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BUSINESS BULLETIN 31 / 2001

Friday 16 February 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 16 February 2001

 

 

S1W-13420 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided by it or the Scottish Office in each year from 1997-98 to the current year for initiatives relating to workplace training in Scotland.

S1W-13421 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to promote workplace training in Scotland.

S1W-13422 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are in relation to workplace training in Scotland.

S1W-13423 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money from Scottish Executive or Scottish Office sources has been committed to the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh in each year from 1997-98 to the present, specifying the recipient organisation in each case.

S1W-13424 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much grant has been given to each of Scotland’s industrial museums in financial years (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01.

S1W-13425 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to identify legislation which will require amendment as a consequence of the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

S1W-13426 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to manage the process of amending legislation as a consequence of the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

S1W-13427 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what system is in place to monitor the release of long-term care patients from the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert.

S1W-13428 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many patients have been released from long-term care at the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert; (b) what the average cost was of care packages to support such patients; (c) what the initial and final destinations were of patients released into the community, and (d) what the number and percentage of patients were whose initial destination was (i) a long stay facility operated by a primary health care trust, (ii) a private sector residential nursing home and (iii) home, in each of the last five years and broken down by health board.

S1W-13429 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it has issued to health boards on the reception of patients released from long-term care at the Royal Scottish National Hospital at Larbert.

S1W-13430 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial resources it has allocated to each health board to provide for care support packages for the long-term care of patients released from the Royal Scottish National Hospital at Larbert.

S1W-13431 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the mental health frameworks in place in each health board area and the extent to which managers have regard to the framework in their area.

S1W-13432 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the visit reports of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Group for each health board.

S1W-13433 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been in hospital awaiting a community care place in each health board area, broken down for each month since the establishment of the National Data Recording for Delayed Discharge, and how many of these have been mental health patients.

S1W-13434 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive which Scottish Enterprise staff have (a) expertise in rural development issues and (b) responsibilities including the implementation of Scottish Enterprise’s commitment to rural communities.

S1W-13435 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the study into supporting and developing rural communities following the disbandment of the Rural Forum will be published.

S1W-13436 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was to the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) of producing the adverts promoting pig meat in respect of which complaints have been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority and whether any minister has been in touch with the MLC in connection with this initiative.

S1W-13438 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have taken place and on what dates between its Rural Affairs Department (SERAD) and the European Commission on the Commission’s proposals for changes to the suckler cow and beef special premium schemes; when SERAD first became aware of any of these proposals, and whether it has opposed the introduction of any of them.

S1W-13439 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why it stated that the Minister for Rural Development attended a meeting of the Council of Ministers on 20 October 1999 when that meeting did not take place and what the explanation is for this discrepancy.

S1W-13440 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to represent farming interests at future meetings of the Agriculture Council and the Council of Ministers and, if so, on what dates it will attend meetings and what position it will take in respect of the proposals for changes to the suckler cow and beef special premium schemes and their effect on the farming industry.

S1W-13441 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies have been born in each of the last three years with problems resulting from their mothers being prescribed benzodiaepines during pregnancy.

S1W-13442 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what training and support it intends to give to GPs with regard to the prescription of methadone and other substitute drugs in order to address the variations in prescribing practice reported in the Effective Interventions Unit’s recent Consultation Workshop Report.

S1W-13443 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legal staff in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, below senior civil service grade, resigned or transferred to other departments within the civil service in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) the first two months of 2001, broken down by (i) grade and (ii) number of years of service and what reasons were given for such departures.

S1W-13444 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total complement of legal staff in the Crown Office (CO) and Procurator Fiscal Service (PFS), below senior civil service grade, was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) the first two months of 2001, categorised by (i) grade and (ii) number of years of service in the CO or PFS.

S1W-13445 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legal staff employed in the Crown Office (CO) and Procurator Fiscal Service (PFS), excluding Crown Counsel but including senior civil service grades, have been seconded to work on the Lockerbie trial in each year since 1997 and how many are currently seconded, categorised in each case by (a) grade and (b) years of experience in the CO or PFS.

S1W-13446 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ad hoc legal staff and casual contract administrative staff, below senior civil service grade, have been employed in the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service, by region, in each year since 1997 and including the first two months of 2001, to cover (a) in the case of ad hoc legal staff, both court work and precognition work and (b) in the case of casual contract administrative staff, administration and precognition work.

S1W-13447 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office will publish the Extract of the Staff Survey 2000.

S1W-13448 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legal staff below senior civil service grade in (a) the Crown Office and (b) the Procurator Fiscal Service have (i) less than one year, (ii) between one and two years, (iii) between two and three years, (iv) between three and four years, (v) between four and five years, (vi) between six and eight years, (vii) between eight and 10 years and (viii) over 10 years of Fiscal experience and what the mode and mean salary is for legal staff below senior civil service grade in the Principal Procurator Fiscal depute and Procurator Fiscal depute grades.

