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BUSINESS BULLETIN 103 / 2000

Friday 16 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 15 June 2000

 

 

S1W-7950 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6966 by Sarah Boyack on 31 May 2000, whether, following the meeting with representatives of the telecommunications industry, the primary legislation announced by Sarah Boyack on 11 May 2000 will be in place in time to provide effective regulation of third generation licenses.

 

S1W-7989 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive who the new chief executives of the water authorities are, what the current value is of their individual salaries and benefit packages and what the last place of employment and former job title was of each.

 

S1W-7990 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1198) which refers to the 97 research projects currently taking place on dyspraxia, (a) what aspects of dyspraxia are being studied, (b) which institutions and academics are carrying out the research, (c) what funding has been made available by the Scottish Executive for research and (d) what are the dates for completion and publication of the research projects.

 

S1W-7991 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), to list (a) the Executive’s representatives on the national screening committee (NSC), (b) the Scottish Executive’s representatives on the NSC’s children’s sub-group and (c) all other representatives on the NSC and/or NSC’s children’s sub-group who represent Scottish institutions.

 

S1W-7992 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), (a) what conditions are currently being considered by the national screening committee’s children’s sub-group and (b) what conditions the national screening committee’s children’s sub-group plans to investigate with a view to possible inclusion in future national screening programme.

 

S1W-7993 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, which of the conditions that fall under the remit of the national screening committee’s children’s sub-group currently have screening programmes.

 

S1W-7994 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), what the full criteria are which have to be fulfilled to allow the national screening committee to advise that a condition be added to the current screening programme.

 

S1W-7995 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), what tests for dyspraxia have been considered and in particular, what consideration has been given to the tests outlined in Madeline Portwood’s book Developmental Dyspraxia.

S1W-7996 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1200), what the definition is of "standard treatment" as used by the national screening committee.

 

S1W-7997 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000 Col. 1200), whether it will recognise the eight week intensive physiotherapy treatment offered to dyspraxic children as a standard and beneficial treatment.

 

S1W-7998 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Cols. 1199 and 1200), what is being done to improve collation and analysis of statistics on dyspraxia.

 

S1W-7999 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000 Col. 1202) and the Deputy Minister for Children and Education (11 May 2000, Col. 627), what specific training is planned for teachers in the early detection of dyspraxia, what funding, from the 12 million announced on 11 May 2000, will be used for teachers, and what form the training will take.

 

S1W-8000 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1202), whether dyspraxia will be included in special needs training for teachers and what form the training will take.

 

S1W-8001 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col. 1202), whether the Deputy Minister for Children and Education referred the matter of dyspraxia to the national special educational needs advisory forum for discussion at its meeting on 6 June 2000, and, if not, at which meeting the Minister’s referral will be discussed.

 

S1W-8002 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (25 May 2000, Col 1200), what opportunity will be offered to the Dyspraxia Foundation to make direct representations to the national special educational needs advisory forum in the process of its consideration of the Minister’s referral.

 

S1W-8003 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend that local authorities standardise the criteria on which a person with reduced mobility is granted a disabled persons’ bus pass and, if so, whether it will recommend that the defining criterion is a letter from a doctor rather than the receipt of mobility allowance.

 

S1W-8004 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been allocated for training in tenant participation for each of the last three years, broken down by recipient.

 

S1W-8005 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Brian Duffield of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) project and what information it will seek from him regarding (a) the future of the UHI project and (b) any barriers which prevent the UHI from securing university status.

 

S1W-8006 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of what the expenditure of 9.86 million on the University of the Highlands and Islands project has been spent on and on what the further provision of 1 million is to be spent.

 

S1W-8007 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why university status is not expected to be conferred upon the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) project for some years and what precisely the UHI project is required to do in order to attain such status.

 

S1W-8008 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether those "relevant authorities" as defined in schedule 1 in the Transport (Scotland) Bill, which serve parts of Scotland which are rural or predominantly rural and which choose not to use the proposed powers to make road user charges or workplace parking levies, will receive no extra resources for investment in transport.

 

S1W-8009 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mortgage repossession orders were made in each court district in each quarter from 1994 to the latest available date.

 

S1W-8010 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether revenue support to Glasgow City Council in 2001-02 will be reduced by 28 million.

 

S1W-8011 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to investigate the provision of social work services in Glasgow in view of the possible strike action later this month.

 

S1W-8012 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the ruling of unfair dismissal by an industrial tribunal, social workers employed by Glasgow City Council should be reinstated.

 

S1W-8013 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to investigate any discontent within the social work profession.

 

S1W-8014 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it has made to the Church of Scotland following their request for 175,000 in government funding to cover the cost of vetting volunteers when new child protection safeguards are introduced.

 

S1W-8015 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all new non-departmental public bodies which have come into existence since May 1997.

 

S1W-8016 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all non-departmental public bodies which have ceased to exist since May 1997.

 

S1W-8017 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of the new tourist information centre (TIC) at Strontian and whether, following the sale of a number of other tourist information centres in the Highlands and Islands, there are any plans to dispose of the Strontian TIC.

 

S1W-8018 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have occurred in the last five years on the Balmedie to Tipperty stretch of the A90.

 

S1W-8019 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the mental illness grant was in real terms in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

 

S1W-8020 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish waiting lists for patients with mental health problems.

