Thursday 27 June 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 26 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-27013 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25569 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 May 2002 and S1W-26494 and S1W-26495 by Mr Jim Wallace on 20 June 2002, what the reason was for the errors in answers S1W-26060 and S1W-26061 by Mr Jim Wallace on 30 May 2002.

S1W-27073 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Rural Development has met; whether its membership has changed and, if so, when and how; whether it produces minutes of its meetings, and, if so, whether these are made public.

S1W-27074 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members of the Scottish National Rural Partnership are, what its remit is and on what dates it has met.

S1W-27075 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support Argyll and Bute Council in its efforts to provide a regular and sustainable ferry service between Islay and Jura.

S1W-27076 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ever instructed or directed the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to seek any derogation in respect of the implementation of the European Waste Water Directive.

S1W-27077 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it intends to reply to the application by Argyll and Bute Council to the Public Transport Fund for money to upgrade the Islay – Jura ferry service.

S1W-27078 Irene McGugan: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will ensure that Scots, English and Gaelic appear on all signage in the new Parliament buildings with equal prominence.

S1W-27079 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of delayed discharge patients remain in hospital for longer than six weeks, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-27080 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of delayed discharge, and whether this definition has changed in recent years and, if so, in what way.

S1W-27081 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to place a time limit on delayed discharge patients remaining in hospital which, if breached, would then result in responsibility for the patient solely resting with either the local authority, the NHS board or some other agency.

S1W-27082 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance on consultation and public involvement is currently available to NHS boards when considering changes in a board’s service provision and whether any changes to such guidance are planned.

S1W-27083 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to combat unemployment levels in North Ayrshire, given that they are significantly higher than the national average.

S1W-27084 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its response to the report of the Expert Panel on Sex Offending, Reducing the Risk: Improving the response to sex offending.

S1W-27085 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to take forward its proposals to tender the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.

S1W-27086 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what policies it (a) has implemented and (b) is planning to implement in order to tackle youth crime.

S1W-27087 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list by title each document that it has sent to each police force in each of the last three years.

S1W-27088 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list by title each document that it has sent to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last three years.

S1W-27089 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to produce and circulate documents that it sent to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last three years.

S1W-27090 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to produce and circulate documents that it sent to each police force in each of the last three years.

S1W-27091 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each guideline document that it has issued to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last three years.

S1W-27092 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to address the "significant variation in throughcare and aftercare arrangements across Scotland" as highlighted in its Central Research Unit report, Scotland's Children: Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Research Findings No.3 - A Study of Throughcare and Aftercare Services in Scotland.

S1W-27093 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to produce more specific aims, objectives and timescales for throughcare and aftercare services in order to provide greater standardisation in provision across all local authorities.

S1W-27094 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the "lack of adequate" data collection and processing systems for monitoring and evaluating the number of young people eligible for care services, as highlighted in its Central Research Unit report, Scotland's Children: Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Research Findings No.3 - A Study of Throughcare and Aftercare Services in Scotland, will be addressed.

S1W-27095 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the resources available to local authorities to assist them in improving the current situation in which 39% of young people in care receive a planned throughcare programme and, of those who have left care, 40% have had a formal leaving care review, as highlighted in its Central Research Unit report, Scotland's Children: Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Research Findings No.3 - A Study of Throughcare and Aftercare Services in Scotland.

S1W-27096 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive who in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 organised the recruitment of modern studies teachers as markers at standard grade.

S1W-27097 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern studies markers were recruited in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 and how many of them were (i) qualified to teach the subject, (ii) teachers of modern studies with more than three years’ classroom experience, (iii) retired teachers and (iv) retired teachers not qualified in modern studies.

S1W-27098 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive who was in charge of the modern studies markers' meetings in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 and how many markers attended these meetings.

S1W-27099 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any records kept of contentious questions and of the advice given to modern studies markers on questions which gave them most concern and, if so, which credit questions presented the 2001 markers with the most difficulty.

S1W-27100 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive which individuals set the (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 credit papers in modern studies.

S1W-27101 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed review of fostering will begin; who the members of the review group will be, and what the remit of the group will be.

S1W-27102 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the role of pre-school staff to be.

S1W-27103 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers pre-schools centres as being primarily concerned with education or child care.

S1W-27104 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive in what direction it plans to move pre-school education and what work is being undertaken to shape the future of pre-school education.

S1W-27105 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether pre-school providers are currently fulfilling their aims and delivering a good service; if so, why it is removing the requirement for the inclusion of nursery teachers as addressed in its Guidance on Involvement of Teachers in Pre-school Education and, if not, in what way it is moving pre-school provision in a new direction and what any new targets and aims are.

S1W-27106 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive on what evidence or research it based its proposal to remove the requirement for the inclusion of nursery teachers in pre-school provision as addressed in its Guidance on Involvement of Teachers in Pre-school Education.

S1W-27107 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors contributed to the differential in quality identified in the recent HM Inspectorate of Education report, Standards and Quality in Scottish Pre-school Education 1997-2001 and in Early Education and Childcare Workforce Survey Final Report which highlighted that local authority nursery schools performed consistently and substantially better in the quality of learning experiences and that 13% of their staff have a teaching degree compared with 6% in the private and 5% in the voluntary centres and how it will ensure that quality will not be diminished under the new staffing guidelines.

S1W-27108 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why the recent report by HM Inspectorate of Education, Standards and Quality in Scottish Pre-school Education 1997-2001, only evaluated children's progress in development and learning in local authority and independent nurseries and not those in the private and voluntary sectors.

S1W-27109 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it defines as a recognised child care qualification.

S1W-27110 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why it is making the changes set out in its Guidance on Involvement of Teachers in Pre-school Education on staffing requirements for pre-school provision and what the effect on the provision and delivery of the 3-5 curriculum will be as a result of these changes.

S1W-27111 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the level of alcohol-related emergency hospital admissions in Glasgow.

S1W-27112 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received about when the Scientific Steering Committee will meet to decide the locations of autumn plantings of GM crops and when it expects to be notified of any decision on this matter.

S1W-27113 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to recruit more speech therapists into the National Health Service.

S1W-27114 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support training of primary health care workers.

S1W-27115 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is provided for the training of primary health care workers.

S1W-27116 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will present the directions and guidance for the next Scottish passenger rail franchise to the Parliament before it sends them to the Strategic Rail Authority.

S1W-27117 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when the expert group on local service reconfiguration, referred to on page 26 of Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change, will be appointed.

S1W-27118 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will be taking to tackle youth crime and disorder.

S1W-27119 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to deliver on the commitment made in the UK Parliament in 1998 to extend the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 in order to ensure that police officers who wish to disclose wrongdoing receive the same protection given to other workers under that Act.

S1W-27120 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the recent meeting of the British-Irish Council in Jersey.

 

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