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BUSINESS BULLETIN 171 / 2000

Friday 10 November 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 9 November 2000

 

 

 

S1W-11040 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many planning applications for listed building consent, which have not yet been determined and concluded, has a decision been made by Scottish Ministers to call in the application and to appoint a Reporter where the opposition to the application has been maintained by Historic Scotland, in each of the last 10 years.

S1W-11041 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications have been called in by Scottish Ministers and a Reporter appointed and how many were called in where Historic Scotland opposed the proposed development, in each of the last 10 years.

S1W-11042 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for the appointment of Reporters in planning inquiries; whether it will detail any plans to review the method of appointment, and whether such appointments should in future be made independent of it.

S1W-11043 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been and will be taken to ensure that the planning appeals system is compliant with Article 6(1) of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

S1W-11085 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether trials of the new combination drug to treat mesothelioma which are currently taking place in Newcastle will be extended to Scotland.

S1W-11086 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-357 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 September 1999, whether it will (a) provide an up-to-date list of the public sector capital projects involving private finance (i) completed, (ii) planned and (iii) underway, giving both the start and estimated completion dates; (b) detail the total estimated capital investment included in the projects; (c) detail the annual public expenditure required to service these projects in both cash and real terms for each year of the life of the projects, and (d) give the total lifetime cost of the projects, shown individually and by sector in both cash and real terms.

S1W-11087 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money non-departmental public bodies are responsible for in the current financial year and were responsible for in each of the three previous years.

S1W-11088 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to overcome any current shortage of wheelchairs available from the NHS in Scotland.

S1W-11089 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what research is being carried out into mesothelioma.

S1W-11090 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that appropriate care and support is available to people diagnosed with mesothelioma.

S1W-11091 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made to ensure that children with disabilities can attend private or voluntary pre-school education.

S1W-11092 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications will be for pre-school provision when the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is extended to education.

S1W-11093 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will name all the members and the organisations they represent who have been or will be appointed to the working group on implementation of the central heating programme, how regularly the working group will meet and who will represent the City of Glasgow Council on it.

S1W-11094 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current consideration of the housing stock transfer issue by seven local authorities will have any bearing on any application which they make for central heating installation funding.

S1W-11095 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a Biodiversity Action Plan corncrake seminar in 2000 and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-11096 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10384 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 27 October 2000, whether it will make available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the homelessness applications data referred to.

S1W-11097 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10386 by Mr Frank McAveety on 27 October 2000, whether it will include on the implementation group on the central heating installation programme representatives from grassroots fora for pensioners.

S1W-11098 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will appoint and fund a water safety officer in parallel with a similar appointment in England.

S1W-11099 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list, for all non-departmental public bodies ultimately responsible to it, (a) their budget, (b) their staffing level, (c) the number of board members and (d) the emolument of board members.

S1W-11100 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pig producers there are and how many there were in each of the last three years.

S1W-11101 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated level of profit of the pig industry is in the current year, what the level of profit was in each of the last three years and what assistance has been made available to the sector to ensure its long-term future.

S1W-11102 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farmers there are, what the corresponding figures were for each of the last three years, how much government and European funding has been made available for the industry in each of the last three years and how much it estimates will be made available in each of the next three years.

S1W-11103 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs are dependent on the fishing industry, in particular on (a) the catching sector, (b) the processing sector, (c) other related sectors; what these figures were for each of the last three years; how much government and European funding has been made available for the industry in each of the last three years, and how much it estimates will be made available for each of the next three years.

S1W-11104 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the precise objections of the Health Department's Reference Laboratory Group were to the evidence it received regarding the proposed method of tiered testing of scallops and the public health implications of such a method, what further work is necessary on this evidence, by what date this work must be completed and whether this work will be made publicly available.

S1W-11105 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the population figures used to calculate the spending guidelines and the grant aided expenditure for local authorities are out-of-date and whether, as a result, it is over-funding local authorities with falling populations at the expense of local authorities with rising populations.

S1W-11106 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to base spending guidelines and grant aided expenditure for local authorities on projections of population which are closer to actual figures rather than the two-year-old data currently used.

S1W-11107 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how much grant funding has been paid to local authorities, broken down by authority, in each of the last three years to implement one-way traffic systems and bus lanes in town centres and how many of the schemes to which such grant funding has been provided have since been altered or withdrawn.

S1W-11108 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will automatically call in all planning applications and/or Notices of Intention to Develop for development of land or property owned by local authorities and/or companies or organisations in which the local authority has a vested interest.

S1W-11109 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to allocate funds for community councils to apply for judicial reviews of local authority decisions and to give community councillors an immunity from liability for expenses.

S1W-11110 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage more energy efficient use of offices and other buildings.

S1W-11111 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each year since 1996, how many prosecutions were carried out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, how many prosecutions were successful, what the total cost was of carrying out prosecutions and what the level of fines was from successful prosecutions.

S1W-11112 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will it take to protect children and young people from the health risks of passive smoking.

S1W-11113 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent statistics are in relation to sudden infant deaths and how many of these can be linked to exposure to tobacco smoke.

