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Business Bulletin No. 109/2002

Friday 5 July 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 4 July 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-27187 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit and current membership is of the sustainable development forum.

S1W-27188 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was made available to local authorities prior to April 2002 to prepare for the regulatory inspections by Communities Scotland.

S1W-27189 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allow the sale of the non-genetically modified oil seed rape crop being grown 50 metres from the GM field scale trial at Munlochy.

S1W-27190 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24454 by Allan Wilson on 22 April 2002, what matters were discussed at the meeting with members of the Consignia Advisory Board for Scotland on 2 May 2002 and when the next such meeting is planned.

S1W-27191 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24454 by Allan Wilson on 22 April 2002, what plans it has to meet trade union representatives to discuss how the recent Consignia restructuring proposals will affect services in Scotland.

S1W-27192 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether arrangements have been put in place with Stirling Royal Infirmary should its services be required following the temporary closure of the Special Care Baby Unit at Perth Royal Infirmary.

S1W-27193 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25676 by Mr Andy Kerr on 27 May 2002, on what date the adjustment figure to the Scottish Assigned Budget for 2000-01 was agreed; what the figure is, and when the monies will be received.

S1W-27194 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25676 by Mr Andy Kerr on 27 May 2002, when the adjustment figure to the Scottish Assigned Budget for 2001-02 will be finalised; what it expects the figure to be, and when the monies will be paid.

S1W-27195 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25676 by Mr Andy Kerr on 27 May 2002, whether an adjustment figure to the Scottish Assigned Budget has been agreed for housing benefit for 2000-01; if so, when that agreement was reached; what the figure is, and when the monies will be received.

S1W-27196 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25676 by Mr Andy Kerr on 27 May 2002, when the adjustment figure to the Scottish Assigned Budget for housing benefit for 2001-02 will be finalised; what it expects the figure to be, and when the monies will be paid.

S1W-27197 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25676 by Mr Andy Kerr on 27 May 2002, whether any monies were paid to the Scottish Consolidated Fund as a result of adjustments prior to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services on 23 January 2002 and, if so, whether the Deputy Minister was aware of the position when he made that statement.

S1W-27198 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what monies spent by the Motorola Task Force have been used to pay for staff from the Inland Revenue, the Benefits Agency and other United Kingdom government departments and why it was necessary to pay for these services from the funds available to the task force.

S1W-27199 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many former staff of the Motorola plant at Easter Inch are (a) in full-time employment on a pay scale equal to or greater than that which they enjoyed at Motorola, (b) in full-time employment on a pay scale lower than that which they enjoyed at Motorola, (c) in full-time education funded by Motorola, (d) in full-time education funded by central government, (e) self-employed, (f) unemployed and (g) in other circumstances.

S1W-27200 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 10 million set aside for use by the Motorola Task Force (a) has been spent by the Task Force, (b) is projected to be spent, (c) has been re-allocated to other priorities and (d) will still be made available to support the West Lothian economy.

S1W-27201 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how it allocated the 16.75 million in Regional Selective Assistance recovered from Motorola at the time of the closure of the Easter Inch plant and how much of that money has been spent in generating new centres of employment in West Lothian or in supporting and improving the transport and communications infrastructure of the area.

S1W-27202 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current status of the Motorola Task Force is.

S1W-27203 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21786 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 25 January 2002, whether the 6 million set aside for the West Lothian Strategic Action Plan for economic development for the area has been made available and, if so, when the funds were made available and to whom.

S1W-27204 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether training opportunities through the Institute for System Level Integration were provided for former employees of Motorola’s Easter Inch plant.

S1W-27205 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how it evaluates task forces like the one set up for former Motorola employees at Easter Inch; what criteria it uses in such evaluations, and whether such an evaluation has been carried out on the Motorola Task Force and, if so, whether it will publish any findings.

S1W-27206 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26635 by Lewis Macdonald on 25 June 2002, whether it will further improve safety measures to take account of recent accidents and the latest figures on traffic use of the Fenwick to Malletsheugh stretch prior to the completion of the scheduled upgrade of the A77.

