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BUSINESS BULLETIN 161 / 2000

Friday 27 October 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 26 October 2000

 

 

S1W-10643 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, given the current unavailability of beds due to "bed blocking", reducing the total number of NHS beds in the longer term can be justified, in particular with respect to the intended reduction in bed numbers from 1,029 to 894 on transferring services to the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

S1W-10644 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on its review of the impact of the Immigration and Asylum Act as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Community Care on 9 February 2000 (Official Report, col. 910); what format the review is taking, and what steps are being taken to gather evidence on an ongoing basis to inform the review of the impact of the Act in Scotland.

S1W-10645 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what training medical students, doctors and other health care professionals receive in identifying and treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

S1W-10646 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what training social work staff receive in identifying and treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

S1W-10647 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what co-ordination there is, on a Scotland-wide basis, of services relating to the treatment of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

S1W-10648 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has powers, or any proposals to take on powers, to charge telecommunications operators for the right to lay cables under trunk roads and verges or to authorise local authorities to do so in respect of local roads and verges.

S1W-10649 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was budgeted to be spent in 1999-2000 under (a) the empty homes initiative and (b) the rough sleeper initiative; what the actual outturn was for each initiative; whether any under-expenditure was carried over into 2000-01 or subsequent financial years, and what the current projection is for expenditure under each initiative in the current and coming financial years.

S1W-10650 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is appropriate for six of the trustees of the National Library of Scotland to be appointed by the Faculty of Advocates and what the reasons are for its position on this issue.

S1W-10651 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many paintings owned by the national collections in Scotland are (a) on display in public galleries, (b) on loan to local government departments, (c) on loan elsewhere, (d) in store and (e) not in any of the above categories.

S1W-10652 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Presiding Officer what the meaning is of "identical characteristics" in the part of the specification for the granite cladding of the MSP block of the new Parliament building which states "Granite: Kemnay (Aberdeen) or Creetown (Galloway). Alternatives providing identical characteristics may be considered".

S1W-10653 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available to meet any increased demand for Gaelic-medium education and Gaelic-medium nursery education.

S1W-10654 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Presiding Officer how much money the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has spent to date on producing and sending out internal Parliament documents which are duplicated on the Intranet.

S1W-10655 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has any plans to question Parliament staff and MSPs on what they need by way of paper documents which are duplicated on the Intranet and whether it will adjust its mailing lists accordingly.

S1W-10656 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has any plans to cease the duplication of internal parliamentary documents on paper, leaving only the documents published on the Intranet, and to use any money saved to invest in a superior search engine for the Parliament’s website.

S1W-10657 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive with regard to the Education and Training (Scotland) Regulations 2000, why classes teaching Gaelic are not included in the categories of education and training which qualify for 80% support, given that an aim of such Gaelic lessons is to enhance communication, an identified criterion.

S1W-10658 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the NHSiS has received from the Ministry of Defence any guidance, information or advice regarding Her Majesty's Government’s response to the House of Commons Committee report on gulf veterans’ illnesses.

S1W-10659 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to harmonising Scottish school holidays.

S1W-10660 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure better sharing and co-ordination of information to local authorities, health boards and other agencies in relation to the commissioning of community care services for older people.

S1W-10661 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the target date for reaching a decision on the planning applications regarding the Ayr United Stadium is 2 November 2000 and, if so, whether it will give an assurance that this target date will be met.

S1W-10662 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been advised by Her Majesty’s Government’s drugs tsar that cannabis is alleged to be 50 times more carcinogenic than tobacco and, if so, whether it accepts this information as scientifically accurate.

S1W-10663 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take in response to the call by the RAC Foundation for Motoring Ltd for a high profile television campaign warning of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs.

S1W-10664 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on research into prostate cancer in the last three years in Scotland.

S1W-10665 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate for breast cancer has been in Scotland for each of the last three years.

S1W-10666 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on research into breast cancer in the last three years in Scotland.

S1W-10667 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to regulate or license backpacker hostels.

S1W-10668 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the use of youth hostels during off peak periods by education authorities and other such bodies, whether any funding is available for this purpose and, if so, which organisations have access to such funding.

S1W-10669 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction and guidance it has given to Scottish Enterprise and local enterprise companies regarding the use of rail freight.

S1W-10670 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote Scottish education and learning abroad and what financial assistance is available to individual enterprises or organisations to carry out such work.

S1W-10671 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding will be available under its central heating initiative for the replacement of existing obsolete or expensive heating systems.

S1W-10672 Mr Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Registrar General has to review the civil registration system.

S1W-10673 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10242 by Susan Deacon on 18 October 2000, what steps it is taking to collate data on the number of branded prescriptions dispensed where a generic equivalent exists.

S1W-10674 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that generic medicines are dispensed when off-patent branded prescriptions are made out.

S1W-10675 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the proportion of generic rather than branded medicines which are prescribed and dispensed.

S1W-10676 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact on climate change emissions, traffic levels and air quality of the extra spending on transport announced by the Minister for Transport and the Environment on 28 September 2000.

S1W-10677 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Voluntary Charter on Smoking in Public Places has been disseminated and what systems of monitoring and evaluation have been put in place to measure the effectiveness of the charter in Scotland.

S1W-10678 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body supports the introduction of a tobacco policy in the new parliament complex at Holyrood which will ensure that the parliament is a "smoke free" public building.

S1W-10679 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will tackle the low level of public awareness of the health risks of passive smoking found by the ASH Scotland/Health Education Board for Scotland survey on smoking in public places by undertaking a national public information campaign on passive smoking.

S1W-10680 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its decision to make Superfast the preferred operator for the Rosyth ferry contract given the company’s safety record and the recent fatalities on a Superfast Greece-Italy ferry.

S1W-10681 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Lord Advocate will answer my letter of 11 April 2000 regarding infectious salmon anaemia.

S1W-10682 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care will answer my letter of 4 April 2000 regarding pay review body staff.

S1W-10683 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment will answer my letter of 31 May 2000 regarding Caledonian MacBrayne.

S1W-10684 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the statement by the Convener of the Holyrood Progress Group that materials "must be demonstrably from sources that respect the human rights of those employed in their production, and do not employ child labour" (The Herald, 26 September 2000), how it is intended to establish whether materials meet these criteria.

S1W-10685 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage the development of flexible tenure schemes on the model of the buy back scheme used by Weslo Housing Management.

S1W-10686 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support legislative and administrative changes designed to facilitate the use of buy back flexible tenure schemes by housing associations and other registered social landlords.

 
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