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BUSINESS BULLETIN 99 / 2000

Monday 12 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 9 June 2000

 

 

S1W-7786 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to collect the 100 license fee from retail butchers' shops in Scotland.

S1W-7787 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive why retail butchers which offer ready-to-eat products will have to pay the 100 license fee when other establishments which offer similar products are not subject to such a requirement.

S1W-7788 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the plans to levy a 100 license fee on all retail butchers' shops are final; what the purpose is of the license, and why the fee is being introduced earlier in Scotland than in the rest of the United Kingdom.

S1W-7789 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Joint Investment Fund projects between new acute and primary care NHS Trusts are currently under way.

S1W-7790 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the report of the Joint Investment Fund Working Party from last year.

S1W-7791 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require NHS Trusts to contribute a percentage of their budgets to the Joint Investment Fund and to design services in a collaborative manner.

S1W-7792 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1867 by Sarah Boyack on 8 June 2000, whether the Station Park in Moffat qualifies for signage from the M74.

S1W-7793 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any mechanisms in place to allow it to pay funds directly to individual schools and, if not, what plans it has to introduce such mechanisms.

S1W-7794 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government on the proposed merger between British Airways and KLM regarding any implications for maintaining direct services between Scotland and Amsterdam.

S1W-7795 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what presence the Strategic Rail Authority will have in Scotland and in particular where its Scottish office will be located and how many full time staff it will employ

S1W-7796 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the additional annual cost would be of replacing the current fares structure on subsidised ferries with a road equivalent tariff scheme.

S1W-7797 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate and report on the backlog of complaints which currently exist with the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman.

S1W-7798 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what staffing arrangements are currently in place within the office of the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman and whether these arrangements are adequate.

S1W-7799 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol related deaths there were for the last year for which figures are available.

S1W-7800 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what residential treatment facilities are available for alcohol dependent persons in (i) the public sector; (ii) the private sector and (iii) the voluntary sector.

S1W-7801 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive which private and voluntary sector residential treatment centres for alcohol dependent persons are available for use by public sector bodies for referral of patients; what bodies can authorise such treatment, and what funding is currently available to meet such requirements.

S1W-7802 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1879 by Ross Finnie on 8 June 2000, who would be liable to pay compensation should it subsequently be revealed that a hazardous substance, caused by GM contaminated oil seed rape, had entered the animal and human food chain.

S1W-7803 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3808 by Iain Gray on 7 February 2000, what information is available on the average waiting times for patients in NHS hospitals who have requested accommodation in residential nursing homes, broken down by local authority and whether it now has any plans to maintain this information on a consistent basis.

S1W-7804 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how much extra revenue in 2000-01 has been earmarked for reducing waiting times for patients in NHS hospitals who have requested accommodation in residential nursing homes.

S1W-7805 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farm businesses received payments, in the most recent year for which figures are available, totalling (a) 0 to 12,500; (b) 12,501 to 25,000; (c) 25,001 to 50,000; (d) 50,001 to 75,000; (e) 75,001 to 100,000; (f) 100,001 to 150,000 and (g) over 150,000 under (i) the CAP Market Support arrangements; (ii) the CAP Accompanying Measures; (iii) the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances scheme, and (iv) all three schemes combined.

S1W-7806 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunity for input it gave to the Parliament with respect to the setting of standards agreed between the water authorities and the Water Industry Commissioner and what opportunity the Parliament was given to specify what these standards and levels of compensation might be.

S1W-7807 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether provisions under the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill and any proposed subordinate legislation which may be made under the Bill will allow for a pilot scheme on the operation of individual learning accounts in rural locations and, if so, whether such a pilot will be conducted in each local enterprise area in both the Highlands and Islands and the Borders and whether provisions will allow for remuneration in respect of attendance at learning centres.

S1W-7808 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether domestic wind turbines can play a part in meeting Scotland's obligations in relation to renewable energy.