S1W-13449 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office or Procurator Fiscal Service will publish a list of the categories under which cases are marked and recorded as "no proceedings".

S1W-13450 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what the functions and terms of reference are of the Quality and Practice Review Unit of the Crown Office/Procurator Fiscal Service; what arrangements have been made to ensure its independence and impartiality, and to whom it is accountable.

S1W-13451 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legal staff are currently employed in non-operational legal work in the Quality and Practice Review Unit, categorised by (a) grade and (b) number of years of service in the Crown Office or Procurator Fiscal Service.

S1W-13452 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been employed by local enterprise companies or other public bodies in connection with initiatives which provide or facilitate the provision of workplace training in each year since 1997 and whether it holds any estimate of the number of people working on such initiatives in the private sector.

S1W-13453 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each (a) local enterprise company and (b) local authority has spent on initiatives promoting or facilitating the provision of workplace training in each year since 1997.

S1W-13454 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value was of skillseekers’ training allowances paid in each year from 1997-98 to present, broken down by (i) local enterprise company area and (ii) skill area.

S1W-13455 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times ministers have met with the Office of Telecommunications (OFTEL) since July 1999 to discuss developments in digital technologies and communications; who attended any such meetings; what matters were discussed, and specifically whether the establishment of an OFTEL office in Scotland to oversee and monitor such developments was discussed.

S1W-13456 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on telecommunications infrastructure in each year since 1997; what the projected expenditure is for each year to 2003, and whether it will itemise this expenditure, giving timescales for when this money was or will be spent.

S1W-13457 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the current capacity and capability of international telecommunication connections to Scotland.

S1W-13458 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the findings of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers review of the Scottish Tourist Board and what the timescale is for this work.

S1W-13459 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all investigations, projects or working groups currently under way which are concerned with GP provision in rural areas, including the timescale for any such research and whether or not reports arising from the research have been or will be published.

S1W-13461 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations it has undertaken into the effects of an ageing workforce on the economy.

S1W-13462 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations it has undertaken into the effect on labour markets in rural areas of an ageing workforce.

S1W-13463 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to businesses to help them prepare for a general increase in age of the workforce.

S1W-13464 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what figures it holds for Gross Domestic Product on a regional basis in 2000.

S1W-13465 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average earnings were per adult in each region in 2000.

S1W-13466 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the minimum annual income per household is which is considered to be above the poverty line.

S1W-13467 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations in the Stirling district will lose their relief from water and sewerage charges in the next five years.

S1W-13468 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issued concerning the composition of the interim management committee of the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and whether any guidance will be issued regarding appointments to the board of the GHA in the event of housing stock transfer.

S1W-13469 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Holyrood Project Team will consider relocating the proposed parking bays to ensure that disabled people do not have to cross a road to gain entry to the building.

S1W-13470 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its summary of the National Nutritional Audit of Elderly Individuals in Care dated August 2000, when it was presented with the original findings by the Clinical Resource and Audit Group.

S1W-13471 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-3125 and S1W-9076 by Susan Deacon on 22 December 1999 and 8 January 2001 respectively, whether, in the light of the report published on 15 February 2001 in the journal Thorax, it will initiate an inquiry to investigate any age discrimination in NHSiS treatment.

S1W-13472 Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals were (a) murdered and (b) injured in each of the last five years in incidents involving offensive weapons with a blade or which are sharply pointed.

S1W-13473 Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been under the Knives Act 1997 in each year since it came into force; how many convictions resulted from such prosecutions, and how many convicted offenders were (a) fined and (b) imprisoned.

S1W-13474 Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 in each of the last five years; how many convictions resulted from such prosecutions, and how many convicted offenders were (a) fined and (b) imprisoned.

S1W-13475 Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been under section 139 or 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in each of the last five years; how many convictions resulted from such prosecutions, and how many convicted offenders were (a) fined and (b) imprisoned.

S1W-13476 Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been under the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 for selling knives and other articles with a blade or point to persons under 16 in each of the last five years; how many convictions resulted from such prosecutions, and how many convicted offenders were (a) fined and (b) imprisoned.

S1W-13477 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is in a position to announce local authority housing capital allocations for 2001-02 and whether there will be any supplementary allocations for 2000-01.

S1W-13478 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any review of MSPs’ salaries is planned.

S1W-13479 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions have been reached regarding the future of its Scotland Against Drugs campaign.

S1W-13480 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12954 by Sarah Boyack on 14 February 2001, whether it will arrange for immediate interim payments to be made to members of the Scottish Transport Group pension schemes.

S1W-13481 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the availability of sweets in the form of cigarettes encourages children and young people to take up smoking; if so, what plans it has to address this problem, and whether it has any power to restrict the import of such items into Scotland or otherwise limit the availability on health grounds.

S1W-13482 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it made representations to the European Commission prior their proposals for changes to the suckler cow and beef special premium schemes being announced and, if so, whether it will detail such representations.

 
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