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BUSINESS BULLETIN 130 / 2000

Wednesday 6 September 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 5 September 2000

 

 

S1W-9552 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-579 by the Presiding Officer on 3 August 1999, whether that answer was based on advice from the Holyrood project team; whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) now accepts, following the Spencely Report’s use of benchmarking, that it is a recognised technique for achieving best value in construction procurement to produce comparable construction costs; whether the SPCB now has access to the information requested in S1W-579 and what use it expects to make of bench-marking during the remainder of the implementation period for the Holyrood project.

 

S1W-9590 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of Historic Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9591 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Further Education Funding Council since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9592 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Arts Council since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9593 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9594 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Qualifications Authority since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9595 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of sportscotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9596 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of Community Learning Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9597 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the National Galleries of Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9598 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the National Library of Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9599 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the National Museums of Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9600 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Childcare Board since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9601 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9602 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of Scottish Screen since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9603 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Further Education Unit since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9604 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Scottish Council for Educational Technology since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9605 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9606 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9607 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Ministers have met representatives of the General Teaching Council for Scotland since 1 June 1999, on what dates these meetings took place and what issues were discussed.

 

S1W-9608 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in putting in place a scheme to reduce the burden of water and drainage charges on low income households before the start of the 2001-02 financial year.

 

S1W-9609 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to promote the growth of commercial businesses known as "social firms" which are run with the aim of providing employment for people who are disabled and disadvantaged in the labour market.

 

S1W-9610 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what staff have so far been appointed to the Health Technology Board for Scotland.

 

S1W-9611 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what staff have yet to be appointed to the Health Technology Board for Scotland.

 

S1W-9612 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the budget of the Health Technology Board for Scotland is.

 

S1W-9613 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations have been commenced by the Health Technology Board for Scotland since its inauguration on 1 April 2000.

 

S1W-9614 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any meetings with pharmaceutical manufacturers regarding their capacity to supply the flu vaccine in time for this forthcoming winter.

 

S1W-9615 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal recourse or right to compensation a farmer has who finds his crops to be contaminated with genetically modified DNA.

 

S1W-9616 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breast reconstruction nurses are employed by each health board and whether these positions are full or part time.

 

S1W-9617 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allocate resources to health boards for the testing of the HER-2 gene in metastatic breast cancer.

 

S1W-9618 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women attended mammogram screening in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 and (d) 1998-99 and what percentage this was of eligible women.

 

S1W-9619 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any increase in the number of breast lump clinics in mainland Scotland since October 1999, what the locations are of clinics in each health board area and what the proposed sites are of any new breast lump clinics.

 

S1W-9620 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive when full implementation of extended mammogram screening to age 70 will commence.

 

S1W-9621 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any increase in the number of static or mobile units serving the Scottish Breast Screening Programme since its inception in 1998.

 

S1W-9622 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a need to procure more mobile breast screening units to address the requirements of mammogram screening being extended to women up to 70 years of age.

 

S1W-9623 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the standard set by the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland for the number of breast care nurses of one whole time equivalent nurse per 150 breast cancers per year is being met.

 

S1W-9624 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being introduced to meet the Scottish Intercollegiate Network guidelines in respect of breast cancer care.

 

S1W-9625 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the drug Trastuzumab (Herceptin) will be made available to health boards for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

 

S1W-9626 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breast lump clinics serve the Greater Glasgow Health Board.

 

S1W-9627 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breast screening units (mobile and static) serve the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service.

 

S1W-9628 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breast reconstruction surgeons serve each health board.

 

S1W-9629 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated to specific breast cancer projects from August 1999 to July 2000.

 

S1W-9630 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to encourage women from deprived areas to come forward for mammogram screening.

 

S1W-9632 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote Wick Airport.

 

S1W-9633 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote air freight at Wick Airport.

 

S1W-9634 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive why Edinburgh Park railway station remains the responsibility of City of Edinburgh Rapid Transit and is not an integral part of the City of Edinburgh Crossrail scheme.

 

S1W-9635 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2146 by Susan Deacon on 6 July 2000, when the report of the internal investigation into the infection of Scottish haemophilia patents via contaminated blood products will be published.

 

S1W-9636 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the public bodies for which each Department and Minister is responsible, giving the level of accountability to the Minister for each one.

 

S1W-9637 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the European Convention on Human Rights will have on the Children’s Hearing System.

 

S1W-9638 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that those involved in the Children’s Hearing System are fully aware of any implications which the European Convention on Human Rights will have for the system.

 

S1W-9639 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the role of the Children’s Reporter to be compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.

 

S1W-9640 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that children are entitled under the European Convention on Human Rights to legal support for appearances before Children’s Panels and, if so, what implications this will have for the legal aid system.

 

S1W-9641 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what positive results there have been as a consequence of the activities of the Scottish Textile Forum.

 

S1W-9642 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many textile companies have closed down or gone into liquidation since the Scottish Textile Forum was established.

 

S1W-9643 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much new money has been made available to the clothing and textile industry since the Scottish Textile Forum was established.

 

S1W-9644 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what textile companies in the Borders have received Regional Selective Assistance in the last two years and what projects and outcomes have resulted from any such assistance.

 

S1W-9645 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what recognition it intends to give to the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

 

S1W-9646 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the setting up of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners will have on Scottish courts.

 

S1W-9647 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the 8.9 million additional money allocated this year to the police to halt the decline in police numbers will be matched next year in order that police numbers can be sustained.

