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BUSINESS BULLETIN 194 / 2000

Thursday 14 December 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 13 December 2000

 

 

S1W-11947 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address increases in homelessness in the past three years in the Forth Valley area.

S1W-11948 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor public health and safety in the Faslane area following any privatisation of the servicing, repairs and monitoring of the nuclear facilities at the Faslane Naval Base.

S1W-11949 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the economic impact of the possible loss of Ministry of Defence jobs following any privatisation of servicing, repair and monitoring of the nuclear facilities at the Faslane Naval Base.

S1W-11950 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make any additional resources available for environmental monitoring of radioactive output in the Faslane area following any privatisation of the servicing, repair and monitoring of the nuclear facilities at the Faslane Naval Base and what these resources will be.

S1W-11951 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the different types of structure covered by the term "mobile phone masts" and how many such masts there are in Scotland, in total and broken down by type of structure.

S1W-11952 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding the A75 and the draft Multi Annual Indicative Transport Programme to be published by the European Commission on 18 December 2000.

S1W-11953 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the article on the A75 regarding a possible move of the port for the Northern Ireland through route from Stranraer to Troon in the Galloway Gazette on 8 December 2000 and what response it is planning to make to the article.

S1W-11954 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how the ownership of unadopted roads subject to public vehicular and pedestrian use is identified.

S1W-11955 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9974 by Susan Deacon on 11 December 2000, how and when the 14.5 million to be used for care for elderly people will be allocated.

S1W-11956 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage the British Council to retain regional offices in Germany in order to make the implementation of the Executive's policy on contact with the German länder easier to achieve.

S1W-11957 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how the closure of the regional offices of the British Council in Germany and the centralisation of activity in Berlin will assist the promotion of Scottish culture and Scottish life throughout Germany.

S1W-11958 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the closure of the British Council regional offices in Germany, given the Executive's policy of developing links with the regions of Germany.

S1W-11959 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with interested parties regarding the closure of Balnain House in Inverness and the impact of this closure on the promotion of Scottish traditional music.

S1W-11960 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy of encouraging the traditional arts will be adversely affected by the closure of Balnain House.

S1W-11961 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken as a result of the 1995 report on dioxin levels from the Baldovie incinerator at Dundee.

S1W-11962 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the 1999 report by Dundee City Council into dioxin levels from the Baldovie incinerator at Dundee that found no excessive levels of dioxin, what plans it has to ensure that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency continues monitoring all areas of the site.

S1W-11963 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government, OFTEL or telecommunications companies regarding the practicalities of local loop unbundling throughout Scotland and its impact on the Executive's policy on the promotion of information and communication technologies and on the business sector and economy of Scotland.

S1W-11964 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many environmental health certificates have been issued to raw meat and butchery outlets and what percentage this figure represents of the total number of outlets (a) across Scotland and (b) within the area covered by the former Strathclyde Regional Council.

S1W-11965 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to butcher licensing authorities on the number of raw meat and butchery outlets which are subject to the new licensing scheme.

S1W-11966 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether halal or kosher meat outlets are subject to the same licensing requirements as other raw meat and butchery outlets and whether they are included in the total number of raw meat and butchery outlets subject to the new business licensing scheme.

S1W-11967 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the trading status is of a raw meat or butchery outlet which has either failed to apply for a butcher licence or failed to satisfy the new butcher licensing scheme criteria.

S1W-11968 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many raw meat and butchery outlets have failed to either apply for a butcher licence or to satisfy the new butcher licensing scheme criteria (a) across Scotland and (b) within the area covered by the former Strathclyde Regional Council.

S1W-11969 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is so far to local authorities of implementing the new butcher licensing scheme and how much revenue has been raised from the licensing fees, broken down by local authority.

S1W-11970 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to simplify the paperwork that butchers are required to complete in connection with the butcher licensing scheme and to ensure a consistent interpretation of the legislative requirements by all local authorities.

S1W-11971 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been obliging Scottish salmon farmers to waive their legal right of appeal to the Scottish Ministers in respect of Discharge Consent Applications which they have not determined within the four month period specified in SEPA's procedures manual.

S1W-11972 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is correctly interpreting the Control of Pollution Act 1974 section 34 (2) in the letters to salmon farmers seeking extension of the consent determination period with regard to the statements in the letters concerning dealing with applications within the four-month period and automatic refusal of applications.

S1W-11973 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has advised Scottish salmon farmers that if they do not agree in writing to an extension to the four-month consent determination period their consent is automatically refused or, alternatively, their failure to agree in writing could result in the application being automatically refused.

S1W-11979 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what further details it can provide in relation to its plans for an independent panel of subject experts to review all exam appeals which continue to give grounds for concern and, in particular, what the timetable is for the panel's work.

