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Business Bulletin No. 175/2001

Wednesday 28 November 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 27 November 2001

  

S1W-20405 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether some local authorities do not require the owners of houses in multiple occupation to seek planning consent for houses which are occupied by five persons or less while other local authorities require owners to seek planning consent for houses which are occupied by three persons or over, and if so, what the reasons are for this difference in policy.

S1W-20406 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the arrangements for planning consent in respect of houses in multiple occupation.

S1W-20407 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to altering planning or other regulations to prevent trees cutting off daylight from nearby residential properties and what action it plans to take on this issue.

S1W-20408 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19754 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the timescales and efficacy of the measures set out in the report by Mr Tom Divers, Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow NHS Board, relating to the continuity and improvement of cancer services for users of the West of Scotland cancer service.

S1W-20409 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19754 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assistance in terms of resources or additional service planning or provision is being given to support the measures set out in the report by Mr Tom Divers, Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow NHS Board, relating to the continuity and improvement of cancer services for users of the West of Scotland cancer service.

S1W-20410 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19756 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, when it expects the first meeting of the West of Scotland Regional Cancer Advisory Group to be held.

S1W-20411 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19760 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what guidance, advice or instructions it has given to ensure the participation of oncologists and other specialist medical and nursing staff, together with patients, in the West of Scotland Regional Cancer Advisory Group.

S1W-20412 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service over the next 10 years.

S1W-20413 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service in relation to the number of general practitioner referrals to the service.

S1W-20414 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service in relation to resulting pressures on waiting times for out-patient consultations and for investigative treatments.

S1W-20415 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service in relation to resulting pressures on new referral caseloads for oncologists working in the service.

S1W-20416 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service in relation to the number of treatment machines currently in service and those planned.

S1W-20417 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service in relation to the number of in-patient beds available to the service.

S1W-20418 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19871 by Susan Deacon on 26 November 2001, what assessment has been made of the impact of unmet needs on service provision levels of the West of Scotland cancer service in relation to the required numbers of oncologist and specialist medical and nursing staff.

S1W-20419 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Ayrshire and Arran Health Board have refused to prescribe Inflaximab to any patients within their catchment area on the recommendation of an NHS consultant and, if so, whether such refusal infringes a patient's rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.

S1W-20420 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures it intends to implement to eradicate child poverty.

S1W-20421 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19734 by Susan Deacon on 20 November 2001, why that answer refers to the answer to question S1W-19012 by Susan Deacon on 8 November 2001 which gives figures on the median waiting times for tonsillectomies at the (a) Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley and (b) Vale of Leven Hospital as at 30 June 2001 when S1W-19734 sought this information as at 31 October 2001 and whether it will now provide that information.

S1W-20422 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members are of the Review of Educational Psychologists and to whom the review will report and when.

S1W-20423 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are currently participating in home-based learning, broken down by (a) local authority area, (b) age and (c) gender.

S1W-20424 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many educational psychologists are specialists in autism, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-20425 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities on the control of Japanese knotweed.

S1W-20426 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19630 by Angus Mackay on 26 November 2001, whether (a) it or (b) the Scottish Prison Service awarded any contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers in relation to the Prison Services Estates Review.

S1W-20427 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary question to question S1O-4155 by Rhona Brankin on 22 November 2001, what stage its discussions with the Ministry of Defence on wind farms in tactical low flying areas have reached.

S1W-20428 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive why third parties do not have a right to challenge decisions of local authority planning committees.

S1W-20429 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive why third parties do not have a right to challenge the decisions of the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit.

S1W-20430 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce measures to ensure equality of treatment between applicants and third parties in respect of planning applications.

S1W-20431 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any lack of equal treatment between applicants and third parties in respect of planning applications is consistent with the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights.

S1W-20432 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next meeting of the British-Irish Council will take place; which country will host the meeting, and whether the issue of drug misuse will be on the agenda.

S1W-20433 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total visitor attendance figures were at art galleries and museums in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and what the estimated figures are for (i) 2001-02 and (ii) 2002-03.

S1W-20434 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all bids made for major sporting events to be held in Scotland in the future.

S1W-20435 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what new regulations are to be introduced governing the installation of smoke alarms in new build houses.

S1W-20436 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment has been made of the impact of closed circuit television systems on levels of street crime in (a) Scotland and (b) the parliamentary constituency of West Renfrewshire.

S1W-20437 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines have been issued to police forces concerning the stopping of motorists who use hand-held mobile phones whilst driving their vehicles.

S1W-20438 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines have been issued to health boards concerning the psychiatric treatment of detained patients and their rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.

S1W-20439 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19833 by Sarah Boyack on 23 November 2001, why the information requested in questions S1O-4059 and S1W-19848 was not provided in the answers to those questions on 8 and 23 November respectively and what the cost of providing each of those answers was.

S1W-20440 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19848 by Sarah Boyack on 23 November 2001, (a) on what dates since 1 March 2001 it has had meetings at which the subject of vertical integration of the rail network was discussed and (b) with which relevant bodies and individuals each such meeting was held, where and who instigated each such meeting.

S1W-20441 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19833 by Sarah Boyack on 23 November 2001, whether it will give specific details on whether it has ever been consulted by, or instigated consultation with, the Strategic Rail Authority on the allocation of the UK rail modernisation fund to railway investment projects in Scotland and, if so, whether it will detail in each case when the consultation took place, the project concerned and who instigated the consultation.

