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BUSINESS BULLETIN 88 / 2001

Thursday 31 May 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 30 May 2001

 

 

S1W-16010 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given voluntary organisations regarding asylum seekers and refugees who volunteer their services to them, in particular on the reimbursement of any expenses which are incurred in delivering such services.

S1W-16011 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants under European Structural Funds and EU community initiatives such as EQUAL have been made available since 1999 to assist with the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into local labour markets.

S1W-16012 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance and funding it has made available since 1999 to voluntary and community groups and local authorities in relation to building community relations between local residents and asylum seekers and refugees, thereby facilitating social inclusion.

S1W-16013 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants under European Structural Funds and EU community initiatives such as EQUAL have been made available since 1999 to assist asylum seekers and refugees to become integrated into the local labour market and enhance their economic and social contribution.

S1W-16014 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance and funding it has made available since 1999 to voluntary and community groups and local authorities in relation to building community relations between local residents and refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow, thereby facilitating social inclusion.

S1W-16015 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of special payments made to prison staff who did not take part in the recent unofficial industrial actions; what consultation was undertaken with representatives of Scottish Prison Service employees about these payments, and what the impact of these selective payments has been on the morale of prison staff.

S1W-16016 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had on the safety for human consumption of milk produced in areas infected with foot-and-mouth disease.

S1W-16017 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police investigations involving the use of predictive tests in (a) Scotland and (b) each police force area regarding alleged contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1967 were carried out by the police in each year since 1997.

S1W-16018 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for each year since 1997 in (a) Scotland and (b) each police force area for the contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1967 were preceded by predictive tests for the presence of drugs carried out by the police.

S1W-16019 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, prior to submitting an objection to the planning application submitted on behalf of the United Reform Church, Crescent Road, Nairn, the trunk roads authority visited the premises.

S1W-16020 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend that the trunk roads authority not submit objections to planning applications without having inspected the premises which are the subject of the application.

S1W-16021 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether planning law will be reviewed to ensure that before making a formal objection to an application which would result in the application being called in and a public local inquiry being held, it should be compulsory for the trunk roads authority to visit the premises concerned and consult with the applicants and, if not, whether there is a risk of unreasonable delay and prejudice in the treatment of applications.

S1W-16024 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a shortage of primary teachers and, if so, what measures it is taking to address this.

S1W-16025 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote use of the West Highland railway line and address any decline in the amount of freight being carried on the line.

S1W-16026 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of motor insurance was for (a) each police force, (b) each fire service, (c) the ambulance service and (d) the prison service in each year since 1997.

S1W-16027 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of motor insurance was for the vehicles owned and operated by it or the Scottish Office in each year since 1997.

S1W-16028 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the recent incident in Portree Sheriff Court where CS gas was used to restore order, there will be a review of security needs in rural courts.

S1W-16029 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-15005, 15012, 15013, 15014, 15015 and 15016 by Mr Jack McConnell on 2 May 2001, whether there is a time limit within which a non-departmental public body should provide information to a member when requested to do so by a minister and, if so, whether this time limit is greater than four weeks.

S1W-16030 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail (a) the number of temporary accommodation places and (b) the type of accommodation used for these places currently available to homeless households.

S1W-16031 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional temporary accommodation places would be required following implementation of the Housing (Scotland) Bill and what type of accommodation this would be likely to be.

S1W-16032 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-priority homeless people would become eligible for temporary accommodation under section 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-16033 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure by local authorities would qualify for funding from the 27 million announced on 18 December 2000 by the Minister for Social Justice to help them meet their duties under the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-16034 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the support needs of people eligible for temporary accommodation under section 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill and how these support needs would be met.

S1W-16035 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Housing (Scotland) Bill would require local authorities to develop a temporary accommodation strategy and, if so, what guidance it would issue on developing such a strategy.

S1W-16036 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the "Other items" category in Table 7. Other expenditure categories, 1998-99 of Government Expenditure and Revenue Report 1998-99 is 15.8% of the equivalent figure for the UK and whether it will provide a breakdown of each component of this category and the expenditure thereon.

S1W-16037 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why "Local authority debt interest" in Table 7. Other expenditure categories, 1998-99 of Government Expenditure and Revenue Report 1998-99 is 30.7% of the equivalent figure for the UK and whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of this expenditure.

S1W-16038 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the estimated Scottish share of UK income tax revenues in 1997-98 and 1998-99 according to government expenditure and revenue analysis reports and explain any variations in this share between the two years.

S1W-16039 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the overall Scottish budget has been as a percentage share of equivalent UK budgets in each year for which figures are available and broken down into available categories.

S1W-16040 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the components are of the "Reconciliation" item in Table 8. Other expenditure categories, 1998-99 of Government Expenditure and Revenue Report 1998-99 and whether it will give detailed comparison of expenditure on this item for those years for which figures are available.

S1W-16041 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and facilities it currently provides for its staff returning to work who are still breastfeeding.

S1W-16042 Elaine Smith: To ask the Presiding Officer what support and facilities are currently provided for Parliament staff returning to work who are still breastfeeding.

S1W-16043 Elaine Smith: To ask the Presiding Officer what support and facilities are currently provided for MSPs who are nursing mothers.

S1W-16044 Elaine Smith: To ask the Presiding Officer what facilities are currently provided within the Parliamentary complex for members of the public and visitors who are breastfeeding.

S1W-16045 Elaine Smith: To ask the Presiding Officer what facilities there will be in the new Parliament building for MSPs, staff and visitors who are nursing mothers.

S1W-16046 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the victim awareness training for the judiciary referred to in its Scottish Strategy for Victims will start.

S1W-16047 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures and systems it has put in place to facilitate integration of refugees and asylum seekers into local communities.

S1W-16048 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is on the Scottish Natural Heritage investigation into the suspected colony of the protected species of Pipistrelle bat nesting in the disused railway tunnel at Thornwood Community Park in Glasgow and whether it will impact on the proposed development at the site.

 
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