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Business Bulletin No. 132/2003

Friday 3 October 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 2 October 2003

  

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

S2W-3056 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2646 by Nicol Stephen on 1 October 2003, what funding it will make available for the Edinburgh to New York air service for the next three years; how much has been paid from the Route Development Fund for the service to date, broken down by individual payment; to whom such payments have been made, and what funding was provided prior to the awarding of the route in order to secure it.

S2W-3057 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vaccines currently administered contain mercury preservatives and, of these, which vaccines are given to children.

S2W-3058 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to institute a consultation exercise on mercury emissions from crematoria and, if so, when.

S2W-3060 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to establish citizens advice bureaux in health centres across Scotland.

S2W-3061 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how rates of skin cancer in Scotland compare with the rest of the world.

S2W-3062 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialist skin cancer nurses are employed by the NHS.

S2W-3063 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to recruit specialist skin cancer nurses to the NHS.

S2W-3064 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, or plans to have, with Her Majesty's Government about the impact on local people of the implications of the sale of Motherwell Bridge for current employee pensions and former employee pensioners.

S2W-3065 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received the final report of the Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey, carried out by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland on behalf of COSLA, and, if so, whether it will make it available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-3066 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what information or indicators it or other publicly-funded organisations publish on the quality of, and expenditure on, local authority maintained roads.

S2W-3067 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is available to ensure that NHS staff understand the needs of patients with Alzheimer's disease who are receiving treatment in hospital for other health conditions.

S2W-3068 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring that relatives of hospital patients with Alzheimer's disease are provided with sufficient information about their relatives' treatment.

S2W-3069 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued a code of guidance to NHS staff to ensure that patients with Alzheimer's disease receive appropriate care in hospital.

S2W-3070 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that patients with Alzheimer's disease receive adequate nutrition in hospital.

S2W-3071 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider recommending that acute health trusts appoint an Alzheimer's disease liaison officer with responsibility for all hospitals within their area to ensure that relatives of patients with Alzheimer's disease have access to information about their relatives' care.

S2W-3072 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much NHS equipment has been purchased through charitable donations and what proportion of overall equipment expenditure these purchases represent.

S2W-3073 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted research into the re-use of single-use equipment in the NHS.

S2W-3074 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether equipment levels in the NHS are commensurate with the needs of the service and whether NHS staff can access appropriate equipment when they require it.

S2W-3075 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether equipment is adequately maintained in the NHS.

S2W-3076 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether training in the use of equipment is adequate in the NHS.

S2W-3077 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost savings were to the Meat Hygiene Service following the 2002 tender procedure for veterinarian services in Scotland.

S2W-3078 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to new landfill developments.

S2W-3079 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to protection of raised bogs.

S2W-3080 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to landfill gas flare systems.

S2W-3081 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to leachate treatment.

S2W-3082 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to the discharge of surface water from landfill sites.

S2W-3083 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether access roads to landfill sites are unsuitable for heavy traffic.

S2W-3084 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection Aucheninnes bog, Dalbeattie, is being given.

S2W-3085 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection endangered flora and fauna at Aucheninnes bog, Dalbeattie, are receiving.

S2W-3086 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection will be given to the local ecosystem and Aucheninnes bog from any gas flare installation at the proposed Aucheninnes landfill site, Dalbeattie.

S2W-3087 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection will be given to the local ecosystem and Aucheninnes bog from any leachate treatment at the proposed Aucheninnes landfill site, Dalbeattie.

S2W-3088 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection will be given to the local ecosystem and Aucheninnes bog from the discharge of surface water at the proposed Aucheninnes landfill site, Dalbeattie.

S2W-3089 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection will be given to the local ecosystem and Aucheninnes bog from any heavy traffic at the proposed Aucheninnes landfill site, Dalbeattie.

S2W-3090 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds it has made available in respect of the change to the licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation.

S2W-3091 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2695 by Lewis Macdonald on 30 September 2003, what funds it has made available, in total, under its existing programme budget for the promotion of renewable energy.

S2W-3092 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2659 by Lewis Macdonald on 30 September 2003, how much was made available to projects in Scotland from the UK scheme operated by the Department of Trade and Industry, in total and broken down by individual projects.

