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BUSINESS BULLETIN 80 / 2000

Friday 12 May 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 11 May 2000

 

 

S1W-6676 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6113 by Susan Deacon on 8 May 2000, whether it can explain why NHSiS expenditure on the provision or replacement of equipment by Greater Glasgow Health Board fell, in real terms, from 13.556 million in 1994-95 to 3.547 million in 1998-99.

 

S1W-6677 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6113 by Susan Deacon on 8 May 2000, what impact it considers the reduction of capital expenditure on the provision or replacement of equipment in the NHSiS, in real terms, from 55.129 million in 1994-95 to 25.022 million in 1998-99 has had on modernising equipment, improving patient outcomes and reducing waiting lists.

 

S1W-6678 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6113 by Susan Deacon on 8 May 2000, whether it can explain why 164.508 million was transferred from capital expenditure to revenue expenditure in the NHSiS from 1994-95 to 1999-2000 inclusive.

 

S1W-6720 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which illnesses are deemed to be permanent by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency for the purposes of ill-health pensions.

 

S1W-6721 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long, on average, the Scottish Public Pensions Agency takes to award an ill-health pension.

 

S1W-6722 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sufferers of myalgic encephalomyelitis have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded teachers’ ill-health pensions in each of the last five years.

 

S1W-6723 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long, on average, it has taken to award an ill-health pension to teachers with myalgic encephalomyelitis over the last five years.

 

S1W-6724 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of all new teacher pensioners have been awarded an ill-health pension in each of the last five years.

 

S1W-6725 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last reviewed the procedures for awarding ill-health pensions to teachers.

 

S1W-6726 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the procedures relating to the award of ill health pensions to teachers.

 

S1W-6727 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with Jaeger Tailoring, Kilmarnock prior to the announcement of 180 redundancies on 9 May 2000.

 

S1W-6728 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to bring forward a strategy to sustain and develop the textile industry.

 

S1W-6729 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 applies equally in Scotland as in England and Wales and, if not, whether there is any equivalent Scottish Act.

 

S1W-6730 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the current availability and provision of specialised mental health services and its plans for future provision.

 

S1W-6731 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in relation to the findings of the recently published report Detailed results of the October 1999 School Survey of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

S1W-6732 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the ratio of computers of less than four years old to pupils in primary schools, discounting those that are used mainly for administration purposes.

 

S1W-6733 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the ratio of computers of less than four years old to pupils in secondary schools, discounting those that are used mainly for administration purposes.

 

S1W-6734 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the ratio of computers of less than four years old to pupils in special schools, discounting those that are used mainly for administration purposes.

 

S1W-6735 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the ratio of computers of less than four years old to pupils in pre-school centres, discounting those that are used mainly for administration purposes.

 

S1W-6736 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all teachers in secondary schools to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6737 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all teachers in primary schools to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6738 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all teachers in special schools to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6739 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all teachers in pre-school centres to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6740 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all pupils in secondary schools to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6741 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all pupils in primary schools to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6742 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all pupils in special schools to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6743 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all pupils in pre-school centres to have their own e-mail address.

 

S1W-6744 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all primary schools to have access to the Internet for World Wide Web use

 

S1W-6745 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all special schools to have access to the Internet for World Wide Web use.

 

S1W-6746 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects all pre-school centres to have access to the Internet for World Wide Web use.

 

S1W-6747 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6004 by Susan Deacon on 4 May 2000, whether any submissions have been made as part of the negotiations on NHS pay modernisation to extend the current Pay Review Body structure and, if so, what groups of staff are being considered.

 

S1W-6748 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how the availability of lip-reading courses in Scotland compares with that of other EU countries.

 

S1W-6749 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the terms of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill can accommodate the establishment of a marine national park off the east coast of Scotland but outwith the boundary set by the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999.

 

S1W-6750 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies, organisations and individuals are currently carrying out research projects focussing on rural deprivation indicators, either in Scotland or in the UK as a whole.

 

S1W-6751 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to co-ordinate the findings of research projects into rural deprivation indicators and whether it will consider the findings of any such projects.

 

S1W-6752 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many serving police officers there were, broken down by rank and police force, in each of the last five years.

 

S1W-6753 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances and ambulance personnel there were, broken down by health board area, in each of the last five years.

 

S1W-6754 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its Rural Affairs Department’s budget, expressed in percentage and monetary terms, had no linkage to European funding in each of the last five financial years, the current year and projected for next year and what percentage this was and is of the overall spending block.

