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BUSINESS BULLETIN No. 148/2001

Monday 22 October 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 19 October 2001

  

 

S1W-19172 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports equal access to physiotherapy services across Scotland.

S1W-19192 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the programme for digital hearing aids on the NHS as recommended by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (Scotland).

S1W-19193 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of the total number of students who have registered appeals with the Scottish Qualifications Authority as a result of the 2001 examination diet, broken down into (i) the number of papers appealed; (ii) the proportion of students who made appeals; (iii) the proportion of papers on which a result was appealed, and (iv) the number of appeals that have been completed to date, and whether it will publish comparative data for each of the preceding four years.

S1W-19194 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Prison Service officers would be required to assist HM Prison Kilmarnock staff should a prisoner disturbance occur and, if so, who would be responsible for meeting the cost of such assistance.

S1W-19195 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions Scottish Prison Service officers have been called to HM Prison Kilmarnock due to prisoner disturbances.

S1W-19196 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what payments have been made by Premier Prison Services for the services of senior officers of the Scottish Prison Service in each month since the prison was opened.

S1W-19197 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the cost to the Scottish Prison Service of checking the design of HM Prison Kilmarnock with regard to security or for any other reason was taken into account in the price agreed with the construction company of the prison.

S1W-19198 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any department of the Scottish Prison Service at any stage requested or required any change to the design of HMP Kilmarnock.

S1W-19199 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service Estates Directorate was involved in checking the design of HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S1W-19200 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Prison Service Estates Directorate first had sight of plans for HM Prison Kilmarnock and how long this was before the start of the construction process.

S1W-19201 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that there are sufficient appropriate sites for the gypsy/traveller community.

S1W-19202 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18631 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what specific encouragement it has given to women and others from non-traditional backgrounds in respect of appointment to Senators of the College of Justice. R

S1W-19203 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer S1W-18631 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what discussions it has held with women members of the Scottish Bar and other members of the Faculty of Advocates on encouraging appointments to the Supreme Courts of advocates from non-traditional backgrounds. R

S1W-19204 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer S1W-18631 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, (a) how many appointments to Senators of the College of Justice have been made since March 2001, (b) how many of those appointed were male, (c) how many of those appointed attended public schools, (d) how many of those appointed hold degrees from the Universities of Cambridge or Oxford and (e) how many of those appointed had a father or grandfather who held a legal qualification. R

S1W-19205 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18632 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, how many interviews it has (a) held with candidates for appointment to Senators of the College of Justice since March 2001 or (b) intends to hold. R

S1W-19206 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18635 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what steps it plans to take to remedy any deterioration in the progress of criminal appeal work as evidenced in the year up to 31 August 2001. R

S1W-19207 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18636 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what representations it has received since 1999 on the effects of new business before the Outer House of the Court of Session on its judicial resources. R

S1W-19208 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18642 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what steps it is taking to reduce the calls upon retired judges called for sittings of the Supreme Courts. R

S1W-19209 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18642 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what the date of retirement was for each of the retired judges called on for sittings of the Supreme Courts between 1 January 2001 and 31 August 2001. R

S1W-19210 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18643 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what the average waiting period was for (a) a civil appeal and (b) a solemn conviction shown in calendar weeks. R

S1W-19211 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18645 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, what discussions it has held with officials of the Supreme Courts, including the Keeper of the Rolls, with regard to the waiting periods in calendar weeks for proofs with an estimated duration of 10 days or more in the Outer House of the Court of Session and the reckoning of the number of such cases. R

S1W-19212 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18646 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, how many of the judges listed as sitting in each week in the Outer House were sitting as Commercial Cause judges or were otherwise unavailable to the courts administration to hear ordinary cause civil proofs. R

S1W-19213 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) when it last estimated the number of people who have access to the Internet and what the results were, and (b) how many children are using the Internet, broken down by age group.

S1W-19214 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the need to protect the identity of young users connecting to the Internet through school systems and using school email addresses and what advice or guidance it has issued on the matter.

S1W-19215 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with the National Hi-tech Crime Unit on its remit regarding cases which threaten the online safety of children.

S1W-19216 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the 5-14 curriculum guidelines for information and communications technology, what steps it is taking to ensure that online safety topics are included within this subject area.

S1W-19217 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had had with Her Majesty's Government and other UK agencies on securing effective communication and co-operation on Internet crime within the UK.

S1W-19218 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what agencies and organisations participate in the work of the Internet Crime Forum.

S1W-19219 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made or will be making to Her Majesty's Government on the Cyber Crime Convention of the Council of Europe.

