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Business Bulletin No. 145/2001

Friday 5 October 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 4 October 2001

  

S1W-18806 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what sums are being reallocated from the departmental underspends, as outlined in its announcement of 19 September 2001, to the Scottish Arts Council, the Scottish Sports Council and the proposed national theatre company.

S1W-18807 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the guidelines issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists concerning maternity units are being given equal weighting by all NHS bodies in relation to the maternity unit reviews currently under way.

S1W-18808 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive which prisons are currently overcrowded and what its plans are to address this issue.

S1W-18809 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were born in (a) West Renfrewshire, (b) Greenock and (c) Inverclyde in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001 to date.

S1W-18810 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatal accident inquiries have been held in the past five years into the loss of the lives of crews of fishing vessels and whether it is informed of the recommendations made in such cases.

S1W-18811 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accident inquiries have been held in the past five years into deaths or accidents in the workplace and whether it is informed of the recommendations made in such cases.

S1W-18812 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses (a) have submitted applications and (b) have received funding under the (i) Sheep Annual Premium Scheme, (ii) Suckler Cow Premium Scheme, (iii) Beef Special Premium Scheme, (iv) Extensification Premium Scheme and (v) Arable Area Payment Scheme from April 1999 to date, broken down by each Environment and Rural Affairs Department area office in the Highlands and Islands area, and how many have applications currently under consideration.

S1W-18813 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses claimed less than 1,250 under the (a) Sheep Annual Premium Scheme, (b) Suckler Cow Premium Scheme, (c) Beef Special Premium Scheme, (d) Extensification Premium Scheme and (e) Arable Area Payment Scheme from 1 April 1999 to date, broken down by each Environment and Rural Affairs Department area office in the Highlands and Islands area.

S1W-18814 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what total (a) forage and (b) arable area was covered by claims for area aid under the Integrated Administration and Control System in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02 to date, broken down by each Environment and Rural Affairs Department area office in the Highlands and Islands area.

S1W-18815 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what total (a) forage and (b) arable area was covered by claims for area aid under the Integrated Administration and Control System by small producers in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02 to date, broken down by each Environment and Rural Affairs Department area office in the Highlands and Islands area.

S1W-18816 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) cattle and (b) sheep and how much arable ground were claimed for under the (i) Suckler Cow Premium Scheme, (ii) Beef Special Premium Scheme, (iii) Extensification Premium Scheme, (iv) Sheep Annual Premium Scheme and (v) Arable Area Payment Scheme in 2000-01 and 2001-02 to date and how many (a) cattle and (b) sheep and how much arable land were claimed for under each scheme by small producers, broken down by each Environment and Rural Affairs Department area office in the Highlands and Islands area.

S1W-18817 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the disbursement of Urban 2 funding to Port Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

S1W-18818 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Inverclyde Council concerning Urban 2 funding for projects in Port Glasgow and whether any projects have been identified and approved to receive funding under this initiative.

S1W-18819 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Plan for Action on Alcohol Misuse will be published and which organisations and interested parties were consulted in the preparation of the plan.

S1W-18820 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has held with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Trade and Industry concerning the placing of government contracts with Scottish shipyards.

S1W-18821 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with the Department of Trade and Industry concerning dismantlement programmes for redundant offshore platforms and other structures, the need for location of suitable sites for such operations and the training of personnel to carry out the work.

S1W-18822 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many persons were employed in the shipbuilding industry in 1996 and how many are currently employed.

S1W-18823 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from drivers of hearses concerning the toll payments on the Erskine Bridge and whether toll payments by drivers of hearses are compulsory on other bridges where tolls are charged.

S1W-18824 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the technical specifications included in its central heating installation programme match Glasgow City Council’s established technical standards and whether each property within Glasgow which receives central heating as part of the programme will need to be subsidised by the council by up to 700 per property.

S1W-18825 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision of condensing boilers would be more efficient and beneficial to tenants than other options under its central heating installation programme and why provision of such boilers has not been specified within the programme for the private sector.

S1W-18826 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive why technical specifications were not laid down in relation to safety measures required in connection with its central heating installation programme, in particular the provision of a carbon monoxide detector and cold alarm, and whether it will now require provision of such detectors and alarms in the programme.

S1W-18827 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow City Council, as part of its Glasgow Action for Warm Homes policy, has specified the installation of condensing boilers for almost 10 years in order to achieve affordable fuel cost targets and whether the Scottish Executive will support the installation of condensing boilers as part of its central heating installation programme.

S1W-18828 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether not installing condensing boilers under its central heating installation programme will result in higher running costs for tenants and lower savings in energy and CO2 emissions in the future than would be the case if they were installed.

S1W-18829 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18217 by Ross Finnie on 1 October 2001, whether any consultations were undertaken with the local farming communities concerning the closure of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department area offices in Dundee and Forfar.

S1W-18830 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18218 by Ross Finnie on 1 October 2001, what the annual financial savings will be to its Environment and Rural Affairs Department from closing its area office in Dundee.

S1W-18831 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the advice upon which the decision to close its Environment and Rural Affairs Department area offices in Stirling, Dundee, and Forfar was taken.

S1W-18832 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in its Environment and Rural Affairs Department area offices in (a) Stirling, (b) Dundee and (c) Forfar in each of the past three years.

S1W-18833 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether negotiations concerning consultant medical staff contracts will enable consultants to provide a service to a specific population and geographical area rather than in a specific building.

S1W-18834 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has held with the Scottish Transport Group concerning a replacement programme for the older passenger ferries owned and managed by Caledonian MacBrayne.

