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Business Bulletin No. 176/2001

Thursday 29 November 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 28 November 2001

  

S1W-20474 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the incidence of lung disease.

S1W-20475 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any guidance has been issued to retailers regarding the sale of refrigerators in light of the advice issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

S1W-20476 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each health board has spent on computer network software licences in the current year.

S1W-20477 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19889 by Sarah Boyack on 26 November 2001, why it did not provide a detailed response to the question and how much it spent on answering the question.

S1W-20478 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on its project on the Scottish regional scenarios of climate change.

S1W-20479 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the findings of the Scottish regional scenarios of climate change project will be published.

S1W-20480 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive when the detailed climate change model for Scotland will be made available.

S1W-20481 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have in respect of appointing litter wardens and what resources are available to authorities to help meet the cost of making such appointments.

S1W-20482 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what authority litter wardens have to issue penalties to those who litter public places.

S1W-20483 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence led to the suspension of Individual Learning Accounts on 23 November 2001.

S1W-20484 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what systems were in place to track any false claimants of Individual Learning Accounts.

S1W-20485 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides in rural areas to activities to divert young people from offending behaviour.

S1W-20486 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive a response from the Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit following its meeting with Tayside Police to determine whether remedial safety measures need to be implemented on the A90 at Friarton Bridge.

S1W-20487 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to promote the teaching of countryside based skills such as gamekeeping in schools.

S1W-20488 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to protect rural schools from the threat of closure.

S1W-20489 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17603 by Mr Jack McConnell on 14 September 2001, what progress has been made with the review of swimming provision available to school pupils with particular regard to any findings in respect of such provision in the Aberdeenshire Council area.

S1W-20490 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of publishing, printing and distributing (a) its Social Justice Report 2001: A Scotland Where Everyone Matters and (b) the supplements to that report and how many copies of each have been printed.

S1W-20491 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what response time to letters from MSPs should be achieved by the Procurator Fiscal service and what arrangements it is making to ensure that MSPs get timeous replies.

S1W-20492 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the delay in replying to my letters concerning Mr John Doyle sent to the Procurator Fiscal’s office in Kilmarnock.

S1W-20493 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary question to question S1O-4155 by Rhona Brankin on 22 November 2001, whether it has any plans to review its policy on new nuclear power stations.

S1W-20494 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19542 by Jackie Baillie on 26 November 2001, what the breakdown was of the 70,000 spent on establishing Communities Scotland, including payments to outside consultants.

S1W-20495 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19542 by Jackie Baillie on 26 November 2001, which external consultants were employed to help establish Communities Scotland; what specific help the consultants provided, and whether the consultants gained the contract through open competition.

S1W-20496 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to prevent young people becoming involved with drugs.

S1W-20497 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent in the financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01 on measures to prevent young people becoming involved with drugs in (a) Inverclyde and (b) throughout Scotland.

S1W-20498 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent per head of population in the financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01 on measures to prevent young people becoming involved with drugs in (a) Inverclyde and (b) throughout Scotland.

S1W-20499 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be spent in the financial year 2001-02 on measures to prevent young people becoming involved with drugs in (a) Inverclyde and (b) throughout Scotland.

S1W-20500 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be spent per head of population in the financial year 2001-02 on measures to prevent young people becoming involved with drugs in (a) Inverclyde and (b) throughout Scotland.

S1W-20501 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the level of resources allocated to local authority and health board areas to combat drug abuse will reflect the findings of its research, Estimating National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Misuse in Scotland, published on 15 November 2001.

S1W-20504 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what teleradiology facilities are available to patients in Stornoway, to which mainland hospital any such facilities are linked and whether the current operation of any such service is successful.

S1W-20505 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Education and Young People will consider visiting Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife in the near future.

S1W-20506 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive which Minister has responsibility for fisheries following the ministerial reshuffle.

S1W-20507 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why its Development Department considered that it did not need a quality:price ratio when assessing tenders for trunk road maintenance contracts, as reported in paragraph 1.51 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts.

S1W-20508 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why its Development Department’s initial assessment was that it was not clear that each bidder’s tendered final quality proposals for trunk road maintenance contracts fully met the required quality threshold, as reported in paragraph 1.62 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts.

