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BUSINESS BULLETIN 32 / 2001

Monday 26 February 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged from 16 to 23 February 2001

 

 

S1W-13049 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what its responsibilities are in relation to constitutional policy and whether any of its staff are involved in planning for possible future constitutional changes.

S1W-13483 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds any information on how the amount of assistance received in each of the last seven years by (a) the fish processing sector and (b) the fish catching sector in each European Union country, including the UK as a whole, from (i) the European Union and (ii) national governments, compared with the assistance received from these sources by the Scottish catching and processing sectors in each of these years.

S1W-13484 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12882 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 February 2001, when the review on whether there is a need to put a greater emphasis on hepatitis C in the services provided by the National AIDS and Drugs helplines will be completed.

S1W-13485 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6438 by Henry McLeish on 12 May 2000, whether it will provide an updated breakdown, by unit of delivery, of people who have moved into unsubsidised employment since the New Deal was introduced.

S1W-13486 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5973 by Henry McLeish on 18 April 2000, whether it will provide an update, up to 31 January 2001, on expenditure to date on each New Deal Programme, other than the New Deal for Young People, and the number of people who have taken part in each of these schemes.

S1W-13487 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have entered the New Deal for Young People since its inception and how many, having completed the programme, have gone back to claiming benefits.

S1W-13488 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, as at 31 January 2001, have obtained employment through the New Deal for Young People and have been taken on by employers not receiving a New Deal Subsidy.

S1W-13489 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5969 by Henry McLeish on 18 April 2000, whether it can now provide information, up to 31 January 2001, on the number of companies which have taken on young people under the employment option of the New Deal for Young People and what percentage of trading businesses this figure represents.

S1W-13490 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have moved into unsubsidised employment directly from the Gateway stage since the scheme's inception, broken down by unit of delivery.

S1W-13491 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have participated in the New Deal for Young People more than once since its inception, broken down by unit of delivery.

S1W-13492 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have (a) participated in, and (b) gone into unsubsidised employment from the New Deal for Young People's (i) employment, (ii) full-time education and training, (iii) voluntary option and (iv) environmental task force options, up to 31 January 2001.

S1W-13493 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S1W-11262 lodged on 15 November 2000 and why it has not yet been answered.

S1W-13494 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, prior to coming to a decision on the issue of grant aided funding. it will ask the Special Educational Needs Forum to consider the future funding of the seven grant aided schools for children with severe low incidence disabilities.

S1W-13495 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many humans have been killed by animals in each of the last 20 years, which animals were involved in each case and whether the strict liability on owners placed by the Animals (Scotland) Act 1987 has reduced the number of any such deaths.

S1W-13498 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12907 by Mr Jim Wallace on 13 February 2001, how many mortgage repossession orders were made in each court district in 2000 where the order was served on an owner who had purchased the property under the Right to Buy scheme, broken down in respect of domestic properties formerly owned by (i) local authorities, (ii) Scottish Homes and (iii) housing associations.

S1W-13499 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12855 by Mr Jack McConnell on 9 February 2001, what the implications of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights are for education appeals submitted to the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

S1W-13500 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive why question S1W-10428 lodged on 13 October 2000 has not yet received a substantive answer.

S1W-13501 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current numbers of police officers in Lothian and Borders and across Scotland as a whole are adequate.

S1W-13502 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the First Minister on 15 February 2001 (Official Report, col. 1302) regarding the possibility that the trunk road maintenance contracts could be suspended or retendered after investigation by the Transport and the Environment Committee, what the cost implications would be in penalties and/or compensation of such courses of action.

S1W-13503 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make representations to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar regarding the proposed closure of Lews Castle School in Stornoway and whether it has received any petitions from local people on this matter.

S1W-13504 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-5858 and S1W-9994 by Mr Jack McConnell on 28 April 2000 and 4 October 2000 respectively, whether it is now in a position to publish the Notes on Sections to the Scotland Act 1998 and make them available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-13505 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the first half year statistics of NHSiS waiting times and lists for 2000-01.

S1W-13506 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the NHSiS waiting times and lists for first outpatient appointments in the year 2000.

S1W-13507 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the definition is of "NHS deferred waiting lists" as used by the Information Statistics Division in its document Scottish Health Statistics.

S1W-13508 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the NHSiS spend was as a percentage of Scottish Gross Domestic Product for the years 1995 to 2000.

S1W-13509 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authority staff are currently employed in community care services for the elderly.

S1W-13510 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authority run nursing homes there are.

S1W-13511 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount of resources transfer from health boards to local authorities was in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

S1W-13512 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6120 by Susan Deacon on 5 May 2000, when the Dairy Products (Hygiene) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 will come before the Parliament for consideration.

