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BUSINESS BULLETIN 122 / 2000

Friday 4 August 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged from 28 July to 3 August 2000

 

 

S1W-8896 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations that Scotland's proportionate share of Natural Environmental Research Council funding should be maintained following the decision to cease funding the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory.

S1W-8936 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to publish a dental health strategy in order to address issues regarding access to dental services in rural Scotland.

S1W-8937 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery nurses are employed by each local authority. R

S1W-8938 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the child:nursery nurse ratio is in each local authority. R

S1W-8939 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to enshrine minimum standards of nursery nurse provision in the revised Schools (Scotland) Code in the light of the policy position paper The Way Forward for Care. R

S1W-8940 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to develop a national career structure for nursery nurses. R

S1W-8941 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional training and responsibilities will be required for nursery nurses in deregulated nursery classes and schools in the light of the policy position paper The Way Forward for Care. R

S1W-8942 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent research has been completed, is ongoing or is proposed into the role and responsibilities of nursery nurses in pre-school education. R

S1W-8943 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to commission any medical research on the safety of mobile phones and their use by children.

S1W-8944 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to issue any health warnings on the use of mobile phones.

S1W-8945 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reform the laws relating to sexual offences in line with the Home Office review, Setting the Boundaries of Law in England and Wales, and what the proposed timetable for any such reforms would be.

S1W-8946 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people left special schools last year at the ages of 16,17 and 18.

S1W-8947 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people leaving special schools last year (a) returned to live with their parents, (b) moved into supported accommodation, (c) moved into adult residential care, (d) went on to live independently and (e) moved into any other housing and/or care arrangement.

S1W-8948 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people left special schools last year and how many of these went on to (a) further education, (b) higher education, (c) training, (d) part-time employment and (e) full-time employment.

S1W-8949 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effectiveness of the Small Towns Initiative.

S1W-8950 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the impact of the proposed aggregates levy on the cost of road maintenance and road building.

S1W-8951 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental costs result from the quarries located within Galloway and Upper Nithsdale.

S1W-8952 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners are forecast to retire in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

S1W-8953 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any proposals relating to the waiting times of seven months for ear, nose and throat outpatient appointments and 13 weeks for routine CT scans in the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust and in particular whether additional resources will be directed to shorten these waiting times.

S1W-8954 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what performance targets have been set for the Meat Hygiene Service in 2000-01.

S1W-8955 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Rural Affairs will reply to my letter of 25 May 2000 regarding my constituent, Mr George Home.

S1W-8956 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6762 by Susan Deacon on 7 June 2000, which health boards now operate specific primary care initiatives in relation to osteoporosis.

S1W-8957 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive with reference to the recommendations of the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme report published in 1997, what measures are in place to collect information at (a) health board and (b) national level on the subject of osteoporosis.

S1W-8958 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-7831 and S1W-6761 by Susan Deacon on 17 July and 7 June 2000, and with reference to the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme report on osteoporosis published in 1997, what structures are in place to monitor and evaluate programmes to reduce the incidence of falls amongst those with low bone density.

S1W-8959 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many osteoporosis sufferers are receiving treatment to prevent further bone loss in each health board area.

S1W-8961 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what capital contracts have been let so far in relation to the Holyrood Project, indicating in each case the timescale for the contract, the name of the successful contractor and the total cost of the contract.

S1W-8962 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what capital contracts are currently out to tender, or being prepared for tender, in relation to the Holyrood Project, indicating in each case the timescale for award of the contract, commencement on site, and completion of works.

S1W-8963 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive which Ministers have been allocated questions S1W-2735, lodged on 23 November 1999, S1W-3953, lodged on 25 January 2000 and S1W-4675, lodged on 24 February 2000, and why no responses have yet been given to these questions.

S1W-8964 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when a conclusion will be reached on whether there is an increased national requirement for radiotherapy equipment and staffing, given the current incidence of cancers and level of access to radiotherapy treatment.

S1W-8965 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the current incidence of cancers and the associated need for treatment and palliative care, what the national manpower plan for medical and clinical oncologists is for the next ten years.

S1W-8966 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive what programmes or initiatives are currently in place to examine the causes of, and find a cure for, endometriosis.

S1W-8967 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will estimate the number of persons in Scotland who contracted polio in the 1950's.

S1W-8968 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will estimate the number of persons currently living in Scotland who contracted polio during the 1950's epidemic.

S1W-8969 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any research has been carried out in Scotland, or whether it has any plans to conduct such research, into the current health of polio survivors from the epidemic in the 1950's.

S1W-8970 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salmon netting stations are currently in operation.

S1W-8971 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fish and of what species have been taken by salmon netting stations in each of the last five years.

S1W-8972 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to phase out salmon netting stations.

S1W-8973 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the impact of drift netting on salmon stocks in Scottish waters.

S1W-8974 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what change there has been in the seal population on the west coast of Scotland over the last 10 years.