 

S1W-8021 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to liase with the Health Education Board for Scotland to develop a campaign to highlight mental health problems.

 

S1W-8022 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that National Lottery funding for successful mental health projects continues on a permanent basis.

 

S1W-8023 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to streamline funding mechanisms for voluntary organisations.

 

S1W-8024 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve training and levels of understanding of general practitioners in relation to mental health.

 

S1W-8025 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a definition of what it considers to be mental illness and mental disorder.

 

S1W-8026 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive who would have jurisdiction over an individual suffering from mental illness in prison and who would deal with any possible lapse in care.

 

S1W-8027 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards establishing mental health specialisms in general practice.

 

S1W-8028 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to eliminate any discrimination against individuals with mental health problems.

 

S1W-8029 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact mental illnesses have on patients suffering from physical ailments.

 

S1W-8030 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many working days were lost through mental illness in the last year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-8031 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes a trainee to qualify for a Scottish Vocational Qualification at level three.

 

S1W-8032 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes to complete a modern apprenticeship in construction related trades.

 

S1W-8033 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates will be the cost of upgrading Glasgow’s further education colleges to 21st century standards.

 

S1W-8034 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist further education colleges to adapt their buildings to the needs of disabled people.

 

S1W-8035 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that education and training initiatives for small and medium sized enterprises meet the needs of those businesses.

 

S1W-8036 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to improve the dissemination of information to the business community.

 

S1W-8037 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that all information it supplies to businesses is explained in plain English.

 

S1W-8038 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reduce the potential for confusion in the area of education and training initiatives for businesses by eliminating any duplication and simplifying access.

 

S1W-8039 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Woodland Grant Scheme payments are available to landlords who resume crofting land against the wishes of the crofters.

 

S1W-8040 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS Trusts have implemented the Working Time Regulations; whether these Trusts have incorporated the extra costs of implementing these regulations into their financial projections, and how much of the 86 million additional health funding earmarked for Scotland will be available for improving patient care after these costs have been taken into account.

 

S1W-8041 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage change in visitor numbers, compared with the previous year, was in each Area Tourist Board in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999 seasons.

 

S1W-8042 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend to North Lanarkshire Council that it ensures that, under its restructuring of its housing system, all long-term applicants on the waiting list from the previous system will be successfully transferred to the waiting list for the new system.

 

S1W-8043 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to provide 100% funding to the Diversion from Prosecution to Social Work and other Service Agencies pilot programme.

 

S1W-8044 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of pilot schemes under the Diversion from Prosecution to Social Work and other Service Agencies pilot programme will be increased.

 

S1W-8045 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether domestic abuse offenders, sex offenders and child abusers will continue to be considered appropriate referrals for diversion from prosecution.

 

S1W-8046 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to help patients stop smoking following myocardial infarction, as outlined by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

 

S1W-8047 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the current investment in resuscitation suites in major accident and emergency departments.

 

S1W-8048 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether adequate investment in diagnostic equipment is in place to ensure early detection and management of osteoporosis.

 

S1W-8049 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether adequate resources have been allocated for investment in NHS diagnostic equipment.

 

S1W-8050 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to attract biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies from Pacific Rim countries.

 

S1W-8051 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the access of small and medium sized companies to venture capital.

 

S1W-8052 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the financial sector on providing venture capital for long term investment for new and expanding Scottish companies.

 

S1W-8053 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to provide, for sectors of the economy where skill shortages are evident, a register of skilled and senior management talent who may be on career break, semi-retirement or in part-time employment to enable companies to access expertise on a short-term basis as necessary.

 

S1W-8054 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to provide access to administrative and support staff to small and medium size high growth companies who otherwise could not sustain them.

 

S1W-8057 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how much increases in fuel tax have cost Fife, Tayside and Central Scotland police forces, fire brigades, and ambulance services in each of the past three years and whether the block grant paid to each of these bodies has been specifically raised to cover these costs.

 

S1W-8058 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which health boards have a register of diabetic patients and what steps it is taking to ensure that all health boards have such a register.

 

S1W-8059 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many formal consultations it launched between May 1999 and June 2000 and whether it will list for each of these consultations (a) the cost of launching and promoting the consultation; (b) the cost of analysing the consultation responses; (c) the length of the consultation period; (d) the number of responses received and (e) the date, or expected date, of publication of a summary of responses.

 

S1W-8060 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of how many consultations which were launched between May 1999 and June 2000 and where the consultation period is now closed have summaries of consultation responses received been compiled and who compiled each such summary.

 

S1W-8061 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why it does not always publish detailed summaries to responses to consultation exercises; in particular, why it has not published such a summary in relation to its consultation paper A New Strategy for Scottish Tourism and, in the absence of such a summary, how it intends to demonstrate that all responses were given full consideration.

 

S1W-8062 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has adopted a policy of consulting more widely, in terms of both those consulted and the range of issues consulted upon, than was the case prior to May 1999; whether it has a policy of always consulting on certain types of issues; what criteria it uses in determining whether to consult on an issue and how it decides who should receive invitations to respond to different consultation exercises.

 

S1W-8063 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive who reads consultation responses and whether it sends acknowledgements to individuals and groups who submit responses.

 
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