S1W-13513 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds are being made available to health bodies for 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.

S1W-13514 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scotland will have a drug court in operation.

S1W-13515 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its Land Reform Bill and how long the consultation process will be.

S1W-13516 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2955 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 15 February 2001, whether the Minister for Environment, Culture and Sport will make a ministerial statement giving the reason for the decision to allocate an additional 1 million to Scottish Opera from the budget of the Scottish Arts Council.

S1W-13517 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2955 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 15 February 2001, whether it will make available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre any correspondence between it, Scottish Opera and the Scottish Arts Council regarding the need for 1 million of additional funding for Scottish Opera in the current or next financial year.

S1W-13518 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has received, or sought, regarding the issue of structural underfunding of Scottish Opera.

S1W-13519 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the first supplementary answer to question S1O-2995 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 15 February 2001, whether the answer was in accordance with the statement in paragraph 3.1 of the Scottish Ministerial Code that the Executive will be accountable, open and responsive.

S1W-13520 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of patients in Scottish hospitals in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 were accommodated in mixed sex wards.

S1W-13521 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many health boards have eliminated mixed sex wards.

S1W-13522 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will define the term "mixed sex ward".

S1W-13523 Kate MacLean: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made for census enumerators to receive visual impairment and deafblind awareness training.

S1W-13524 Kate MacLean: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out regarding the accessibility of the census forms to visually impaired and deafblind people.

S1W-13525 Kate MacLean: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made for census forms and accompanying information to be made available to blind, partially sighted and deafblind people in accessible formats, with particular reference to (a) Braille, (b) large print, (c) disc and (d) audio tape.

S1W-13526 Kate MacLean: To ask the Scottish Executive whether census returns from blind, partially sighted and deafblind people will be accepted if they are returned in alternative formats, with particular reference to (a) large print, (b) Braille, (c) disc, (d) audio tape and (e) e-mail.

S1W-13527 Kate MacLean: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to provide one-to-one assistance with the completion of the census forms to visually impaired and deafblind people.

S1W-13528 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give details of any allocations of grants to education authorities to support the development of public private partnership projects for school buildings.

S1W-13529 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it expects the recent local government finance settlement to have on the sport and cultural services provided by local authorities.

S1W-13530 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it intends to give to professional football clubs to help establish football academies in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

S1W-13531 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which professional football clubs will receive financial assistance to establish football academies in the next three financial years, specifying the amount each club will receive in each year.

S1W-13532 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are applied in deciding whether to provide financial assistance to professional football clubs for the establishment of football academics.

S1W-13533 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many neurologist posts there are in the NHSiS and how many of these are currently vacant, broken down by health board area in each case.

S1W-13534 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome is of its recent consultation on the affordability of water and sewerage charges.

S1W-13535 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will extend the choice of courses available to clients on the full-time education and training element of the New Deal.

S1W-13536 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will undertake an assessment of the effectiveness of the gateway element of the New Deal.

S1W-13537 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific steps it is taking to reduce the number of early leavers from the full-time education and training element of the New Deal.

S1W-13538 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a copy of the technical report produced in the 1990s on asbestos in New St Andrew's House.

S1W-13539 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to include an element of training on special educational needs as part of the core training requirements of new undergraduate teachers.

S1W-13540 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the management of Holyrood Park has to give notice of road closures in the park and what the reasons are for this position.

S1W-13542 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to change the system regarding summary warrants in such a way that the party proceeded against knows when the warrant will come to court and has an opportunity to defend him or herself.

S1W-13543 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that no beef over 30 months old is entering the food chain and, if so, what the grounds are for this position.

S1W-13544 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers meat hygiene inspectors and Food Standards Agency officials have to demand documentation proving the age of beef carcasses, imported or otherwise, from meat cutting plants.

S1W-13545 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the labelling procedures and the traceability of beef imported into Scotland and, if so, what the grounds are for this position.

S1W-13546 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will call in the planning application relating to Scottish Coal's plans for opencast mining at Broken Cross Muir, Lanarkshire.

S1W-13547 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to transfer the responsibility for meat inspections from the Meat Hygiene Service to slaughterhouse operators utilising their own employees and what consequences any such change will have for jobs and food safety.

S1W-13548 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12720 by Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2001, whether its guidance and directions for the renewal of the Scottish passenger rail franchise will include reference to a requirement for the service quality and speed of rolling stock on rural and less profitable lines to be of the same standard as those on more popular and profitable lines.

S1W-13549 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive which further education colleges in Glasgow are funding and running English lessons for asylum seekers.

S1W-13550 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what figures are available on the number of patients contracting infections while in hospital and the number dying as a result of such infections.