S1W-27207 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what public transport options it anticipates will serve the new Scottish Parliament and whether a new railway station at Abbeyhill will be one option under consideration.

S1W-27208 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the misuse of disabled persons’ parking badges.

S1W-27209 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities collect data on the number of charges made and convictions secured for the misuse of disabled person’s parking badges.

S1W-27210 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it made to the Disabled Person’s Transport Advisory Committee as part of the study into the operation of the blue badge scheme.

S1W-27211 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26355 by Lewis Macdonald on 17 June 2002, what level of claims was made in cash terms in each of the last five years in respect of deficient road maintenance on trunk roads.

S1W-27212 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of claims was made and how much was paid out in compensation payments in cash terms in each of the last five years in respect of deficient road maintenance on roads maintained by local authorities.

S1W-27213 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the article by Douglas Friedli in Business AM on 26 June 2002, whether its strategy on the creation of a knowledge economy will be changed following research by Strathclyde University suggesting a divergence between the industries on which the strategy focuses and those that use skilled staff and technology most.

S1W-27214 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21063 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 January 2002, what the estimated annual cost is of providing night-time sanitation to those 1,905 prisoners.

S1W-27215 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much state aid has been given to Fullerton Computer Industries in Ayrshire in each of the last five years and whether any such aid has been repaid.

S1W-27216 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to enhance the capability of Reporters to Children’s Panels to research trends in juvenile crime.

S1W-27217 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when records held by Reporters to Children’s Panels will be fully computerised.

S1W-27218 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a proposal to build an experimental biomass power plant close to the village of Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran, which would rely on the pyrolysis process and the burning of diesel, would be compatible with current environmental legislation.

S1W-27219 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the building of an experimental biomass power plant close to the village of Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran would have any effect on the tourist industry on the island and what the basis is of its position on this matter.

S1W-27221 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether outline planning permission, subject to conditions, should be granted by a local authority in a situation where the permission being granted relates to an experimental facility and where the local authority may not have the expertise to monitor that the conditions applied will be adhered to.

S1W-27222 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would call in the application by Border Biofuels Limited to build an experimental biomass power plant close to the village of Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran, currently lodged with North Ayrshire Council.

S1W-27223 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether North Ayshire Council should reconsider the outline planning permission granted to Border Biofuels Limited in relation to the building of an experimental biomass power plant close to the village of Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran given that, since permission was granted to Border Biofuels Limited, the company has declared all existing staff redundant and recorded the resignation of all existing directors.

S1W-27224 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to present its proposals on prisons in the light of responses to the Scottish Prison Services Estates Review and whether it will consult further with the Parliament and bodies concerned before finalising its proposals.

S1W-27225 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether National Planning Policy Guideline 11 will be applied to any redevelopment of Croy Station and to the provision of temporary parking facilities during any such redevelopment and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-27226 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it will provide to North Lanarkshire Council to replace any sports or recreational facilities lost as a result of any redevelopment at Croy Station.

S1W-27227 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-5388 by Mr Andy Kerr on 20 June 2002 that "common practice in Scotland is to provide protection for pensions", Official Report, Col. 12966, why it did not comply with this practice in respect of its trunk roads maintenance contracts and what its position now is on not having provided full pension protection in these contracts, detailing the reasons behind its position on the matter.

S1W-27228 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-5388 by Mr Andy Kerr on 20 June 2002, whether it intends to introduce legislation during the remainder of the Parliament’s first session to protect fully the pension rights of transferred employees, detailing under which section of the Scotland Act 1998 its power to do so is conferred.

S1W-27229 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Minister for Finance and Public Services on 26 June 2002, on what environmental initiatives it will spend the extra 5 million and, in particular, what recycling initiatives will be included.

S1W-27230 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a full explanation of the circumstances surrounding the removal of the maxiofacial surgery unit from St. John’s Hospital in West Lothian.

S1W-27231 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what facilities currently exist in (a) Scotland and (b) the former Grampian Region Council area for the training of speech and language therapists.

