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BUSINESS BULLETIN 61 / 2000

Monday 3 April 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 31 March 2000

 

 

S1W-5714 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it made to the Department of Trade and Industry regarding matters affecting Scotland which were on the agenda of the World Trade Organisation meeting in Geneva on 25 February 2000.

 

S1W-5810 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1282 by Iain Gray on 2 March 2000, what measures are being taken to educate and inform parents of the benefits of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.

 

S1W-5811 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates is being spent by the NHS in Scotland annually on smoking related illness.

 

S1W-5812 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates is being spent by the NHS in Scotland annually on smoking cessation treatments.

 

S1W-5813 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider funding a Scottish National Allergy Centre to co-ordinate one-stop treatment and research into allergic diseases.

 

S1W-5814 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-4379 by Sir David Steel on 29 February 2000, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will, in future, provide information on costs of individual trips it has funded.

 

S1W-5815 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4379 by Sir David Steel on 29 February 2000, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will consider making it a requirement for representatives visiting other countries on its behalf to provide a report on the outcomes for each visit and to place a copy of the report in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

 

S1W-5816 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-4379 by Sir David Steel on 29 February 2000, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide details of the criteria used to decide whom it will fund for foreign trips.

 

S1W-5817 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive when work will begin on the agreed improvements to the junction of the A73 and A702.

 

S1W-5818 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4405 by Mr Jack McConnell on 25 February 2000, when it expects to complete its review of the account taken of indicators of deprivation and poverty within the local government finance distribution system.

 

S1W-5819 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4106 by Mr Jack McConnell on 15 March 2000, what percentage of the 3.7% increase in local authority current expenditure is accounted for by the provision of 38.5 million to meet the costs arising from the abolition of Advanced Corporation Tax credits.

 

S1W-5820 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5107 by Mr Frank McAveety on 17 March 2000, when it expects to set operational and performance targets for the Accounts Commission.

 

S1W-5821 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any input it has had to the European Commission’s e-Europe initiative.

 

S1W-5822 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider undertaking an investigation into the schools meals service to establish whether the service is consistent with its own targets for improving the diet of young people in Scotland.

 

S1W-5823 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in relation to the Black Cuillins on the Isle of Skye and whether it will (a) obtain a copy of the title deeds of the Black Cuillins, (b) instruct the District Valuer to carry out an assessment of the value of the Black Cuillins and (c) make representations to the owners of the Black Cuillins regarding the proposed selling price.

 

S1W-5824 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4407 by Jackie Baillie on 29 February 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the contributions to voluntary organisations shown for the Education and Industry Department.

 

S1W-5825 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4407 by Jackie Baillie on 29 February 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the contributions to voluntary organisations shown for the Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department.

 

S1W-5826 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4407 by Jackie Baillie on 29 February 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the contributions to voluntary organisations shown for the Home Department.

 

S1W-5827 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the National Archives for Scotland.

 

S1W-5828 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by Registers of Scotland.

 

S1W-5829 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the General Register Office for Scotland.

 

S1W-5830 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

 

S1W-5831 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by Central Support.

 

S1W-5832 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Rural Affairs Department.

 

S1W-5833 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Justice Department.

 

S1W-5834 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Health Department.

 

S1W-5835 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department.

 

S1W-5836 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Education Department.

 

S1W-5837 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4598 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 March 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the spending on external consultants and contractors since 1 July 1999 by the Development Department.

 

S1W-5838 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has submitted any comment to Her Majesty’s Government or the European Commission on the document relating to the e-Europe initiative which forms the basis of the draft EU strategy for e-commerce.

 

S1W-5839 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4407 by Jackie Baillie on 29 February 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the contributions to voluntary organisations by the Development Department.

 

S1W-5840 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4407 by Jackie Baillie on 29 February 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the contributions to voluntary organisations by the Health Department.

 

S1W-5841 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place copies of its Action Programme for Youth in the Document Supply Centre; how much money it will invest in the short and long term in the Action Programme and from which budget heading, and whether it will make a Ministerial statement.

 

S1W-5842 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to instruct the NHS to collect data concerning fibromyalgia for reporting in the future by the Information and Statistics Division.

 

S1W-5843 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a break down by health board area of waiting times for (a) orthopaedic out-patient appointments and (b) orthopaedic surgery.

 

S1W-5844 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the proposed transfer of housing stock will have on the powers of local councillors to intervene on housing matters.

 

S1W-5845 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown, by health board area, of waiting times for hip replacement operations.

 

S1W-5846 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown, by health board area, of waiting times for knee replacement operations.

 

S1W-5847 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the water authorities are permitted to undertake joint initiatives, projects or expenditure.

 

S1W-5848 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking any steps to promote consumer confidence in e-commerce. R

S1W-5849 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the facilitation in Scotland of "learning partnerships between schools, training centres, firms and research facilities for their mutual benefit", as identified as a goal in the Presidency Conclusions from the Lisbon EU Council Meeting. R

S1W-5850 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people admitted to hospital in Scotland in each of the last five years have had some degree of malnutrition.

 

S1W-5851 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it will now have into Her Majesty’s Government’s project to upgrade the A74 Gretna to Carlisle to motorway standard.

 

S1W-5852 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to rename the M74 Carlisle to Glasgow as the M6 and, if so, when this will take place.

 

S1W-5853 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs and other logistical issues will be associated with any change of the name of the M74 to the M6.

