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BUSINESS BULLETIN 24 / 2000

Wednesday 9 February 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 8 February 2000

 

  

S1W-4229 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the review of Scottish airports and air services presently being undertaken by Environmental Resources Management, whether it will provide a list of all those bodies and organisations consulted and whether it will consult the Parliament before the review is concluded.

 

S1W-4230 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an estimate of the total cost of teachers’ salaries on a local authority by local authority basis.

 

S1W-4231 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to distribute the 41.783 million in the excellence fund which has not yet been allocated to local authorities.

 

S1W-4232 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee working group on recruitment, training and retention of medical laboratory scientific officers will produce its report.

 

S1W-4233 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the amount payable to Scottish teachers towards the purchase of a personal computer from 200 to the maximum of 500 available to teachers in England.

 

S1W-4234 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2173 by Susan Deacon on 10 November 1999, whether it has considered any recommendations received from the Scottish Breast Screening National Advisory Group yet and whether there are now any plans to extend breast screening to include women over the age of 64.

 

S1W-4235 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on breast cancer services in 1999 and how much is allocated to be spent on this area in 2000.

 

S1W-4236 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements are being made in breast cancer care in Scotland.

 

S1W-4237 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to produce a consultation paper on the possibility of establishing a Scottish Human Rights Commission.

 

S1W-4238 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with the relevant local authorities about viable and traffic-reducing alternatives to the M74 extension proposal.

 

S1W-4239 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the capital spend of each health board on new hospital buildings or significant extensions over each of the last 20 years.

 

S1W-4241 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the guidelines currently in use concerning emergency call outs of GPs.

 

S1W-4242 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to introduce car parking charges within hospital grounds in the Glasgow area.

 

S1W-4243 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any application for grant assistance made by the National Trust for Scotland to a local enterprise company will be considered in accordance with the same criteria as those governing applications by private businesses and, in particular, whether the rules regarding displacement of existing jobs and businesses will be applied in the same way to any application by the National Trust as they would be to an application by a private business.

 

S1W-4244 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce the 25 million spent on temporary agency nurses in the NHS in Scotland and whether these plans include permanent employment of nurses.

 

S1W-4245 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether positive proof of qualifications in intensive care nursing are always provided by agency nurses assigned to intensive care units and, if not, what steps it proposes to take to ensure that agency nurses working in intensive care units are qualified in that speciality.

 

S1W-4246 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what its target is for increasing the number of registered nurses in Scotland in 2000-01.

 

S1W-4247 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered nurses left the profession in (a) 1996; (b) 1997; (c) 1998 and (d) 1999.

 

S1W-4248 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to address the rate of staff turnover in relation to nurses in specialist high dependency and intensive care units in Scotland.

 

S1W-4249 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost, in terms of advertising, recruiting and training a new member of staff, is of filling a vacant nursing post.

 

S1W-4250 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of vacant nursing posts in the period September 1999 to January 2000, broken down by (a) individual hospital trusts; (b) grades and (c) speciality.

 

S1W-4251 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding for the extension of the competency-based preceptorship programme at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in order to improve patient care and nurse development and decrease nursing turnover rates and what plans it has to recognise the efforts of the nursing staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in relation to this programme.

 

S1W-4252 Michael Russell: To ask the Presiding Officer what questions are asked on application forms for jobs within the Parliament about an applicant’s health and why any such questions are asked.

 

S1W-4253 Michael Russell: To ask the Presiding Officer what measures are in place to prevent discrimination against people with epilepsy who apply for jobs within the Parliament.

 

S1W-4254 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for responding to letters to Scottish Ministers from members of the public and to provide details, broken down by department, of its performance in meeting these targets for the period from 1 October 1999 until 31 January 2000.

 

S1W-4255 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2310 by Sarah Boyack on 1 February 2000, whether (a) it will produce a revised table to show how much public sector investment has been funded to date in Scotland’s rail network from sources other than the Scottish Block and how much investment is anticipated from the same sources in the period up to 2003-04; (b) it will state whether total investment is expected to match the 271 million cumulative reduction in revenue support over the same time period; and (c) whether it has made or will make any representations to Her Majesty’s Treasury to ensure that reductions in revenue support are vired to support public sector capital investment in the rail network.

 

S1W-4256 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a timetable for the completion of each multi-modal corridor study announced in the Strategic Roads Review and whether it plans to publish an action plan to achieve the accident reduction targets indicated in the Review.

 

S1W-4257 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to assess future movement and modal shares on key transport corridors, and whether it expects Scottish transport programmes to meet UK targets for a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2010.

 

S1W-4258 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in pursuing the award of a grant from the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to assist in upgrading the Kilmarnock-Glasgow railway and whether it will allow the A77/M77 upgrade to proceed on schedule, even in the event of any slippage in the upgrading of the railway line.

 

S1W-4260 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deputy fiscals were employed in each year since 1996 and how many new deputy fiscals were appointed in each year since 1996.

 

S1W-4261 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deputy fiscals left the service after (a) 6 months; (b) 12 months and (c) 24 months service in each year since 1996.

 

S1W-4262 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it first knew about the redundancies at Dalzell Plate Mill; whether it has had any discussions with British Steel (CORUS) regarding these job losses and, if not, why not, and what its understanding is of Dalzell Plate Mill’s future.

 

S1W-4263 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering developing a new definition of consent in the crime of rape; if so, whether it will take into consideration the views of victims of rape when developing any new definition, and what the time-scale is for the introduction of any such new definition.

 

S1W-4264 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise budget is spent on consultancy contracts and whether it will provide details of the value and the nature of these contracts.

 

S1W-4265 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the Scottish Enterprise budget is spent on consultancy contracts and whether it will provide details of the value and nature of these contracts.

  

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