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Business Bulletin No. 164 / 2003

Monday 1st December 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 27th November 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-4480 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3412 by Cathy Jamieson on 12 November 2003, when the Glasgow fingerprint bureau was certified as competent to the ISO 9001: 2000 standard.

S2W-4481 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3412 by Cathy Jamieson on 12 November 2003, when, and by whom, the fingerprint experts in the Glasgow fingerprint bureau have been subject to external annual competency testing and what the criterion is for such testing.

S2W-4482 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3412 by Cathy Jamieson on 12 November 2003, what the procedures are in the Glasgow fingerprint bureau.

S2W-4483 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether EMBT/RMJM have completed the services to be provided under their contract with the Scottish Parliament and, if not, what work remains to be completed, with particular reference to any design work.

S2W-4484 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on increasing the income threshold at which students repay their graduate endowment/student loan.

S2W-4485 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what Scottish GDP would currently be had it increased at the same rate as the UK average since 1997.

S2W-4486 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the additional value, compared with the actual value, of Scottish GDP would be had its GDP grown at the same rate as the UK average since 1999.

S2W-4487 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for (a) non-urgent and (b) urgent scans for osteoporosis in each NHS board area.

S2W-4488 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the conclusions were of any research into the impact on white fish stocks of the ban on sandeel fishing in the Wee Bankie.

S2W-4489 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2090 by Nicol Stephen on 10 November 2003, what the legal basis is for negotiations relating to a buy-out being subject to commercial confidentiality.

S2W-4490 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit of community wardens will be; what the total cost of their employment will be per annum; what job requirements they will have to fulfil; what their relationship with the police will be, and what the requirements for recruitment will be.

S2W-4491 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to making representations to Her Majesty's Government about the proposal by the Refugee Scotland Project that open door hostel accommodation should be developed as an alternative to detention at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre which would also allow the children of asylum seekers to attend local schools.

S2W-4492 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any issues regarding the payment of NHS student bursaries to recipients and, if so, what these issues were and what actions were taken to resolve them.

S2W-4493 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the Transitional Water and Waste Water Charges Scheme in any form for domestic water users beyond March 2004.

S2W-4494 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how effective the Transitional Water and Waste Water Charges Scheme has been in providing assistance to the poorest households.

S2W-4495 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will address in a revised system of water relief for domestic consumers the issue of closing the gap between the income support allowance for water and sewerage and the actual charges levied.

S2W-4496 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to investigate the provision of support for those in need and help reduce the level of bad debt with water and sewerage charges, as referred to in the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland's report Strategic Review of Charges 2002-2006.

S2W-4497 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of recruits to the Modern Apprenticeship Programme complete their training with a positive outcome.

S2W-4498 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Water Customer Consultation Panel's report Affordability of Domestic Water and Wastewater Charges and the recommendation that the scale and scope of the transitional relief scheme should be extended.

S2W-4499 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2833 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 October 2003, whether any of the 57 projects in 2002-03 did not begin; how many of the 7,159 jobs are still in situ, and whether any of the 205.2 million investment was withdrawn.

S2W-4500 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue income projections are for the (a) Erskine and (b) Skye Bridge in each of the next three years.

S2W-4501 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed Personal Bankruptcy and Diligence Bill will end the practice of bank arrestment being used as a form of diligence against those who receive state benefits by way of (a) personal bank accounts or (b) Post Office card accounts.

S2W-4502 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for further consultation on the reform of bank arrestments.

S2W-4503 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with local authorities in the context of the proposed Personal Bankruptcy and Diligence Bill to ensure that bank arrestments are not served on individuals whose state benefits are paid into (a) personal bank accounts or (b) Post Office card accounts.

S2W-4504 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what options it has considered to protect people whose state benefits are paid into (a) personal bank accounts or (b) Post Office card accounts from bank arrestments as part of the proposed Personal Bankruptcy and Diligence Bill.

S2W-4505 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer to question S2W-3452 by Nicol Stephen on 12 November 2003, what the 12 road projects referred to in the answer are, showing in each case the (a) road, (b) part of the road being upgraded and (c) total amount of spending from (i) local authorities and (ii) European structural funds.

S2W-4506 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-715 by Allan Wilson on 13 November 2003, what appropriate measures it is taking to bring stability to the European salmon market and reduce the risk of a recurrence of dumping.

S2W-4507 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3668 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 November 2003, which public limited companies have had their registered offices in Scotland as a result of commencing trading in each year since 1997.

S2W-4508 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S2W-3575 by Mr Andrew Welsh on 19 November 2003, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will place in the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre the monthly reports on the work of the Scottish Parliament staff member based in Brussels.

