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BUSINESS BULLETIN 65 / 2000

Friday 7 April 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 6 April 2000

 

 

S1W-6053 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1175 by Iain Gray on 17 February 2000, whether it intends to increase any further the funding available to local authority social work departments and NHS health boards for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction over the next three years.

S1W-6054 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Public Private Partnership (PPP) proposed for the A77/M77 upgrade (Malletsheugh-Fenwick) will differ from that used for the Paddy's Rickle Bridge-Cleuchbrae phase of the M74 and whether the A77/M77 PPP is intended to include operation and maintenance of any other section of the A77/M77 corridor than that to be constructed.

S1W-6055 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct an investigation into the provision of public transport to major hospitals.

S1W-6056 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received or expects to receive from Strathclyde Passenger Transport regarding the award of Transport Challenge Fund support for the Larkhall to Milngavie rail route and when it will take a decision on the project.

S1W-6057 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the NHS capital allocations and actual expenditure were for each health board in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S1W-6058 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to allow local authorities to establish 100% publicly owned arms length companies to bring investment into public sector housing following the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on 4 April 2000 that this would be permitted in England and Wales.

S1W-6059 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to suspend the recovery of all agricultural support measure payments such as HCLA, IACS, and the Sheep Premium Scheme until an independent appeal mechanism is in place.

S1W-6060 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the outcome of negotiations regarding pay scales to be applied to senior managers in the NHS. R

S1W-6061 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will conclude its deliberations on NHS contracts and publish its Management of Change procedures for the NHS. R

S1W-6062 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government requesting that measures be taken to deter shopkeepers from selling extra-strong cider at cheap prices specifically in order to attract young people and the poorest adults, given the health and public order implications which such practices may have.

S1W-6063 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the public nuisance which can be caused by fireworks, whether it plans to make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the introduction of further limits on the sale of fireworks, allowing local authorities to limit their sale through the use of local bylaws, or making passing fireworks on to minors an offence.

S1W-6064 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5526 by Peter Peacock on 5 April 2000, how it intends to monitor its progress on initiatives such as the National Grid for Learning, the EU Lisbon Summit initiatives and the 60 commitments contained within the UK Cabinet Office report e-commerce@its.best.uk, without a central source of information identifying the number of schools having computers with high speed connections to the Internet. R

S1W-6065 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5527 by Peter Peacock on 5 April 2000, how it intends to implement the National Grid for Learning in Scotland without a clear definition of "computer" for educational purposes. R

S1W-6066 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5532 by Peter Peacock on 5 April 2000, how it intends to measure its progress in implementing the National Grid for Learning in Scotland without centrally monitoring the presence of IT technical support in secondary schools. R

S1W-6067 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5531 by Peter Peacock on 5 April 2000, how it intends to measure its progress in implementing the National Grid for Learning in Scotland without centrally monitoring the presence of the IT technical support in primary schools. R

S1W-6068 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5534 by Peter Peacock on 5 April 2000, which Scottish schools have developed their own Intranet to store, share and disseminate quickly information and resources, broken down by local authority area. R

S1W-6069 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to allay concerns about escapes of fish from fish farms.

S1W-6070 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the incidence of accidental overdose of legally obtained prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

S1W-6071 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many adoptions were carried out in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (b) how many couples are currently on the waiting list to adopt; (c) what is the average age of children when adopted; (d) what is the average age of parents who adopt and (e) what plans it has to improve and standardise adoption procedures.

S1W-6072 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage fostering.

S1W-6073 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether new and existing drugs and treatments will be assessed by the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre on the basis of affordability or cost-effectiveness.

S1W-6074 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre's advice on new and existing health technologies will be based on cost/benefit analysis and, if so, whether it will define the parameters of that analysis.

S1W-6075 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre will contribute to equality of access to health care throughout Scotland.

S1W-6076 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what role health boards will have in the decisions made regarding the availability of medicines in the NHS given the input from the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre and whether all boards will be obliged to adopt their recommendations.

S1W-6077 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action against health boards that do not provide all the drug and treatment therapies recommended by the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre and, if so, what that action will be.

S1W-6078 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require health boards to provide all the drugs and treatment therapies recommended by the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre.

S1W-6079 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details by health board area of current screening programmes for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

S1W-6080 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1003 by Susan Deacon on 10 September 1999, when it will make the announcement referred to on advice from the UK National Screening Committee on hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and, if it has already made this announcement, whether it will give details.

S1W-6081 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether are any plans to develop an educational programme about hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy to alert those who may be at risk of the need to be screened.

S1W-6082 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any assessment in Scotland or UK-wide of existing screening methods for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

S1W-6083 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths as a consequence of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy there have been in each of the last five years and how these figures are compiled.

S1W-6084 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been asked by representatives of the Scottish fishing fleet, or others who sail off the East Aberdeenshire coast, to make representations to Her Majesty's Government requesting that the foghorn at Boddam Lighthouse be brought back into service pending consultation with all interested parties and whether it has made, or will make, such representations.

S1W-6085 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the working group established to provide reassurance about the proposed repeal of section 2A has completed its consideration of the package of safeguards and whether its report will be made public.

S1W-6086 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a progress report on the work of the Glasgow Housing Partnership Steering Group.

S1W-6087 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish, for each police force, the number of complaints made against senior police officers by members of the public for the period 1 May 1999 to 31 March 2000.

S1W-6088 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to address any financial problems faced by Irvine's Compass Centre for mental health and any resultant job losses as a result of the gap in European Objective 3 funding.

S1W-6089 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any financial backing from it for a Larkhall rail link will be subject to the conclusion of a Public Private Partnership.

S1W-6090 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all ancillary activities to the Holyrood Parliament Building that are being funded by other public bodies, including landscaping and road realignment, and the costs of each of these activities.

S1W-6091 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take into account the views of the Scottish Low Pay Unit in any consideration of the best way to encourage socially excluded people into employment.

S1W-6092 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the case of Khaliq versus Her Majesty's Advocate (1984 SLT 137), (a) how many reports have been received by Procurators Fiscal in Scotland relating to offences of culpably, wilfully and recklessly supplying kits and/or substances for the purpose of inhalation, (b) how many of those reports proceeded to trial, (c) how many trials resulted in conviction and (d) what sentences were passed.

S1W-6093 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure that young people undertaking skillseekers programmes are given access to the most relevant training and qualifications.

 
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