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Business Bulletin No. 147/2001

Friday 19 October 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged from 12 to 18 October 2001

  

S1W-18997 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) Highland Council spent on roads maintenance in the last financial year (i) in total and (ii) per mile.

S1W-19029 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what power local authorities have to make contributions to Nuclear Free Local Authorities and what information it has on the level of any such contributions made in each of the last three years.

S1W-19043 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many flights have been taken by (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants since 11 September 2001 and how many were with low cost carriers.

S1W-19044 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants have been posted to Helsinki since May 1999, detailing their grade and the nature of their posting there.

S1W-19045 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants worked in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh at 1 April and 1 October in each year since 1997 and whether it holds information on how many of them travelled to this office by (a) public transport, (b) car, (c) bicycle and (d) on foot.

S1W-19046 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh have obtained a Lothian Buses Ridacard with assistance from their employer, in each year since 1997.

S1W-19047 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the schemes available in each year since 1997 to encourage the use of public transport; what estimate it has made of the number of people who have used such schemes, and whether there has been any increase in the number of people using public transport as a result.

S1W-19048 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people (a) absconded from hospitals and (b) were subsequently returned whilst under section orders issued under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 in each of the past three years, broken down by health board area.

S1W-19049 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has received concerning a national adult literacy and numeracy agency.

S1W-19050 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13198 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 9 February 2001, whether it intends to proceed by primary or secondary legislation to incorporate the EC Landfill Directive into law and whether it will set out its timetable for consultation, the publication of the legislation and its passage through the Parliament.

S1W-19051 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to prepare for the possible introduction of the euro and what assistance or advice is being made available to businesses to help them prepare for a possible introduction.

S1W-19053 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding it plans to provide to local authorities in 2002-03 to deal with any additional costs incurred by them as a result of the introduction of the aggregates tax.

S1W-19054 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 680 million announced by the Minister for Transport and Planning on 27 March 2001 for road improvements over the next three years will be used to pay the aggregates tax.

S1W-19055 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13521 by Susan Deacon on 12 March 2001, when it will publish the results of the review of progress towards the elimination of mixed sex hospital wards.

S1W-19056 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many conferences, seminars or away days for staff training or other internal matters it has held in each year since May 1999; what the annual cost was of these events; how many were held in private venues as opposed to on its property, and how many were held outwith Scotland.

S1W-19057 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the proposed conversion of part-time ambulance stations to full-time operations and, in particular, on the stations in Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

S1W-19058 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it plans to make available to the Scottish Ambulance Service to deal with the increase in the number of 999 calls.

S1W-19059 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken or plans to take to end the practice of single manning of ambulances.

S1W-19060 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many court cases were cancelled in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 and what the total cost of such cancellations was in each year.

S1W-19061 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether witnesses and jurors are entitled to any reimbursement of loss of earnings, childcare costs and travelling expenses due to cancelled court cases and, if so, what the total of each was in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.

S1W-19062 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make representations to both Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the local enterprise companies to provide matching funding towards the costs of Volunteering Highland taking on a senior development officer.

S1W-19063 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact that the European Commission's proposed Physical Agents Directive will have both generally and, in particular, on the farming industry; what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government and the Commission on the proposed Directive, and what response it has received.

S1W-19064 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average daily amount spent on purchasing food for school lunches is per pupil and what the average cost to pupils is for a school meal, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-19065 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on early years services, excluding mainstream education, in each local authority area in each of the past three years.

S1W-19066 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have occurred on the (a) Baljaffrey to Carbeth and (b) Carbeth to Drymen stretches of the A809, in each of the past five years.

S1W-19067 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have occurred on the Aberfoyle to Kilmahog stretch of the A821 in each of the past five years.

S1W-19068 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made or plans to make to Her Majesty's Government to promote the claiming back of VAT by tourists and visitors to Scotland.

S1W-19069 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what groups have been set up by the National Group on Domestic Abuse in Scotland to explore particular issues relating to domestic abuse as recommended in the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland and what the membership and remit of each group is.