S1W-13551 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider recognising Citizens Advice Bureaux as official training providers and ensuring that they are recompensed for the training and qualifications provided for volunteers in addition to any New Deal arrangements.

S1W-13552 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any guidance is given to local authorities regarding the use of poindings and warrant sales as a means of increasing the collection rates of council tax.

S1W-13553 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its report of the Youth Summit held last June and what further action will be taken as a result of any such report.

S1W-13554 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides hospital trusts with a model specification for hospital cleaning contracts and whether it monitors standards of hospital cleaning in any way.

S1W-13555 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the availability of treatment or therapies for the improvement of the physical and life skills of adults with developmental dyspraxia.

S1W-13556 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults diagnosed with developmental dyspraxia are currently (a) awaiting treatment and (b) undergoing treatment in each health board area.

S1W-13557 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what facilities exist in each health board area for the diagnosis of developmental dyspraxia and how many adults have been assessed as suffering from developmental dyspraxia in each health board area in each of the last five years.

S1W-13558 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require local authorities to change local tax collecting arrangements so that council tenants pay their rent and council tax together.

S1W-13559 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be represented at next month's Promoting Electronic Government Conference in Birmingham.

S1W-13560 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities will be represented at next month's Promoting Electronic Government Conference in Birmingham.

S1W-13561 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12577 by Susan Deacon on 1 February 2001, how many clinical psychology training posts were provided from the 100,000 allocated to the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education.

S1W-13562 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12728 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 6 February 2001, on what date the study into the potential impact of local loop unbundling across Scotland will be available and whether there will be a charge to businesses for copies of the results.

S1W-13563 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12619 by Mr Alasdair Morrison on 1 February 2001, how much it will cost the Scottish Tourist Board to improve accessibility through search engines to the visitscotland.com website.

S1W-13564 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12619 by Mr Alasdair Morrison on 1 February 2001, how much has been spent so far on developing the new look visitscotland.com website and what the total cost of the website will be on completion.

S1W-13565 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to address any difficulties in the teaching of the Scots language caused by scarcity of qualified teachers and materials and small number of pupils and whether it will introduce a pilot project on Scots language teaching similar to the approach to Latin teaching currently being tested in North Lanarkshire.

S1W-13566 Irene McGugan: To ask the Presiding Officer why a Scots language version of the Scottish Parliament website has not been made available.

S1W-13567 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanism exists for liaison between the Scottish Arts Council and local authorities.

S1W-13568 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities make an administration charge for the issuing of concessionary fare cards and what the level of any such charge is in each local authority area.

S1W-13569 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed plans for a national concessionary fare scheme will lead to the abolition of administration charges for concessionary fare cards.

S1W-13570 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12622 by Mr Alasdair Morrison on 1 February 2001, whether it will provide details of the increased levels of financial support for the tourism industry being provided through the Scottish Tourist Board, in particular by how much such support is being increased.

S1W-13571 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made or will make to Her Majesty's Government in relation to the potential impact on the local economy of any decline in Ministry of Defence orders placed with the Defence Diversification Agency at Rosyth and what the outcome of any such representations has been to date.

S1W-13572 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list Scotland's tourist information centres, indicating the area tourist board each is affiliated to.

S1W-13573 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken any action in response to the proposal to close Aberdeen's tourist information centre.

S1W-13574 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been approached by Aberdeen City Council for additional finance in order to allow it to make an increased contribution to the funding of Aberdeen's tourist information centre.

S1W-13575 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding each local authority gives to its local tourist board, in total and expressed as a per capita figure.

S1W-13576 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of tourism is to the Scottish economy, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) tourist board area.

S1W-13577 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recent merger between Tactica Solutions and Astron will give rise to any changes to its current contract with Tactica Solutions and whether it will detail any such anticipated changes.

S1W-13578 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its documents will continue to bear the text "designed and produced for the Scottish Executive by Tactica Solutions" or whether this text will be altered as a result of the recent merger between Tactica Solutions and Astron.

S1W-13579 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what action arising from his responsibilities for external affairs the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs has taken in relation to the cancellation of the Taoiseach's visit to Carfin, Lanarkshire.

S1W-13580 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13221 by Susan Deacon on 9 February 2001, what gross salary will be offered to salaried GPs in rural Scotland under the initiative launched on 19 February 2001 and what criteria will be used to determine the salary levels of such GPs.

S1W-13581 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all of the facilities in Scotland licensed for the disposal of clinical waste.

S1W-13582 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether current regulations place any restrictions on the cremation of human organs or body parts.

S1W-13583 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average size is of (a) a primary and (b) a secondary school class.

