BUSINESS BULLETIN 153 / 2000
Monday 9 October 2000
Section E - Written questions lodged on 6 October 2000
S1W-10303 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8538 by Mr Jim Wallace on 28 July 2000, what the outcome was of its discussions with the Home Office regarding the measures needed to ensure the effectiveness of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000 and whether it is taking any action to monitor whether known hooligans are attempting to use Scottish airports to by-pass this legislation.
S1W-10304 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated additional costs it expects to be incurred in relation to unfilled courses, unlet student residences and any additional administrative work arising from the problems with the issue of this year’s exam results.
S1W-10305 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the powers of local authorities to take action on vacant or derelict properties.
S1W-10306 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to give any further powers to local authorities who have to deal with repeated planning applications, following refusals, where no conditions have changed.
S1W-10307 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide assistance through grants or incentives to the acting profession.
S1W-10308 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of any "brain drain" from the electronics industry and what representations it has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the taxation of stock options and the effect upon the industry in Scotland.
S1W-10309 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has and what funding it will make available for the promotion of creative industries through (a) creative fellowships in further and higher education, (b) commercialisation funding in the public and private sector, (c) international research fellowships and (d) a programme of overseas exchanges, as set out in the Scottish Enterprise document Creative Scotland: Shaping the Future.
S1W-10310 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school crossing patrol assistants were employed by each local authority in each year since 1996.
S1W-10311 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff in each office of (a) Locate in Scotland and (b) Scottish Trade International are involved solely in promoting tourism in Scotland.
S1W-10312 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget (a) it and (b) the Scottish Tourist Board has available annually to spend on joint advertising with companies for the purpose of promoting Scotland abroad.
S1W-10313 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people from England and Wales visited Scotland on a short break in each of the last five years and how many it estimates will visit in each of the next five years, broken down in each case into the number visiting (a) Edinburgh, (b) Glasgow and (c) the rest of Scotland.
S1W-10314 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds regarding the level of landing charges for cruise liners at Scottish ports.
S1W-10315 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to regulate landing charges for cruise liners at Scottish ports.
S1W-10316 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy it has to encourage visits by cruise liners to Scotland and whether any funding is available for this purpose.
S1W-10317 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has power to give the British Tourist Authority (BTA) directions and guidance regarding the marketing of Scotland abroad; if so, whether it has given any such directions or guidance and, in particular, whether it has given the BTA any instructions regarding the promotion of Scotland as an arrival and gateway destination for the rest of the UK.
S1W-10319 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the 27 British Tourist Authority overseas offices which represent Scotland; how many tourists from each of these areas visit Scotland each year and what percentage of the total number from each area visiting the UK each of these figures represents.
S1W-10320 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Ministerial meetings it has had with the British Tourist Authority since 1 July 1999.
S1W-10321 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tourists arrive directly in Scotland from the USA and Canada each year, in total and broken down by the airport of arrival, and what proportion of the total number of tourists arriving in the UK from the USA and Canada each of these figures represents.
S1W-10324 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9352 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 September 2000, whether it will provide information on the number of persons with a charge proved in sheriff and district courts and the number of these where the main offence involved was aggravated by having been committed while the offender was on bail for (a) Tayside and (b) the whole of Scotland in (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998 and when the 1999 figures will be made available.
S1W-10326 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the requirements of the Child Strategy Statement.
S1W-10327 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government on why Articles 1 and 13 of ECHR, which deal with the securing and enforcement of citizens rights, were not included in the Human Rights Act 1998 which came into force on 2 October 2000 and whether this will have any implications for the legal and court system in Scotland.
S1W-10328 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to actively support Her Majesty’s Government’s drive to expand the number of companies with employee ownership schemes.
S1W-10329 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend 24 hour support for the elderly in their homes or in sheltered housing.
S1W-10330 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any shortfall in the number of residential care places currently available for the elderly; whether it has any plans to make additional resources available to finance any extra places and how will it ensure that places are available to those requiring extended nursing and personal care.
S1W-10331 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to consult on the future uses of electronic monitoring in the criminal justice system.
S1W-10332 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to ensure that the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is able to regain the use of parts of its building which are presently being used for storage by other institutions.
S1W-10333 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether public authorities within its general responsibilities can apply for exemption from the Competition Act 1998 and whether it has any plans to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government for such exemptions to apply to the water industry.
S1W-10334 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce whether the Freight Transport Group’s bids to the Public Transport Fund have been successful for the Stirling to Dunfermline rail link.