S1W-19070 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the annual progress report of the National Group on Domestic Abuse will be published.

S1W-19071 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to evaluate the progress of its domestic abuse strategy.

S1W-19072 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of all current legislation relating to domestic abuse as set out in the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland will be completed and what plans it has to bring forward proposals following this review.

S1W-19073 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how organisations are being monitored to ensure that good practice guidelines and service standards in respect of domestic abuse are being put into practice as set out in the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland.

S1W-19074 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been carried out on the development of curriculum materials relating to violence against women as set out in the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland.

S1W-19075 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been carried out on the development of teaching programmes and in-service teacher training in respect of violence against women.

S1W-19076 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been funded into children who abuse other children.

S1W-19077 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects dealing with children who abuse other children it is currently funding.

S1W-19078 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend programmes such as the Domestic Violence Probation Project in Edinburgh and Midlothian and the Fergus Project in Angus to other areas of Scotland.

S1W-19079 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available for the furnishing, running and staffing of new refuge places.

S1W-19080 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people (a) applied for refuge accommodation, (b) received such accommodation and (c) were refused a place in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-19081 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to enlist the assistance of organisations such as Open Secret, Women's Aid and Zero Tolerance in the training of professionals such as judges, the police, teachers, local authorities and housing associations who come into contact with those who have experienced domestic abuse.

S1W-19082 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any interruption to the regular monitoring of radiation levels in the environment, such as in locally produced milk, in the air, grass and in the vicinity of the Hunterston nuclear power station in Ayrshire.

S1W-19083 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) would be informed of any interruption to regular monitoring of radiation levels in the environment, such as in locally produced milk, in the air, grass and in the vicinity of the Hunterston nuclear power station in Ayrshire and, if so, whether SEPA has made any representations to it on this matter

S1W-19084 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what organisations that do not provide clinical services it funds to provide sexual health advice and (b) what level of funding each organisation has received in each of the last three years.

S1W-19085 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its investigation into the failure to renew the Order under the Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 1968 to toll vehicles crossing the bridge has been completed.

S1W-19086 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact that any current shortage of nurses may have on the delivery of (a) health care in general, (b) care for elderly people, (c) services for elderly people provided by long-term care facilities and (d) home health care services for elderly people.

S1W-19087 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding (a) has been made available for the recruitment and support of student nurses in the current year and (b) will be made available for this purpose in the next two years.

S1W-19088 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to make nursing a more attractive career option by funding the infrastructure necessary to provide high quality training facilities for student nurses.

S1W-19089 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to increasing the bursary and tuition support available to student nurses who are willing to work in under-served areas of the NHS in Scotland.

S1W-19090 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to increasing the funding available to graduate nurses for the completion of doctoral studies.

S1W-19091 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider any schemes that would allow graduate nurses to pay back any increased funding for the completion of their doctoral studies by working in under-served areas of the NHS in Scotland.

S1W-19092 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes have been made in the provision of winter snow clearance cover resulting from the appointment of new contractors to manage the maintenance of the trunk road network, broken down by contract area.

S1W-19093 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Parliament in the debate on Special Educational Needs (Borders) (Official Report, Col. 3222), from which allocations under the Excellence Fund the virement of 358,000 has come, specifying the sums involved.

S1W-19094 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce the number of women being imprisoned.

S1W-19095 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternatives to imprisonment are (a) in place and (b) planned in order to reduce the number of women imprisoned.

S1W-19096 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific funding is available in its current budget for providing alternatives to imprisonment for women.

S1W-19097 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community placements were available for women prisoners in 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001 to date, expressed also as a percentage of those imprisoned.

S1W-19098 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17830 by Susan Deacon on 12 October 2001, how long patients in each NHS board area will now have to wait, on average, to receive equipment for the treatment of sleep apnoea.

S1W-19099 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17830 by Susan Deacon on 12 October 2001, how "clinical priority" is defined with reference to sleep apnoea and whether all NHS boards use the same definition.

S1W-19100 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17830 by Susan Deacon on 12 October 2001, whether sufficient resources are accessible throughout Scotland to treat sleep apnoea adequately.