S1W-8975 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to authorise a seal cull on the west coast of Scotland.

S1W-8976 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many letters it received from (a) MPs and (b) MSPs concerning constituency issues in the period from 1 July 1999 to 7 July 2000.

S1W-8977 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8146 by Henry McLeish on 4 July 2000, whether it will detail the basis on which the costs associated with subsidised and unsubsidised jobs created by each New Deal programme are calculated.

S1W-8978 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions have been taken since the launch of Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) in March to ensure that there is a coherent and consistent approach to dealing with companies in difficulty across Scotland.

S1W-8979 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was paid in 1999-2000, and will be paid in 2000-01, to each of its all-purpose and premium unit contractors for trunk road management and, where appropriate, maintenance.

S1W-8980 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was paid in 1999-2000, and will be paid in 2000-01, to each local authority as council operation provider for work on trunk roads outwith the management and maintenance contracts.

S1W-8981 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will contract for any trunk road services with council operator providers after 2000-01 and, if so, for which services.

S1W-8982 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the operational and financial consequences for local authorities' integrated operations and efficient local resource utilisation for trunk and non-trunk maintenance, in the event that contracts for trunk road maintenance and management from 2001 are awarded to contractors other than local authority consortia.

S1W-8986 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has, in tendering for trunk road management and maintenance, to ensure that local authorities are entitled to sell on any surplus existing plant, equipment, vehicles or depots, when the new contracts are let in 2001, in the event that any such contracts are won by contractors other than local authority consortia.

S1W-8987 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will still be the first point of contact for complaints, representations and requests for information from road users after the new contracts for trunk road management and maintenance are let in 2001 and what arrangements it proposes for liaison between the public, local authorities and contractors in the event that any of the contracts are won by contractors other than local authority consortia.

S1W-8988 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider, in light of experience with the current associate GP scheme, amending the NHS regulations to allow single-handed GP practices to be supported by a full-time equivalent associate GP.

S1W-8989 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any resources available to help upgrade existing ice rinks.

S1W-8990 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to developing youth interest in curling; if so, what strategy it has to achieve this and whether there are any plans for curling development officers.

S1W-8991 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many composite primary schools classes in each local authority area contain more than 25 pupils and, of these, how many have qualified teachers.

S1W-8992 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary one to three and (b) primary four to seven classes in each local authority area have more than one qualified teacher.

S1W-8993 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary one to three and (b) primary four to seven classes in each local authority area contain more than 30 pupils.

S1W-8994 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary school classes of over 30 pupils in each local authority area have more than one full-time teacher.

S1W-8995 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care will be established; who the members of the commission will be, and when the commission will be expected to report.

S1W-8996 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5734 by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 July 2000, what effect the security requirements of the number of VIP visits to Edinburgh since 1 July 1999 have had on policing in the Scottish Borders.

S1W-8997 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Office of Fair Trading regarding flight supplements charged on holidays from Scottish airports.

S1W-8998 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8560 by Sarah Boyack on 19 July 2000, what assumptions on (a) traffic volume, (b) maintenance and (c) maintenance costs have been made in respect of the lifespan of the Kingston Bridge.

S1W-8999 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of constructing the Kingston Bridge was; how much has been spent on maintenance on an annual basis since construction, and what the estimated maintenance costs of the bridge are for the next five years.

S1W-9000 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Rural Stewardship Scheme will include any provision for the maintenance and enhancement of peat bogs.

S1W-9001 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to protect raised peat bogs in Scotland.

S1W-9002 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to promote alternatives to peat sourced from lowland raised peat lands for use by amateur gardeners.

S1W-9003 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of deer numbers in the area around Rockcliffe and Kippford in Kirkcudbrightshire.

S1W-9004 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed extension of freight facilities grants to shipping will be a devolved matter and, if so, how the scheme will be administered.

S1W-9005 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) applications were received and (b) grants were made for conversion of motor vehicles to liquid petroleum gas in each year since 1997.

S1W-9006 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost of grants for the conversion of motor vehicles to liquid petroleum gas was in each year since 1997.

S1W-9007 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public liquid petroleum gas outlets there are in each local authority area.

S1W-9008 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the bulk buying of liquid petroleum gas.

S1W-9009 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect it estimates an increase in public liquid petroleum gas outlets would have on tourism in Scotland, in particular in the Highlands and Islands, and what the reasons are for its view.

S1W-9010 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many visitors to Scotland from abroad come in liquid petroleum gas fuelled vehicles and, if it does not hold this information, whether it proposes to carry out a study on this.

S1W-9011 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many liquid petroleum gas outlets are available to members of the public (a) on the M74; (b) on the A9 south of Perth; (c) in the City of Glasgow; (d) in Edinburgh; (e) in Aberdeen; (f) in the Borders; (g) in Dumfries and Galloway, and (h) on the A9 from Inverness to Perth.