S1W-27232 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many speech and language therapists currently operate in the former Grampian Region Council area; what therapist/client ratio this number equates to, and whether the current provision of speech and language therapists in the area is adequate.

S1W-27233 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget is available specifically for feasibility studies into the possibility of re-opening local railway stations or stretches of closed railway routes and which bodies can access such funding.

S1W-27234 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds police forces are able to access for specific alcohol and drug awareness campaigns.

S1W-27235 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research into the causes of autism it is currently undertaking.

S1W-27236 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students who attended college prior to university have incurred default notice debts for loans provided during their college study as a result of the Student Loans Company computer systems not being able to rationalise and merge personal data.

S1W-27237 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a stated policy on equal pay.

S1W-27238 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has communicated its equal pay policy to employees and recognised trade unions.

S1W-27239 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which department has responsibility for the implementation of its equal pay policy.

S1W-27240 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out a pay systems review to establish whether there is any gender pay gap in line with the Equal Opportunities Commission’s Code of Practice on Equal Pay.

S1W-27241 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a single job evaluation system covering all employees to determine who is performing equal work.

S1W-27242 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies have an equal pay policy and which Executive department has responsibility for monitoring and encouraging compliance with good practice on equal pay.

S1W-27243 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies have carried out a pay systems review to establish whether there is any gender pay gap in line with the Equal Opportunities Commission’s Code of Practice on Equal Pay.

S1W-27244 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances the Scottish Qualifications Authority is permitted to use students to mark examination scripts.

S1W-27245 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students have been employed as markers by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in each of the past three years.

S1W-27246 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake of European structural funds has been in each of the last two years.

S1W-27247 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure increased uptake of European structural funds.

S1W-27248 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-22110 on 4 February 2002, whether a decision has been made yet on whether to take legal action against Flour City International Inc. and whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide an up-to-date estimate of the losses resulting from the Flour City situation.

S1W-27249 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive why it took three months and three weeks to provide substantive answers to questions S1W-23860, S1W-23861 and S1W-23862 on the English Quality Teacher Status qualification.

S1W-27250 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is acceptable to have a period of three months and one week between the issuing of a holding answer and the provision of the substantive answer.

S1W-27251 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time was under its central heating installation programme (a) between an application qualifying and being passed to the surveyor; (b) for an application being passed from the surveyor to the heating company and (c) from an application reaching the heating company to completion of work in the period from January to June 2002 inclusive, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-27252 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, applications which have qualified under its central heating installation programme have not yet had central heating installed, categorised by the month in which the application qualified in each of the last six months and broken down by local authority area.

S1W-27253Δ Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has agreed performance measures for 2002 for the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

S1W-27254 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what degree of overcrowding there was in Scottish prisons in total and broken down by prison, also expressed as a percentage of the capacity of prisons, on 31 January, 31 March and 30 June 2002.

S1W-27255 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the appointment of the ten ministerial appointees to the board of the new Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

S1W-27256 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) approval rate for each type of project grant, (b) amount of grant for each type of project as a percentage of the total amount paid out, (c) actual amount paid out for each type of project, and (d) number of approved applications which have been progressed to implementation were under the Farm Business Development Scheme in each year since the scheme started, broken down by scheme area.

S1W-27257 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights has had on the way cases of domestic abuse are dealt with by all organisations who have contact with victims of domestic abuse.

S1W-27258 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any consideration of introducing third party reporting sites for hate crimes and domestic violence.

S1W-27259 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the steering group to take forward the recommendations in the report of the Expert Panel on Sex Offending, Reducing the Risk: Improving the Response to Sex Offending, will be set up and who will be part of this group.

S1W-27260 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the teaching of issues surrounding child sexual abuse and domestic violence will be made mandatory in schools.

S1W-27261 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will evaluate the Safe from Harm initiative in Fife with a view to extending it throughout Scotland.

S1W-27262 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale has been set for the production of the material recommended in the report of the Expert Panel on Sex Offending, Reducing the Risk: Improving the Response to Sex Offending.

