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BUSINESS BULLETIN 10 / 2000

Thursday 20 January 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 19 January 2000

 

 

S1W-3806 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many three apartment local authority flats could have had full central heating installed if money spent on stock transfer feasibility studies in financial years 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 had been spent on such installations instead.

 

S1W-3810 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to detach the revenue element of police and fire brigade funding from operational funding.

 

S1W-3830 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those organisations which it funds directly and are engaged in the promotion of sex education.

 

S1W-3831 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1700 by Mr Jim Wallace on 17 January 2000, whether it will explain the difference between an opinion that "there was no statable case" and an opinion that there was "no prospect of any success and no merit in going ahead with a judicial review" in respect of the Sheriff’s decision in Noel Ruddle’s appeal hearing.

 

S1W-3832 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the Minister for Children and Education on 12 January 2000. whether it will outline the remit and timescale of the working party set up to examine the proposed transfer of Department of Social Security resources for young people leaving care to local authorities.

 

S1W-3833 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the Minister for Children and Education on 12 January 2000, whether it will confirm the membership of the working party set up to examine the proposed transfer of Department of Social Security resources for young people leaving care to local authorities.

 

S1W-3834 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the responses to the consultation on the proposed transfer of Department of Social Security resources for young care leavers to local authorities.

 

S1W-3835 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce legislation to place local authorities under a legal duty to assess and meet the care and support needs of children and young people leaving care.

 

S1W-3836 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist and advise local authorities in securing additional funding, including Public Private Partnership funding, for the repair of school buildings.

 

S1W-3837 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposals on the right to buy for housing association tenants will affect all current housing association tenants.

 

S1W-3838 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans regarding the right to buy and housing associations with charitable status.

 

S1W-3839 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposals on the right to buy for housing association tenants will be modified to take into account particular problems in areas in which social housing is in a minority.

 

S1W-3840 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently being held in Scottish prisons broken down by gender and socio-economic class.

 

S1W-3841 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will change Civil Legal Aid by lowering contribution levels and scrapping automatic contributions from women who earn more than they would receive by way of state benefits in order to make it easier for women victims of abuse to take court action.

 

S1W-3842 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Scottish Homes analysis of fuel poverty from the Housing Condition Survey 1996 has not yet been released into the public domain and when it intends to make this information public.

 

S1W-3843 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what aspects of public safety in relation to nuclear plants in Scotland are under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Parliament.

 

S1W-3844 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to Her Majesty’s Government in relation to any proposed pesticide tax in particular regarding what implications such a tax might have on Scottish agricultural jobs and what evidence, if any, exists to show that some pesticides currently used by farmers have improved the quality of grain.

 

S1W-3845 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the ending of the Right to Buy Scheme for anti-social tenants would in any way act as a deterrent of such behaviour and, if so, for what reasons.

 

S1W-3846 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reform the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 to provide local authorities with the same provisions as exist under section 12 of that Act for billing authorities in Wales so that local authorities will have the same discretion as those in Wales to take a different approach to discounts in respect of second or holiday homes by either reducing the discount from 50% to 25% or giving no discount at all; whether it will further reform the Act to allow local authorities who do exercise such powers to retain any additional revenue yielded as a result of the reduction or elimination of discounts on second or holiday homes and, if not, why not.

 

S1W-3847 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received representations from local authorities to be allowed to reduce or eliminate discounts on second or holiday homes and retain the income generated as a result and, if so, from which local authorities and what measures does it intend to take as a result.

 

S1W-3848 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total administration costs are for all Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department current schemes, and whether these costs are met from within the schemes’ funds or from a separate budget.

 

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