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Business Bulletin No. 178/2001

Tuesday 4 December 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 3 December 2001

  

S1W-20526 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether receipt of state benefits will be one of the criteria used to determine the contribution to expense of works of any applicant for improvement grants under Part 6 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 and, if so, what percentage of owners of former local authority housing stock bought under Right to Buy meet this criterion.

S1W-20527 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether former Scottish Homes tenants in Glasgow who bought their homes under Right to Buy will have the same eligibility as former council tenants who bought their homes under Right to Buy to apply for repair and home improvement grants following any transfer of Glasgow City Council’s housing stock and, if so, what information will be made available to them on this matter.

S1W-20586 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have received funding for animal welfare purposes over the last three years, how much such funding each organisation received, and how the funding was spent in each case.

S1W-20587 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be carrying out any random foot-and-mouth disease testing on sheep flocks over the winter period in order to protect against any re-emergence of the disease.

S1W-20588 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted any research into links between domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse.

S1W-20589 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to take any particular measures in respect of aggressive or violent adults who abuse both their families and their animals.

S1W-20590 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation on the prevention of cruelty to animals.

S1W-20591 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the outcome of the recent criminal proceedings against Andrew Aspinall, what measures it plans to take to avoid any repetition of the circumstances that led to this outcome in future cases involving abused young people.

S1W-20592 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area were arrested in the Strathclyde Police force area in each of the last three years for contravening local byelaws banning drinking in public places.

S1W-20593 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people arrested in each local authority area in the Strathclyde Police force area for contravening local byelaws banning drinking in public places had previously been arrested for the same offence.

S1W-20594 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage diversification in the rural economy of Ayrshire particularly with regard to employment opportunities other than on farms.

S1W-20595 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide farmers and agricultural workers in Ayrshire with greater access to funding for (a) skills training and support and (b) business advice and support.

S1W-20596 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to maintain the status of small farms in Ayrshire as sustainable businesses.

S1W-20597 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is undertaking in order to enhance capacity-building and self-sufficiency in rural communities in Ayrshire and improve social inclusion in such communities.

S1W-20598 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time permanent jobs have been advertised for secondary school teachers in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) subject and (b) local authority area.

S1W-20599 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount spent on the (a) Organic Aid, (b) Rural Stewardship and (c) Farm Woodlands Premium schemes was in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000.

S1W-20600 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount spent on the (a) Organic Aid, (b) Rural Stewardship and (c) Farm Woodlands Premium schemes was in each year since the introduction of modulation.

S1W-20601 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it expects to save on the (a) Organic Aid, (b) Rural Stewardship and (c) Farm Woodlands Premium schemes as a result of the introduction of modulation.

S1W-20602 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to appoint a Minister with specific responsibility for the Highlands and Islands.

S1W-20603 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.40 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, whether any new working methods have been identified and proposed by (a) Amey Highways Ltd and (b) BEAR Scotland Ltd and what the timescale for implementation is in each case.

S1W-20604 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.44 of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, why its Development Department considered that it was not necessary to take any special measures to protect the staff of its existing providers.

S1W-20605 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18626 by Lewis MacDonald on 28 November 2001, on what date the value of each Scottish Transport Group pension fund at 31 March 2001 will be available; what the estimate is of the value of each fund at 31 March 2002, and whether any increases in the value of each fund following 31 March 2000 will accrue to the fund members or to Her Majesty's Government.

S1W-20606 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18626 by Lewis MacDonald on 28 November, whether the information provided was available to it before 18 December 2000 and, if so, on what date and whether the ex-gratia payments to Scottish Transport Group pension schemes members that it announced on 18th December 2000 were discussed at any meeting of the Cabinet and, if so, on what dates.

S1W-20607 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many domestic properties in the Highlands and Islands area currently receive a 50% discount on their council tax and what the total value of this discount is.

S1W-20608 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish its Agricultural Holdings Bill.

S1W-20609 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Community Right to Buy and Crofting Community Right to Buy elements of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will come into effect.

S1W-20610 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.10 of the Appendix to Annex A of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, whether management and maintenance of trunk roads has become a less customer-oriented service under the new trunk roads maintenance contracts and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-20611 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.10 of the Appendix to Annex A of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, whether unit costs for maintaining the whole road network are likely to rise, even if it achieves lower unit costs for the trunk roads, and what the reasons are for the position on this manner.

S1W-20612 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.10 of the Appendix to Annex A of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, whether any projected rise in costs of managing and maintaining the local road network will have any impact on other public services and, if so, whether it will give details of (a) each service affected and (b) any financial impact on each service in each local authority area.

S1W-20613 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.10 of the Appendix to Annex A of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, whether any objectives of it and local authorities in respect of social inclusion, decentralisation of services and rural development have been compromised and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-20614 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.10 of the Appendix to Annex A of Audit Scotland’s The new trunk road contracts, what provision it has made to prevent any situation arising in which different organisations would have gritters and snow-clearing lorries attempting to travel on, but not being able to treat, each other’s roads, in order to reach and start work on their own roads.

S1W-20615 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to paragraph 2.10 of the Appendix to Annexe A of The new trunk road contracts, what its position is on the separate designations of roads for the purposes of determining the responsibility and funding available for the maintenance of trunk roads.

S1W-20616 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any submission it made to the consultation exercise by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on the use of national symbols on vehicle registration plates in Scotland; when any such submission was made, and what feedback it has received since.

S1W-20617 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications will be for the police and the courts of prosecuting motorists who have displayed Scottish national symbols on vehicle registration plates and whether it is aware of any guidance issued to the police and the courts on this matter in advance of the outcome of the consultation by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

S1W-20618 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what international comparative studies of educational attainment Scotland is currently participating in.

S1W-20619 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was represented at the Waste Summit hosted by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 21 November 2001 and, if so, by whom.

S1W-20620 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE4388/2001 of 21 November 2001, when it expects the first licenses to be issued for lamb exports from (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) the Scottish Borders.

 

 

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