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Business Bulletin No. 147/2004

Friday 8 October 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 7 October 2004

  

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

S2W-11305 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any proposals to strengthen legislation regarding planning and houses in multiple occupation to ensure that work carried out to such properties complies with planning and building warrant regulations.

S2W-11306 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has had with NHS Highland with regard to the continuing provision of neurological consultant services in the board’s area.

S2W-11307 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure the continuing provision of consultant neurological services in the NHS Highland area.

S2W-11308 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Borders Council regarding proposed closure of Hutton Primary School.

S2W-11309 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the teaching of history, including the life and contribution of Scots at home and abroad, will continue to be a core activity in primary and secondary schools.

S2W-11310 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that universities train more history teachers from 2005-06 onwards to meet the requirements of schools.

S2W-11311 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that Renfrewshire Council has varied the scope of its PPP schools contract and whether the new contract represents value for money to the taxpayer, given that the value of the contract remains unchanged for the contractor although the refurbishment programme contained in the original agreement is no longer part of the revised agreement and risk associated with the contract has been transferred from the contractor to the council.

S2W-11312 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many holders of parking blue badges there are, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-11313 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made to honour the achievements of Scotland’s paralympians.

S2W-11314 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school sports co-ordinators have had additional support needs training.

S2W-11315 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school sports co-ordinators have had disability equality training.

S2W-11316 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school sports co-ordinators have had training in working with children and young people with complex and/or multiple disabilities, such as training in moving and handling and in administration of rectal diazapam.

S2W-11317 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines are issued to school sports co-ordinators on supporting children and young people with disabilities to participate in physical activities at school.

S2W-11318 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school swimming pools there are.

S2W-11319 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school swimming pools are fitted with equipment and facilities to facilitate access by disabled children and young people.

S2W-11320 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it has given to the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in each of the last five years.

S2W-11321 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9840 by Mr Frank McAveety on 26 August 2004, which bodies and institutions are taking action in relation to the recommendations of the Committee of Experts on the application of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages as these relate to the Scots language; what initiatives are being taken forward, and how the performance of these initiatives will be measured and assessed by the Executive and its agencies.

S2W-11322 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases have been heard in sheriff courts in each year since 1999 and, of these, how many were solemn cases.

S2W-11323 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to (a) drug and (b) youth court pilots in each year since they began.

S2W-11324 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £5-£6 million allocated for allowing sheriff courts to deal with increasing numbers of cases and supporting innovative drug and youth courts will be for supporting innovative drug and youth courts.

S2W-11325 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of investment has been provided for community-based drug rehabilitation in each year since 1999.

S2W-11326 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of additional investment will be provided for increased community-based drug rehabilitation.

S2W-11327 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated for (a) pay and (b) pension costs in the fire service in each year since 1999 and what funding has been allocated for modernisation costs in the fire service in each year in which figures are available.

S2W-11328 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the funding allocated to the fire service in each year since 1999 has been earmarked for enhancing the fire service’s response to the threat of global terrorism and, if so, what that level of funding has been.

S2W-11329 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the funding allocated to the police in each year since 1999 has been earmarked for enhancing the police’s response to the threat of global terrorism and, if so, what that level of funding has been.

S2W-11330 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any specific funding will be allocated to the police for enhancing its response to the increased threat from global terrorism.

S2W-11331 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has allocated for (a) judicial pay and (b) increasing the judicial complement in each year since 1999.

S2W-11332 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many commissions it has established in each year since 1999 and what funding was allocated for their establishment.

S2W-11333 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to pages 20 and 21 of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008, what funding will be allocated to ensure that all young offenders get a "right place, right time" intervention and under what section of Table 3.01 any such funding will be provided.

S2W-11334 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding has been provided to the (a) Youth Crime Prevention Fund and (b) Intensive Support Fund in each year since inception.

S2W-11335 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding it will provide to roll forward and continue investment in the (a) Youth Crime Prevention Fund and (b) Intensive Support Fund, as referred to in Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008.

S2W-11336 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive from which portfolio any funding for the Efficient Government initiative will come.

S2W-11337 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days patients spent in hospital for in-patient care for, and treatment of, diabetes-related complications in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003.

S2W-11338 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital appointments were made by, and for, patients receiving in-patient care for, and treatment of, diabetes-related complications in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003.

S2W-11339 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of treating diabetes and its effects was in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003, expressed also as a percentage of the total NHS budget in each year.

S2W-11340 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected increase in NHS spending on diabetes will be over the next (a) one year and (b) three, (c) five and (d) 10 years.

S2W-11341 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7277 by Peter Peacock on 5 May 2004, when the new guidance regarding school closures will be published.

S2W-11342 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement on eligibility for the Education Maintenance Allowance programme.

S2W-11343 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households are currently living in fuel poverty, broken down by tenure.

S2W-11344 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households are currently living in fuel poverty, boken down by household income.

S2W-11345 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households are fuel poor, broken down by household type.

S2W-11346 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are currently registered as homeless, broken down by (a) type of temporary accommodation and (b) local authority area.

S2W-11347 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current waiting time is for a referral to a clinical psychologist, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11348 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many clinical psychologist posts are currently unfilled, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11349 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the conclusions are of the review of police funding.

S2W-11350 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a local land valuation tax to generate income for local communities.

S2W-11351 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding the introduction of a local land valuation tax in Scotland to generate income for local communities.

S2W-11352 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken into the potential benefits of a local land valuation tax.

S2W-11353 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities will have access to background details used to determine whether a landlord is a "fit and proper person" to be registered under the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11354 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive who will pay the costs of the appeal system against refusal of registration as a private landlord under the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11355 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords will be self-financing and, if not, what the estimated cost of the scheme will be.

S2W-11356 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost will be of setting up the administrative and IT systems for the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11357 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be allocated to publicise the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11358 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what fee is proposed for a landlord to register a property for let under the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11359 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the potential impact on the buy to let market of the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11360 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications would be in respect of default on a mortgage when an order has been made against a landlord stating that rent is not payable in accordance with the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004.

S2W-11361 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter of 7 September 2004 regarding prescription charges for cancer patients.

S2W-11362 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, with reference to page 21 of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008, it will publish Table 3.01 in real terms, using 2004-05 as the base year.

S2W-11363 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive why, with reference to page 21 of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008, police loan charges are not listed in Table 3.01.

S2W-11364 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommendations were of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Inspectorate’s review of the prosecution of racial crime.

S2W-11365 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many, and what percentage of, sheriff and jury cases, indictments were served for sheriff and jury cases that involve bail within eight months of first appearance on petition in each year since 1999.

S2W-11366 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, high court indictments involve bail within (a) nine and (b) 10 months of first appearance on petition.

S2W-11367 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the base year will be for the reduction by 10% of the level of High Court trial diet adjournments by March 2008.

S2W-11368 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, court bail decisions are communicated within 24 hours to victims in cases in which the accused has appeared from custody.

S2W-11369 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, investigations into deaths which require further investigation, are concluded and the next-of-kin advised within 12 weeks.

 

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