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BUSINESS BULLETIN 84 / 2000

Thursday 18 May 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 17 May 2000

 

 

S1W-6915 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what was the total value of public sector tenants’ right to buy discounts in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-6916 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made for people with disabilities in the east end area of Glasgow following the closure of the Easterhill day centre in Baillieston.

 

S1W-6917 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the European Convention on Human Rights will have on current planning procedures and whether it will have any implications for third party right of appeal.

 

S1W-6918 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish its reply to the Strathclyde Joint Police Board regarding the Board’s request that monies raised from items subject to forfeiture by a Sheriff be returned for local community use.

 

S1W-6919 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it administers any funds for which local authorities or community groups can apply to assist with the costs of flood prevention schemes and, if so, how access can be obtained to details of the application process.

 

S1W-6920 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any sources of funding available to local authorities or community groups to pilot novel methods of flood prevention in their localities.

 

S1W-6921 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review current policy on the erection of brown signs on trunk roads and motorways.

 

S1W-6922 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its Departments other than Development are consulted when considering applications for the erection of brown signs on trunk roads and motorways and in particular what role the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department plays.

 

S1W-6923 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 79 million invested by Scottish Homes in Glasgow and North Clyde is being spent in (a) Glasgow and (b) Glasgow Kelvin.

 

S1W-6924 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 1,300 new build Scottish Homes properties for social rent in Glasgow and North Clyde will be located in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency.

 

S1W-6925 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 51 million private sector funding attracted by Scottish Homes to Glasgow and North Clyde will be invested in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency.

 

S1W-6926 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 8 million Scottish Homes funding to upgrade tenements and provide new homes at inner city gap sites will be spent in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency.

 

S1W-6927 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to give a substantive answer to question S1W-5202 lodged on 9 March 2000.

 

S1W-6928 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the total amount of grants and special funding given to Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet specifically to assist with the cost of merger and what are the dates when all such grants or special funding were awarded.

 

S1W-6929 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Chairman of Scottish Opera last met a representative of the Scottish Executive and what items were discussed.

 

S1W-6930 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the merger of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet and when the last date was on which a report on such progress was made to it by (a) Scottish Opera and (b) Scottish Arts Council.

 

S1W-6931 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still supports a merger between Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet including merging aspects of the servicing and support of the companies and what steps it is taking to ensure that such a merger is concluded within the timescale agreed with it.

 

S1W-6932 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive why patients requiring new orthotic equipment in Lothian will have this equipment measured and fitted locally but manufactured in Leeds thereby rendering impossible any further customised adaptations.

 

S1W-6933 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new Royal Infirmary will have similar orthotic workshop facilities to those currently in place in the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital.

 

S1W-6934 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list (a) the grants available to users of orthotic equipment, (b) the voucher schemes which are currently in place to offset the costs of new orthotic equipment and (c) the government agencies which issue such grants and vouchers.

 

S1W-6935 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is available through the NHS helpline to patients looking for information on orthotic services.

 

S1W-6936 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support projects such as the Venture Trust at Applecross, Wester Ross, as an alternative to custodial sentences for young offenders.

 

S1W-6937 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place all Scottish Office and Scottish Executive research papers on Caledonian MacBrayne in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

 

S1W-6938 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the research available to it on the development of edible protein.

 

S1W-6940 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list, by health board area, the number of people for whom beta interferon has been prescribed in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) at the current time.

 

S1W-6941 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide adequate and appropriate maxillofacial and oral surgery services in the Highland Health Board area and in the Argyll and Bute Health Board area.

 

S1W-6942 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of patients currently receive their first out patient consultation within nine weeks of referral.

 

S1W-6943 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of patients are currently treated within three months of being placed on a waiting list.

 

S1W-6944 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many flu vaccines have been ordered to meet the demands of the vaccination programme starting in October 2000.

 

S1W-6945 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many flu vaccines were administered in 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-6946 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any proven link between the use of anti-perspirants and the prevalence of breast cancer.

 

S1W-6947 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to use coronary stents in the treatment of heart disease throughout Scotland.

 

S1W-6948 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what projections were made before the introduction of the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 which indicated when the whole of Scotland would be on the Land Register of Scotland.

 

S1W-6949 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a full and independent review of the fingerprint work of the Scottish Criminal Records Office.

 

S1W-6950 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a full and independent review of the actions of Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Criminal Records Office in the case of Shirley McKie.

 

S1W-6952 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the evidence presented by BBC Frontline Scotland in the case of Shirley McKie, it will now make a full apology and financial restitution to Shirley McKie for any suffering and trauma she has experienced as a result of her investigation and prosecution.

 

S1W-6953 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to restore public confidence in the science of fingerprint identification, given the criticism by recognised international experts of the fingerprint work of the Scottish Criminal Records Office.

 

S1W-6954 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current waiting lists are, broken down by health board, for wheelchairs.

 

S1W-6955 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current waiting list is for wheelchairs in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area; whether this is higher or lower than the national average; if it is higher by how much, and what detailed plans it has to reduce the list and within what timescale.

 

S1W-6956 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a Direction (19B notice), rather than a Direction (19A notice), should have been served on North Lanarkshire Council Direct Labour Organisation.

 

S1W-6957 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to rescind the Direction (19A notice) served on North Lanarkshire Council Direct Labour Organisation with immediate effect in the light of the conversion of its 4.8 million deficit to a predicted 1 million profit in the current financial year and what contribution the DLO’s workforce has made to the changed position.

 

S1W-6958 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was aware that one surgeon was in place at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Heart Transplant Unit and what action it has taken to address the situation.

 

S1W-6959 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive why no contingency plan was in place for the operation of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Heart Transplant Unit.

 

S1W-6960 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change management arrangements within the 47 further education colleges and, if so, whether it will do so within this Parliamentary session.

 

S1W-6961 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive on what grounds the trade union representatives on further education college boards of management are the only representatives who are required to be elected.

 

S1W-6962 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the composition of boards of management within the 47 further education colleges whereby at least 50% of the members of boards are unelected and how it ensures that board members are accountable and representative.

 

S1W-6963 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will intervene in the current dispute in Coatbridge College regarding imposition of a recognition and procedure agreement; whether it has held discussions with the Principal and/or the Educational Institute of Scotland College Lecturers’ Association branch, and what its policy is on this issue.

 

S1W-6964 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report on the pilot project on equipping the police with CS gas sprays will be available.

 

S1W-6965 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on its consultation on right to buy by housing association tenants and in particular on any identified specific problems arising in Partick.

 

S1W-6966 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with telecommunications companies regarding the introduction of planning controls following the publication of the Stewart Report and the report of the Transport and the Environment Committee.

 
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