S1W-20509 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why its Development Department clarified aspects of each bidder’s quality proposals with the knowledge of the initial results of the financial assessment of bids, as reported in paragraph 1.63 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts.

S1W-20510 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why there was no opportunity for bidders for trunk road maintenance contracts to offer innovative proposals from the outset of the contracts involving any change in the level of service or the work specifications, as reported in paragraph 2.14 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts.

S1W-20511 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Development Department has on any occasion (a) stepped in to remedy any default in respect of non-compliance by any operating company with any aspect of its trunk road maintenance contract, (b) recovered any costs incurred by taking such action from the operating company and (c) claimed an additional 12.5% in addition to any such costs from the operating company as permitted by the terms of the contract outlined in paragraph 2.24 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts and, if so, whether it will give specific details of each occasion.

S1W-20512 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.25 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, what internal guidance it has established to help clarify circumstances where contract termination may be warranted, why such guidance was not established at the outset of the contracts and on what date the development of any such guidance was completed.

S1W-20513 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.26 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, whether its Development Department has levied any lane occupation charges on any companies operating trunk roads maintenance contracts at any time since 1 April 2001 and, if so, whether it will give details of (a) each company involved, (b) (i) the amount and (ii) the date and (c) the default that resulted in each such charge.

S1W-20514 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.35 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, why Amey Highways Ltd and BEAR (Scotland) Ltd did not meet the initial performance requirement of the trunk roads maintenance contracts to have ready a computerised management information system by 1 April 2001.

S1W-20515 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the financial sanctions taken against the companies operating the trunk roads maintenance contracts referred to in paragraph 2.36 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, what the value of each sanction was; in respect of which contractor each sanction was taken, and what the reasons were for taking such sanctions and not terminating the contracts.

S1W-20516 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) proposes to use to eradicate mink from the Western Isles; what alternative methods were considered; why these alternatives were discounted; whether the methods chosen will be adequate and, if not, what plans it has to enhance them; how it will ensure value for money in the 1.65 million public funding for the Hebridean Mink Project, and whether it has any plans to consider combining the proposed methods of SNH with those used by the Icelandic Government to remove mink from the vicinity of their eider farms whereby dogs are used to locate individual animals at which point they are removed by either shooting or digging out.

S1W-20517 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) raven, (b) buzzard and (c) dotterell population was in each of the past five years and what the predicted populations are for each of the next five years.

S1W-20518 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on maintaining (a) local authority and (b) trunk roads in the Mid Scotland and Fife parliamentary constituency in each of the past three years, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-20519 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the sale of Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd will enhance the commercialisation of university research and, if so, in what ways.

S1W-20520 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it, or any other bodies on its behalf, have held regarding the decision to sell Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd and what parties attended any such meetings.

S1W-20521 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money Scottish Enterprise, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow have each invested in Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd in each year since it was formed.

S1W-20522 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for the decision to pass Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd into private ownership.

S1W-20523 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect wild plants and their habitats.

S1W-20524 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it provides to prospective homeowners who currently rent from a registered social landlord or local authority on the maintenance requirements of owning a home.

S1W-20525 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure any valuations of large scale voluntary transfers by Communities Scotland make provision for irrecoverable costs associated with any repairs to owner-occupiers’ property held in common with rented Housing Association stock.

S1W-20528 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the grant-aided funding of specialist schools will continue beyond 2002-03.

S1W-20529 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the funding provision under the National Grid for Learning to (a) specialist schools and (b) specialist schools in the voluntary sector was in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02 and will be in 2002-03, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-20530 Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive how many eviction decrees were granted, and how many of these were in respect of anti-social behaviour, in the periods (a) April to June 2001 and (b) July to September 2001, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-20531 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19105 by Iain Gray on 26 November 2001, what steps it is taking to monitor the incidence and frequency of "lock-ups" at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Cornton Vale and at all prisons and young offenders institutions.

S1W-20532 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14979 by Iain Gray on 11 June 2001, what plans it has to introduce legislation to provide greater protection for hutters.

S1W-20533 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland, The new trunk road contracts, and what action it plans to take as a result.

S1W-20534 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether 50 inmates at Glenochil Young Offenders Institution have been decanted to the young offenders institutions at Dumfries and Polmont due to staff shortages as a result of the new staff attendance system and, if so, what action it plans to take, and when, to address this situation.

 

 

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