BUSINESS BULLETIN 39 / 2000
Thursday 2 March 2000
Section E - Written questions lodged on 1 March 2000
S1W-4832 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the rate of child pedestrian casualties and deaths per 100,000 of the population for each year since 1995.
S1W-4833 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been done to establish the impact of the proposed Utilities Bill on Scotland.
S1W-4834 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the current structure of the delivery of dental treatment.
S1W-4835 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to take control over the prices of non-pharmaceutical price regulation scheme branded medicines and branded generics sold to the NHS.R
S1W-4836 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce pilot schemes to allow greater prescribing of drugs and medicines by pharmacists.R
S1W-4837 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent per capita on treating mental illness in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by health board, in (a) psychiatric hospitals and (b) the community.
S1W-4838 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fund and promote educational services in secondary schools to raise understanding and awareness of mental illness and provide advice and guidance to pupils and staff.
S1W-4839 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had or will have with the Scotland committee of the National Lottery Charities Board to ensure that innovative and successful projects in Scotland funded by the Board continue on a long-term basis in the absence of alternative funding.
S1W-4840 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to salvage the 540 jobs to be lost at the Grampian Country Foods plant at Newbridge, and what support is being offered to the Newbridge community to help it recover from these job losses and from the recent closure of the Continental Tyres factory.
S1W-4841 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer whether, if the Holyrood Project is cancelled, alternative sites outside Edinburgh, in particular in Glasgow, will be considered as the location of a new Scottish Parliament building.
S1W-4842 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it regards taxis and private hire cars as methods of public transport for the purposes of its transport strategy.
S1W-4843 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was received from the Department for Education and Employment to act as public expenditure cover for Objective 3 in each year since 1990.
S1W-4844 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Presiding Officer how the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body arrived at its different estimates of the cost of the Holyrood building and its related facilities, and how many different estimates it has been given and by whom.
S1W-4845 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding applications have been received from Gingerbread Scotland in the past three years and what funding has been, or will be, made available to this association.
S1W-4846 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to secure revenues raised through the Climate Change Levy (CCL) in Scotland and, if so, to detail on what basis funds raised through the CCL will be allocated to Scotland.
S1W-4847 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to introduce indicators of rural deprivation which will allow resources to be effectively targeted at areas of rural disadvantage.
S1W-4848 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the factors were which influenced the recent allocation of deprivation grants and whether it considers that council areas in the west of Scotland benefited more than other areas of Scotland.
S1W-4849 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the means by which deprivation and poverty are currently assessed in both urban and rural areas.
S1W-4850 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make the proposed Code of Management Practice for owner occupied sheltered housing compulsory.
S1W-4851 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council regarding the M74 extension.
S1W-4852 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its current views are on genetically modified (GM) organisms, in the light of the recent statement by the Prime Minister that GM crops could be harmful to human health and the environment.
S1W-4853 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what it plans to do to reverse the population decline in the Western Isles.
S1W-4854 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the Children in Scotland report on key issues regarding children and young people in the review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984.
S1W-4855 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the average waiting times for triple by-pass operations broken down by health board.
S1W-4856 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the estimate that will be given to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body for the cost of the Holyrood Project will be inclusive of VAT.
S1W-4857 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2406 by Sarah Boyack on 26 January 2000, why details of the contact between itself and the Minister of State at the Scotland Office are "not normally released" and why it will not detail the contact between the parties on this matter.
S1W-4858 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider changes to the existing planning legislation to allow objectors a limited right of appeal.
S1W-4859 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authority access to European grants such as the new INTERREG III programme and European structural funds could be constrained by the issue of additionality.
S1W-4860 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Lothian Health Board has followed the principles and spirit of the Scottish Compact and policy guidance from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on funding to voluntary organisations with regard to its future support of Milestone House and the Waverley Care Trust.
S1W-4861 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether City of Edinburgh Council has followed policy guidance from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on the funding of voluntary organisations in relation to the Waverley Care Trust grant.
S1W-4862 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish representations were made to the United Kingdom delegation to the World Trade Organisation meetings in Geneva.
S1W-4863 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish the review of the Warm Deal and whether the review will examine (a) grant levels, (b) the type of work for which grants are available and (c) how to maximise and broaden the uptake of warm deal grants.
S1W-4864 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for improving support for Scottish manufacturing.
S1W-4865 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty's Government to ensure that VAT levied on any fuel tax increases above the rate of inflation will be hypothecated for transport spending, in addition to the fuel duty itself, and reflected in the Scottish Block.
S1W-4866 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the survey which the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) commissioned by EKOS Ltd into economic development, whether it has had or plans to have discussions with CoSLA about the weaknesses identified in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of local authority spending on economic development, and what action it will take, instruct or recommend in relation to such weaknesses.
S1W-4867 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will have in the consultation announced recently by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions into the possibility of setting up Marine Environmental High Risk Areas, and whether it will involve the Transport and the Environment Committee in any response to the consultation.
S1W-4868 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or sportscotland intends to make any further funding available for the Hampden rescue package; if so, which departmental budgets it will find its contribution from, and how much of the total of any extra public funding being made available will be used to pay (a) legal, accountancy and other professional fees and (b) interest charges incurred since the initial offer of assistance was made in December 1999.
S1W-4869 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3702 by Henry McLeish on 27 January 2000, whether it will propose a debate in the Parliament on the burden of regulation, and its associated administration, on business when the first series of meetings which the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning plans to have with businesses is complete, and whether it will publish conclusions reached as a result of the meetings and, if not, why not.
S1W-4870 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage local authorities to improve the speed with which they settle payments to private suppliers and contractors.
S1W-4871 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage local authorities to provide full access to their records for the Accounts Commission, in order that it can monitor more effectively local authorities settlement of payment to private suppliers and contractors.
S1W-4872 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has had to pay out in interest payments on overdue debts to firms with less than 50 employees in each year since the Late Payment Act 1998 came into effect.