S1W-11980 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11531 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 December 2000, whether it has any plans to run TV or radio campaigns to raise public awareness of the effect of the European Convention on Human Rights.

S1W-11981 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been in Scotland under the Sex Offenders Act of people who have committed offences outwith the United Kingdom.

S1W-11982 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8830 by Sarah Boyack on 11 December 2000, how MSPs will be notified when its directions and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority are available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-11983 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what the percentage take-up of the flu vaccine is to date in the target groups and (b) how long before exposure to the flu virus people should be vaccinated for the vaccination to be effective.

S1W-11984 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11562 by Mr Jack McConnell on 11 December 2000, what aspects of abuse prevention and child protection Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools considers when inspecting a school.

S1W-11985 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many internal cases of (i) racial discrimination, (ii) racial harassment, (iii) sexual discrimination and (iv) sexual harassment in the police force were reported; (b) how many of these cases were investigated, and (c) how many of these cases resulted in prosecution in each year since 1995, broken down by police force area.

S1W-11986 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in response to receivers having been called in at Donside Paper Company in Aberdeen.

S1W-11987 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to help the paper manufacturing industry to compete against foreign competition.

S1W-11988 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it has had with representatives of the paper manufacturing industry and what action has been taken as a result of any such meetings.

S1W-11989 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it has had with Her Majesty's Government to discuss those policies that impact on the paper manufacturing industry.

S1W-11990 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of the paper manufacturing industry was to (a) the Scottish economy and (b) the rural economy, in terms of employment and GDP, in each of the last five years.

S1W-11991 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a strategy to develop the paper manufacturing industry.

S1W-11992 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many paper manufacturing facilities there are in Scotland, where they are located and how many people are employed at each facility, giving figures for each of the last three years in each case.

S1W-11993 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10333 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 20 November 2000, whether any water authority sought advice from or made representations to the Executive regarding exemption from the Competition Act 1998, and whether public authorities seeking such exemption apply directly to Her Majesty's Government or whether all applications are made through the Executive.

S1W-11994 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses have left their jobs in Scotland to work in other countries in each of the last three years.

S1W-11995 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses from other countries have come to work in the NHSiS in each of the last three years, in total and broken down by country.

S1W-11996 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many critical care nurses have (a) joined and (b) left the NHSiS in each of the last three years.

S1W-11997 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average waiting time is for an elderly patient in hospital to be assessed by social services and how this compares with the equivalent figure in each of the previous two years.

S1W-11998 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it plans to attract younger people to work in the NHSiS.

S1W-11999 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many radiotherapists there currently are per head of population and how this compares with the equivalent figure in each of the past two years.

S1W-12000 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended optimum waiting time is for radiotherapy and what the current average waiting time is.

S1W-12001 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11191 by Susan Deacon on 30 November 2000, how many of the nurses and midwives recruited in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999 were employed on (i) full-time and (ii) part-time contracts.

S1W-12002 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average age of nurses is in the NHSiS.

S1W-12003 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current male:female ratio is of nurses in the NHSiS.

S1W-12004 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is being given to the Roslin Institute to develop anti-cancer proteins by breeding genetically modified chickens; what the estimated timetable is for this research leading to the clinical trials of a drug, and whether it is aware whether any such trials will be carried out in Scotland in partnership with the NHS.

S1W-12005 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been consulted by the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or the other devolved administrations about proposals to introduce a new fishing fleet decommissioning scheme and what the outcome was of any such consultation.

S1W-12006 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to raise public awareness of the existence and symptoms of autism and Aspergers Syndrome and to improve performance in diagnosis and assessment.

S1W-12007 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current cost is per child of the MMR vaccine.

S1W-12008 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive for what medical reason the licensing of single antigen measles and mumps vaccines is denied.

S1W-12009 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current MMR vaccine used by the NHS is the same kind and type as that authorised for use in the USA and which manufacturers are used as suppliers of the vaccine, broken down by health board.

S1W-12010 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in total and as a percentage of the total number of children have received the MMR vaccination in (a) this year and (b) each of the five previous years, broken down by health board.

S1W-12011 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive which attenuated viruses are used in the creation of the MMR vaccine and for which diseases.

S1W-12012 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the administering of single dose vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella and whether it has any plans to offer parents an option to have single dose vaccinations for their children.

S1W-12013 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tonnes of raw materials the paper manufacturing industry imported in each of the last three years and what the value of such imports was in each of these years.

S1W-12014 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the raw materials used by the paper manufacturing industry in each of the last three years was imported, expressed in each case as a percentage of the total raw materials used in (a) tonnage and (b) value terms.

S1W-12015 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the finished paper products exported from Scotland in each of the last three years was exported to (a) the rest of the UK, (b) Europe and (c) the rest of the world, expressed in each case as a percentage of total exports in (i) tonnage and (ii) value terms.

 

 
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