 

S1W-9648 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all police forces will be able to utilise the 8.9 million additional money for recruitment in full this financial year, what the reasons are for any inability to use the money this year and whether any unused allocations will be carried forward to the next financial year.

 

S1W-9649 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target manpower is for police establishments in each of the eight constabularies in Scotland for the current year and for next year.

 

S1W-9650 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mistaken releases there were from each of Scotland’s prisons in each of 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-9651 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the core staffing formula for secondary schools of 10.24 + (0.0596 x Pupil Roll) still applies and, if so, when this formula was introduced and how pupil/teacher ratios can improve while the formula continues to apply.

 

S1W-9652 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases of alleged rape, in each of the last 10 years, in which a verdict of not guilty was returned were investigations subsequently made into whether the allegations had been made falsely and what percentage of cases in which not guilty verdicts were returned this number represents for each year.

 

S1W-9653 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases of alleged rape, in each of the last 10 years, in which a verdict of not guilty was returned and in which investigations were subsequently conducted into whether the allegations had been made, were the original complainants charged in relation to the making of false allegations; what percentage of these cases this number represents for each year, and what offences any such persons were charged with.

 

S1W-9654 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accidents have been reported at the A77 north bound exit from the Holmston Roundabout on the Ayr by-pass since the completion of new road markings which create a dual lane approach to the roundabout from the south.

 

S1W-9655 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accidents were reported at the A77 north bound exit from the Holmston Roundabout on the Ayr by-pass in the year preceding the implementation of the new road markings which create a dual lane approach to the roundabout from the south.

 

S1W-9656 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive from what date the payment of salary to the present Chairman of Forth Valley Primary Health Care NHS Trust commenced.

 

S1W-9657 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what time commitment was expected of the present Chairman of Forth Valley Primary Health Care NHS Trust from the date upon which payment of her salary commenced and what accommodation was reached with the Lord President and the Employment Tribunals service with regard to the time commitment required of the new Chairman in her role, at that time, as President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).

 

S1W-9658 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much central provision for subsidised school transport was made available in 1999-2000 and what the projected support is for the next three financial years, all figures broken down by education authority.

 

S1W-9659 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of provision was for free school transport at the beginning of September 2000, broken down by education authority.

 

S1W-9660 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government regarding any disproportionate burden placed on small Scottish businesses by the movement of welfare support administration from the Department of Social Security to payroll departments.

 

S1W-9661 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to exempt small business from any current or future legislation.

 

S1W-9662 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the names and addresses of those people living within five kilometres of a wind farm who were referred to in its Press Release SE2329/2000 as responding favourably to wind farms, following the recent survey into public attitude towards such farms.

 

S1W-9663 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake research to evaluate any costs to business of litigation generally and to examine any specific areas in which litigation is occurring and trends in litigation affecting business.

 

S1W-9664 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the setting up of a national legal advice hotline for Scottish business.

 

S1W-9665 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it owed its suppliers at the end of the 1999-2000 financial year and how much of that money was more than 30 days overdue.

 

S1W-9666 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many new business regulations it has introduced and (b) how many regulations it has removed in the year from 1 July 1999 and what the cost has been to business of these changes.

 

S1W-9667 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the gross annual impact was of the abolition of advance corporation tax credit for pension funds on (a) Scottish Tourist Board and each area tourist board (b) the Scottish Prison Service and (c) Scottish Homes, in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000 and what is the estimated impact on each in 2000-2001.

 

S1W-9668 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8951 by Sarah Boyack on 18 August 2000, whether it will undertake an exercise to provide a quantitative estimate of the monetary environmental costs resulting from quarries located in Galloway and Upper Nithsdale.

 

S1W-9669 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness of bowel cancer and, in particular, the importance of diet and aspirin in reducing the risk of the disease.

 

S1W-9670 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the prevalence of mental health problems in school-age children and what research is currently being undertaken in this field.

 

S1W-9671 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to identify children who are at particular risk of mental health problems and to target effective, co-ordinated intervention.

 

S1W-9672 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote an ethos in schools which facilitates recognition of mental health problems in young people.

 

S1W-9673 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in introducing a more strategic approach to council tax debt recovery which would avoid multiple, simultaneous actions against debtors for several years of debt and provide more flexible and reliable payment options.

 

S1W-9674 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had and is having with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities to improve council tax debt recovery, in particular by eliminating any administrative mistakes.

 

S1W-9675 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, in partnership with local authorities, to (a) reduce any delays in sending out council tax bills and progressing forms and (b) simplify forms to enable earlier completion.

 

S1W-9676 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, in partnership with local government, to ensure that there is negotiation of council tax debts prior to implementation of formal debt recovery procedures.

 

S1W-9677 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that clients are not pursued by different sheriff officers for council tax arrears from different years owed to the same council.

 

S1W-9678 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the mental health of young people has deteriorated in recent years as outlined in its document 1999 Health in Scotland.

 

S1W-9679 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making from the "experimental and ad-hoc application of telemedicine" as outlined in its document 1999 Health in Scotland towards a more coherent use of this technology to support improved health care delivery.

 

S1W-9680 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Effective Use of Blood Group in assessing the large variation in blood usage by clinicians with similar specialities treating similar cases, in some cases in the same institutions, as outlined in 1999 Health in Scotland.

 
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