S1W-9012 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was made available in order to promote race equality in the last three years.

S1W-9013 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to local authorities in order to promote race equality in the last three years.

S1W-9014 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations it provides funding to in order to promote race equality.

S1W-9015 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5734, by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 July 2000, how many VIP and Royal visits each police force other than Lothian and Borders has dealt with since 1 July 1999 and what the anticipated number of such visits is for the forthcoming year, broken down by police authority area.

S1W-9016 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to publish the Crown Counsel's report to the Lord Advocate on the review of the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre and what the reasons are for its position in relation to the publication or otherwise of this report.

S1W-9017 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funds will be made available to finance the Glasgow Airport direct rail link as a result of Her Majesty's Government's Spending Review 2000.

S1W-9018 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funds will be made available to finance the Glasgow crossrail scheme as a result of Her Majesty's Government's Spending Review 2000.

S1W-9019 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what public investment will be available to improve the transport infrastructure of the Glasgow area as a result of Her Majesty's Government's Spending Review 2000.

S1W-9020 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set any performance targets for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for 2000-01.

S1W-9021 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines are in place in relation to visits by pre-school groups to farms and farm parks.

S1W-9022 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to local authorities to assist them in determining what constitutes a farm park.

S1W-9023 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been in consultation with Her Majesty's Government in connection with the proposed EC Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment and what representations it has made on (a) whether any such Directive should come into force in Scotland and (b) whether retailers or local authorities should handle the retrieval of such goods.

S1W-9024 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to support families of the victims of violent crime.

S1W-9025 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to promote blood donation.

S1W-9026 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the next European Union Structural Fund programme can be used to provide funding for investment in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, equipment and initiatives in Scotland and, if so, how it will ensure that each of the programme areas invests in ICT.

S1W-9027 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the weighted student unit of measurement (SUMS) delivered per member of teaching staff is in each further education college for each year since incorporation.

S1W-9028 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to Lord MacFadyen's judgements in the Court of Session on the listed building application for 105-107 West Regent Street and 112 Wellington Street, Glasgow.

S1W-9029 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to Lord MacFadyen's judgement in the Court of Session on the listed building application for 105-107 West Regent Street and 112 Wellington Street, Glasgow, what the wider implications of this are for the validity of notification and call-in procedures, where action by Scottish Ministers is seen to be founded on (a) representations by Executive Agencies or (b) its own interpretation of approved Structure Plan and Local Plan policies, Planning Advice Notes and National Planning Policy Guidelines, or any other guidance issued by Scottish Ministers under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act.

S1W-9030 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to Lord MacFadyen's judgement in the Court of Session on the listed building application for 105-107 West Regent Street and 112 Wellington Street, Glasgow, what the wider implications of this are for decisions made by Scottish Ministers since the incorporation into Scottish Law of the European Convention on Human Rights to (a) call in and refuse any planning applications, notices of intention to develop and listed building applications or (b) dismiss any planning appeals.

S1W-9031 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available to full-time higher education students who become incapacitated for both study and work through illness and are unable to resume studying at the start of the next academic year.

S1W-9032 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available to pregnant students who become incapacitated for both study and work in the time leading up to the birth.

S1W-9033 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that doctors, student associations and other support workers who deal with students who have had to take a break from full-time study are fully aware of such students' entitlement to financial support and the method for claiming such support.

S1W-9034 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of support is available at the discretion of the Student Awards Agency for Scotland to students who have to take time out from their course due to illness or other incapacity and how such discretionary assistance is administered.

S1W-9035 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what position it has taken in its discussions with the Department of Social Security about the harmonisation of student support and state benefit provision.

S1W-9036 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students have received discretionary assistance from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for a period during which they temporarily withdrew from their course since 1990.

S1W-9037 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5615 by Susan Deacon on 25 May 2000, whether, if as a consequence of the review being undertaken a residue of organs is retained due to their particular and continuing educational value, the parents of the children from whom those organs were removed will be informed of their retention.

S1W-9038 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5615 by Susan Deacon on 25 May 2000, how many organs are retained at Yorkhill Children's Hospital.

S1W-9039 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5615 by Susan Deacon on 25 May 2000, over what period of time the organs retained by Yorkhill Children's Hospital were accumulated.

S1W-9040 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 39 million aid package for Scottish farmers announced on 30 March 2000 has so far been paid out to Scottish farmers.

S1W-9041 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ask the Scottish Prison Service to carry out an investigation into the staff turnover rate at Kilmarnock Prison.

S1W-9042 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how the staff turnover rate at Kilmarnock Prison compares to those at other Scottish prisons.

S1W-9043 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance and support is offered to prison officers who have been assaulted by inmates.

S1W-9044 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prison officer absences arise as a result of assaults on officers by inmates.

S1W-9045 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to promote awareness of mental health issues amongst primary and secondary school pupils.

 
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