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Business Bulletin No. 141/2001

Monday 1 October 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 28 September 2001

  

S1W-18624 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many personnel in the education sector are qualified to undertake (a) speech therapy, (b) child psychological assessment and (c) assessment of special needs using the Gaelic language.

S1W-18625 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to launch, publish and distribute the digital inclusion strategy Digital Inclusion: Connecting Scotland's People.

S1W-18626 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the surpluses were for (a) the Scottish Transport Group Staff Pension Fund and (b) the Scottish Transport Group Transport Operatives Pension Fund in (i) 1989-90, (ii) 2001-02 to the most recent date for which such figures are available and what the combined total surplus was for those years.

S1W-18627 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to determine applications from local authorities for funding under the New Housing Partnerships initiative.

S1W-18628 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish details of the additional resources to be made available to local authorities to enable them to implement their new responsibilities under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, particularly regarding the nature of the funding, the timescale for disbursement and the method of allocation.

S1W-18629 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Presiding Officer what information was made available to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body that led it to decide that the Minister for Parliament should be granted an Edinburgh Accommodation Allowance under the Members' Allowances Scheme to either purchase or lease accommodation in Edinburgh.

S1W-18630 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs has any plans to visit St Mary's Episcopal Primary School to meet parents and teachers before January 2002.

S1W-18631 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in establishing a College of Justice which is more "reflective of the diversity of society" as set out in Judicial Appointments: An Inclusive Approach and, in particular, in ensuring that there is an increase in the appointment of women and others from non-traditional backgrounds to Senators of the College.

S1W-18632 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in increasing the transparency and openness in the process for the appointment of Senators to the College of Justice.

S1W-18633 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of pressures on the judicial resources of the supreme courts.

S1W-18634 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the need for additional judicial resources as a result of the demands made on the High Court of Justiciary.

S1W-18635 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will show any percentage increase in the number of (a) High Courts indictments, (b) solemn appeals, (c) judge sitting days, (d) judicial time devoted to first instance criminal business and (e) judicial business devoted to criminal appeal work in the year up to 31 August compared with the two previous years.

S1W-18636 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effects of new business before the Outer House of the Court of Session on its judicial resources.

S1W-18637 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional sittings of the High Court of Justiciary were requisitioned by the Lord Advocate in terms of section 2(2) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in the year up to 31 August 2001 and the two previous years.

S1W-18638 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with the Glasgow High Court Users' Group on the allocation of resources for first instance criminal work in the High Court in Glasgow.

S1W-18639 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the efficiency of disposing of business at sittings of the High Court of Justiciary.

S1W-18640 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the implications of the Scotland Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights for the business and judicial resources of the supreme courts.

S1W-18641 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the implications for the business and judicial resources of the supreme courts of Senators taking up public duties on UK bodies or outwith Scotland.

S1W-18642 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what calls were made upon retired judges for sittings of the supreme courts in the year up to 31 August 2001 and the two previous years.

S1W-18643 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting period was for (a) a civil appeal, other than those sent for early disposal and (b) a solemn conviction appeal in the year up to 31 August 2001 and the two previous years.

S1W-18644 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the implications for the business and judicial resources of the supreme courts of the settlement rate of cases in the Outer House of the Court of Session.

S1W-18645 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting period in term weeks was for (a) four day proofs and (b) proofs with an estimated duration of 10 days or more in the Outer House of the Court of Session in the year up to 31 August 2001 and the two previous years.

S1W-18646 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average availability of Outer House judges per term week was for (a) four day proofs and (b) business in the Outer House of the Court of Session in the year up to 31 August 2001 and the two previous years.

S1W-18647 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil proofs could not proceed for want of a judge per term week in the Outer House of the Court of Session in the year up to 31 August 2001 and the two previous years.

S1W-18648 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring it undertakes of the use of antibiotics in hospitals.

S1W-18649 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3846 by Susan Deacon on 27 September 2001, what measures are being taken to promote the better use of antibiotics.

S1W-18650 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what services in the NHS have been provided to help smokers quit smoking and to secure improved facilities in pubs and restaurants for non-smokers since the publication of Towards a Healthier Scotland.

S1W-18651 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to secure tougher enforcement of the law against sales of tobacco to children since the publication of Towards a Healthier Scotland..

S1W-18652 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to develop a national physical activity strategy since the publication of Towards a Healthier Scotland.

S1W-18653 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to cut alcohol misuse and to create a new national committee to implement such a strategy since the publication of Towards a Healthier Scotland.

S1W-18654 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to develop a dental disease prevention from birth programme since the publication of Towards a Healthier Scotland.

S1W-18655 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement has been given for employers to apply for Scotland's Health at Work Award initiative accreditation since the publication of Towards a Healthier Scotland.

S1W-18656 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the supplementary answer to question S1F-1259 by Henry McLeish on 27 September 2001, whether it will clarify the First Minister's answer in relation to homelessness, that "the underlying trend is down" and how this underlying trend was measured.

S1W-18657 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18169 by Ross Finnie on 28 September 2001, what the timetable is for the incorporation of the Safe Sludge Matrix into the revised Sludge (Used in Agriculture) Regulations 1989.

S1W-18658 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the third supplementary answer to question S1F-1256 by Henry McLeish on 27 September 2001, what representations it has made or is making to Her Majesty's Government in order to gain a public service obligation in respect of the Inverness to Gatwick air link.

S1W-18659 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the (a) Crown Office, (b) Children and Central Government Education, (c) Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, (d) Environment, (e) Health, (f) Justice, (g) Rural Affairs, (h) Scottish Executive Administration, (i) Social Justice, (j) Sport and Culture and (k) Transport level 3 expenditures under Departmental Expenditure Limits for 2000-01.

S1W-18660 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the UK's response to the European Commission's Green Paper on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy was co-ordinated by it or by Her Majesty's Government and where the official or officials who wrote the final draft is or are based.

S1W-18661 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any occasions when it has submitted responses to consultation exercises being conducted by the European Commission direct to the Commission.

S1W-18662 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Presiding Officer whether there are any plans to provide an enhanced and accessible out of hours IT support service for MSPs.

 

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