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BUSINESS BULLETIN 85 / 2000

Friday 19 May 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 18 May 2000

 

 

S1W-6939 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is regarding Historic Scotland’s opposition to the improvement of Tobermory Pier.

 

S1W-6967 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to train staff in nurseries and primary and secondary schools to provide any attention needed by children suffering from conditions such as asthma or epilepsy during the school day.

 

S1W-6968 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set up an administration of medicines working group covering the needs of children under five or widen the remit of the existing group to cover children under five.

 

S1W-6969 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will widen the remit of the administration of medicines working group to include consideration of the support available in schools for any pupils with health problems.

 

S1W-6970 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards introducing a national concessionary fare scheme for pensioners and people with sight or mobility problems.

 

S1W-6971 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the amount spent on structural and cyclical maintenance of roads to the level of 166 million per annum considered necessary by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland.

 

S1W-6972 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation to regulate the level of rents in the private rented housing sector.

 

S1W-6973 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legally binding tenancy agreements with rights similar to those of a Secure Tenancy Agreement for tenants in the private rented sector.

 

S1W-6974 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation to improve the rights of tenants in the private rented housing sector in relation to maintenance and improvement of property.

 

S1W-6975 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require local authorities to specify that only transport with fitted seatbelts can be used on contracted services conveying pupils to or from school.

 

S1W-6976 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the Scottish Homes definition of barrier-free housing.

 

S1W-6977 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the guidance given to Scottish Homes and local authorities in order to ensure that all homes built with an element of public funding are built to a "lifetime" standard.

 

S1W-6978 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review building regulations on dwellings with a view to improving the thermal efficiency of new dwellings.

 

S1W-6979 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all those Private Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnership projects for which full business cases have been published since May 1999 and indicate for which projects it anticipates full business cases will be published during the current financial year.

 

S1W-6980 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proportion is of "speciality" intensive care unit beds relative to (a) other acute sector low technology or "ordinary" beds and (b) long stay beds, broken down by health board area for each of the last four years for which figures are available.

 

S1W-6981 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to simplify and speed up the process of creating a record of need; whether it is satisfied that equivalent cases are treated consistently by different local authorities, and whether the current length of time involved in creating a record of need is acting as a deterrent to parents in general and poorer parents in particular.

 

S1W-6982 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how the numbers and proportions of people in penal establishments in Scotland compare with the rest of the UK and relevant European comparators and what steps are being taken to reverse the growth in the prison population.

 

S1W-6983 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to (a) prevent the dip in pupil performance at S1 and S2 level highlighted by Her Majesty’s Inspectors and (b) increase parents’ confidence that all pupils will be encouraged to achieve their potential at this stage in their education.

 

S1W-6984 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what subjects in S1 and S2 are taught using setting procedures, broken down by local authority, and what evidence there is that this procedure improves pupil performance.

 

S1W-6985 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what local authorities are meeting set targets in the S1 and S2 curriculum in science, modern languages and writing and what steps it will take to address any problems highlighted by the number of local authorities failing to meet their targets in these subject areas.

 

S1W-6986 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the sample size and distribution used in Dr Neil Campbell’s research for the Cancer Research Campaign were sufficient to validate his research findings; what action it proposes to take to identify the causes of, and determine remedies for, higher cancer mortality rates for residents in Scotland’s rural areas, and what targets it will set for the removal of urban-rural disparities in cancer mortality rates.

 

S1W-6987 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the finding in the Transport Research Laboratory’s report to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions that reserving road space for bus lanes contributes to congestion has any implications for its proposed Integrated Transport Bill.

 

S1W-6988 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many awards of Transport Challenge Funding have been made, committed or offered to local authorities for projects which include dedicated bus lanes; what procedures it uses to ensure that such projects will reduce congestion; and whether it sets performance targets for local authority projects when it awards Transport Challenge Funding.

 

S1W-6989 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it takes after the implementation of bus lanes supported by Transport Challenge Funding to ensure that congestion has been reduced, that performance targets have been met and that bus lanes are fully used.

 

S1W-6990 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the 10% capacity reduction proposed for the UK in adjustments to the Multi Annual Guidance Programme and what implications any such reductions will have on Scotland’s fishing industry.

 

S1W-6991 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it will require to follow to remove permitted development rights in general for telecommunications developments.

 

S1W-6992 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale will be for the introduction of any primary legislation which will be required following the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s remarks about planning controls for telecommunications developments in the Parliament on 11 May 2000.

 

S1W-6993 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has obtained any assessment of the anticipated timescale for implementation of physical works arising from third generation telecommunications licenses from the Department of Trade and Industry.

 

S1W-6994 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those conservation areas in respect of which Article 4 directions to withdraw permitted development rights for telecommunications developments have been issued; whether it has the power to remove permitted development rights for telecommunications developments in all of Scotland’s conservation areas and, if so, what plans it has to use such powers, and whether it has the powers to remove permitted development rights in any other circumstances and, if so, what plans it has to use these powers.

 

S1W-6995 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6319 by Mr Tom McCabe on 9 May 2000, when it will provide a substantive answer to S1W-2963, lodged on 3 December 1999 and which was not answered on 25 January 2000 as stated in the answer to S1W-6319.

 

S1W-6996 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the average waiting times for extraction of wisdom teeth in each health board area in each of the past three years.

 

S1W-6997 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what each local authority’s capital expenditure on schools was in each of the past five years.

 

S1W-6998 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of each local authority’s total expenditure in each of the past five years was spent on education.

 

S1W-6999 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what each local authority’s total expenditure on education was in each of the past five years.

 

S1W-7000 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6104 by Mr Frank McAveety on 10 May 2000, whether it will consider a contribution from public funds to the proposed memorial of the 15 Lanarkshire men who won the Victoria Cross, given that it is a memorial to famous Lanarkshire people rather than a war memorial.

 

S1W-7001 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the contribution made by dentists through their participation in committee work relating to the Executive’s strategic and planning activities as well as to local health boards’ and NHS Trusts’ activities.

 

S1W-7002 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to remunerate dentists, given that they are independent contractors paid on a scale of fees basis, for costs incurred while involved in work on the Executive’s strategic and planning activities as well as local health boards’ and NHS Trusts’ activities.

 

S1W-7003 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions major operations at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow have been cancelled, after the patients have been admitted to hospital and prepared for surgery, due to a lack of intensive care beds in the hospital.

 

S1W-7004 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of patients who experience a delay in receiving the appropriate treatment due to their illness being misdiagnosed, medical notes being lost or appointments being cancelled by hospitals.

 

S1W-7005 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant posts are currently vacant and, of these, how many have been vacant for over six months, broken down in each case by speciality and by health board area.

 

S1W-7006 Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what quality assurance procedures are in place or proposed at the Scottish Criminal Records Office in respect of fingerprint evidence.

 

S1W-7007 Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many criminal cases are pending appeal on the grounds of alleged fingerprint mis-identification.

 
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