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BUSINESS BULLETIN 102 / 2000

Thursday 15 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 14 June 2000

 

 

S1W-7920 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care intends to reply to my letters of 24 March 2000 and 8 May 2000 regarding my constituent Moira Steinbach.

 

S1W-7921 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care intends to reply to my letters of 24 March 2000 and 8 May 2000 regarding my constituent Anne McKay.

 

S1W-7922 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment intends to reply to my letter of 9 May 2000 regarding my constituent George Edward.

 

S1W-7923 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care intends to reply to my letters of 19 January 2000 and 8 May 2000 regarding my constituent Graham Milne.

 

S1W-7924 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment intends to reply to my letter of 9 May 2000 regarding my constituent Douglas Thomson.

 

S1W-7925 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number of households which have benefited from the Warm Deal, broken down by local authority or housing association, showing (i) the number of households which have been allocated Warm Deal money and (ii) the average grant allocated in each case.

 

S1W-7926 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number of houses which have been improved through the Warm Deal, broken down by housing association or local authority, by the installation of (i) loft insulation; (ii) cavity wall insulation; (iii) window or door draught-proofing; (iv) installation of high efficiency lamps; (v) tank and pipe installation, and (vi) other measures.

 

S1W-7927 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the firms which have taken on employees through finance from the Warm Deal and how many full-time equivalent posts have been created in each firm.

 

S1W-7928 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number and type of qualifications gained by persons employed through finance from the Warm Deal.

 

S1W-7929 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why it is necessary to have two organisations, the Health Technology Board for Scotland and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Network, compared with one organisation, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, in England and Wales.

 

S1W-7930 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards are in place to ensure that the function of the Health Technology Board for Scotland is not to replicate decisions already communicated to it by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

 

S1W-7931 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the precise remit of the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland is and what is being done to ensure that guidelines from the Health Technology Board for Scotland and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Network are being implemented by health boards.

 

S1W-7932 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how candidates are selected for the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, the Health Technology Board for Scotland and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Network and how it ensures that the individuals sitting on these boards retain an objective and independent view.

 

S1W-7933 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether "postcode prescribing" will continue, given that B-interferon is being prescribed in Tayside and Grampian but not in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

 

S1W-7934 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any evidence that health boards are not following national guidelines on prescribing due to local budget constraints and whether this will have any effect on the work of the Health Technology Board for Scotland in ending "postcode prescribing".

 

S1W-7935 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement in the answer to question S1O-1597 by Susan Deacon on 4 May 2000 that the Health Technology Board for Scotland will be "open and transparent", why there has been no announcement of the recent appointment of a director and when the board will have a location and address, a website and contact details.

 

S1W-7936 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the set-up and annual running costs are of the Health Technology Board for Scotland, the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Network and the new Public Health Institute.

 

S1W-7937 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made regarding the implementation of the Pooley Report and what specific cost-cutting measures it proposes to introduce in the Meat Hygiene Service. R

S1W-7938 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is undertaking any initiatives on nicotine replacement therapy.

 

S1W-7939 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any evidence on the effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapy in (a) Scotland and (b) Glasgow.

 

S1W-7940 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs to the individual are of nicotine replacement therapy.

 

S1W-7941 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the estimated number of young people who smoke in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c) Glasgow Kelvin.

 

S1W-7942 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost is to Greater Glasgow Health Board of smoking related illnesses.

 

S1W-7943 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have contracted lung cancer through smoking in the last year for which figures are available in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c) Glasgow Kelvin.

 

S1W-7944 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken following the White Paper on Tobacco.

 

S1W-7945 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards have been implemented to ensure that firms debarred from being awarded World Bank financed contracts because they have been found guilty of fraud and corruption are also barred from being awarded Public/Private Partnership (PPP) contracts and whether any safeguards are in place to ensure that the directors of such firms are also debarred from involvement in PPP contracts either individually or as directors of other firms.

 

S1W-7947 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4524 by Mr Jim Wallace on 2 March 2000, what figures it has for net outward migration from the Scottish Borders for each year from 1996 to date for the age groups 18-30, 31-45, 45-60, and over 60.

 

S1W-7948 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail all medical services previously carried out by NHS staff which have been put out to tender over the last five years.

 

S1W-7949 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many locums are currently employed, broken down by speciality and by health board area.

 

S1W-7951 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review any decisions taken regarding safety improvements on the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty.

 

S1W-7952 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will bring forward plans to upgrade the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty to dual carriageway.

 

S1W-7953 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-7954 Mr Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in tackling social exclusion in the Hamilton North and Bellshill constituency.

 

S1W-7955 Mr Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor the work of Social Inclusion Partnerships.

 

S1W-7956 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate death rates among homeless people and the quality of hospital care they receive.

