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BUSINESS BULLETIN 101 / 2000

Wednesday 14 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 13 June 2000

 

 

S1W-7842 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are applied by Ministers in deciding who should reply to official correspondence from their own constituents and other members’ constituents.

 

S1W-7862 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Partnerships UK will have a role in supporting Public Private Partnerships in Scotland.

 

S1W-7863 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many heavy goods vehicles entered Scotland through the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan in each of the last five years.

 

S1W-7864 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of heavy goods vehicles entering Scotland through the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan have a final destination outside Scotland.

 

S1W-7865 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any sections of the A76 have a higher than average accident rate and, if so, which sections these are.

 

S1W-7866 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Rural Affairs will reply to my letter of 8 March 2000 regarding my constituent Mr A Rogers of Alvah.

 

S1W-7867 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment will reply to my letter of 17 April 2000 regarding my constituent Mrs Scott of Peterhead.

 

S1W-7868 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6523 by Sarah Boyack on 18 May 2000, whether it will institute a study to gather the information requested and make this available to environmental bodies, planning authorities and the general public.

 

S1W-7869 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has invited the North Ayr Social Inclusion Partnership to create a Committee of 500 in Ayr, given that a Committee of 1,000 already exists in the South Ayrshire Council area, and what the expected benefits of the creation of a Committee of 500 will be for the area.

 

S1W-7870 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review variations in prices of drugs for animals available in Scotland compared to other countries in the European Union and whether it will publish details of any measures it intends to take to improve the competitive position of the farming industry.

 

S1W-7871 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of rape prosecutions processed through the courts in each of the years 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 ended with verdicts of (i) guilty of rape or lesser charge, (ii) not proven and (iii) not guilty and in how many cases the victims were women and in how many cases male.

 

S1W-7872 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of rape were reported in the years 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and how many of these were (a) found to be based upon false allegation, (b) prosecuted, (c) abandoned at the request of the victim and (d) abandoned due to lack of evidence or for other reasons, and in how many of the cases the victims were women and in how many cases male.

 

S1W-7873 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were made by those accused of rape to have victims questioned on their sexual history and how many applications were granted in each of the years 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000

 

S1W-7874 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive why the University of the Highlands and Islands has not been designated by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council as an institution of higher education.

 

S1W-7875 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the chief executive of the University of the Highlands and Islands project concerning designation as an institution of higher education.

 

S1W-7876 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council concerning designation of the University of the Highlands and Islands as an institution of higher education.

 

S1W-7877 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any conditions which the University of the Highlands and Islands has to meet prior to designation as an institution of higher education.

 

S1W-7878 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the University of the Highlands and Islands to be designated as an institution eligible for funding by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

 

S1W-7879 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the regeneration of Scotland’s town centres and what funding it is making available for this purpose.

 

S1W-7880 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what process is used to allocate and distribute funding from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust across Scotland.

 

S1W-7881 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the statement made in Mr Jack McConnell’s letter to me of 23 February 2000 that the "total tax income in Scotland raised from non-domestic rates will remain unchanged in real terms following the revaluation" is still accurate or whether, in the light of information about the anticipated income from non-domestic rates which has subsequently become available, this is no longer the case.

 

S1W-7882 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether as part of its work on the 2000 revaluation it is expected that the Scottish Property network will receive from each assessor an electronic copy of the valuation roll; when this information is expected to be received; whether it will publish or place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a summary of this information, and what the combined rateable value of all properties in Scotland is.

 

S1W-7883 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurance can be given that adequate financial resources will be made available to Angus Council to fund the replacement of the road bridge over the River South Esk at Montrose, given that the likely cost of a replacement bridge is estimated at 6 to 7 million and the council’s anticipated annual capital allocation for all services is less than 6 million per annum.

 

S1W-7884 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding devolving powers relating to council tax benefit to Scotland, given that local government levies the tax.

 

S1W-7885 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of children lived in households with an income below the poverty line as defined by the Child Poverty Action Group for each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.

 

S1W-7886 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is for a child to receive free school milk throughout the school year.

 

S1W-7887 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of schoolchildren at (a) primary level and (b) secondary level received free school milk, broken down by local authority for the last year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-7888 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage local authorities to provide free school milk to (a) all schoolchildren whose parents are in receipt of either income support or working families tax credit and (b) other schoolchildren.