S1W-19101 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance will be issued to local authorities about considering the impact on TV reception of applications for planning permission before planning consent is granted.

S1W-19102 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Annual Report of the Cornton Vale (Under 21) Visiting Committee, what its position is regarding the concerns expressed over the adequacy of the prisoner food allowance and what is being done to address this issue.

S1W-19103 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Annual Report of the Cornton Vale (Under 21) Visiting Committee, what initiatives have been taken to provide a specialist regime for young women offenders.

S1W-19104 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Annual Report of the Cornton Vale (under 21) Visiting Committee, what improvements have been made to the prison's library facilities.

S1W-19105 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Annual Report of the Cornton Vale (under 21) Visiting Committee, how many "lock-ups" there were at the prison in 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 to date.

S1W-19106 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have occurred on the A827 between Kenmore and Killin in each of the last five years.

S1W-19107 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have occurred on the A907 between (a) Causewayhead and Alloa and (b) Alloa and Dunfermline in each of the last five years.

S1W-19108 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prevent any cutback to the activity of the Scottish Place-Names Survey at Edinburgh University which may result from the current financial position of the survey.

S1W-19109 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the further integration of entrepreneurship into further education curriculums.

S1W-19110 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to increase female participation in Modern Apprenticeships in light of Blake Stevenson's report Mapping of Lifelong Learning Provision in Scotland.

S1W-19111 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SIW-9963 by Iain Gray on 12 October 2000, why the allocation to the Mental Illness Specific Grant Scheme for 2001-02 as outlined in the draft budget for 2002-03 is 13.3 million rather than 19 million as previously indicated.

S1W-19112 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the completed projects funded by the Mental Illness Specific Grant Scheme in 2000-01 were (a) eligible for mainstreaming and (b) actually mainstreamed.

S1W-19113 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of senior managers in each NHS Trust took the opportunity to be vaccinated against flu and whether it will publish the results of this exercise.

S1W-19114 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the fact that a company is indigenous to Scotland is taken into account by economic development and enterprise agencies when assessing applications for assistance or qualification for grant or loan schemes.

S1W-19115 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many shops there have been in Scotland in each of the last three years showing the percentage change year on year.

S1W-19116 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific advice has been issued to North of Scotland Water Authority, East of Scotland Water Authority and West of Scotland Water Authority on how they should deal with pay negotiations in this financial year.

S1W-19117 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice or guidance has been provided to North of Scotland Water Authority on how it might utilise any excess surplus funds which it generates.

S1W-19118 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost for all women across Scotland to be tested for cervical cancer with the liquid-based cytology/human papilloma virus test, compared to how much it will cost for all women across Scotland to be screened with the cervical smear test.

S1W-19119 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its evaluation is of what the proven detection rates would be if liquid-based cytology/human papilloma virus tests were applied universally in Scotland.

S1W-19120 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many lives it estimates could be saved if liquid-based cytology/human papilloma virus tests were applied universally in Scotland.

S1W-19121 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of the term "Healthcare Associated Infection".

S1W-19122 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish a comprehensive network of debt and housing advice services.

S1W-19123 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, on average, were sleeping rough in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Glasgow, broken down on a nightly basis, for each year from 1997 to date.

S1W-19124 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish its response to the Scottish Charity Law Review Commission report of May 2001.

S1W-19125 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable now is for completion of the new hospital facilities at Stonehouse, Lanarkshire.

S1W-19126 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the ambulance bases in the Clydesdale constituency, specifying which operate full-time and which part-time.

S1W-19127 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the ambulance bases in Clydesdale have only one ambulance and what arrangements for cover are made at these bases when this ambulance has been called out.

S1W-19128 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the ambulance service in rural areas of Clydesdale has been able to meet the target waiting time in rural areas of 21 minutes.

S1W-19129 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any areas of the Clydesdale constituency which it is not possible, in normal circumstances, for an ambulance to reach from its base within 21 minutes.

S1W-19130 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how successful it has been in reducing junior doctors' hours and improving their working conditions.