S1W-27263 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be provided to ensure that the recommendations made in the report of the Expert Panel on Sex Offending, Reducing the Risk: Improving the Response to Sex Offending, are implemented

S1W-27264 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is meant by high, medium and low risk as detailed in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-27265 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Sexual Offender Strategy and Implementation Group will report.

S1W-27266 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what amounts and percentage of the changing children’s services fund have been allocated in the current financial year to (a) statutory, (b) voluntary and (c) partnership projects, broken down by local authority.

S1W-27267 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will involve the Rape Crisis Network or other organisations involved in working with victims of sexual assault in providing information, guidance and training to prosecutors and the judiciary.

S1W-27268 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to vary the selected list or prevent a medicine or class of medicines from being provided on the NHS and whether it has used such powers and, if so, when.

S1W-27269 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to allow or disallow any medicines or classes of drugs to be included on the prescribing list in Scotland in variance to the selected list in England.

S1W-27270 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Scottish School of Primary Care plays in supporting nurses and doctors in promoting coronary heart disease awareness.

S1W-27271 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25345 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 June 2002, within what periods of time the outputs required by the contracts for social work services for HM Young Offenders Institution (a) Glenochil and (b) Polmont are to be provided.

S1W-27272 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25345 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 June 2002, what periods of time the contracts for social work services for HM Young Offenders Institution (a) Glenochil and (b) Polmont have been agreed to cover.

S1W-27273 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25345 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 June 2002, why it did not provide in the answer details of the periods of time within which the outputs are required and whether this answer complies with Part I of its Code of Practice on Access to Scottish Executive Information.

S1W-27274 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions police have used their powers under section 61(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27275 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 61(4) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27276 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seizures of property there have been under section 62 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27277 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions police have used their powers under section 63(2) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27278 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 63(6) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27279 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seizures of property there have been under section 64 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27280 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions police have used their powers under section 65(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27281 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 65(4) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27282 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many forfeitures of sound equipment there have been and how much money has been raised by sale of such equipment under section 66 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27283 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 68(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27284 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions police have used their powers under section 69(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27285 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 69(3) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27286 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orders have been (a) applied for and (b) granted to local authorities under section 14A of the Public Order Act 1986 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27287 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 14B(1) of the Public Order Act 1986 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27288 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions police have used their powers under section 14C(1) of the Public Order Act 1986 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27289 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports of offences to the procurator fiscal, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 14C(3) of the Public Order Act 1986 in each year since the section came into force.

S1W-27290 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken any national workforce planning in relation to the requirements of social work services across Scotland.

S1W-27291 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken any national workforce planning in relation to the future staff resources required to deliver free personal care.

S1W-27292 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has conducted into re-offending rates in respect of different types of social work provision for young offenders.

S1W-27293 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve social work training.

S1W-27294 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide additional guidance to local authorities to reinforce the importance of carer consultation and encourage best practice in this area.

S1W-27295 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor local authority community care planning structures to ensure that they are made more open, accessible and carer friendly.

S1W-27296 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering providing guidelines on carer consultation for NHS staff to ensure carers are fully involved in service planning.

S1W-27297 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for distributing the environmental allocation being made available to local authorities under the end-year flexibility arrangements announced in the ministerial statement by the Minister for Finance and Public Services on 26 June 2002.

S1W-27298 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23320 by Nicol Stephen on 19 March 2002, whether energy efficiency targets will be built into future evaluation criteria under the Public/Private Partnership programme for school modernisation.

S1W-27299 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken any measures to promote current Energy Saving Trust grants for the installation of solar/photovoltaic units in (a) public sector housing, (b) private sector housing, (c) businesses, (d) schools and (e) hospitals.

S1W-27300 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish an organic food and farming action plan.

S1W-27301 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in boosting genealogical and family history tourism.

S1W-27302 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working with local family history societies to boost family tourism.

S1W-27303 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to VisitScotland to discuss adding links to local family history societies’ websites to the ancestralscotland.com website.

