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BUSINESS BULLETIN 34 / 2001

Wednesday 28 February 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 27 February 2001

 

 

S1W-13700 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will bring forward guidance to prevent electoral returning officers from appearing in press photographs featuring only one of the candidates in a forthcoming election, or acting in any other way which could be seen to promote an election candidate.

S1W-13701 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include, in the guidance given to schools about their curriculum, guidance in support of lessons about personal financial planning and debt avoidance.

S1W-13702 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or the Scottish Office issued guidance relating to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to parallel the guidance issued in England by the Home Office.

S1W-13703 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to legislate to treat incitement to sectarian violence as a crime in the same way as incitement to racial violence is dealt with in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

S1W-13704 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive why local authorities in Scotland collected an average of 88.3% of council tax in 1999-2000 compared with an average in England of 96.1%, as set out in the Audit Scotland Performance Indicators Report, Comparing the Performance of Scottish Councils, and what action it proposes to take to improve collection rates.

S1W-13706 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners retired in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.

S1W-13707 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners were employed in each year since 1996.

S1W-13708 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners it anticipates will be recruited in each year to 2004.

S1W-13709 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently in training to be general practitioners.

S1W-13710 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11191 by Susan Deacon on 30 November 2000, how many general practitioners were recruited in 2000.

S1W-13711 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members are of the Joint Ministerial Committees on pensioner poverty and child poverty; on what dates the committees have met, and on what dates they are next scheduled to meet.

S1W-13712 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to supermarkets in respect of the impact which their policies and practices regarding timeous payment of invoices from suppliers have upon the Scottish economy.

S1W-13713 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to support heritage initiatives in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

S1W-13714 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much it will increase investment in health and education services in real terms in each of the next three years.

S1W-13715 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support mortgage rescue schemes.

S1W-13716 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for developing teacher training to meet the demand for new teachers arising out of the McCrone settlement.

S1W-13717 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what increases in the pensions of teachers and their dependants will be applied in the coming year, taking into account the impact of the McCrone settlement.

S1W-13718 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minster or the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning have any plans to meet Governor Gilmore of the US State of Virginia when he is in Scotland in April to discuss digital communications opportunities.

S1W-13719 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has asked Dumfries and Galloway Council to carry out a "manageable rationalisation of school buildings"; what is meant by this expression, and whether it has held any discussions with the council on this issue.

S1W-13720 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 150,000 announced by the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs on 20 February 2001 for school Public/Private Partnerships in Glasgow will be spent on Hillhead High School.

S1W-13721 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 150,000 announced by the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs on 20 February 2001 for school Public/Private Partnerships in Glasgow will be spent on Hyndland Secondary School.

S1W-13722 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 150,000 announced by the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs on 20 February 2001 for school Public/Private Partnerships in Glasgow will be spent on Notre Dame High School.

S1W-13723 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 150,000 announced by the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs on 20 February 2001 for school Public/Private Partnerships in Glasgow will be spent on St Thomas Aquinas High School.

S1W-13724 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social firms or emerging social firms exist in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c) Glasgow Kelvin.

S1W-13725 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving for setting up social firms.

S1W-13726 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what partnership work Scottish Enterprise Glasgow is undertaking to support emerging and existing social firms.

S1W-13727 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how much capital funding it will be giving to East Dunbartonshire Council to accelerate the implementation of "Ed's Diners" in its schools.

S1W-13728 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on school meals and schoolchildren's nutrition.

S1W-13729 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of its recent report An Evaluation of the Empty Homes Initiative, it will reallocate money earmarked for the Empty Homes Initiative in this coming financial year to alternative measures to tackle homelessness.

S1W-13730 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent academic research into tourism forms part of its tourism strategy.

S1W-13732 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11809 by Angus MacKay on 22 January 2001, when it expects to make an announcement on new independent assessors to oversee the public appointments system.

S1W-13733 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value is of all capital assets used by its core and associated departments and its agencies which will be included in the assessment of capital charges under the new resource account budgeting system, broken down to as low a level as the information is available.

S1W-13734 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has cost to value all of the capital assets of its core and associated departments and its agencies in preparation for the introduction of a resource account budgeting system and what the estimated ongoing costs will be of assessing the value of these assets.

S1W-13735 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the capital assets of its core and associated departments and its agencies which appear in the National Asset Register.

S1W-13736 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was to its core and associated departments and its agencies of making employers' contributions to staff pensions in each year for which figures are available and how much it estimates will be spent in any future years for which projections are available.

S1W-13737 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what payments its core and associated departments and its agencies made for the rental or lease of properties in each year for which figures are available.

S1W-13738 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the amount of value added tax paid from the Scottish budget was in each year for which figures are available, in total and broken into the amount paid by each of its core and associated departments and each of its agencies.

S1W-13739 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the contingent liabilities entered into by its core and associated departments and its agencies, specifying the amount involved in each.

S1W-13740 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will facilitate schemes for owners to voluntarily lease vacant domestic properties to local authorities in order to assist in ending homelessness.

S1W-13741 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will amend the Housing (Scotland) Bill to allow local authorities more powers to rent or lease vacant domestic property to assist in ending homelessness.

S1W-13742 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides members of the press with the text of minister's opening answers to oral parliamentary questions and, if so, at what time these are made available.

S1W-13743 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what contracts it has with Eglinton Management Centre at present.

S1W-13744 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contraventions of Article 9 of the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Order 1992 have resulted in criminal proceedings in each year from 1995 to present, in total and broken down by Sheriffdom.

S1W-13745 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the guidance in place across health bodies, local authority education and social work departments and any other relevant bodies to ensure a cohesive approach to those diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

S1W-13746 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to extend the life expectancy of males in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area.

S1W-13747 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10745 by Susan Deacon on 27 November 2000, what further progress has been made on the Joint Review of Section 24 of the General Whitley Council Handbook, covering mileage and travelling allowances for all staff.

 

 
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