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Business Bulletin No. 173/2001

Monday 26 November 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 23 November 2001

  

S1W-19876 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether a copy of the contract with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-19877 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-18874 on 12 October 2001, (a) what the breakdown of costs was for the work undertaken on (i) design and (ii) specialist cladding services which amounted to 854,000 in total and (b) whether all invoices and documents relating to the work undertaken will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-19881 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-19315 on 26 October 2001, whether a copy of the valuation made by the District Valuer showing how the land currently being developed in the landscape scheme associated with the new Parliament building at Holyrood was valued will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-19882 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-18872 on 12 October 2001, whether all the timber supplied by the businesses named in that answer has been received and whether all this timber was supplied to the required quality and specification.

S1W-19885 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether accelerated weathering tests will be carried out on the laminated wood and completed window units which were to be supplied by Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd; which company will conduct any such tests, and whether any unsatisfactory test result will reduce the sum paid to Flour City for the units and, if so, by how much.

S1W-19886 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the tender document submitted by Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-20293 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the curriculum for trainee architects includes effective person-centred training on the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that affect their profession.

S1W-20294 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the curriculum for postgraduate qualification for architects includes person-centred training on the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that affect their profession.

S1W-20295 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will make available to ensure that architects are trained on the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that affect their profession.

S1W-20296 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what lifelong learning opportunities are available for those who wish to develop their career in the Merchant Navy.

S1W-20297 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many decisions made by local authority planning departments have been (a) upheld and (b) overturned by the Inquiry Reporters Unit since January 2001.

S1W-20298 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Needs Assessment Report on autistic spectrum disorders by the Public Health Institute of Scotland will be published and what course of action it will then take with regard to the report’s recommendations.

S1W-20299 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to replicate the initiative by Lothian Health Board by ensuring that an Adult Autism Co-ordinator is appointed in each health board area.

S1W-20300 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that there is a sufficient number of qualified and knowledgeable psychiatrists in autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

S1W-20301 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that general practitioners are qualified to give a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

S1W-20302 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Housing Improvement Task Force will publish its "issues" report.

S1W-20303 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets have been set under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 for each individual local authority.

S1W-20304 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer who the receiver for Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd is and whether that receiver has also been appointed as receiver in respect of the parent company of Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd; what contact the Parliament or principal contractor for the Holyrood Project has had with the receiver for Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd; when any such contact was made, and whether copies of any correspondence relating to any such contact will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-20305 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-19154 on 14 November 2001, whether a claim under the guarantee provided by the parent company has been made or will be made.

S1W-20306 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the sum of 854,000 paid to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd in respect of the work undertaken on design and specialist cladding services was paid in one or more payments, and on what date or dates the payments were made.

S1W-20307 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-19154 on 14 November 2001, what the name was of the parent company who provided the guarantee; whether the guarantee was to have been given by a particular time or date; what obligations the guarantee covered, and whether the guarantee included a provision in respect of a liability for any monetary sum, and, if so, what that sum was.

S1W-20308 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-19252 on 14 November 2001, what concerns were expressed and by whom, and in particular what matter the Design Team expressed concern about in May 2001.

S1W-20309 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether an independent inquiry will be carried out into the appointment of Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd.

S1W-20310 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-19252 on 14 November 2001, what assurances were provided, by whom and on what dates; whether the documentation regarding these assurances will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre; whether the "recovery programmes" and the "sample delivery dates" will be published, and what work commenced on site in June 2001.

S1W-20311 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report and recommendations of the Review of Legal Advice and Information Provision in Scotland Working Group will be published.

S1W-20312 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report for 2000-01 will be published; whether its publication has been delayed and, if so, why.

S1W-20313 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review will be published.

S1W-20314 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prison officers (a) in total and (b) at each Scottish Prison Service prison left the service in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01 and (iv) to date this year, broken down by those aged (1) under 35 and (2) over 35.

