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Justice

Stewart Stevenson (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of cases of (a) shoplifting, (b) domestic burglary, (c) non-domestic burglary, (d) theft from motor vehicle, (e) robbery, (f) fraud, (g) theft of motor vehicle, (h) stranger and acquaintance violence, (i) mugging, (j) murder, (k) culpable homicide and (l) deaths caused by driving have taken place when motivated by drug use in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 

(S2W-17940)

Cathy Jamieson: Information on whether accused persons in homicide cases recorded by the police were under the influence of drugs has been collected since 2000. The available statistics are given in the table. Similar data for other types of crime are not collected centrally.

Persons Accused in Homicide Cases1 Recorded as Being Under the Influence of Drugs, 2000-2003

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

Number 17 21 32 36
% of total accused2 13 14 17 26

Notes:

1. Currently (as at 10 November 2004) recorded as homicide.

2. Total includes accused persons whose drug status was not known.

Stewart Stevenson (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what the murder rate per 1,000 of the population was in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

 

(S2W-17978)

Cathy Jamieson: The available information is given in the table.

Victims of Homicide1,2 per 1,000 Population, by Police Force Area, 1999-2003

Police Force Area 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Central 0.018 0.011 0.014 0.021 0.011
Dumfries and Galloway 0.020 0.047 0.041 0.007 0.014
Fife 0.003 0.009 0.006 0.009 0.003
Grampian 0.013 0.023 0.013 0.013 0.013
Lothian and Borders 0.019 0.011 0.015 0.015 0.019
Northern 0.004 0.014 0.018 0.022 0.007
Strathclyde 0.036 0.027 0.031 0.037 0.033
Tayside 0.010 0.015 0.013 0.026 0.008
Scotland 0.023 0.021 0.022 0.025 0.021

Notes:

1. Currently (as at 10 November 2004) recorded as homicide.

2. The initial classification of a case as homicide is made by the police; it will generally be murder.

Multiple Sclerosis

Ms Rosemary Byrne (South of Scotland) (SSP): To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided for research into multiple sclerosis in each year since 1999.

 

(S2W-18224)

Ms Rosemary Byrne (South of Scotland) (SSP): To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it intends to provide for research into multiple sclerosis in each of the remaining years of this parliamentary session.

 

(S2W-18226)

Lewis Macdonald: The Chief Scientist Office (CSO), within the Scottish Executive Health Department, has responsibility for encouraging and supporting research into health and health care needs in Scotland. CSO primarily responds to requests for funding research proposals initiated by the research community in Scotland and this role is well known and advertised throughout the healthcare and academic community.

CSO has not funded any research into multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1999. This is due to the fact that no research proposals on MS have been received in recent years. CSO would be pleased to consider research proposals for innovative MS studies of a sufficiently high standard. These would be subject to the usual peer and committee review.

Olympic Games

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the creation of a Scottish Olympic team.

 

(S2W-18013)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether having a Scottish Olympic team would help attain the visions of Sport 21 and, in particular, achieving and sustaining world class performances in sport.

 

(S2W-18022)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether a Scottish Olympic team would help recognise and nurture sporting talent.

 

(S2W-18023)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits would accrue to Scotland from having its own Olympic team.

 

(S2W-18024)

Patricia Ferguson: The Scottish Executive has no plans to explore the possibility of Scotland fielding its own team in the Olympics.

Scottish athletes with the talent to reach GB squad membership gain from competing with and against athletes of a similar calibre. We believe that combining the strengths of all parts of Great Britain both offers a greater chance of international success and offers athletes the opportunity to train with a larger pool of world class competitors.

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting each Olympic sport.

 

(S2W-18014)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the sports that make up the Commonwealth Games.

 

(S2W-18017)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it takes advice on the promotion of sport from Scotland’s Olympians.

 

(S2W-18020)

Patricia Ferguson: Sportscotland has a target of 148 Scottish medallists by 2007. Many of these will be achieved by athletes competing in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Sportscotland supports and invests in approximately 60 sports in Scotland which in turn use some of that investment to promote their individual sport to the public. Scottish athletes are used to promote their sport and sport in general through the Sporting Champions programme by making visits to schools to help inspire participation. The Executive takes advice on the promotion of sport from a range of people including current and former top athletes.

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it will have in planning the games of the XXX Olympiad.

 

(S2W-18015)

Patricia Ferguson: The responsibility for planning and organising the games of the XXX Olympiad will lie with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the arrangements will be based on the proposals in London 2012’s candidature file.

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive how many national sports bodies there are in Scotland which are recognised by the International Olympic Committee as being affiliated to the relevant international body.

 

(S2W-18016)

Patricia Ferguson: This is a matter for the IOC but our understanding is that the IOC has no process for recognising national governing bodies of sport.

