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BUSINESS BULLETIN 128 / 2000

Monday 4 September 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged from 31st August to 1st September 2000

 

 

S1W-9401 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) received from The Scottish Office information as to whether, at the outset of the Holyrood Project, (a) a committee of appropriate personnel was established to assess the project requirements and prepare a basic specification, (b) associated technical personnel were on hand to give advice to this committee and make any necessary assessment, (c) any assessment of the original building project was required and made and (d) any overall specification was produced incorporating all operational requirements so that a proper budget could be estimated, and whether the SPCB received information as to how the original estimated budget of 40 million was arrived at

S1W-9490 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the number of visits by socially excluded people to museums and galleries.

S1W-9491 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hectares of (a) greenfield and (b) brownfield land have been owned by each local authority in each of the past four years.

S1W-9492 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Ministers have met organisations representing older people since the establishment of the Parliament to discuss the impact of council tax on older people and, if so, which Ministers.

S1W-9493 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Ministers have met organisations representing older people since the establishment of the Parliament to discuss cases of alleged age discrimination in the NHS and, if so, which Ministers.

S1W-9494 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much housing association grant was allocated to housing associations in each local authority in each year from 1995-96 to 1999-2000 inclusive, in real terms.

S1W-9495 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended length of time is that it should take for a Fatal Accident Inquiry to be heard from the time of the decision to hold one.

S1W-9496 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended length of time is that it should take for a Fatal Accident Inquiry to be completed from the time of the decision to hold one.

S1W-9497 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Fatal Accident Inquiries were completed in 1999 and what the length of time was for each hearing (a) to be heard from the time of the decision to hold one and (b) to be completed from the time of the decision to hold one.

S1W-9498 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Fatal Accident Inquiries are outstanding when decisions to hold them have been made (a) awaiting for the hearing to be held and (b) awaiting for the hearing to be completed.

S1W-9499 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce hospital waiting lists.

S1W-9500 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what particular plans it has to reduce waiting lists in parts of Scotland where patients have been on waiting lists longer than 12 months.

S1W-9501 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to aid the ambulance service in Glasgow in terms of extra staffing and equipment in view of reported staff concerns about response times in Glasgow.

S1W-9502 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to increase numbers of paramedics being trained for ambulance services.

S1W-9503 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trained paramedics are currently working on ambulances and where any geographical areas of shortage are.

S1W-9504 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any grants relating to railway services available specifically for the provision of services for disabled persons at railway stations; who the grants have been made to; what effect would the granting of an exemption from or a delay in the required date for implementation of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have on the payment of any such grants, and whether it has any information on any such exemptions or delays and, if so, whether it will identify the organisation concerned.

S1W-9505 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescales are for all preparatory survey works prior to the commencement of the M77 extension.

S1W-9506 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that no delays occur to the extension of the M77 as a result of the Glasgow southern orbital inquiry.

S1W-9507 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to use human papilloma virus testing as part of the cervical cancer screening process.

S1W-9508 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the funding of the IT requirements to enable community pharmacists to receive electronically transferred prescriptions and what conclusions were reached as a result of any such consideration.

S1W-9509 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the funding of the IT requirements to enable community pharmacists to access the Scottish Health Service Net and what conclusions were reached as a result of any such consideration.

S1W-9510 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of which Advanced Higher courses materials were not supplied to schools in time for the start of term and, in each case, what the date is by which all relevant materials will have been provided.

S1W-9511 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from the Public and Commercial Services Union regarding the implications which the closure of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Collection and Co-ordination Unit in Paisley would have for devolved matters, in particular the tackling of the drugs problem, and whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding any such implications.

S1W-9512 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding any economic impact which the closure of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Collection and Co-ordination Unit in Paisley would have.

S1W-9513 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to ban the use of lead solder on all domestic plumbing services.

S1W-9514 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have arisen from contractors using lead solder on plumbing supplying drinking water.

S1W-9515 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes built since lead solder was banned from use on plumbing supplying drinking water have since been found to have excessive levels of lead in drinking water due to the use of lead solder.

S1W-9516 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the legislation concerning contractors who contravene existing laws on the use of lead solder on plumbing supplying drinking water.

S1W-9517 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the EU to speed up the consideration of a two stage testing regime for algal toxins in scallops.

S1W-9518 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the proposed move to two stage testing for algal toxins in scallops which is currently under consideration by the EU.

S1W-9519 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is making any representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the loss of VAT jobs in the north east of Scotland.

S1W-9520 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider putting a GM crop trial site at Rosskill by Munlochy in the light of representations from the local community and Highland Council.

S1W-9521 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of the free bicycle bus between Creetown and Newton Stewart is monitored to determine how much use is made of it by (a) holidaymakers and (b) local residents.

S1W-9522 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs to run the bicycle bus between Creetown and Newton Stewart per week and how much it has cost to date.

S1W-9523 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the dedicated cycle route between Creetown and Newton Stewart will be completed.