S1W-20315 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7102 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 June 2000, what percentage of officers who left the Scottish Prison Service in 2000-01 left due to (a) retirement through age, (b) ill health and (c) other reasons.

S1W-20316 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers provided social work services within prisons; what the distribution of these social workers was between prisons, and what the ratio of social workers to prisoners was in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01 and (iv) to date in the current financial year.

S1W-20317 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of social work services was to the Scottish Prison Service in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01 and (d) to date in the current financial year in (i) cash terms and (ii) real terms at current prices.

S1W-20318 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expected cost of social work services to the Scottish Prison Service is for the current financial year.

S1W-20319 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of prison inmates received alcohol counselling and rehabilitation in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01 and (d) to date this year.

S1W-20320 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners provided a medical service in each prison in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01.

S1W-20321 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of prisoners to general practitioners was in each prison in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01.

S1W-20322 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the turnover of general practitioners who provided a prison medical service was in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01, broken down by prison.

S1W-20323 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners previously providing a prison medical service have gone on to employment with Medacs.

S1W-20324 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general practitioners Medacs provides to prisons, how these general practitioners are distributed between prisons, and what the ratio of these general practitioners is to prisoners, broken down by prison.

S1W-20325 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms at current prices of providing general practitioner services to prisons in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) 2000-01.

S1W-20326 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11578 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 December 2000, whether data is now collected on the prevalence of speech and language difficulties among the prison population and, if so, what data has been collected.

S1W-20327 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7645 by Mr Jim Wallace on 8 September 2000, what the average daily population of penal establishments is projected to be in each of the next three financial years, broken down into (a) privately operated penal establishments, (b) Scottish Prison Service establishments and (c) legalised police cells.

S1W-20328 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10762 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 November 2000, what financial allocation was made (a) in total and (b) to each local authority for criminal justice social work in 2001-02.

S1W-20329 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the staff turnover has been at each Scottish Prison Service prison in (a) 2000-01 and (b) to date in the current year.

S1W-20330 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8916 by Mr Jim Wallace on 17 August 2000, what the current ratio is of prisoners to uniformed staff in the Scottish Prison Service, broken down by establishment.

S1W-20331 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5082 by Mr Jim Wallace on 26 September 2000, how many children under the age of 16 were held in each adult prison for less than (a) 24 hours and (b) 48 hours, (c) up to seven days and (d) more than seven days in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) to date this year.

S1W-20332 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7101 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 June 2000, how many (a) officers and (b) other staff the Scottish Prison Service has been notified currently receive Working Families Tax Credit.

S1W-20333 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what valuation was received for the former HM Prison Penninghame prior to its first being offered for sale; what offers were received by the first deadline; why none of the offers received were accepted; what offers were received the second time the prison was offered for sale, and what the final sale price was.

S1W-20334 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what valuation was received for the former HM Prison Dungavel prior to its being offered for sale and what the final sale price was.

S1W-20335 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken regarding any possible sale of the former HM Prison Longriggend.

S1W-20336 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated monthly cost is of maintaining the estate of the former HM Prison Longriggend.

S1W-20337 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions since May 1999 it has made media announcements outwith the facilities in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh; what venues were used, and what the total cost was of these announcements.

S1W-20338 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what conference facilities it has within its premises and where they are.

S1W-20339 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of its press and communications budget spending in each of the past two years and what the projected spending is for each of the next two years.

S1W-20340 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the standard of patient safety within the NHS in Scotland is adequate and whether this standard compares favourably with the standard of patient safety within the NHS in England.

S1W-20341 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of NHS Trusts have achieved accreditation under the National Health Service (Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/54), as amended.

S1W-20342 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adverse incidents have been recorded in hospital admissions, expressed also as a percentage of all admissions; how many patients have died or been seriously injured as a result of such incidents involving medical devices; how many patients are reported to have experienced serious adverse reactions to drugs administered by physicians; how many written complaints have been made about aspects of clinical treatment in hospitals, and how much has been paid out in settlements of clinical negligence claims by the NHS, all in each of the past three years.