S2W-3093 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what planning guidance it currently issues to local authorities on the siting of onshore wind farms.

S2W-3094 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last reviewed its planning guidance to local authorities on the siting of onshore wind farms.

S2W-3095 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review its planning guidance to local authorities on the siting of onshore wind farms.

S2W-3096 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have the necessary resources within their planning departments to deal with the current level of applications to construct onshore wind farms.

S2W-3097 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has the necessary resources within the Inquiry Reporters' Unit to deal with the current level of applications to construct onshore wind farms.

S2W-3098 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current planning guidance to local authorities on the siting of onshore wind farms takes adequate account of public opinion in the affected areas.

S2W-3099 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the cost to it and local authorities of determining all the current planning applications to construct onshore wind farms.

S2W-3100 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the returns from local authorities on the number of individuals with autism and Asperger's syndrome in their areas.

S2W-3101 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are under which a strategic environmental assessment must be carried out.

S2W-3102 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what exemptions there are from the need to carry out a strategic environmental assessment.

S2W-3103 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive who records the information held on the pollution inventory.

S2W-3104 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for pollution offences have been initiated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency since the creation of the pollution inventory.

S2W-3105 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish an environmental court as part of the implementation of the United Nations Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters and, if so, what the remit of such a court would be.

S2W-3106 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently diagnosed with depression, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-3107 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) males and (b) females currently diagnosed with depression in the under 14s group are (i) under five and (ii) five or older.

S2W-3108 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths in the last three years were the result of a mental illness, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-3109 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many suicides have been recorded in the last three years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-3110 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what programmes are in place to make young people aware of mental illness and how these programmes are evaluated to assess their effectiveness.

S2W-3111 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients under 18 are currently being prescribed anti-depressants broken, down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-3112 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the provision of rural housing in areas such as Clydesdale.

S2W-3113 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the extension of the provision of further and higher education in Lanarkshire.

S2W-3114 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance issued to procurators fiscal encourages the prosecution of licensees charged with selling alcohol to minors.

S2W-3115 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by local authorities in establishing quality partnerships with bus operators under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001.

S2W-3116 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it makes to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to assist with its work in enforcing the law and assisting the prosecution of cases in relation to cruelty and neglect of animals.

S2W-3117 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases resulted in prosecution that involved cruelty to, and neglect of, animals and in how many of these cases was the prosecution was reliant upon evidence from personnel working for, or engaged by, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in each year since 1999.

S2W-3118 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what body was responsible for the decision not to include in-cell showers in the design of the new Iona houseblock at HM Prison Polmont.

S2W-3119 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for not including in-cell showers in the design of the new Iona houseblock at HM Prison Polmont.

S2W-3121 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1869 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 September 2003, why the baseline figures for HM Prison Kilmarnock's performance have been revised.

S2W-3122 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1869 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 September 2003, whether, as a result of the revision of baseline figures for HM Prison Kilmarnock's performance, any repayment has been made to the operators of the prison.

S2W-3125 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any social inclusion partnership in Glasgow has ever been investigated for fraud.

S2W-3126 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any social inclusion partnership has ever been investigated for fraud.

S2W-3127 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects received social inclusion partnership funding in Glasgow in 2002-03.

S2W-3128 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects received social inclusion partnership funding in 2002-03.

S2W-3129 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place in Glasgow to monitor the financial and administrative performance of social inclusion partnerships and the projects that they fund.

S2W-3130 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to monitor the financial and administrative performance of social inclusion partnerships and the projects that they fund.

S2W-3131 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any criminal prosecution has resulted from any investigation of a project funded by a social inclusion partnership in Glasgow.

S2W-3132 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any criminal prosecution has resulted from any investigation of a project funded by a social inclusion partnership.

S2W-3133 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how social inclusion partnership boards in Glasgow are constituted and how these arrangements ensure that the community is represented.

S2W-3134 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how the social inclusion partnership boards are constituted and how the arrangements ensure that the community is represented.

S2W-3135 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a report commissioned by it from Cambridge Economic Policy Associates stated that social inclusion partnership boards are being filled by "Labour placemen", as referred to by Shona Robison MSP in the debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap on 4 September 2003 (Official Report, col 1361).

 

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