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Business Bulletin No. 159/2002

Thursday 7 November 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 6 November 2002

  

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

S1W-31287 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any local authorities have been approached by British Energy to request deferment of payment of its business rates for the operation of its nuclear power stations or other facilities; if so, which local authorities are considering, or have agreed, to defer these rates, and what the estimated loss in revenue and interest would be to each local authority in the event of (a) the rates being deferred for (i) one month, (ii) six months and (iii) one year and (b) British Energy not being able to pay back the rates.

S1W-31288 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what power it has to issue guidance or directions to the Strategic Rail Authority on the specific rail enhancement projects that the authority will include in its forthcoming 10-year plan.

S1W-31289 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to the Strategic Rail Authority in support of commitments in the authority's 10-year plan to the upgrading of Edinburgh Waverley Station, the restoration of rail services to the Borders and the building of rail connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

S1W-31290 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund the Edinburgh to London sleeper service in the new franchise for passenger rail services.

S1W-31291 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Network Rail about its operation in Scotland and what changes it anticipates there will be in the structure, responsibilities and lines of accountability of the company in Scotland from those of Railtrack Scotland.

S1W-31292 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Lord Advocate will reply to my letter of 4 October 2002 regarding Mrs A Buchan of Fraserburgh.

S1W-31293 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has authorised, or will authorise, the testing of GM maize (a) AgrEvo T14 Liberty Link, (b) AgrEvo CBH351 StarLink, (c) DeKalb DBT418 Bt Xtra, (d) DeKalb DLL25 GR, (e) Monsanto GA21 Roundup Ready, (f) Monsanto NK603 Roundup Ready, (g) Monsanto Mon801, (h) Monsanto Mon802, (i) Monsanto Mon805, (j) Monsanto Mon809, (k) Monsanto Mon830, (l) Monsanto Mon831, (m) Monsanto Mon832, (n) Pioneer 676, (o) Pioneer 678, (p) Pioneer 680, (q) AgrEvoMS3 and (r) AgrEvoMS6 before they enter the country.

S1W-31294 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any minister has had sight as at 6 November 2002 of a draft of HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary's report on police visibility.

S1W-31295 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding for mental health has been (a) made available and (b) spent in each of the last five years; how such funding was distributed, broken down by NHS boards and trusts, the voluntary sector and local authority social work departments; what formula is used to distribute such funding, and who decides on this formula.

S1W-31296 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many psychiatric patients have been admitted to pass beds in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-31297 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been admitted to acute psychiatric beds in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-31298 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what process should be followed by NHS boards and trusts prior to the closure of a hospital ward.

S1W-31299 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any national grievance procedures that NHS boards and trusts need to follow when dealing with representations made by trade unions over the closure of a hospital ward.

S1W-31300 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the incidence of different cancer types varies across Scotland.

S1W-31301 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28026 by Mr Jim Wallace on 4 November 2002, why it took until that date to provide a substantive answer to the question, lodged on 30 July 2002.

S1W-31302 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28026 by Mr Jim Wallace on 4 November 2002, why the answer did not state which of its ministers and how many of its officials attended the European Union working party on substantive criminal law in Brussels on 29 and 30 July 2002, the grade of these officials and their departments and whether it will now provide this information.

S1W-31303 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28026 by Mr Jim Wallace on 4 November 2002, whether it keeps records of which of its ministers and officials have attended European Union meetings and what information it is able to provide on such attendance.

S1W-31304 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on publishing information on which of its ministers and the number, grade and department of officials that attend European Union meetings.

S1W-31305 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-28038 and S1W-30697 by Ms Margaret Curran and Mr Jim Wallace on 30 August and 29 October 2002 respectively, whether it has ever made any direct representations to members of the (a) European Parliament, (b) Committee of the Regions and (c) European Commission and, if so, under what circumstances such representations were made.

S1W-31306 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to the British Fluoridation Society in each year since 1997; what this funding was for, and from which budget it came.

S1W-31307 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will simplify the procedures for holding all-postal by-elections, for example by removing the necessity for a local authority to seek permission from it to hold a by-election in this way.

S1W-31308 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to the parents of children with learning disabilities outwith school hours.

S1W-31309 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children defined as having learning disabilities there are in each local authority area, broken down by council ward.

S1W-31310 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has conducted into domestic abuse of young people with learning disabilities.

S1W-31311 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what equipment will be installed and located in Scotland by Band X with regard to the broadband trading platform being created by Scottish Enterprise; whether that equipment is more than an interface and switch to a London connection and, if so, whether it will give technical details, and whether equipment can be accessed directly from Scotland and, if so, how, or must be routed through London and, if so, how that will benefit Scottish internet service providers.

S1W-31312 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether and, if so, in what way Scottish internet service providers will be able to sell into the broadband trading platform being created by Scottish Enterprise.

S1W-31313 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28643 by Lewis Macdonald on 4 October 2002, how much has been spent under public transport funding grants by each local authority in each of the last three years; what amounts have been earmarked and committed, and whether there was any underspend or uncommitted funding by any authority.

S1W-31314 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has put in place to support families of former residents of Lennox Castle Hospital who have been resettled in the community.

S1W-31315 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children with learning disabilities are housed in supported accommodation as part of the Care in the Community Strategy in each local authority area, broken down by council ward.

S1W-31316 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of The same as you?.

S1W-31317 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30631 by Cathy Jamieson on 6 November 2002, whether the costs of establishing and operating the National Debate on Education website are inclusive of VAT.

S1W-31318 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30636 by Iain Gray on 6 November 2002, whether the costs of establishing and operating the Funding for Learners website are inclusive of VAT.

S1W-31319 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30638 by Cathy Jamieson on 29 October 2002, whether the costs of establishing and operating the Children's Hearings website are inclusive of VAT.

S1W-31320 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of debt for non-payment of water charges by (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic customers was owed to the former three water authorities at 31 March 2002.

S1W-31321 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of debt for non-payment of water charges by (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic customers was owed to Scottish Water at 30 September 2002.

S1W-31322 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what policy it expects the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to follow with regard to supporting artists working in Scotland.

S1W-31323 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the official role is of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; to whom the trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland are responsible with regard to ensuring that the gallery fulfils that role; what performance monitoring with regard to that role is undertaken, and by what mechanisms and at what frequency that role is reviewed.

S1W-31324 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art publishes, on a regular basis, the list of acquisitions it has made, along with the price of each acquisition and an explanation of why the item was acquired and how it fits into the gallery's official role.

S1W-31325 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art publishes the cost of acquiring each item on display alongside that item together with a brief explanation of why the item was acquired for the gallery's collection.

S1W-31326 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what external assessment has taken place of the performance of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in terms of its contribution to the support and development of the arts in Scotland.

 

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