 

S1W-6755 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its Rural Affairs Department budget, expressed in percentage and monetary terms, was reimbursed by Europe in each of the last five financial years and will be this year and next year; what are the arrangements for reimbursement, and how did and does this impact on the block grant.

 

S1W-6756 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been collected in levies in Scotland by the Meat and Livestock Commission in each of the last five years; what percentage was re-allocated to Scottish based organisations and projects, and what impact the advent of Quality of Meat Scotland will have on this arrangement.

 

S1W-6757 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether MSPs can have access to correspondence and communications between The Scottish Office and Her Majesty's Government regarding the establishment of the Scottish fisheries zone prior to its establishment and, if so, how.

 

S1W-6758 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give details of the criteria used for the appointment of the board of Quality Meat Scotland.

 

S1W-6759 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 250 million spent each year on dealing with the drugs problem is spent in the north east of Scotland and each other region.

 

S1W-6760 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional expenditure to tackle the drugs problem announced by the Deputy Minister for Justice on 11 May 2000 is earmarked for the north east of Scotland.

 

S1W-6761 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to produce a national osteoporosis strategy for Scotland.

 

S1W-6762 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in Scotland.

 

S1W-6763 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any guidance to Scottish police forces as to the format in which accident statistics should be kept.

 

S1W-6764 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assessment is being carried out as to the effect on traffic accidents of the introduction of the Greenways Routes system in Edinburgh.

 

S1W-6765 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require local authorities to offer courses in modern studies to Higher levels in all secondary schools.

 

S1W-6766 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the uptake of modern studies in Scottish secondary schools.

 

S1W-6767 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to support a national subsidised public transport fare scheme for young people aged 16 and 17.

 

S1W-6768 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to make cycling safer for children.

 

S1W-6769 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instruct water authorities to include the address and telephone number of the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland on the reverse of bills in line with the practice of energy companies which list the addresses and telephone numbers of electricity and gas consumer representatives.

 

S1W-6770 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure protection for public bodies and businesses against problems resulting from possible computer viruses similar to the recent "love-bug" computer virus.

 

S1W-6771 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its plans to promote e-commerce in light of problems arising from the recent "love-bug" computer virus.

 

S1W-6772 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated financial loss to public bodies and businesses was as a result of the "love-bug" computer virus.

 

S1W-6773 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5627 by Susan Deacon on 11 April 2000, whether, if the fact-finding exercise currently being undertaken by officials into specific aspects of hepatitis C and other infections contracted through contaminated blood suggests that further action should be taken, an independent inquiry into the infection of haemophiliacs with hepatitis C products and other pathogens will be a possible course of action.

 

S1W-6774 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5627 by Susan Deacon on 11 April 2000, when it anticipates that the fact-finding exercise into the infection of haemophiliacs with hepatitis C and other pathogens through infected blood products will be complete.

 

S1W-6775 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage the dispersal of civil service jobs to Fife.

 

S1W-6776 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to alter the date of the next local authority elections to 2003 from spring 2002.

 

S1W-6777 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives to health boards to encourage the prevention of the spread of headlice and what its policy is on whether teachers, school nurses and other staff should be advised to inform parents or guardians when their child is infected.

 

S1W-6778 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive to list all individuals and organisations who have made representations to it concerning the split-site nature of Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Fife.

 

S1W-6779 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to ensure the best diagnosis and treatment for sufferers of organophosphate exposure.

 

S1W-6780 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether specialist referrals are available for sufferers of organophosphate exposure; if so, what efforts have been made to ensure that GPs are aware of these services; if not, what action is being taken to address this situation.

 

S1W-6781 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any information on organophosphate poisoning available for those who may have been affected by it and, if not, whether it will make such educational materials available.

 

S1W-6782 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what counties are currently on the land register and what counties remain to be placed on it; (b) when the outstanding counties are projected to become active and (c) what proportion of Scotland is currently on the land register.

 

S1W-6783 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provisional outturn figure of 486.44 million for roads and transport expenditure by Scottish local authorities in the financial year 1996-97, and the budget estimates for 1999-2000 of 354.79 million given by the Finance Minister in his answer to Parliamentary Question S1W-665 are accurate, and whether these figures are consistent with the answer given by the Finance Minister to the supplementary question to S1O-1636 on 4 April 2000.

 
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