S1W-18835 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with regard to the funding and implementation of the proposals for a national theatre company.

S1W-18836 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that the proposed national theatre company will be fully operational.

S1W-18837 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent in relation to the New Deal from its inception to date.

S1W-18838 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is taking to promote lifelong learning amongst those aged between 50 and 65 who are not in receipt of state benefits but who have retired early on small occupational incomes.

S1W-18839 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 7 million allowance to support colleges in financial difficulty announced by the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning on 3 October 2001 will go to North Glasgow College in Springburn.

S1W-18840 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to aid any colleges adversely effected by the Scottish Further Education Funding Council’s financial recovery plan.

S1W-18841 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children live in poverty according to the most recent figures available and whether it will show this figure using the headline measure recommended by the Statistical Programme Committee of the European Community.

S1W-18842 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the establishment of a separate database to assist in the collection of statistics on poverty, as recommended in the First Report 1999-2000, Poverty in Scotland, by the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs; what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government on the development of such a database and what the target date is for its implementation.

S1W-18843 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the process by which it arrives at a figure for the number of children currently in poverty, including the method of calculation and any other factors which may affect the final figure.

S1W-18844 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) the adult working age population and (b) its own staff are registered disabled.

S1W-18845 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what palliative care provisions are currently available for non-cancer suffering patients.

S1W-18846 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the cancer budget in each of the past five years and in 2001 to date was spent on palliative care.

S1W-18847 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is undertaking any reviews of the level of funding devoted to infertility issues and, if so, when the outcome of these reviews will be published.

S1W-18848 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a full range of treatments for infertility will be available in each health board area.

S1W-18849 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any potential overlap of remits between the Scottish Medicines Consortium and the Health Technology Board for Scotland.

S1W-18850 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit and membership of the Scottish Medicines Consortium will be.

S1W-18851 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the future role of area drugs and therapeutics committees will be once the Scottish Medicines Consortium is established.

S1W-18852 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health boards will be required to adhere to any recommendations made by the Scottish Medicines Consortium on NHS prescription drugs.

S1W-18853 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what patient groups currently receive palliative care services.

S1W-18854 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the bodies and individuals with a statutory entitlement to object on scientific grounds to the designation of (a) Sites of Special Scientific Interest, (b) Special Protection Areas and (c) Special Areas of Conservation.

S1W-18855 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the operating costs of the fisheries research vessel Scotia, operated by the Fisheries Research Services were in each of the last three years for which records are available.

S1W-18856 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17911 by Rhona Brankin on 18 September 2001, which of the 19 projects undertaken by the Fisheries Research Services involved the use of the fisheries research vessel Scotia.

S1W-18857 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a right of appeal, or right to resubmit applications, in respect of vessels on behalf of which bids are submitted to the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2001.

S1W-18858 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a statutory obligation on Scottish Natural Heritage to undertake consultations with local people when proposing to designate areas of land and sea as (a) Sites of Special Scientific Interests, (b) Special Protection Areas and (c) Special Areas of Conservation.

S1W-18859 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases regarding the notification of an area of land as being of Special Scientific Interest were referred by Scottish Natural Heritage to the Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest in each of the last five years and how many times the Advisory Committee found against Scottish Natural Heritage.

S1W-18860 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each Environment and Rural Affairs Department office area, how many applications have been made to date under the Rural Stewardship Scheme, broken down into (a) applications not exceeding 1,000, (b) applications over 1,000 but not exceeding 10,000, (c) applications over 10,000 but not exceeding 50,000, (d) applications over 50,000 but not exceeding 100,000 and (e) applications over 100,000.

S1W-18861 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it plans to provide to British Nuclear Fuels plc and its workforce at Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station in the preparation of proposals for a next generation nuclear power station on the Chapelcross site.

S1W-18862 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in relation to increasing the age of criminal responsibility.

S1W-18863 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would consider reviewing the terminology used within the Children’s Hearings system, including the name itself, with a view to more accurately reflecting the function it fulfils and the roles of its officials.

S1W-18864 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether he will give a detailed breakdown of the cost of the tendering process for the contract won by Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd to carry out cladding work on the MSPs’ block in the new Parliament building.

S1W-18865 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether he will detail those factors not covered by commercial confidentiality which led to the contract being awarded to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd to carry out cladding work on the MSPs’ block in the new Parliament building.

S1W-18866 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any members of the Holyrood Progress Group advised against awarding the contract to carry out cladding work on the MSPs’ block in the new Parliament building to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd and, if so, who they were.

S1W-18867 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether he will detail the process of monitoring the contract to carry out cladding work on the MSPs’ block in the new Parliament building after the award to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd and on what date the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body first became aware of any concerns in the project management team about Flour City’s performance.

S1W-18868 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the previous project director of the Holyrood building project, Alan Ezzi, raised any concerns about the award of the contract to carry out cladding work on the MSP block in the new Parliament building to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd.

S1W-18869 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer how many personnel from Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd parent company were recruited from overseas to work on the Holyrood building project.

S1W-18870 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether timber sourced from North America and finished in Thailand formed part of the procurement undertaken by Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd for cladding materials to be used in the MSPs’ block in the new Parliament building.

S1W-18871 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer what percentage of the timber for use in the new Parliament building has been sourced in Scotland.

S1W-18872 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer which suppliers of timber for use in the new parliament building have been paid to date.

S1W-18873 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether Kemnay Quarries have been paid for the granite supplied by them for use in the new Parliament building.

S1W-18874 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer how much Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd have been paid to date for their services to Holyrood project.

 

 

 

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