S1W-27304 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to require local authority councillors to declare all outside earnings and interests and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-27305 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to empower local authorities to address environmental concerns relating to private property and, in particular, unoccupied derelict buildings and areas of derelict land within local communities.

S1W-27306 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the power to advance well-being under Part 4 of the Local Government in Scotland Bill will allow local authorities to encourage general building maintenance and improve litter control and what specific powers will be conferred on local authorities to assist in this.

S1W-27307 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25239 by Lewis Macdonald on 21 May 2002, when interim information on the effectiveness of the A82 Route Accident Reduction Plan will be available.

S1W-27308 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether wildlife crime is recorded as a crime for the purpose of national statistics and, if not, whether there are any plans for this to be done.

S1W-27309 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26220 by Allan Wilson on 6 June 2006, what information it receives in respect of illegal poisoning of wild birds from the chemistry section of the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency and whether such information could be used to identify where illegal poisoning has taken place.

S1W-27310 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to the police regarding the investigation of alleged sexual assaults.

S1W-27311 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is collected centrally regarding sexual assaults.

S1W-27312 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of reported rapes occurred (a) at the victim’s home, (b) at a friend’s, neighbour’s, or relative’s home, (c) on a street away from the victim’s home, (d) at a parking lot or garages and (e) in all other locations, in each of the last five years.

S1W-27313 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of rapes involved a weapon being used in the commission of the crime in each of the last five years.

S1W-27314 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapes took place between (a) 6am and 6pm, (b) 6pm and midnight and (c) midnight and 6am in each of the last five years.

S1W-27315 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapes took place where there was a prior relationship between victim and offender in each of the last five years.

S1W-27316 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many rape cases drugs were found to be involved in each of the last five years.

S1W-27317 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people convicted for rape in each of the last five years had previous convictions.

S1W-27318 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the number of registered blind persons living in the islands who would benefit from the extension of the national free concessionary travel scheme for blind people to cover air travel between the islands and the mainland.

S1W-27319 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the cost of an extension of the national free concessionary travel scheme for blind people to cover air travel between the islands and the mainland.

S1W-27320 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to include air travel between the islands and mainland in any extended or new national free concessionary travel scheme for blind people.

S1W-27321 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has excluded air travel between the islands and mainland from the national free concessionary travel scheme for blind people when the alternative transport service can be ferry trips of a much longer duration.

S1W-27322 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many journeys were made by registered blind people under the national free concessionary travel scheme for blind people in each year for which figures are available, broken down by rail, bus, ferry and underground train services.

S1W-27323 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost has been of its support for the national free concessionary travel scheme for blind people in each year for which figures are available.

S1W-27324 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12351 by Iain Gray on 23 January 2001, how many closed circuit television (CCTV) schemes are currently operating; how many of these have been evaluated, and how many of these evaluations show (a) an increase and (b) a decrease in crime in the area covered and nearby areas.

S1W-27325 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive which official in its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has prime responsibility for the implementation of animal health policy.

S1W-27326 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has in the formulation of animal health policy.

S1W-27327 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Environment and Rural Affairs Department last held discussions with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding animal health policy.

S1W-27328 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officials within its Environment and Rural Affairs Department are responsible for the implementation of animal health policy on a day to day basis.

S1W-27329Δ Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the statement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at Westminster on 28 November 2001, when the White Paper on arrangements for managing public sector civil nuclear liabilities will be published.

S1W-27330 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26361 by Ms Margaret Curran on 10 June 2002, how much was set aside by each local authority for improvement and repair grants in each financial year since April 1996 in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

S1W-27331 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how maximising the extraction of oil and gas reserves is compatible with sustainable development as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning in his announcement on 28 June 2002 on sustainable development.

S1W-27332 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in the light of the report by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage, which stated that pollution from urban traffic and factories is breaching safety limits and damaging wild flowers, crops and probably wildlife across large areas, particularly in the Highlands.

S1W-27333Δ Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its performance has been in the first quarter of 2002 in answering ministerial correspondence.