 

S1W-7889 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the economic infrastructure of Glasgow.

 

S1W-7890 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to attract manufacturing companies to Glasgow.

 

S1W-7891 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many manufacturing jobs were created in Scotland in each of the last five years through inward investment and how many of these jobs were in Glasgow.

 

S1W-7892 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will invest in (a) road infrastructure, (b) rail infrastructure and (c) land reclamation in Scotland each year from 2000-01 to 2002-03 inclusive and what proportion of this investment will be spent each year in Glasgow.

 

S1W-7893 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local government will remain the custodian of the education service.

 

S1W-7894 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for local government as employers in modernising the education service.

 

S1W-7895 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to examine teachers’ pensions and exit strategies with a view to allowing teachers to leave the profession.

 

S1W-7896 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths are attributed in each of the last three years for which figures are available to (a) smoking and (b) atmospheric pollution.

 

S1W-7897 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have indicated that they will consider possible use of the proposed powers on road user charging and workplace parking charges.

 

S1W-7898 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the impact of the Glasgow Housing Stock Transfer on owner-occupiers who occupy buildings which are also partly tenanted.

 

S1W-7899 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support, expertise and encouragement it is providing to the Glasgow CrossRail project.

 

S1W-7900 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to minimise pollution of the River Clyde.

 

S1W-7901 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure all new homes built in Scotland are fitted with smoke alarms.

 

S1W-7902 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that a representative of Glasgow’s owner-occupiers, who share buildings and factoring services with local authority properties, is appointed to the board of the Glasgow Housing Association.

 

S1W-7903 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts and progress it is making to trace the 400 cattle sold from the Roslin Institute to farms in the UK which might be carrying the "Theileria annulata" parasite.

 

S1W-7904 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1752 by Mr Frank McAveety on 25 May 2000, whether local authorities should abide by industrial tribunal decisions in relation to local authority employees.

 

S1W-7905 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6963 by Henry McLeish on 24 May 2000, whether Coatbridge College’s recognition and procedures agreement, in particular insofar as it allows the college management a role in determining acceptable trade union representatives, accords with the Executive’s expectation that further education colleges should maintain high standards of union recognition and negotiation in respect of both academic and non-academic staff.

 

S1W-7906 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on the Warm Deal by each local authority in 1999-2000 and what are the projected figures for 2000-01.

 

S1W-7907 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many enquiries have been received by the Energy Action Grants Agency from pensioners regarding grants under the Warm Deal scheme.

 

S1W-7908 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many New Deal placements have been created to deliver the Warm Deal scheme and how many long-term unemployed people are engaged in delivering the Warm Deal service to pensioners for the most recent date for which figures are available.

 

S1W-7909 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners benefited from the Warm Deal scheme in 1999-2000 and the current financial year.

 

S1W-7910 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the average payout for each Warm Deal grant awarded in 1999-2000 and the current financial year.

 

S1W-7911 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to evaluate energy cost savings in homes which have benefited from a Warm Deal grant.

 

S1W-7912 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has the average home saved on fuel bills following insulation improvements made under a Warm Deal grant.

 

S1W-7913 Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to develop an improved system for nature conservation.

 

S1W-7914 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government with regard to the future of the Royal Ordinance Factory at Bishopton, what decisions or conclusions were reached and whether it intends to have any future discussions with them on this matter.

 

S1W-7915 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the staff or shop-stewards of the Royal Ordinance Factory at Bishopton, the local authority, local enterprise companies or local community and business representatives with regards to the future of the factory; what conclusions or decisions were reached, and whether it intends to hold any future discussions.

 

S1W-7916 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any strategies in place or in preparation to deal with the local and national economic and social impact of the closure of the Royal Ordinance Factory at Bishopton and what are the details of any such strategies.

 

S1W-7917 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will request Her Majesty's Government to make representations to the European Union regarding the current status of the Irish derogation on the level of somatic cell count for milk and what estimate it has made of the impact of this derogation on the Scottish dairy industry.

 

S1W-7918 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many coastal protection schemes have been submitted to The Scottish Office and to it in each of the last five years under the Coast Protection Act 1949.

 

S1W-7919 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the total amounts paid to local authorities to promote coastal protection schemes in each of the last five years showing (a) the amount, (b) the local authority and (c) the name of the project.

 
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