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BUSINESS BULLETIN 50 / 2000

Friday 17 March 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 16 March 2000

 

 

S1W-5357 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1588 by Ross Finnie on 28 September 1999, whether it will report on the progress being made in developing the Scottish Pork Quality Mark.

 

S1W-5380 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with the e-envoy about improving IT literacy and, if so, what has been the outcome. R

 

S1W-5381 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to conduct experiments in e-voting. R

 

S1W-5382 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocation of development funding Argyll and Clyde Health Board has made (a) this year and (b) over the last four years in Argyll and Bute in order to facilitate the transfer of elderly and long stay patients in acute services to either appropriate residential or nursing home care or to return to care in the community, and which geographic areas received funding.

 

S1W-5383 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4196 by Peter Peacock on 18 February 2000, whether it will consider setting targets across the workforce for IT literacy. R

 

S1W-5384 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3829 by Henry McLeish on 23 February 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the responsibilities, job titles and location of the 72 staff identified as engaged in promoting and supporting e-commerce. R

 

S1W-5385 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1334 by Iain Gray on 11 October 1999, when the report from the Controller of Audit will be available.

 

S1W-5386 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current annual cost is to the NHS in Scotland of carrying out abortions.

 

S1W-5387 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice and/or extra resources it will provide to local authorities if materials for engineering purposes or engineering works at landfill sites are deemed to be waste, and hence subject to landfill tax, by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

 

S1W-5388 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private sector homes are classified as being below tolerable standard in each local authority area for the last four years for which figures are available and what this number represents as a percentage of private sector homes in each area.

 

S1W-5389 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how private sector housing capital allocations will be affected when VAT refunds are no longer available.

 

S1W-5390 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to means test private sector housing grants and what impact such plans will have on progressing of communal repairs.

 

S1W-5391 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that all local authorities fulfil their statutory obligations under the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1987 and whether it is aware of any local authorities being in breach of their obligations.

 

S1W-5392 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on private sector housing grants in each of the last four years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority.

 

S1W-5393 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have budgeted in excess of their guideline figure for 2000-01 while simultaneously increasing council tax by more than 5%.

 

S1W-5394 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency or public body is responsible for the protection of salmonoid fish stocks and what action it and the relevant agency or body is taking to reverse the decline of wild sea trout and salmon stocks in Scotland. R

S1W-5395 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fund Gingerbread Scotland.

 

S1W-5396 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4521 by Sarah Boyack on 2 March 2000, whether it will give details of the UK-wide consultation exercise on overhauling road traffic regulation law and whether it will provide specific details of the consultation it had with and the representations it received from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland on the issue of the inspection of orange badges.

 

S1W-5397 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff it currently employs on the New Deal scheme, broken down by department.

 

S1W-5398 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a minimum age restriction on ear and body piercing, in line with restrictions on tattooing.

 

S1W-5399 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authority staff, in each local authority, in each year since 1996, had responsibilities which included dealing with illegal money lending and contraventions of the Consumer Credit Act, 1974, and how many such staff there were in each local authority immediately before local government re-organisation in 1996.

 

S1W-5400 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4863 by Mr Frank McAveety on 15 March 2000, whether it will conduct a review of the Warm Deal which 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-5401 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is for the grey and common seal population (a) over each of the last 30 years and (b) each of the next 30 years.

 

S1W-5402 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend to all tenant farmers within the crofting counties the rights available to crofters under (a) the present crofting legislation and (b) crofting legislation under consideration.

 

S1W-5403 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what effects national parks are expected to have on social and economic conditions of residents within park boundaries and whether any measures are in place to ensure that any effects of such designation are not detrimental to the social and economic conditions of the residents.

 

S1W-5404 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts have been and will be made to attract employment to Kinlochleven.

 

S1W-5405 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the proposals or plans of the Kinlochleven Land Development Trust it supports and which it opposes, and what impact the plans will have in providing new employment for those who may be made redundant from British Alcan.

 

S1W-5406 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis Historic Scotland decided to designate a bunker in Kinlochleven as a listed building, what are the benefits to the community, what effects it will have on the regeneration of the Kinlochleven economy, and whether de-listing will be considered.

 

S1W-5407 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the involvement of United Auctions plc in relation to the continued operation of the Ben Nevis Auctions supported by the local farmers and crofters.

 

S1W-5408 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received representations from the Duror and Kentallen Community Council with regard to safety measures on the A828, and what action it will take.

 

S1W-5409 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Road Accident Reduction Programme looking at road safety and traffic management at Duror and Kentallen on the A828 will take into account the measures which Duror and Kentallen Community Council has already proposed.

 

S1W-5410 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken and proposes to take to tackle social exclusion in Kinlochleven, particularly in relation to the incidence of nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

 

S1W-5411 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many paediatric patients in the Scottish Borders will be affected by the centralisation of paediatric cardiac surgery in Glasgow.

 

S1W-5412 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish schools currently have connections to the Internet. R

S1W-5413 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in connecting all Scottish schools to the Internet. R

 

S1W-5414 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to implement the use of digital signatures in government transactions as outlined in the Cabinet Office’s White Paper Modernising Government. R

 

S1W-5415 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive why no applications from Dumfries and Galloway to the Countryside Premium Scheme were successful in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-5416 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to distribute funding under the Countryside Premium Scheme on a regional basis.

 

S1W-5417 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to establish IT literacy targets for teachers in Scottish schools. R

 

S1W-5418 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered launching on-line policy forums similar to those found at http://www.number-10.gov.uk. R

 

S1W-5419 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is a variation from 1.7% to 24.8% in guideline expenditure for local authorities in excess of the figures for Grant Aided Expenditure plus Loan Charges Grant for the year 2000-01.

 

S1W-5420 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to the engineering industry.

 

S1W-5421 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reduce the incidence of convicted paedophiles re-offending.

 

S1W-5423 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1130 by Susan Deacon on 10 February 2000, what progress has been made in establishing a support group for mental health services.

 

S1W-5424 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has any plans to offer live broadcasts of parliamentary debates, similar to those available at www.ni-assembly.gov.uk , on the Internet. R

 
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