S1W-27334 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or any of its agencies were asked by the Essentia Group whether the group should continue recruiting staff in any of the last twelve months, detailing (a) the date any such request was made, (b) the date of response, (c) any advice given and (d) the reasons behind any such advice on each occasion advice was given.

S1W-27335 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or any of its agencies informed the Essentia Group that the Individual Learning Account Scheme would be re-introduced or replaced in any of the last eight months, detailing (a) the date any information was forwarded to the group, (b) whether any such information was forwarded as a result of a request from the group, (c) the information or advice provided and (d) the reasons behind any such advice or information on each occasion it was given.

S1W-27336 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to provide staff employed by the Essentia Group with compensation as a result of any advice or information it gave to the group in regard to recruitment, detailing the reasons behind its position on the matter.

S1W-27337 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or any of its agencies informed organisations or groups involved with the Individual Learning Account scheme that the scheme had been closed and would not be re-introduced, detailing (a) who informed them and (b) the date on which the information was provided, broken down by organisation or group.

S1W-27338 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which social inclusion partnerships (a) underspent and (b) overspent their budgets in 2001-02 and by how much.

S1W-27339 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 20 May 2002, what the administrative costs were of each of the social inclusion partnerships listed for 1999-2000 and 2000-01.

S1W-27340 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocations have been made to Stirling Council under its Public Transport Fund; what allocations have still to be made, and what applications have been made that have not received funding in each year since the scheme was established.

S1W-27341 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether joint applications are still permitted under the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Scheme and what the reasons are for the position on this matter. R

S1W-27342 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on private sector housing grants in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02, broken down by local authority.

S1W-27343 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next recommendations of the Housing Improvement Task Force will be made to it and when these recommendations will be published.

S1W-27344 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to submit the next recommendations of the Housing Improvement Task Force to any other body prior to publication.

S1W-27345 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to implement the recommendations of the working party into immunology and allergy services in Scotland.

S1W-27346 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any managed clinical networks have been set up to support anaphylaxis and allergy services.

S1W-27347 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialists in anaphylaxis and allergies are in post and where are they located.

S1W-27348 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trainee specialists in anaphylaxis and allergy services there are and where they are located.

S1W-27349 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to increase the number of training posts for medical staff and other staff wishing to specialise in anaphylaxis and allergy services.

S1W-27350 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GPs in each health board area had received training on the assessment of patients prior to the issue of a certificate of incapacity as at 1 July 2002, expressed also as a proportion of the total number of GPs in each area.

S1W-27351 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocations have been made within Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside NHS Board areas under the Remote and Rural Areas Resource Initiative.

S1W-27352 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to produce, publish and print the NHS publication Remote and Rural Areas Resource Initiative Mid-term Report.

S1W-27353 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22050 by Dr Richard Simpson on 1 February 2002, when it expects the working group carrying out the strategic assessment on the wider issue of drug-related sexual assault to report.

S1W-27354 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what publications it has produced aimed at helping the public reduce the risk of suffering a sexual assault in each of the last three years.

S1W-27355 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it provides to the public on reducing the risk of suffering sexual assaults and where any such advice is available.

S1W-27356 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop a public education campaign which alerts the public to the danger of sexual assaults from acquaintances as distinct from strangers.

S1W-27357 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial savings would result from the abolition of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland.

S1W-27358 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance has been provided to the north and north east by Communities Scotland for the purpose of providing housing accommodation for those with special needs; what the annual budget of Communities Scotland is for such housing; how this budget has been allocated in the current financial year, and whether it will provide a breakdown of such funding by geographical area for each year since Community Scotland’s inception.

S1W-27359 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any incidents recorded by Central Scotland Police as "suspicious circumstances" should instead have been included in crime figures.

S1W-27360 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what part further electrification of the Scottish rail network will play in its proposals to the Strategic Rail Authority.

S1W-27361 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will follow the practice in England and Wales of publishing individual local authority figures under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.

S1W-27362 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the average annual requirement of 4,600 construction industry staff identified in the Construction Industry Training Board’s Skills Foresight Report 2002-2006 are recruited across Scotland.

 

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