S1W-11114 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish (a) the procedural guidelines for local authorities undertaking stock transfers and (b) the code of practice on tenant participation in stock transfers.

S1W-11115 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial structure is in place to implement its Equality Strategy across all departments.

S1W-11116 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether each of its departments will have to allocate funding from existing budgets to implement the Equality Strategy.

S1W-11117 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the source is of the additional funding to implement the Equality Strategy announced by the Minister for Social Justice on 8 November 2000.

S1W-11118 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial provision will be made to doctors, GP practices and health centres to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, in particular to cover costs incurred in staff time and administration due to any increase in inquiries as a result of the Act.

S1W-11120 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what input and involvement it has had in the Bermuda II negotiations on international aviation and their effect on the economic prospects of Scottish airports and whether any Scottish Minister has attended any meetings or been consulted by their UK counterpart on this issue.

S1W-11121 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place for co-operation between the Health Technology Board for Scotland and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in England.

S1W-11122 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to eliminate any duplication in work between the Health Technology Board for Scotland and the Drugs and Therapeutics Committees of health boards.

S1W-11123 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households and how many people will be relieved of fuel poverty as a result of all the initiatives currently in place to address this issue.

S1W-11124 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9789 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 4 October 2000, when it will publish the findings and recommendations of the review of the Tolerable Standard.

S1W-11125 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S1W-10209 lodged on 3 October 2000.

S1W-11127 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what current funding is currently provided for day care centres, broken down by local authority.

S1W-11129 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, who have been assessed as needing residential care, have died in the (a) Scottish Borders Council and (b) East Lothian Council areas whilst waiting to be placed in residential or nursing care in each year from 1997 to 2000 to date.

S1W-11130 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reconsider its recommendation in Regulating Care and the Social Services Workforce that day care services be included in a national regulation framework and ensure that the provision of such services by day care centres is a statutory requirement on local authorities.

S1W-11131 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many day care centres there are in total and broken down by local authority.

S1W-11132 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage the development of day care centres.

S1W-11133 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2183 by Iain Gray on 16 November 1999, how many elderly people have attended day care centres, broken down by local authority, in the years 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-date.

S1W-11134 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have been invited to respond to the Learning Disability Review; what the timescale is for the review's consultation process; when the review's recommendations will be implemented, and what are the estimated financial implications of the review.

S1W-11135 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Ministerial Statement on the Strategic Roads Review on 4 November 1999, what progress has been made on the development of plans for the Fochabers bypass route and when work on the bypass will commence.

S1W-11136 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people have been refused examination performance reports and in which subjects.

S1W-11137 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not yet provided substantive answers to questions S1W-9757 to S1W-9776 and S1W-9778 on the scallop industry, lodged on 22 September 2000, and when it will provide such answers.

S1W-11138 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to require health boards to make publicly available the minutes and attendance records from each Drugs and Therapeutics Committee meeting.

S1W-11139 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to require health boards to make each Drugs and Therapeutics Committee meeting open to the public, Primary Care Trusts and Acute Trusts.

S1W-11140 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to require each health board, prior to each Drugs and Therapeutics Committee meeting, to make an agenda publicly available.

S1W-11141 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its final decisions are on the proposals set out in Scotland, the Learning Nation - Helping Students.

S1W-11142 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the implementation of a student bursary scheme and whether this is dependent upon the progress of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-11143 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proposed timetable is for the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-11144 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Accounts Commission for Scotland publication Supporting Prescribing in General Practice in September 1999, which of the following recommendations has each health board implemented: (a) substitution of branded Ranitidine and Fluoxetine by their generic equivalents and (b) therapeutic substitution of (i) Ranitidine/Famotidine/Nizatidine by Cimitidine, (ii) Indapamide by Bendrofluazide, (iii) Doxazosin/Terazosin by Prazosin, (iv) Isosorbide Mononitrate by Isosorbide Dinitrate, (v) more expensive NSAIDs by Ibuprofen or Naproxen and (vi) Minocycline substituted Oxytetracycline.

S1W-11145 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure a co-ordinated approach to new house building projects, taking into account play, community, shopping and educational needs.

S1W-11146 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) male and (b) female residents of working age are in employment in each local authority area.

S1W-11147 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Glasgow City Council and developers, to ensure provision of (a) quality modern office space and (b) trained service sector office staff.

S1W-11148 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reverse the decline of 16% in the number of new business start-ups from 1998 to 1999.

S1W-11150 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Glasgow City Council and developers, to address the anticipated shortages of "advanced factories", defined as of high quality and located in detached premises of between 929 and 5,574 square metres.

S1W-11151 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation to ensure that owners are required to regularly inspect their buildings to ensure their safety thereof.

S1W-11152 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement and incentives it provides to companies that are prepared to take responsibility for and develop brownfield sites.

S1W-11153 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reverse the decline of school pupils studying maths and physics at a higher level.

S1W-11154 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the statement by the Institute of Civil Engineers, Scotland in the October 2000 issue of Ice Breaker regarding its procurement record.

 
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