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive how Scotland can benefit from the games of the XXX Olympiad.

 

(S2W-18019)

Patricia Ferguson: I refer the member to the answers given to questions S2W-17561 and S2W-17564 answered on 18 July 2005. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at: Questions & Answers Search.

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland to seek national Olympic committee status and, if so, how it will support the council in that aim.

 

(S2W-18021)

Patricia Ferguson: The International Olympic Committee decides on which Olympic Committees it will recognise. The Scottish Executive has no plans to explore the possibility of Scotland having its own Olympic Committee.

The remit of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland is specific to the Commonwealth Games and the Council is a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Schools

Stewart Stevenson (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive which primary schools have (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1997.

 

(S2W-17972)

Peter Peacock: The primary schools opened and closed in each year since 1997 are set out in the following tables. Both local authority and independent schools are included, as well as schools that have merged to form new schools or have moved site. The information has been derived from information collected annually by the Scottish Executive Education Department on the opening and closing of schools.

Table 1: Primary Schools Opened, By Year

Education Authority Area School
1997  
Dundee City Sidlaw View Primary School
Fife Bellyeoman Primary School
1998  
Aberdeen City Newhills Primary School
Edinburgh City St Margaret's School *
1999  
Aberdeen City Charleston School
Eilean Siar Lewis Independent Christian School *
Glasgow City Iqra Academy *
Glasgow City Glasgow Gaelic Primary School
Inverclyde Cedars School of Excellence *
North Lanarkshire Alexander Peden Primary
2000  
Angus Rosemount Primary School
Highland Strathpeffer Primary School
North Ayrshire Lawthorn Primary School
North Lanarkshire St Margaret of Scotland Primary School
2001  
West Lothian Livingston Village Primary School
2002  
Edinburgh City Craigroyston Primary School
Highland Strathdearn Primary School
Renfrewshire Living Waters School-Bellshill *
West Lothian Linlithgow Bridge Primary School
2003  
Edinburgh City Craigour Park Primary
Edinburgh City Castleview Primary School
Edinburgh City Forthview Primary
Fife Anstruther Primary School
Highland Moray Firth School *
North Lanarkshire St Andrew's Primary School
2004  
2005 (to date)  
Dundee City Claypotts Castle Primary School
Edinburgh City Currie Primary School
Edinburgh City Canal View Primary School
Edinburgh City Pentland Primary School
West Lothian Cawburn Community Primary School

Note: *Denotes Independent School.