 

S1W-5854 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4432 by Susan Deacon on 13 March 2000, whether it will list the members of the working group established by the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee to look at recruitment, training and retention of medical laboratory staff; what is the working group’s remit; when it will complete its deliberations and whether it will give an assurance that the working group’s conclusions will be made public.

 

S1W-5855 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4347 by Sarah Boyack on 21 March 2000, whether it will require the relevant local authorities to safeguard the routes identified in the answer when revised structure plans are submitted to it.

 

S1W-5856 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have applied for grant assistance to implement anti-flooding measures; whether grant assistance for anti-flooding measures will be made available to both private and commercial properties, and on what basis financial bids must be submitted.

 

S1W-5857 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors whether the Scottish Diet Targets are being achieved.

 

S1W-5858 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish Notes on Sections of the Scotland Act 1998.

 

S1W-5859 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific measures it is taking to ensure that priorities with regard to tackling domestic abuse and violence against women are being fully reflected and implemented as a priority at a local level.

 

S1W-5860 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will uprate the level of net earnings referred to in schedule 2 to the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987 by a percentage increase equivalent to the annual rate of inflation as determined by the Retail Price Index, and whether it will do so on an annual basis.

 

S1W-5861 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future running of the Glasgow Careers Service.

 

S1W-5862 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s criteria are for granting legal aid for an interdict under the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection)(Scotland) Act 1981, and how many times it has refused to grant legal aid and on what grounds.

 

S1W-5863 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the amount of money ring fenced and earmarked for the opening of the Larkhall rail line and the source of that funding.

 

S1W-5864 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any schemes, plans or studies for the expansion of electrification of the rail network and provide costings for these.

 

S1W-5865 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail its plans to assist the implementation of RailTrack’s Network Management Strategy, any projects it proposes to assist and the level of funding to be provided.

 

S1W-5866 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding and support it will give to provide a rail link to Edinburgh Airport.

 

S1W-5867 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has or is aware of any plans to introduce new charges in the fishing industry.

 

S1W-5868 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any plans to review charges in the fishing industry.

 

S1W-5869 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been carried out in the last 12 months into charges in the fishing industry and whether it is aware of any studies planned in the future.

 

S1W-5870 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to remove dental general anaesthesia from the list of treatments available under general dental services or to transfer the administering of dental general anaesthesia to specialist centres.

 

S1W-5871 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any plans it has to provide extra funding for methods of anxiety control, other than dental general anaesthesia, for dental patients.

 

S1W-5872 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of its Strategy for Carers on 24 November 1999, what steps have been taken to improve the lives of carers in Scotland.

 

S1W-5873 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Northern Lighthouse Board has no representatives of the seagoing communities serving on it, and what action it will take to ensure that those who rely on lighthouses are properly represented on the Board in future.

 

S1W-5874 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what reassurances it can give, and what measures it is taking to ensure that there is no reduction in the sentences of convicted rapists unless offenders actively participate in programmes for positive change while in custody.

 

S1W-5875 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary police officers from an ethnic minority background leave the police force before the end of their probationary period, as a proportion of the total number of officers leaving during their probationary period.

 

S1W-5876 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available the detailed methodology which was used by Scottish Homes to predict the likely take up of right to buy if it were extended to all tenants of charitable housing associations.

 

S1W-5877 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what projections of public sector right to buy sales from (a) 1986 to 1996 and (b) 1991 to 1996 would have been made in 1986 and 1991 respectively, using the methodology developed by Scottish Homes to predict the likely take up of right to buy if it were extended to all tenants of non-charitable housing associations.

 

S1W-5878 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority is given to the teaching of drama in schools, and whether it has any plans to expand resources in this field.

 

S1W-5879 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are currently available for the training of drama teachers.

 

S1W-5880 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered drama teachers were employed in primary and secondary schools in each of the last five years.

 

S1W-5881 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary and secondary schools currently have drama teachers on their staff and what proportion this represents of the total number of schools.

 

S1W-5882 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered drama teachers there currently are by local authority and how many of these are currently in full-time employment.

 

S1W-5883 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement on 31 March 2000 of an additional 444m package of improvements and repairs to the motorway and road network, on what date each of the 49 projects listed first appeared in the public domain as a project which it was willing to fund.

 

S1W-5884 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement on 31 March 2000 of an additional 444m package of improvements and repairs to the motorway and road network, what expenditure is proposed for each of the 49 projects listed in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.

 

S1W-5885 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Scotland are malnourished due to disease.

 

S1W-5886 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to assess the prevalence and tackle the problems of malnutrition in hospitals and in the community.

 

S1W-5887 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the prevalence of malnutrition is for people (a) under 15; (b) between 16 and 45; (c) between 46 and 65; (d) between 66 and 75 and (e) over 75 years, broken down by health board area.

 

S1W-5888 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how nutrition policy, both for under and over nutrition, is co-ordinated between its different agencies and departments.

 

S1W-5889 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what role nutrition plays in public health planning.

 

S1W-5890 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any assessments of any savings which the NHSiS could make by ensuring that all malnourished patients receive adequate nutrition intervention.

 

S1W-5891 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to make routine nutritional screening an integral part of patient care.

 

S1W-5892 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any currently available guidelines on the identification, treatment and management of malnutrition in the community.

 

S1W-5893 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new Food Standards Agency will have a role in monitoring malnutrition.

 
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