S1W-9524 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it envisages the free bicycle bus between Creetown and Newton Stewart being run.

S1W-9525 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements have been made to the provision of oral and maxillofacial services at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary since 6 March 2000.

S1W-9526 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the two consultants required by the Oral and Maxillofacial Department of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary have now been appointed and, if so, when these appointments were made.

S1W-9528 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS orthodontic practices there are in each health board area.

S1W-9529 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to tackle any lack of orthodontic provision.

S1W-9530 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients requiring orthodontic treatment attend private practices in each health board area.

S1W-9531 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost of orthodontic treatment per person is in each health board area when the treatment is provided by (a) the NHS and (b) private practices.

S1W-9532 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to reduce the number of girls who smoke, following the rise in the percentage of young girls who smoke from 12.4% to 18.6% reported in the Chief Medical Officer's report 1999 Health in Scotland..

S1W-9533 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to take action in relation to the increase in the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases reported in the Chief Medical Officer's report 1999 Health in Scotland.

S1W-9534 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to promote healthy diets amongst young people in response to the increase in the daily consumption of chips, sweets and fatty foods for young children reported in the Chief Medical Officer's report 1999 Health in Scotland.

S1W-9535 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address the increase in underage drinking reported in the Chief Medical Officer's report 1999 Health in Scotland.

S1W-9536 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6666 by Sarah Boyack on 23 May 2000, when the survey being carried out by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health on the prevalence of lead solder in new homes will be completed; when it will announce its response to this survey and whether it has any plans at this stage to require the water authorities to carry out water sampling in all new properties prior to their occupation.

S1W-9537 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6666 by Sarah Boyack on 26 May 2000, how many pre-habitation water samples did each water authority carry out in the most recent year for which figures are available and what was the total number of domestic home completions in each water authority area in the same period.

S1W-9538 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S1W-8788 by Sarah Boyack on 21 August 2000, (a) which organisations, individuals and businesses were asked to give evidence to the Scott Wilson study into the impact on tourism in the Borders of the re-instatement of the northern part of the Borders railway line, and of the entire line to Carlisle; (b) which organisations, individuals and businesses gave evidence; (c) where that evidence can be viewed and (d) whether it will arrange for a copy of the evidence to be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-9539 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S1W-4682 by Iain Gray on 25 April 2000, what plans it has to (a) collate information about local authority funding for the training of (i) lip readers and (ii) teachers of lip reading and (b) provide for the funding of such training in the future.

S1W-9540 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer when the decision was made, and by whom, to procure the Holyrood project through a series of works packages, rather than by a traditional "single stage lump sum" procurement.

S1W-9541 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what risk assessment was carried out before the selection of a procurement method for the Holyrood project and what were the reasons for selecting the chosen approach.

S1W-9542 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what fees the Holyrood project design team estimate would be charged on a traditional single stage lump sum procured building project worth 108 million and what the estimated comparable fees are for the Holyrood project under the procurement system being used.

S1W-9543 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer who the Holyrood project's cost consultants are and what work they have done to date.

S1W-9544 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer whether letting the first eleven works packages of the Holyrood building project has provided the project's cost consultants with sufficient evidence to assess the reliability of their projections and whether the contracts let to date have produced savings or over-runs in expenditure and by what amounts.

S1W-9545 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer whether Bovis will be appointed to manage the fit-out of the new Parliament building; whose decision this will be and when it will be taken.

S1W-9546 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer whether savings have been identified on the projected costs of the Parliament's existing accommodation in the event that MSPs and their staff occupy the new MSP block in advance of completion of the Holyrood building project, and if so, what the estimated savings are.

S1W-9547 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what the outcome was of the review of the basic construction costs recommended in paragraphs 6.3 and 6.8 of the Spencely Report on the Holyrood building project.

S1W-9548 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the terms of agreement between the various members of the Holyrood design team and the client and between the construction manager and the client have been re-considered in terms of paragraph 6.9 of the Spencely Report and what the financial impact of any such re-consideration has been.

S1W-9549 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what progress has been made in achieving the 31-44 million in savings on construction and other costs identified in paragraph 8.7 of the Spencely Report on the Holyrood building project.

S1W-9550 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer what progress has been made in improving communications and management in terms of paragraphs 9.3 and 9.4 of the Spencely Report on the Holyrood building project.

S1W-9551 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S1W-233 and S1W-5937 by the Presiding Officer on 8 July 1999 and 5 April 2000 respectively, whether individual works packages are each allocated a budget to cover all costs associated with the package, or whether contingency allowances are not allocated to individual works packages and, if there has been a change in procedures, when and why the change took place.

S1W-9553 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether objections to the proposal to close Holyrood Road were lodged; what procedures were used to consider the proposal and any objections and whether the Road Closure Order has now been approved.

S1W-9556 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any circumstances under which local authorities are required to transport children to school free of charge.

S1W-9557 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on freedom of information in Scotland.

S1W-9558 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in delivering aid to the pig sector.

 
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