Table 2: Primary Schools Closed, By Year

Education Authority Area School
1997  
Aberdeenshire Fraserburgh Infant School
Argyll & Bute Ardentinny Primary School
Argyll & Bute Dalavich Primary School
Argyll & Bute Kerrera Primary School
Dumfries & Galloway Kilquhanity House School *
Dundee City Gillburn Primary School
Dundee City West March Primary School
Glasgow City Levern Primary School
Glasgow City Queenslie Primary School
Glasgow City St Bonaventure's Primary School
Highland Lieurary Primary School
Highland Scotsburn Primary
Moray Abbeylands School
Moray The Green School *
Scottish Borders Foulden Primary School
Shetland Islands Haroldswick Primary School
West Lothian Almondbank Primary School
1998  
Aberdeen City The Hillocks School
Aberdeen City Cloverfield School
Aberdeen City Deeview Nursery/Infant School
Aberdeen City Walker Dam Nursery/Infant School
Aberdeenshire Greeness School
Aberdeenshire Corgarff School
Argyll & Bute St John's Episcopal Primary School
Argyll & Bute Rashfield Primary School
Edinburgh City St Denis and Cranley School *
Edinburgh City St Margaret's School for Girls *
Highland Kensaleyre Primary School
Perth & Kinross Amulree Primary School
Stirling Kinbuck Primary School
Stirling Kinlochard Primary School
1999  
Aberdeen City Kingswood Nursery/Infant School
Aberdeenshire Crossroads School
Aberdeenshire Glen Morven School *
Angus The Sidlaw School *
Argyll & Bute Park Lodge School *
Argyll & Bute Portnahaven Primary School
East Dunbartonshire Gask House School *
Edinburgh City Craigmillar Primary School
Glasgow City Torass Emess Jewish Day School *
North Lanarkshire Benhar Primary School
North Lanarkshire Harthill Primary School
Perth & Kinross Edradour School *
2000  
Aberdeen City Ashgrove Children's Centre
Aberdeenshire Maryculter East School
Angus Craigo Primary School
Angus Hillside Primary School
Dumfries & Galloway Westerkirk School
Dumfries & Galloway Auldgirth School
East Dunbartonshire Atholl Preparatory School *
Eilean Siar Manish Primary School
Highland Loch Choire Primary
Highland Contin Primary School
Highland Fodderty Primary School
Moray Boharm School
Moray Edinville School
Moray Glenrinnes School
North Lanarkshire Glenhead Primary School
North Lanarkshire Langlands Primary School
North Lanarkshire Melrose Primary School
North Lanarkshire Sacred Heart Primary School
North Lanarkshire St Joseph's Primary School
Orkney Islands Egilsay Primary School
Perth & Kinross Croftinloan School *
Scottish Borders Traquair Primary School
West Dunbartonshire Keil School *
West Dunbartonshire Keil Junior School *
2001  
Angus St Vigean's Primary School
Dumfries & Galloway Cademuir International School *
Eilean Siar Fidigarry Primary School
Eilean Siar Knockiandue Primary School
Fife Kingdom Christian School *
Glasgow City Laurel Park School *
Highland Assynt Primary School
Highland Glenborrodale Primary School
West Lothian Abercorn Primary School
2002  
Dumfries & Galloway All Souls RC Primary School
Dumfries & Galloway Laurieston School
Dumfries & Galloway St Cuthbert's RC School
Edinburgh City Muirhouse Primary School
Edinburgh City Silverknowes Primary School
Edinburgh City Fernieside Primary School
Edinburgh City Moredun Primary School
Eilean Siar Dunskellar Primary School
Glasgow City Broadholm Primary School
Glasgow City St Clare's Primary School
Glasgow City St Pius' Primary School
Glasgow City Hawthorn Primary School
Glasgow City St Colette's Primary School
Glasgow City Netherton Primary School
Highland Moy Primary School
Highland Raigbeg Primary School
Perth & Kinross Rannoch School *
2003  
Aberdeen City Greenfern Nursery/Infant School
Aberdeenshire Kildrummy School
Argyll & Bute Newton Primary School
Dumfries & Galloway Corsock School
Edinburgh City Greendykes Primary School
Edinburgh City Peffermill Primary School
Edinburgh City Craigmuir Primary School
Edinburgh City Inchview Primary School
Fife Cellardyke Primary School
Fife Anstruther Wester Primary School
Fife Inchkeith School *
Glasgow City Iqra Academy *
Highland Dulchreichard Primary School
Perth & Kinross Butterstone School *
Renfrewshire Living Waters Christian School *
2004  
Angus Careston Primary School
Argyll & Bute Bridge Of Orchy Primary
Dumfries & Galloway Dundrennan School
Edinburgh City Orwell Primary School
Glasgow City London Road Primary School
Glasgow City Leithland Primary School
Glasgow City Braeside Primary School
Glasgow City Lochgoin Primary School
Glasgow City Ruchazie Primary School
Glasgow City St Philip's Primary School
Glasgow City St Julie's Primary School
Glasgow City Springfield Primary School
Glasgow City St Elizabeth Seton Primary School
Glasgow City Lamlash Primary School
Glasgow City Littlehill Primary School
Glasgow City Bonnyholm Primary School
Glasgow City Barrowfield Primary School
Highland Achnasheen Primary School
Inverclyde Holy Cross Primary School
Inverclyde St Mungo's Primary School
Inverclyde Springfield Primary School
Inverclyde Boglestone Primary School
Inverclyde Holy Family Primary School
Midlothian Howgate Primary School
Moray Aberlour House Preparatory School *
Perth & Kinross St Fillans Primary School
Scottish Borders Oxnam Primary School
Scottish Borders Teviothead Primary School
Scottish Borders Cranshaws Primary School
Shetland Islands Quarff Primary School
Stirling Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School
West Dunbartonshire Milton Primary School
2005 (to date)  
Angus Dun Primary School
Dumfries & Galloway Wamphray School
Edinburgh City Comiston Primary School
Edinburgh City Dumbryden Primary School
Edinburgh City Hailesland Primary School
Edinburgh City Hunter's Tryst Primary School
Edinburgh City Curriehill Primary School
Edinburgh City Riccarton Primary School
Eilean Siar Berneray Primary School
Fife Kemback Primary School
Glasgow City Holmlea Primary School
Glasgow City St Margaret Mary's Primary School
Glasgow City Simshill Primary School
Highland Soay Primary School
Inverclyde King's Glen Primary School
North Lanarkshire St James' Primary School
Scottish Borders Glen Douglas Primary School
Scottish Borders Burnmouth Primary School
Scottish Borders Hutton Primary School
West Lothian Pumpherston Primary School
West Lothian Uphall Station Infant School

Note: *Denotes Independent School.

Stewart Stevenson (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive which secondary schools have (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1997.

 

(S2W-17973)

Peter Peacock: The secondary schools opened and closed in each year since 1997 are set out in the following tables. Both local authority and independent schools are included, as well as schools that have merged to form new schools or have moved site. The information has been derived from information collected annually by the Scottish Executive Education Department on the opening and closing of schools.