S1W-13584 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average size is of (a) a primary one, (b) a primary two, (c) a primary three and (d) a primary four class.

S1W-13585 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers were employed per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in each year for which figures are available and how many are expected to be employed in any future years for which projections are available.

S1W-13586 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount is of capital resources provided through all private finance initiative and public private partnership projects and what the average rate of interest paid to all lenders for the provision of that capital is.

S1W-13587 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all grant and relief schemes to the water industry which have been withdrawn in each of the last four years; what the total estimated value was of each scheme, and what the total estimated overall loss is to those in receipt of such schemes.

S1W-13588 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the recently announced additional 20 million funding to Lothian and Borders Police it contributed, broken down by local authority area, when the first allocation from its contribution will be made to the force and over what time period it will be paid.

S1W-13589 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive why NHS waiting times in Glasgow are on average longer than elsewhere in Scotland.

S1W-13590 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether waiting times at the Glasgow Western Infirmary are three times as long as elsewhere in Scotland and, if so, what the reasons are for this position.

S1W-13591 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many UK regulatory bodies have offices dispersed to Scotland, what these bodies are and how many staff are employed in their offices.

S1W-13592 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the arrangements on entitlement to concessionary travel.

S1W-13593 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it plans to have with Scottish Gas on the impact on the Executive's fuel poverty strategy of Scottish Gas's decision to freeze electricity prices in Scotland while cutting them by 3.7% in England and Wales and to increase gas prices in Scotland by 4.7% while not increasing them in England.

S1W-13594 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to investigate the closure of the Millennium Cellular Services call centre at Rosemount Business Park, Royston, Glasgow.

S1W-13595 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Millennium Cellular Services received any assistance from it in the current financial year or in 1999-2000.

S1W-13596 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much untreated sewage has entered the River Clyde in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S1W-13597 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the River Clyde will cease to be used as a repository for (a) sewage and (b) rubbish.

S1W-13598 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on extending compulsory treatment of patients with mental health problems in the community.

S1W-13599 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will eliminate postcode prescribing of the three Alzheimer's disease drugs, Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl following the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's cessation of the practice in England and Wales.

S1W-13600 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to allocate additional resources to health boards to ensure that drugs effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's can be prescribed without impacting on other services.

S1W-13601 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to ensure that workers who lost their jobs at the Millennium Cellular Services in Glasgow receive outstanding wages and redundancy payments.

S1W-13602 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a Tenement Law Bill and, if so, when.

S1W-13603 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now plans to publish specific proposals regarding the 100 million ex-gratia payment to former employees of the Scottish Bus Group.

S1W-13604 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take in the light of the 2nd Report 2001 of the Rural Development Committee Impact of the Closure of the Islay Creamery.

S1W-13605 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take any initiatives or introduce any policy measures in the light of Recommendation C of the 2nd Report 2001 of the Rural Development Committee regarding subsidy of road and ferry transport costs for businesses operating in Scotland's most remote island communities.

S1W-13606 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12329 by Susan Deacon on 6 February 2001, how the contracted number of midwifery students at Glasgow Caledonian University was calculated.

S1W-13607 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12330 by Susan Deacon on 6 February 2001, whether it has any plans to increase the number of student midwifery course intakes at Glasgow Caledonian University after 2001-02.

S1W-13608 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make arrangements for a reduction from 40 mph to 30 mph in the speed limit on the section of the A830 in the Corpach area which includes the road crossing point used by children attending the Banavie Primary School; what assessment it has made of the risks to children using the crossing of the speed limit remaining at 40 mph, and what representations it has received on behalf of the constituents of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, including from the Clerk to the Banavie Primary School Board, that the current speed restrictions on this road are too high given the volume of traffic including fish and timber lorries, tourists and local traffic.

S1W-13609 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the introduction of grant aid to encourage householders to upgrade their septic tank systems to EU standards.

S1W-13610 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the introduction of grant aid for alternative sewerage schemes in rural areas where septic tank systems are the only current option.

S1W-13611 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10953 by Sarah Boyack on 5 February 2000, when the allocation will be made from the Rural Transport Fund in respect of each of its three component parts and what amount will be allocated to the Rural Community Transport Scheme in 2001 and 2002.

S1W-13612 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12738 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 6 February 2001, why 269 of the applications submitted to the end of December 2000 for Individual Learning Accounts were rejected and whether detailed explanations of the reasons for rejection can be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-13613 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the abolition of advance corporation tax on pension funds has had on the budget of Scottish Enterprise and each local enterprise company in each year since its introduction in July 1999.

S1W-13614 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on compiling and publishing unemployment statistics on a more localised basis than the travel to work areas currently used.

 

 
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