S1W-19131 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide funding for Glasgow's nationally important museum collections.

S1W-19132 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail in descending order the top 50 recipients of Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme subsidy under the new scheme and the equivalent figures for the last year of the old scheme.

S1W-19133 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average amount of agriculture subsidy paid to businesses under the Integrated Administration and Control System has been for each of the last three years.

S1W-19134 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18577 by Ross Finnie on 11 October 2001, whether it will name each farm business on the list and give the number of jobs sustained by each business.

S1W-19135 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether he will make a statement on the ownership of the land currently being developed as the landscape scheme associated with the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-19136 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown by department and by project of the public funds paid and/or committed to organisations and projects based within the Craigmillar district of Edinburgh over the last two financial years and of the funding commitments made in respect of the current and next financial year.

S1W-19137 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that there is an independent investigation into the actions and conduct of Scottish Natural Heritage in relation to the designation of Sunart as a proposed site of special scientific interest and potential special area of conservation.

S1W-19138 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make Sheriff Court buildings more accessible to the public.

S1W-19139 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is conducting any research into the number of defendants appearing at court in answer to eviction notices and debt claims.

S1W-19140 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to expedite the procedures in the Small Claims Court.

S1W-19141 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether lay representatives are entitled to represent applicants under the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act.

S1W-19142 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17978 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 20 September 2001, whether Highlands and Islands Enterprise's undertaking, in the agreement made under Section 75 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1987, that it may choose to dismantle and remove the funicular and buildings and reinstate the site, breaches the 9.4 million limit on the amount of public money which Highlands and Islands Enterprise is authorised to spend on the Cairn Gorm Funicular railway.

S1W-19143 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since September 1999 in improving access to Executive procurement opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses.

S1W-19144 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since September 1999 in the commercialisation of basic research.

S1W-19145 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to publish guidance in plain English for small- and medium-sized businesses on compliance with regulations issued by it or by other bodies on its behalf.

S1W-19146 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since September 1999 in strengthening small business development by (a) supporting managerial training and (b) creating more opportunities to increase equity for small- and medium-sized businesses.

S1W-19147 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what forms of assistance are provided by it or by other bodies on its behalf to schools and colleges seeking to offer tuition in technical skills such as computer repair, networking, web design, graphic art and computer programming.

S1W-19148 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist teachers in incorporating information and communications technology into regular classroom practices.

S1W-19149 Kate MacLean: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the Preliminary Report on the Equality Strategy.

S1W-19150 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its proposals for new mental health legislation following the Millan Committee's Report on the Review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984.

S1W-19151 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the termination of the contract with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd will lead to any additional costs in respect of the works the company was contracted to undertake in relation to the Holyrood Project.

S1W-19152 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the process of finding another contractor or contractors to undertake the work which Flour City Architectural Metals Ltd (UK) was contracted to undertake will give rise to any delay in the completion of the Holyrood Project.

S1W-19153 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer how many other companies submitted a tender for the work awarded to Flour City Architectural Metals Ltd (UK).

S1W-19154 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether there was a performance bond or guarantee given by Flour City Architectural Metals Ltd (UK) in respect of the contract that it was awarded.

S1W-19155 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer, in view of the termination of the Flour City Architectural Metals Ltd (UK) contract, whether there is any prospect of recovering from Flour City any additional costs in respect of the work awarded to it.

S1W-19156 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, outlining any estimated quantifiable reductions that will result from current policies which are in operation.

S1W-19157 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive why Scotland did not reduce CO2 emissions by the same proportion as England during the 1990s and what steps will be taken to ensure that Scotland makes a proportionate and equitable contribution to the reduction in greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol.

S1W-19158 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it intends to develop at a national level for the proportion of all municipal waste (a) recycled, (b) going into landfill, (c) composted and (d) used to generate energy as part of its strategy to meet the requirements of the landfill directive.

S1W-19159 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the expected timescale for the adoption of area waste plans covering the whole of Scotland.

S1W-19160 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what relationship any targets set within area waste plans will have with the development of targets at a national level for recycling and reduction in the volume of waste proceeding into landfill.