S1W-20343 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish a Scottish equivalent of the National Patient Safety Agency which has been established in England and Wales.

S1W-20344 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of the former Scottish Bus Group pension schemes was at 31 March 2001.

S1W-20345 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is addressing any problems experienced by local authorities when taking enforcement action against Houses in Multiple Occupation which are operating without a license.

S1W-20346 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Procurators Fiscal require varying types and levels of evidence from tenants and landlords prior to prosecution and, if so, what the reasons are for this position.

S1W-20347 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the time taken for cases of enforcement action against Houses in Multiple Occupation to reach court.

S1W-20348 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the conditions of consent granted for the planting of genetically modified oilseed rape at Roskill Farm, Munlochy, Ross-shire included any requirement that the genetically modified proportion of the crop be a quarter of the size of the control crop; what the reasons are for the position on this matter, and whether any such requirement has any impact on the efficiency of food production.

S1W-20349 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any increase in the cost of enforcing regulations on businesses since the establishment of the Improving Regulation in Scotland unit.

S1W-20350 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what areas its Sexual Health Strategy will cover.

S1W-20351 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Sexual Health Strategy will be published.

S1W-20352 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce one-stop clinics for sexual health.

S1W-20353 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18316 by Susan Deacon on 20 November 2001, when it will discuss the need for dental services drop-in centres in the major cities with relevant NHS Boards and Primary Care Trusts.

S1W-20354 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the full health effects of water fluoridation will be taken into account in its consultation process on water fluoridation.

S1W-20355 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure that there is no waiting list for people with drug and alcohol problems who want detoxification and rehabilitation care and support.

S1W-20356 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the proposals by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Orkney Islands Council and Orkney Enterprise for a containerport in Scapa Flow to develop shipping transportation businesses between North America, Europe, the Far East and the UK.

S1W-20357 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed NHS Boards will put agreements in place with education authorities relating to the administration of medicines in schools.

S1W-20358 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps can be taken, in the interests of protecting children’s human rights, to ensure that they are not confronted by abusers at hearings of children’s panels.

S1W-20359 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds statistics on child protection that show the number of abused (a) male and (b) female children, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) relationship of abuser to abused and (iii) specific category of abuse and whether it will make any such information publicly available.

S1W-20360 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects are currently being funded that aim to work with men who are violent to women but who have not been through the criminal justice process.

S1W-20361 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many exclusion orders were (a) applied for and (b) granted in the last year for which figures are available.

S1W-20362 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any issues have been identified that prevent exclusion orders from being applied for.

S1W-20363 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to review the use of exclusion orders.

S1W-20364 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how often domestic violence and/or child sexual abuse was cited in contact disputes in the last year for which figures are available.

S1W-20365 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to review legislation and procedures with a view to improving the conviction rate for rape.

S1W-20366 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to encourage private companies to support and provide services for employees suffering from domestic abuse.

S1W-20369 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the range of locations currently covered by the definition of tourist attractions for the purposes of the Trunk Road and Motorway Tourist Signposting Policy; whether it has any plans to review this matter; in particular, why golf courses are not considered to be tourist attractions under the terms of that definition, and whether the lack of tourist signposting for golf courses has any impact on the Executive's strategy for the promotion of golf to visitors.

S1W-20370 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses when considering the relocation of (a) its departments and (b) non-departmental government bodies to locations outside Edinburgh or Glasgow.

S1W-20371 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19645 by Angus Mackay on 19 November 2001, what locations within North Ayrshire are being considered for relocation of civil service jobs from Edinburgh and Glasgow; what discussions are taking place with North Ayrshire Council on this matter, and what criteria will be used to reach any final decision on the matter.

S1W-20372 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19660 by Iain Gray on 16 November 2001, whether it will provide the information requested in respect of each year to date for which the supply of such information would not incur disproportionate costs to the Scottish Prison Service.

 

 

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