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BUSINESS BULLETIN 95 / 2000

Tuesday 6 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 5 June 2000

 

 

S1W-7615 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1823 by Ross Finnie on 1 June 2000, why, following a departmental meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food on 5 May, it took 10 days to ascertain the exact nature of the GM contamination.

S1W-7616 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much bodies funded by the Scottish Arts Council received in grant aid in 1999 which was spent on vehicle fuel.

S1W-7617 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on vehicle fuel by the (i) National Museum of Scotland, (ii) National Library of Scotland and (iii) National Galleries of Scotland during 1999.

S1W-7618 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the administrative and operational budget of the Scottish Arts Council, excluding grant aid to applicants, was spent on vehicle fuel in 1999.

S1W-7619 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the use of taxi card schemes as means of addressing the mobility needs of disabled people.

S1W-7620 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is now a standard or preferred methodology for transport assessments as specified in NPPG 17 that should be adopted by local authorities when determining planning applications.

S1W-7621 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have followed the advice set out in NPPG 17 Transport and Planning to set maximum as opposed to minimum numbers of parking spaces for new developments in their planning policies.

S1W-7622 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is developing policies that explicitly link traffic reduction targets with the realisation of commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions or whether it has any evidence indicating that carbon dioxide targets can be met without taking this action.

S1W-7623 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to encourage large employers to adopt green transport plans.

S1W-7624 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will specify any targets relating to transport use and the environment that relate to the proposals within its proposed Integrated Transport Bill.

S1W-7625 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive why the preparation of local transport strategies by local authorities is non-statutory.

S1W-7626 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for tightening the laws governing parking controls around bus stops, pedestrian crossings and schools.

S1W-7627 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is proposing to address the traffic impact created by extensive customer parking provided at out-of-town retail and leisure facilities as an alternative to a customer parking levy.

S1W-7628 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what research or evidence it used to rule out a levy on non-workplace customer parking provided at large out-of-town retail developments on page eight of Tackling Congestion and whether further research is being undertaken in this area of transport policy.

S1W-7629 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to reply to question S1W-5968 lodged on 4 April 2000.

S1W-7630 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6736, S1W-6737 and S1W-6738 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, what target percentage of teachers in (a) secondary schools, (b) primary schools and (c) special schools will have their own e-mail addresses by the end of (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.

S1W-7631 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6739 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, whether it intends to introduce targets for the provision of e-mail addresses to teachers in pre-school centres.

S1W-7632 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6740, S1W-6741 and S1W-6748 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, what target percentage of pupils in (a) secondary schools, (b) primary schools and (c) special schools will have their own e-mail addresses by the end of (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.

S1W-7633 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6732, S1W-6733 and S1W-6734 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, to provide details, from information collated from the October 1999 School Survey of Information and Communication Technology, of the ratio of computers of less than four years of age to pupils in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special schools, discounting in each case those that are used mainly for administration purposes.

S1W-7634 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6744 and S1W-6745 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, what target percentage of (a) primary schools and (b) special schools will have access to the internet for World Wide Web use by the end of (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.

S1W-7635 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was provided to the Children’s Traffic Club in Scotland in each year since it was formed and what the club’s projected funding is in the next three years.

S1W-7636 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funds was left in the education budget at the end of the last financial year.

S1W-7637 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce maximum class sizes for primary three to primary seven.

S1W-7638 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4231 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 18 February 2000, what programmes the 13.45 million remaining in the Excellence Fund for 2000-01 will be allocated to, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-7639 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6255 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 May 2000, why the 42 million undistributed Excellence Fund has been excluded from AEF when it is included in the GSE figure for education in Investing in You and formed part of the GAE figure for education notified to local authorities in SEED finance circular No 9/1999.

S1W-7640 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many penal establishments other than those operated by the Scottish Prison Service or legalised police cells received financial support from it in each of the last three years and how many such establishments it plans to support in each of the next three financial years.

S1W-7641 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its Justice budget was spent on penal establishments other than those operated by the Scottish Prison Service or legalised police cells in each of the last three financial years and what the projected expenditure is in each of the next three financial years.

S1W-7642 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4825 by Sarah Boyack on 21 March 2000, what steps it takes to monitor clusters of accidents at particular locations and routes with high accident rates on roads other than trunk roads.

S1W-7643 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4825 by Sarah Boyack on 21 March 2000, how it defines (a) a cluster of accidents and (b) a route with a high accident rate.

S1W-7644 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum number of available spaces in (a) penal establishments directly operated by the Scottish Prison Service, (b) legalised police cells and (c) privately operated penal establishments (i) was in each of the last three financial years and (ii) is anticipated to be in each of the next three financial years.

S1W-7645 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average daily population of prisoners (a) was in each of the last three financial years and (b) is projected to be in each of the next three financial years in (i) penal establishments directly operated by the Scottish Prison Service, (ii) legalised police cells and (iii) privately operated penal establishments.

S1W-7646 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been consulted by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), about the SQA’s proposal that those teachers who act as markers should be released from classroom duties for two days to mark exam papers at home in order to overcome the problem of lack of markers and, if so, what guidance it gave to the SQA.

S1W-7647 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many classroom days will be lost as a result of the Scottish Qualification Authority’s proposal that those teachers who act as markers should be released from classroom duties for two days to mark exam papers at home.

S1W-7648 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost will be of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s proposal that those teachers who act as markers should be released from classroom duties for two days to mark exam papers at home.

 
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