S1W-19161 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18498 by Susan Deacon on 9 October 2001, how many Staff Side Chairs of the Area Partnership Forums of the 15 new NHS Boards are members of the Royal College of Nursing.

S1W-19162 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on page 52 of A Forward Strategy for Agriculture regarding encouragement and funding of a pilot project involving medical and nutritional experts to determine whether increased consumption of berries has a pronounced health advantage, how much funding it intends to commit to this project and when this funding will be approved and allocated.

S1W-19163 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on page 52 of A Forward Strategy for Agriculture regarding encouragement and funding of a pilot project involving medical and nutritional experts to determine whether increased consumption of berries has a pronounced health advantage, whether, given existing information on the health benefits of eating fruit and the World Health Organisation's recommended minimum daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, this project will concentrate on using existing knowledge to co-ordinate the berry industry, academics and medical experts with the aim of persuading people to eat more berries.

S1W-19164 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18456 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 5 October 2001, what action it intends to take to encourage an increase in expenditure on research and development by businesses in Scotland.

S1W-19165 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the proposal in A Science Strategy for Scotland to work with the Royal Society of Edinburgh to set up a Scottish Science Advisory Committee to advise on strategic scientific issues, how many employees of new universities are members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

S1W-19166 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to A Science Strategy for Scotland, what plans it has, in partnership with Her Majesty's Government, to seek funding from Europe and to take advantage of regional aid schemes in the same way that Greece, Spain and Ireland have.

S1W-19167 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it took to mark World Standards Day on 14 October, particularly in the context of this year's focus on "The Environment and Standards: closer together".

S1W-19168 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the estimated 250 million cost of the M74 Northern Extension will be paid directly to Her Majesty's Treasury under the provisions of the Aggregates Tax and from what source this money will be found.

S1W-19169 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to expand the role of the physiotherapist service.

S1W-19170 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure adequate levels of recruitment of physiotherapists.

S1W-19171 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any research has been done into the level of savings to be achieved in the health and community care budget by effective use of physiotherapy services.

S1W-19173 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to refer the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Law Commission for its views. R

S1W-19174 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what National Heritage Areas have been created under the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991. R

S1W-19175 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether urban fringe areas can be included in Natural Heritage Areas or whether this would require legislative amendment to the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991. R

S1W-19176 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is against the Scottish Ministerial Code for Ministers to comment on the conduct of those charged with offences whose cases have not been dealt with by the courts.

S1W-19177 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any representations have been received on proposed changes to the starting salary for mature graduates beginning a new teaching career.

S1W-19178 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consultation has taken place or is planned to take place on proposed changes to the starting salary for mature graduates beginning a new teaching career.

S1W-19179 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapes were reported in the last year for which figures are available and how many convictions were obtained, broken down by police area and division.

S1W-19180 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out into the reasons for rape cases failing to reach court and what reasons were highlighted by any such research.

S1W-19181 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the number of supernumary Grade A clinical physicist training posts.

S1W-19182 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive to ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the numbers of higher training posts for radiotherapy physicists.

S1W-19183 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish a Scientific Services Advisory Group.

S1W-19184 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether grants have been awarded to local authorities for feasibility studies on the use of mobile CCTV cameras in crime and vandalism hotspots.

S1W-19185 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds it has given to the Glasgow Housing Association or to any other bodies for publicising the proposed transfer of the Glasgow City Council housing stock.

S1W-19186 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the absence of signs directing visitors to the stadium at Hampden Park.

S1W-19187 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take regarding the installation of signs directing visitors to the stadium at Hampden Park.

S1W-19188 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) revenues it received from non-domestic rates in each of the years from 1996-97 to 2000-01 and (b) forecasts it has made of the revenues from such rates in each of the years (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04.

S1W-19189 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals against non-domestic rates assessments are currently outstanding and on what grounds they were lodged.

S1W-19190 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been granted in relief through the rates relief scheme for businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak since the first reported case of the disease.

S1W-19191 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from universities regarding funding deficits.

 

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