S1W-20442 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many councillors from the City of Edinburgh City Council have been appointed to non-departmental public bodies, Social Inclusion Partnerships or other publicly remunerative posts in each year since 1997 and what the (a) posts and (b) remuneration received were in each case.

S1W-20443 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any record is kept of councillors who (a) are nominated for and (b) take up remunerated posts on boards and organisations in local authorities adjacent to their own; if so, whether it will give details of any such nominations or appointments in each year since 1997, and, if not, whether it will establish such a record.

S1W-20444 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures or legislation are currently in place, or are planned, to facilitate and expedite the obtaining of statutory powers to build light rail schemes.

S1W-20445 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the reports by the Performance Audit Group, referred to in Annex E of the Report by the Auditor General for Scotland, The New Trunk Road Contract: An Examination of the Competition for the Maintenance and Management of the Trunk Road Network, will be made publicly available and placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-20446 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria the Minister for Transport and Planning used when considering the validity of objections to the draft orders for the construction of the A1 Haddington to Dunbar Expressway.

S1W-20447 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for the decision taken by the Minister for Transport and Planning that there was no need to hold a public enquiry relating to the construction of the A1 Haddington to Dunbar Expressway.

S1W-20448 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the specifications will be for the construction of access roads for emergency vehicles to the proposed A1 Haddington to Dunbar Expressway.

S1W-20449 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18697 by Sarah Boyack on 30 October 2001, whether the bid for the work on the A1 Haddington to Dunbar Expressway has been accepted and whether the final contracts have been agreed.

S1W-20450 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18698 and S1W-19839 by Sarah Boyack on 30 October and 23 November 2001, what objections were received to the draft orders for the construction of the A1 Expressway between Haddington and Dunbar.

S1W-20451 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making towards the targets set for the reduction in deaths from cervical cancer.

S1W-20452 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths from cervical cancer were recorded in each year since 1995, broken down by health board area.

S1W-20453 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18838 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 November 2001, what specific steps are being taken to assist adults aged between 50 and 65 who have retired early on small pensions and cannot afford leisure course fees.

S1W-20454 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the sale of Compound Semiconductor Technologies and why Scottish Enterprise has supported the sale under the terms agreed.

S1W-20455 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive where and on what date the advertisement for the judicial vacancy arising from the appointment of Lord Gill as Lord Justice Clerk was placed. R

S1W-20456 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were received for the judicial vacancy arising from the appointment of Lord Gill as Lord Justice Clerk. R

S1W-20457 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants for the judicial vacancy arising from the appointment of Lord Gill as Lord Justice Clerk were interviewed and on how many occasions. R

S1W-20458 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the applicants who were unsuccessful at the June 2001 meeting of the interim Selection Board applied for the judicial vacancy arising from the appointment of Lord Gill as Lord Justice Clerk. R

S1W-20459 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants to the June 2001 meeting of the interim Selection Board for judicial appointment (a) were women, (b) were from an ethnic minority, (c) held a degree from the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford, (d) had an ascendant who holds or has held judicial office in Scotland and (e) attended a State school. R

S1W-20460 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to implement funding for a national top-up to existing budgets of agri-environmental schemes under Article 51 of the rural development regulation EC 1257/1999.

S1W-20461 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has under the rural development regulation EC 1257/1999 to top-up agri-environmental schemes funds and whether it can do so without securing European match funding to cover the additional funding.

S1W-20462 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19427 by Rhona Brankin on 9 November 2001, of the fishing vessels fishing for shellfish within the six mile limit which were (a) boarded by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency and (b) reported for prosecution, how many were (i) boarded when at sea, (ii) boarded when alongside a pier, and (iii) lying at a mooring and what fishing methods was used by each boat in each category including (1) diving, (2) fishing with nets, (3) fishing with creels and (4) fishing with dredges in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S1W-20463 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vulnerable zones have been designated under EC Nitrates Directive 91/676/EEC between 1996 and 2001.

S1W-20464 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the designated vulnerable zones failed to comply with EC Nitrates Directive 91/676/EEC between 1996 and 2001.

S1W-20465 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to improve the nitrate-controlling programmes in vulnerable zones.

S1W-20466 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend the Control of Pollution Act 1974 to enable the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to tackle diffuse pollution directly.

S1W-20467 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network operates in an independent manner and how it will ensure that it continues to do so.

S1W-20468 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network has provided a single national focus for health professionals.

S1W-20469 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how successful the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network have been in providing guidance to health professionals; whether this guidance has been acted upon effectively, and what evidence there is of the clinical and cost effectiveness of this guidance and that patients are accessing the most suitable treatments.

S1W-20470 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities can consult with community councils over the allocation of Common Good Funds and, if so, what action it is taking, or plans to take, to encourage such consultation.

S1W-20471 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and other environment bodies under its control, consult on any proposals they have with local individuals, community councils and other local community groups.

S1W-20472 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive on whose initiative Tessa Jackson left office as Director of the Scottish Arts Council; whether any severance payment has been made to Ms Jackson and, if so, how much the payment is, from which budget it has been made and with whose approval.

S1W-20473 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many redundancies in Forest Enterprise Scotland are likely following the annual Harvesting and Marketing Review.

 

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