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Business Bulletin No. 160/2001

Wednesday 7 November 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 6 November 2001

  

S1W-19703 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the request from Aberdeenshire Council to stop-up the right of way at Philorth Avenue/Witchhill Road, Fraserburgh, which was submitted on 8 May 2000, and whether there are any plans to hold a local inquiry into this matter.

S1W-19704 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18922 by Susan Deacon on 23 October 2001, what plans it has to target the promotion of better dental care specifically at 12-year-olds.

S1W-19705 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3939 by Mr Jack McConnell on 25 October 2001, whether the adoption policy review will make recommendations to Her Majesty’s Government on new parental leave rights for new adoptive parents.

S1W-19706 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to review safety on the A90 at Friarton Bridge following the recent fatal accident there.

S1W-19707 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16820 by Susan Deacon on 26 October 2001, whether a timetable has been set for the Scottish Ambulance Service to develop a business case including proposals for the implementation of priority-based dispatch.

S1W-19708 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19123 by Jackie Baillie on 26 October 2001, what methodology is used in one-night street counts of people sleeping rough in Glasgow.

S1W-19709 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19123 by Jackie Baillie on 26 October 2001, what the gender and age breakdown was of people sleeping rough in the one-night street counts in Glasgow in each year from 1997 to date.

S1W-19710 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of increasing police numbers overall by (a) 500, (b) 1,000, (c) 1,500, (d) 2,000, (e) 2,500 and (f) 3,000, and what the increase in size of each police force would be under an equitable distribution of these increases.

S1W-19711 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are currently employed in each police force and how many were employed in each force at 31 March and 30 September in each year since 1990.

S1W-19712 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive which departments are currently operating under full strength in each police force and by how many staff they are under strength.

S1W-19713 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18739 by Mr Jim Wallace on 30 October 2001 and with regard to the fact that transfer of land under Udal law may occur without written title, (a) what evidence is currently necessary as proof of ownership of heritable property in order to effect a transfer and (b) what criteria will have to be met for a real right to land on the Land Register to be registered.

S1W-19714 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to businesses for them to translate sales and marketing material into foreign languages.

S1W-19715 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) procurators fiscal and (b) deputy procurators fiscal are currently employed in each sheriffdom and how many were employed in each sheriffdom at 31 March and 30 September in each year since 1990. R

S1W-19716 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any sheriffdoms currently have a shortfall in the number of (a) procurators fiscal and (b) deputy procurators fiscal and, if so, which sheriffdoms and how large the shortfall is. R

S1W-19717 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budgetary provision is in the current financial year for the employment of (a) procurators fiscal and (b) deputy procurators fiscal both in total and broken down by each sheriffdom. R

S1W-19718 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs would be of increasing (a) procurator fiscal and (b) deputy procurator fiscal numbers overall by (i) 10, (ii) 20, (iii) 30, (iv) 40 and (v) 50 and what the increase in numbers would be in each sheriffdom under an equitable distribution of these increases. R

S1W-19719 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any police forces are currently operating under full strength and, if so, which forces and by how many officers they are under strength.

S1W-19720 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budgetary provision is for the employment of police officers both in total and broken down by police force in the current financial year.

S1W-19721 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to consult on the procedures for a victim’s statements scheme in accordance with the commitment given in the Scottish Strategy for Victims.

S1W-19722 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to BAE SYSTEMS plc concerning the transfer of the Nimrod programme from Prestwick to Chadderton, Greater Manchester.

S1W-19723 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs will be lost in Ayrshire as a result of the transfer of the BAE SYSTEMS plc Nimrod programme from Prestwick to Chadderton, Greater Manchester.

S1W-19724 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it is currently making to BAE SYSTEMS plc in opposition to the transfer of the Nimrod programme from Prestwick to Chadderton, Greater Manchester.

S1W-19725 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures exist to guarantee the provision of public transport services when bus companies go into liquidation.

S1W-19726 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to guarantee the provision of bus services in Renfrewshire.

S1W-19727 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make additional finance available to end delayed discharge in the Argyll and Clyde Health Board area.

S1W-19728 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address any hospital overcrowding resulting from any seasonal increase in illness during the winter.

S1W-19729 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to use the Health Care International hospital in Clydebank in order to alleviate any pressure on health services in the Argyll and Clyde Health Board area.

S1W-19730 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funds have been made available to local authorities for emergency planning in the current financial year.

S1W-19731 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funds have been made available to local authorities for civil defence measures in order to prepare for potential emergencies following the attack on 11 September 2001.

S1W-19732 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have emergency planning officers in post and how many of these have met with their military liaison officers since 11 September 2001.

S1W-19733 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what emergency planning exercises, other than those involving nuclear scenarios, have taken place in each year since 1990, (b) in what locations any such exercises have taken place, (c) what the purpose of each such exercise was, (d) what organisations took part in each exercise and (e) how many staff were involved in each exercise.

S1W-19734 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times were for tonsillectomies at 31 October 2001 at (a) the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley and (b) the Vale of Leven District General Hospital.

S1W-19735 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average age is of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers, broken down by subject area in the case of secondary teachers.