S1W-19220 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that law enforcement officers in Scotland have specialised training and increased resources to ensure a prompt and effective response to reports of incidents involving children in Internet chat rooms.

S1W-19221 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases there were of intra-uterine transfusion to rectify rhesus incompatibility in each year from 1976 to 2001.

S1W-19222 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial and other support it provides to the Association of Scottish Community Councils.

S1W-19223 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the figures in the 2000 Scottish Crime Survey will be broken down by local authority area.

S1W-19224 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any figures from the 2000 Scottish Crime Survey have been approved for publication other than those already published in the Social Justice Annual Report Scotland 2000 and in The 2000 Scottish Crime Survey: First Results.

S1W-19225 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the full results of the 2000 Scottish Crime Survey will be published.

S1W-19226 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the full results of the 2000 Crime Survey have not yet been published.

S1W-19227 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to EC Directive 94/63/EC, whether it plans to take forward discretions for small petrol stations where the service station is located in an area where vapour emissions are unlikely to contribute significantly to environmental and/or health problems.

S1W-19228 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency about charges levied for petrol vapour recovery.

S1W-19229 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is assisting social economy organisations to set up or expand their existing services.

S1W-19230 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available to specific inclusiveness projects which are designed to improve the skills and employability of disadvantaged young people.

S1W-19231 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average starting salary for a newly qualified teacher who was a mature student is expected to be next year for (a) primary school teachers and (b) secondary school teachers and what the average starting salary for them is for the current year and has been for each of the last three years.

S1W-19232 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent in 2001 on advertising costs to attract mature students to undertake teacher training courses.

S1W-19233 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether measures have been taken to put into effect the statement in Learn to Teach in respect of newly qualified teachers that it is possible for mature students with relevant previous experience to enter the salary scale at a higher point.

S1W-19234 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the letter to me of 8 May 2001 from the Deputy Minister for Education, Europe, and External Affairs regarding school link courses, when the Deputy Minister expects to give a further response to me.

S1W-19235 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers will make a decision on a uniform salary for all probationers.

S1W-19236 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when students will be informed of the decision of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers on a uniform salary for all probationers.

S1W-19237 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether full and inclusive consultation will take place between all parties, including students in training, on proposed changes to teachers' pay scales as they apply to probationary and recently qualified staff.

S1W-19238 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a commitment that any changes to teachers' pay scales as they apply to probationary and recently qualified staff will not disadvantage those already in Post-Graduate Certificate of Education training.

S1W-19239 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether introduction of a uniform salary for all probationers will impact on the current teacher recruitment campaign.

S1W-19240 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether introduction of a uniform salary for all probationers will encourage mature students into the teaching profession.

S1W-19241 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Police STATS 19 form is the most accurate way of identifying the number and type of personal injuries that occur from road accidents, and whether any other record systems have been considered for use for this purpose.

S1W-19242 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken, by it or on its behalf, to demonstrate to individuals and community groups in lower-income communities the relevance of information and communications technology to the lives and needs of those living in those communities.

S1W-19243 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken, by it or on its behalf, to promote the training of people in information and communications technology as a contribution to strengthening lower-income communities.

S1W-19244 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made, by it or on its behalf, of the capacity of information and communications technology to be a tool for change in lower-income communities, with particular reference to strengthening the internal operations and external outreach of community groups.

S1W-19245 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider supporting a programme of placement of proficient information and communications technology (ICT) specialists charged with acting as agents of social change and working closely with community leaders in lower-income areas, so as to increase the knowledge of community leaders of how ICT might be applied to address the needs of their communities.

S1W-19246 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18542 by Mr Jack McConnell on 9 October 2001, what plans it has to offer guidance to local authorities on rural school closures in view of the decision made by CoSLA.

S1W-19247 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16777 by Rhona Brankin on 9 August 2001, what attempts have been made to inform local authorities and others of the need to comply with the 31 December 2001 deadline for removing all ozone depleting substances from refrigerators prior to their disposal.

S1W-19248 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure that the Scottish Science Library does not close.

S1W-19249 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people in Scotland who need a hearing aid have access to free digital hearing aids from the NHS.

S1W-19250 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make digital hearing aids available free from the NHS in Scotland to all people who need them.

S1W-19251 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce central purchasing of digital hearing aids.

S1W-19252 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-18868 on 12 October 2001, whether any members of the design team expressed reservations about the ability of Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd to perform according to its contract.

 

 

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