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BUSINESS BULLETIN 54 / 2001

Wednesday 28 March 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 27 March 2001

 

 

 

S1W-14520 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the recent court decision in England regarding compensation for those who contracted hepatitis C from blood transfusions, whether it will make payments to those similarly affected in Scotland.

S1W-14521 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Holyrood Building Project will be completed on schedule in 2002, when it is expected that MSPs will begin using the debating chamber at Holyrood and whether comments attributed to Benedetta Tagliabue that the building will not be ready until 2004, as reported in The Scotsman on 27 March 2001, are accurate.

S1W-14522 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many genetically modified crop trials are necessary for there to be sufficient evidence regarding any potential risks to health and the environment.

S1W-14523 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that there will be no environmental pollution arising from the use of a burial site at Birkshaw Farm, Lockerbie, for animals culled as part of its measures to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-14524 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what permissions, licences or waivers it has granted for the use of Birkshaw Farm, Lockerbie, as a site for the burial of dead animals.

S1W-14525 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what date it has been given by the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the completion of the pre-emptive, foot-and-mouth disease-related cull of animals on farms in England which are adjacent to or within 3km of farms in Scotland.

S1W-14526 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how the foot-and-mouth disease-related culls in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria are being co-ordinated.

S1W-14527 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what veterinary resources are available to carry out the pre-emptive, foot-and-mouth disease-related cull of animals in Dumfries and Galloway.

S1W-14528 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will keep MSPs advised of developments in the foot-and-mouth disease situation during the Easter recess.

S1W-14529 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it received from Dumfries and Galloway Council during the consultation process to decide where the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care and the Scottish Social Services Council would be located.

S1W-14530 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the basis was for its decision to locate the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care and the Scottish Social Services Council in Dundee.

S1W-14531 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the announcement on 26 March 2001 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the creation of 5,000 IT jobs for unemployed people, what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government to ensure that at least one of the five areas being chosen for the project to run is in Scotland.

S1W-14532 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in connection with its social justice objectives, it has carried out any research into the impact of varying take-up rates of the Working Families’ Tax Credit on unemployment levels in deprived communities and, if not, whether it will commission such research.

S1W-14533 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive why this year’s slaughter premium payments have not yet been made to farmers.

S1W-14534 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Pig Outgoers and Pig Ongoers schemes will be in operation.

S1W-14535 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to lessen the amount of bureaucracy faced by livestock producers.

S1W-14536 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the burning of foot-and-mouth disease infected carcasses is not spreading the virus.

S1W-14537 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what research is being carried out into the potential spread of foot-and-mouth disease from the burning of infected carcasses.

S1W-14538 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the 10 additional non-EU countries now being allowed to export specified offal material to the UK are free from foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-14539 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13062 by Mr Jack McConnell on 8 March 2001, whether it will define the contribution from their budgets which local authorities would normally be expected to make.

S1W-14540 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding distributed from the Scottish budget was distributed through non-departmental public bodies in each year for which figures are available, given as a cash figure and as a percentage of the overall budget.

S1W-14541 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8717 by Mr Jack McConnell on 11 September 2000, whether it will list the applications made to draw funding from the UK reserve in each year from 1970 to date.

S1W-14542 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total estimated cost to the Scottish budget is of the changeover to resource account budgeting.

S1W-14543 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of net public sector capital investment in Scotland was in each year for which figures are available.

S1W-14544 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why NHS Trusts are able to consider utilising midwife-led units remote from obstetrician access when the report of the Tayside Acute Services Review recommends that the safety issues surrounding these units should be fully explored in order to find if such units are safe.

S1W-14545 Mr John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider further relaxation of the rules governing movement of livestock in areas of low risk from foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-14546 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to restore confidence in Scottish industries affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S1W-14547 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will give a substantive answer to question S1W-13248.

S1W-14548 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what stocks of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine there are in Scotland and, if there are none, what steps it has taken to obtain stocks and in particular whether it has directly or through Her Majesty's Government applied for any of the stocks of the vaccine held in the EU.

S1W-14549 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4387 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 February 2001, whether it will provide the updated average time period figures for the same courts for each quarter from January 2000 to date.

S1W-14550 John Young: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it has had with senior officials of (a) Railtrack and (b) ScotRail over the past three months; what matters were discussed at any such meetings; what action was agreed, and whether satisfactory progress is being made in relation to any such agreed action.

S1W-14551 John Young: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9992 by Mr Tom McCabe on 4 October 2000, whether the result of the study to establish the average cost of parliamentary questions is now available and, if so, what that average cost is.

S1W-14552 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support businesses affected by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-14553 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any evidence that new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have occurred as a result of the burning of infected carcasses.

S1W-14554 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive which primary schools are taking part in pilot projects in which children are provided with free fruit and vegetables.

S1W-14555 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how long the pilot projects in which primary school children are provided with free fruit and vegetables will last.

S1W-14556 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of how often and how much fruit is made available in the pilot projects in which primary school children are provided with free fruit and vegetables.

S1W-14557 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the aims are of the pilot projects in which primary school children are provided with free fruit and vegetables.

S1W-14558 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the pilot projects in which primary school children are provided with free fruit and vegetables are costing.

S1W-14559 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to provide free fruit for all primary school children.

S1W-14560 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Health Technology Board for Scotland is not evaluating any drug treatments this year.

S1W-14561 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Health Technology Board for Scotland’s assessment topics for this year reflect the three clinical priorities of cancer, mental health and heart disease as outlined in the Scottish Health Plan.

S1W-14562 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why only six medical oncologists in Scotland are funded by the NHS, given that cancer is one of the top three clinical priorities in the Scottish Health Plan.

S1W-14563 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it is expected that the Electronic Clinical Communications Initiative will be available throughout Scotland.

S1W-14564 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cancer patients are currently participating in clinical trials.

S1W-14565 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will decide whether Vitamin D supplements will be given to elderly people in long-term care.

S1W-14566 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that patients with mental illness are given high quality nutritional care.

S1W-14567 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees from each local authority’s social work department left such employment in each of the last five years.

S1W-14568 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unfilled posts there currently are in each local authority’s social work department.

S1W-14569 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the attendance levels of local authority social work department employees were in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-14570 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the morale of local authority social work department employees is improved.

S1W-14571 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants were interviewed for the post of chair of visitscotland.

S1W-14572 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants there were for the post of chair of visitscotland.

 
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