S2W-4509 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3416 by Nicol Stephen on 10 November 2003, whether the realignment scheme on the A95 between Gaich and Craggan will provide an underpass to allow for the extension of the Strathspey railway from Broomhill to Grantown.

S2W-4510 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the impact of non-numeric fingerprinting evidence on the incidence of challenges by defence attorneys to fingerprinting evidence presented by the Crown and what impact any increase in such challenges would have on the legal aid budget.

S2W-4511 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations took place between the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Criminal Record Office and the Justice Department prior to the introduction of non-numeric fingerprint evidence.

S2W-4512 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2833 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 October 2003, whether any of the 78 projects in 1998-99 did not begin; how many of the 10,867 jobs are still in situ, and whether any of the 761.2 million investment was withdrawn.

S2W-4513 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2833 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 October 2003, whether any of the 91 projects in 1999-2002 did not begin; how many of the 19,334 jobs are still in situ, and whether any of the 650.1 million investment was withdrawn.

S2W-4514 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2833 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 October 2003, whether any of the 102 projects in 2000-01 did not begin; how many of the 14,346 jobs are still in situ, and whether any of the 1,763.3 million investment was withdrawn.

S2W-4515 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2833 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 October 2003, whether any of the 59 projects in 2001-02 did not begin; how many of the 6,386 jobs are still in situ, and whether any of the 272.2 million investment was withdrawn.

S2W-4516 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the working practices implemented by BEAR Scotland in connection with the winter maintenance rotas of trunk roads for which they are responsible and whether it has made any representations to the Health and Safety Executive about these matters.

S2W-4517 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to ensure that the working practices and hours of grit lorry drivers comply with all legal requirements and guarantee the safety of the driver and a minimum resting period.

S2W-4518 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide assistance to the shopmobility Highland bus service for local disabled people in Inverness and Dingwall under the Rural Community Transport Initiative and, if so, whether funding will be provided prior to the end of the current financial year.

S2W-4519 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has intervened, or plans to intervene, in the position of Help the Aged which is considering redundancies in its Scottish office and the withdrawal of certain services to senior citizens in Scotland.

S2W-4520 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scottish fathers will have the same parental rights and responsibilities as unmarried fathers in England, under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, to jointly register the birth of their child with the mother.

S2W-4521 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many owners of domestic dwellings on the route of the proposed on-line upgrade of the A80 it intends to have discussions with in respect of the impact of the upgrade on their property.

S2W-4522 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with owners of domestic dwellings on the route of the proposed on-line upgrade of the A80 in respect of the impact of any upgrade on their property and, if so, how many owners it has had discussion with.

S2W-4523 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and which, police forces have participated in awareness training in attention deficit hyperkinetic disorder and how many in each force attended the training.

S2W-4524 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether awareness training in attention deficit hyperkinetic disorder is offered routinely as part of the Scottish Prison Service training programme and, if so, how many personnel have participated and from which areas of the service.

S2W-4526 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the introduction of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill will have on the Children's Panel system.

S2W-4527 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been (a) allocated and (b) spent in each local authority on the grading of pavements in public areas to improve access for disabled people to shops and other public amenities, in each year since 1999.

S2W-4528 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidelines are in place for local authorities for provision of street furnishing, such as lamp-posts and signs, to be marked with contrasting bandings in order that people with visual impairment can identify them more clearly and, if not, what steps will be taken to introduce such guidelines nationwide.

S2W-4529 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment will be made of the progress of local authorities in making their streets and services more suitable and accessible to people with disabilities.

S2W-4530 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue a policy document with regard to teacher training covering special educational needs.

S2W-4531 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive why Midlothian has not featured on any shortlists for relocation of its departments and agencies.

S2W-4532 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of which of its departments and agencies a final decision has been made on relocation, stating in each case which location has been chosen.

S2W-4533 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies for midwife posts there are, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-4534 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many student midwives are undertaking their final year of study.

S2W-4535 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on students graduating in midwifery last year who have not found full-time employment as midwives.

S2W-4536 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made with regard to Implementing a Framework for Maternity Services in Scotland.

S2W-4537 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has in respect of costing and proposals to complete the Edinburgh bypass between the Maybury roundabout and Barnton.

S2W-4538 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans for a road link from the M8 to Edinburgh Airport have been removed from structural plans for west Edinburgh and what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

S2W-4539 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3471 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 November 2003, how much was spent on (a) atypical antipsychotic drugs, (b) antipsychotic drugs and (c) methylphenidate in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4540 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on any increase in road traffic from the Maybury roundabout to Turnhouse in relation to air freight and cargo and what plans it has to improve access for road freight to the airport freight section of Edinburgh Airport at Turnhouse.

 

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