 

S1W-7957 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the installation of confectionery and soft drinks vending machines in some schools is in line with its healthy diet and dental care policies.

 

S1W-7958 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be any economic benefits to the Highlands and Islands accruing from BP’s recent announcement of its intention to abolish the Retail Zone Premium, and what representations it will make to Her Majesty’s Government to reduce road fuel tax in the light of this announcement.

 

S1W-7959 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors within the NHSiS are currently suspended on full pay and what is the average length of suspension.

 

S1W-7960 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the availability of nicotine replacement therapy within the Parliament will be publicised.

 

S1W-7961 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget it has set aside to cover the costs of its Renewing Local Democracy Working Group and how much has been spent to date.

 

S1W-7962 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on mobile cardiac laboratories as a means of reducing waiting lists and times for coronary heart disease diagnosis.

 

S1W-7963 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how the training being undertaken by nursing staff will affect the operation of the cardiac transplant unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

 

S1W-7964 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how the training being undertaken by the three heart surgeons will affect the operation of the cardiac transplant unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

 

S1W-7965 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7257 by Jackie Baillie on 8 June 2000, who currently serves on the Social Inclusion Partnership Advisory Group.

 

S1W-7966 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7257 by Jackie Baillie on 8 June 2000, whether it will list the members of the Scottish Social Inclusion Network.

 

S1W-7967 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it has given to fish processors in recent months to help them meet the costs incurred in fulfilling their obligations under the Urban Waste Water Directive.

 

S1W-7968 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific financial and other types of measures are available to assist fish processors to maintain and develop their businesses both at home and overseas.

 

S1W-7969 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to give increased powers to Children’s Hearings to deal with related family matters affecting the welfare of children referred to them.

 

S1W-7970 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to assess the effectiveness of how resources are spent by local authority social work departments.

 

S1W-7971 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Children’s Hearings in Glasgow were continued because of (a) non-appearance by a parent or other relevant person, (b) non-appearance by a social worker and (c) non-availability of required reports, showing the figures as a percentage of the total number of social work hearings and for each year since 1996-97.

 

S1W-7972 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage local authorities to recruit family support teams including more homebuilders.

 

S1W-7973 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage is of qualified social workers who have been absent from work as a result of stress within each local authority for the most recent year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-7974 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the Whitletts roundabout on the A77 at its intersection with the A719 and B743 to the north east of Ayr.

 

S1W-7975 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any schemes in Scotland whereby doctors or other health professionals can prescribe heating or insulation work to be carried out on a patient’s home and, if not, whether there are any plans to introduce such a scheme.

 

S1W-7976 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was spent in providing the facilities, infrastructure and incentives to encourage Canon to locate in Glenrothes.

 

S1W-7977 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive which public agencies made a financial contribution towards attracting Canon to Glenrothes and how much each agency contributed.

 

S1W-7978 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what security arrangements are required to be in place in Scotland’s Acute Trust Hospitals.

 

S1W-7979 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6319 by Mr Tom McCabe on 9 May 2000, whether its investigation has established the reason for the delay in answering question S1W-3963 yet; if so, what this reason is and when it now expects to answer question S1W-3963.

 

S1W-7980 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests from local authorities to dispose of land or property at less than full market value it has refused since 1 July 1999, broken down by local authority, and how many of these requests related to (a) land and (b) property.

 

S1W-7981 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses in determining whether to approve or refuse requests from local authorities to dispose of land or property at less than full market value.

 

S1W-7982 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a Scottish equivalent of Her Majesty's Government’s 10 year plan for transport, or whether the UK strategy will have a Scottish component; when it expects any such Scottish strategy to be published, and whether the railway aspects of any Scottish strategy, or Scottish component of a UK strategy, will be produced by Scottish Ministers or the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority.

 

S1W-7983 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions it has reached following its consultation on the papers Housing and Anti-Social Behaviour – The Way Forward and A New Single Tenancy for Scotland: Rights, Obligations and Opportunities.

 

S1W-7984 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have responded to its consultation letter of 24 March 2000 on the European Commission White Paper on Environmental Liability and whether it intends to publish the response it forwards to the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

 

S1W-7985 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the potential impact on the Scottish agricultural sector of the European Commission White Paper on Environmental Liability.

 

S1W-7986 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded to the European Commission White Paper on Environmental Liability and, if so, whether its response accepted the principle of strict liability.

 

S1W-7987 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in considering any response it has made to the European Commission White Paper on Environmental Liability, it sought or obtained a definition of the public interest groups who would be entitled to a remedy in civil proceedings under the White Paper and, if such a definition was obtained, whether it will make the definition publicly available.

 

S1W-7988 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission a study into the impact on Scottish industry of an extension of industry’s liability beyond compliance with environmental legislation, as envisaged in the European Commission White Paper on Environmental Liability.

 
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