Table 1: Secondary Schools Opened, By Year

Education Authority Area School
1997  
Dundee City Baldragon Academy
1998  
East Ayrshire St Joseph's Academy
Edinburgh City St Margaret's School *
Highland Scoraig Secondary School *
1999  
Inverclyde Cedars School of Excellence *
2001  
Dundee City Imam Muhammad Zakariya School *
2002  
Aberdeenshire Meldrum Academy
Highland Ardnamurchan High School
2003  
Glasgow City Iqra Academy *
2004  
Aberdeen City Springvale Education Trust *
Falkirk Oakwood Education Trust *
Fife Osborne House School *
2005 (to date)  
South Lanarkshire St Andrew's and St Bride's High School

Note: *Denotes Independent School.

Table 2: Secondary Schools Closed, By Year

Education Authority Area

School

1997

 

Dumfries & Galloway

Kilquhanity House School *

Dundee City

Kirkton High School

Dundee City

Rockwell High School

Glasgow City

John Bosco Secondary School

1998

 

East Ayrshire

St Joseph's Academy- Kilmarnock Campus

East Ayrshire

St Joseph's Academy- Cumnock Campus

Edinburgh City

St Denis and Cranley School *

Edinburgh City

St Margaret's School for Girls *

Glasgow City

St Gerard's Secondary School

Glasgow City

Garthamlock Secondary School

Glasgow City

North Kelvinside Secondary School

Glasgow City

St Augustine's Secondary School

Glasgow City

St Leonard's Secondary School

Glasgow City

John Street Secondary School

Glasgow City

Victoria Drive Secondary School

Moray

Moray Steiner School *

1999

 

Glasgow City

Crookston Castle Secondary School

Glasgow City

Woodside Secondary School

Perth & Kinross

Edradour School *

2000

 

Perth & Kinross

Croftinloan School *

West Dunbartonshire

Keil School *

2001

 

Fife

Kingdom Christian School *

Glasgow City

Laurel Park School *

Renfrewshire

St Mirin's High School

2002

 

Aberdeen City

Linksfield Academy

Eilean Siar

Lews Castle School

Perth & Kinross

Rannoch School *

Renfrewshire

Merksworth High School

2003

 

Glasgow City

Glasgow Steiner School *

Glasgow City

Iqra Academy *

Perth & Kinross

Butterstone School *

Renfrewshire

Living Waters Christian School *

2004

 

Highland

Scoraig Secondary School *

Moray

Aberlour House Preparatory School *

2005 (to date)

 

South Lanarkshire

Ballerup High School

South Lanarkshire

St Bride's High School

South Lanarkshire

St Andrew's High School

Note:*Denotes Independent School.

Scottish Executive Expenditure

Mr Brian Monteith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost of a hotel room used by Executive officials visiting Brussels was in 2004-05.

 

(S2W-18097)

Mr Tom McCabe: The information is not held by the Scottish Executive in the format requested. Scottish Executive officials staying overnight in Brussels are set a single financial limit to cover bed, breakfast and all meals in a 24 hour period. In the period from April 2004 to 31 December 2004 the allowance for Scottish Executive officials visiting Brussels on official business was 226 euros (£155.96) and from 1 January 2005 to date, 211 euros (£145.61). From 1 June 2004 all claims submitted are paid on production of the appropriate receipts.

Mr Brian Monteith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what the highest price paid for a hotel room used by Executive officials visiting Brussels has been since 1997.

 

(S2W-18098)

Mr Tom McCabe: The information requested is not held centrally by the Scottish Executive.

Mr Brian Monteith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid for hotel rooms and associated expenses in respect of EU-related visits in each year since 1997 and how many officials attended such visits in each year.

 

(S2W-18099)

Mr Tom McCabe: The information is not held by the Scottish Executive in the format requested.

Sport

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether immigration rules inhibit the bringing of major sporting events to Scotland.

 

(S2W-18025)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether any future Scottish bid for the Commonwealth Games would be hampered by immigration rules.

 

(S2W-18026)

Patricia Ferguson: Immigration is a reserved matter for which the Home Office is responsible. However, there is no evidence to suggest that immigration rules inhibit our ability to attract major events to Scotland. Applications for entry into the United Kingdom are dealt with on a case by case basis under the immigration rules and, in relation to events, ensuring that participants have applied for entry is the responsibility for the event organiser concerned.

Teachers

Stewart Stevenson (Banff and Buchan) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people recruited to teach (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern languages were from (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) the European Union and (iii) other overseas nations in each year from 1994 to 2004.

Holding answer issued: 9 August 2005

(S2W-17834)

Peter Peacock: Local authorities are responsible for the recruitment of teachers in their areas. Information on the areas of origin of newly recruited teachers is not held centrally.

The following questions were given holding answers:

S2W-17902

S2W-17903

S2W-17905

S2W-17909