S1W-7809 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has regarding tenant farmers in the forthcoming programme of land reform legislation.

S1W-7810 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what new public transport projects will have to be approved through procedures in the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936.

S1W-7811 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been involved in any discussions with Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority to support the reintroduction of trams in Glasgow.

S1W-7812 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend the provision of supplementary student grants for the dependants of students to include partners as well as spouses.

S1W-7813 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to exempt part of a dependant's income for the purpose of calculating entitlement to supplementary student grants.

S1W-7814 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to exempt, in the calculation of income support, sums paid under the Access Fund.

S1W-7815 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of waiting times across Scotland for the provision of barium enemas in the diagnosis of colonic cancer indigestion.

S1W-7816 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority it attaches to research into the causes of E.coli 0157 and the recent instances in Scotland and, in particular, north-east Scotland.

S1W-7817 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has made available in each of the last five financial years for research into E.coli 0157.

S1W-7818 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with the Food Standards Agency in connection with the recent outbreak of E.coli 0157 in north-east Scotland.

S1W-7819 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement the Food Standards Agency has in the recent outbreak of E.coli 0157 in north-east Scotland.

S1W-7820 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it held with local authorities following the E.coli 0157 outbreak at Macduff Primary School, Banffshire in 1999.

S1W-7821 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gave local authorities following the investigation into the E.coli 0157 outbreak at MacDuff Primary School, Banffshire in 1999.

S1W-7822 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the number of cases of E.coli 0157 in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S1W-7823 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what staffing levels in the field of occupational therapy within Angus were in each of the past five years.

S1W-7824 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time for occupational therapy is in Angus.

S1W-7825 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that there are no health problems associated with emissions from Seed Crushers Scotland Ltd.

S1W-7826 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what quantity of GM rapeseed it estimates has been processed by Seed Crushers Scotland Ltd.

S1W-7827 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will grant additional capital borrowing consent to Angus Council to enable it to bring St. Vigeans Primary School building up to modern day standards.

S1W-7828 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a copy of the report by the Scott Wilson Group investigating the case for closure of up to one in ten Scottish railway stations; what representations it will make with regard to the closure of these railway stations in Scotland, and by what means it will ascertain the effect which closure would have on the local community served by such stations.

S1W-7829 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the decision to fix a rate poundage for Scotland of 45.8 pence as opposed to 41.6 pence in England will have on (a) the manufacturing sector, (b) the tourism sector, (c) the retail sector and (d) the commercial property sector and whether this decision will be reviewed so that the disparity can be eliminated for the year 2001-02 and subsequent years.

S1W-7830 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the rate poundage for non-domestic rates for the year 2000-01 could have been set at 41.6 pence whilst maintaining the total income raised from non-domestic rates at the 1999-2000 level in real terms.

S1W-7831 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has given to health boards and health trusts regarding the treatment of osteoporosis.

S1W-7832 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer what procedures are used to appoint clerks and support officers to service committees of the Parliament.

S1W-7833 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether committees or committee chairpersons will in future be consulted in advance of support staff appointments being made to their committees.

S1W-7834 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer by what date the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body expects to make available to the Parliament details of how the building, fit out and other costs of the Holyrood Project will be reduced in order to meet the agreed 195 million budget.

S1W-7835 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to extend the list of developments designated as "bad neighbour developments" for the purposes of schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 to include outdoor developments such as skateboard areas, BMX tracks and playparks.

S1W-7836 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the definition of "material change of use" particularly as it relates to class 33 development by local authorities under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992.

S1W-7837 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution health boards are making to the revenue costs of hospices within their areas, expressed as a percentage of total revenue costs.

S1W-7838 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with research into sonic devices to deter dolphins from being caught in fishing nets.

S1W-7839 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish and fund a network of agencies to support adult survivors of child abuse.

S1W-7840 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the key performance targets it has set Historic Scotland for 2000-01.

 
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