S1W-19736 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3959 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 November 2001, whether it will consider consulting Her Majesty’s Government on the feasibility of deducting fines from benefit in the interest of avoiding custodial sentences.

S1W-19737 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many prosecutions there were against suppliers of fireworks in respect of sales to underage children in each of the last five years and (b) how many such prosecutions resulted in a conviction in each year.

S1W-19738 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many prosecutions there were against persons alleged to have injured others with fireworks in each of the last five years and (b) how many such prosecutions resulted in a conviction in each year.

S1W-19739 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reported incidents involving injuries sustained from fireworks in each of the last five years involved (a) minors and (b) adults as (i) the alleged perpetrators and (ii) the victims of the incidents.

S1W-19740 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving injuries sustained from fireworks have occurred (a) prior to 5 November, (b) on 5 November and (c) after 5 November in each of the last five years.

S1W-19741 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving damage to property caused by fireworks have been reported in each of the last five years.

S1W-19742 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many prosecutions there were of persons alleged to have damaged property with fireworks in each of the last five years and (b) how many such prosecutions resulted in a conviction in each year.

S1W-19743 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reported incidents of damage to property caused by fireworks in each of the last five years involved (a) minors and (b) adults as alleged perpetrators of the incidents.

S1W-19744 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of damage to property with fireworks occurred (a) prior to 5 November, (b) on 5 November and (c) after 5 November in each of the last five years.

S1W-19745 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of injuries caused by fireworks to (a) domestic pets and (b) other animals were reported in each of the last five years.

S1W-19746 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of injuries caused by fireworks to (a) domestic pets and (b) other animals were reported (i) prior to 5 November, (ii) on 5 November and (iii) after 5 November in each of the last five years.

S1W-19747 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, and what percentage of the population, are currently served by the (a) Aberdeen, (b) Dundee, (c) Edinburgh, (d) Glasgow and (e) Inverness Cancer Centres.

S1W-19750 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made to ensure equity of access to oncology services and treatment machines across Scotland and, in particular, to meet the current and anticipated levels of demand at the Glasgow Cancer Centre.

S1W-19751 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS consultant oncologists in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area were (a) invited to participate and (b) participated in the membership of the Scottish Cancer Group.

S1W-19752 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS consultant oncology posts are currently vacant.

S1W-19753 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies for NHS consultant oncology posts there currently are in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area and how many are anticipated to become vacant in the next 12 months.

S1W-19754 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received from North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust or Greater Glasgow Health Board on any implications for patients awaiting or undergoing investigations or treatments, and on emergency planning for such patients, at the Gynaecological Oncology Department at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, following the resignation of Dr Tim Habeshaw.

S1W-19755 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations have been made to the managers of the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust regarding an action plan for cancer services in the Trust's area; what reports, briefing or information it has received on the nature, dates and efficacy of the actions undertaken by the managers there regarding any such plan and what assessment has been made by it or on its behalf of the nature, timescale or efficiency of these actions.

S1W-19756 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to establish a regional cancer advisory group for the Greater Glasgow Health Board area.

S1W-19757 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what national guidance is issued to health boards regarding the numbers of new patients to be accepted for referrals for each whole-time equivalent NHS consultant oncologist.

S1W-19760 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care on 12 July 2001 on the membership of the Scottish Cancer Group, what progress has been made in securing the representation and participation of oncologists and other medical and nursing staff, together with patients, in the Regional Cancer Advisory Group for the Greater Glasgow Health Board area.

S1W-19761 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what the agreed allocation of funding for financial years (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02 is for each further education college, (b) what the total debt to be serviced by each college and cost of servicing such debt (i) was for 2000-01 and (ii) will be for 2001-02 and (c) what proportion of each college's grant-in-aid remains after any payments have been made in respect of servicing debts.

S1W-19762 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to reduce the number of special advisers to the First Minister.

S1W-19763 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Fife Council can, on grounds of commercial confidentiality, withhold information concerning any rental income it pays in respect of premises sublet from any MSP's constituency office and whether individuals will have the right to access such information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-19764 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what shrieval appointments have been made in each year since l997 of any individuals known to have been members of (a) the Scottish National Party, (b) the Labour Party, (c) the Conservative and Unionist Party (d) the Liberal Democrats or (e) any other political party.

S1W-19765 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total costs of special advisers to the First Minister were for the financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01, what the estimated total costs of such advisers are for the financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03 and whether it will provide a breakdown of such costs and estimated costs.

S1W-19766 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its special advisers have any entitlement to terminal payments in the event of termination of their employment and what the full details of any such entitlements are.

S1W-19767 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether former special advisers to it, following termination of employment, are immediately eligible for any appointment to posts in non-governmental organisations or for other appointments within the recommendation, gift or nomination of the Executive or First Minister.

S1W-19768 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Executive, any local authority enterprise company or other agency or public body have instructed (a) Thompsons Solicitors and Solicitor Advocates or (b) Digby Brown Solicitors to carry out legal or other services and what the (i) nature of instruction and (ii) remuneration paid or to be paid was in each case.

S1W-19769 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase fees payable to the Registers of Scotland in respect of applications for registration under (a) the Land Register and (b) the General Register of Sasines.

 

 

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