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Business Bulletin No. 30/2002

Friday 15 February 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 14 February 2002

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S1W-23118 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has prosecuted West of Scotland Water for water pollution arising from any of its water treatment plants.

S1W-23119 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the tendering processes used in both stages 1 and 2 of the Loch Katrine Water Project; whether this process was in line with normal public sector tendering rules and procedures, and whether any savings could be made by re-tendering stage 2 of the project using a different tender process.

S1W-23120 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the surveys and assessments made concerning the energy consumption and costs of each site considered for the Loch Katrine Water Project.

S1W-23121 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation with local residents will be undertaken by West of Scotland Water during the construction of the new Milngavie water treatment plant.

S1W-23122 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland has given any opinion concerning the environmental impact of the proposed new Milngavie reservoir; whether it will detail any such opinion, and what consideration it has given and response it has made to any such opinion.

S1W-23123 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage has given any opinion concerning the environmental impact of the proposed new Milngavie reservoir; whether it will detail any such opinion, and what consideration it has given and response it has made to any such opinion.

S1W-23124 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how effective the consultation by West of Scotland Water with members of the local community, including the Friends of Milngavie Reservoir, has been during the exhibition of the proposals for the Loch Katrine Water Project.

S1W-23125 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the risk is of contamination (a) of the existing water supply from earthmoving and construction works during the construction stages of the Loch Katrine Water Project and (b) by chemicals/diesel leakage into the water supply when the project is completed.

S1W-23126 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers from Strathclyde Police additional to those normally deployed were required at the Faslane Naval Base on (a) 11 February, (b) 12 February and (c) 13 February 2002; who requested their deployment, and who will be responsible for covering the costs for this extra deployment.

S1W-23127 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers from Strathclyde Police additional to those normally deployed have been deployed to police the perimeter of the Faslane Naval Base in each of the past 12 months; who requested their deployment, and for what reasons.

S1W-23128 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for operational support at the Faslane Naval Base Strathclyde Police received from the Ministry of Defence in each of the past 12 months, detailing the circumstances on each occasion.

S1W-23129 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been paid to Strathclyde Police by the Ministry of Defence to cover the costs of policing events associated with the Faslane Naval Base in each of the past 12 months.

S1W-23130 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has cost Strathclyde Police to police the Faslane Naval Base in each of the past 12 months.

S1W-23131 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice took into account, and upon whose advice he relied, when he considered the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill to be within the legislative competence of the Parliament.

S1W-23132 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the consultation into the structure of area tourist boards.

S1W-23133 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the deadline is for applications for assistance under the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2001.

S1W-23134 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what emphasis it places on the perspective of the consumer when formulating and developing policies and strategies for the knowledge economy.

S1W-23135 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken in order to promote awareness of digital television.

S1W-23136 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what average data speed is achieved in rural and remote areas.

S1W-23137 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to measure performance in achieving digital inclusion targets by utilising benchmarking and monitoring techniques currently being developed within the European Union.

S1W-23138 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of the term "universal access" used in the report, Digital Inclusion: connecting Scotland’s people.

S1W-23139 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive which (a) rural and (b) semi-rural areas currently have no access to cable services.

S1W-23140 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when any (a) compulsory purchase orders and (b) parliamentary consents in respect of the proposed Milngavie to Larkhall line will expire and what action it plans to take on this matter.

S1W-23141 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of proposals to open the market for postal services on the level of unemployment.

S1W-23142 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be represented at the UN Special Session on Children on 8-10 May 2002.

S1W-23143 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been registered on the Child Protection Register in each of the last five years.

S1W-23144 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many referral schemes for arrests in which drugs and/or alcohol feature significantly are currently in place; how many referrals under such schemes have been made in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001 and how many clients so referred have kept the appointment made at the time of arrest.

S1W-23145 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people regularly drink above recommended limits.

S1W-23146 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of men to women currently referred to the Counselling and Support Service for Alcohol and Drugs.

S1W-23147 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken in order to protect GPs and their support staff from violent or aggressive patients visiting their surgeries.

S1W-23148 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken in order to protect GPs from violent or aggressive patients when making home visits.

S1W-23149 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Pressure Audit, carried out for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, will be made public.

S1W-23150 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes in the provision of welfare officers are planned in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and over what timescale any such changes are to be made.

S1W-23151 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what stress prevention and management measures operate within the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

S1W-23152 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service plans to adopt any training programmes to help staff to avoid stress and manage its consequences and over what timescale any such programmes will be implemented.

S1W-23153 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessments have been made, or are being planned, of the number of computer workstations required by staff in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

S1W-23154 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how responsibility for strategic planning and planning for change in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is allocated.

S1W-23155 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are made by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to provide relief staff to cover periods when staff are on vacation, attending training courses or absent through illness.

S1W-23156 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times staff in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have been rewarded as a result of the implementation of a suggestion from a member of staff which was offered through a staff suggestion scheme since 1999.

S1W-23157 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have a public relations policy.

S1W-23158 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what publications staff vacancies in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are advertised.

S1W-23159 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether people with a severe and irreversible vision impairment living alone in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency area should be housed on the upper floors of a tower block; whether there are any safety implications for such persons in the event of a fire or any other emergency; what action it will take in order to address any such situation, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-23160 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency area have (a) been waiting for sheltered housing placements and (b) were provided with such a placement in each of the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years.

S1W-23161 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits will be from the installation of the Future Office System (FOS) in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

S1W-23162 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what management responsibilities legal staff in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have and what management training is provided to such staff.

S1W-23163 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Health Technology Board for Scotland will eradicate any inequality of access to medicines through the issuing of guidance alone and whether it has any plans to make such guidance statutory in line with the rulings by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

S1W-23164 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients in all NHS board areas will have access to all drugs and treatments for Alzheimer's disease as recommended in the Health Technology Board for Scotland's Comment 1, Comment on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Technology Appraisal Guidance on the use of donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

S1W-23165 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive who would accept any legal liability for any medical damage caused by fluoridation of the water supply.

S1W-23166 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will re-evaluate its breast cancer awareness publicity in the light of research published in the British Journal of Cancer on 13 February 2002 suggesting that women are more susceptible to breast cancer if they have their first child later in life or if they commence menstruation at an early age.

S1W-23167 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to respond to research on breast cancer published in the British Journal of Cancer on 13 February 2002.

S1W-23168 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether materials used in its breast cancer awareness campaign draw attention to the increased risks of susceptibility reported in the British Journal of Cancer on 13 February 2002.

S1W-23169 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effectiveness of materials used in its breast cancer awareness campaign.

S1W-23170 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive against what measures it assesses the effectiveness of materials used in its breast cancer awareness campaign.

S1W-23171 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Historic Scotland has set any target timescales for becoming an independent body in terms of direct funding and support from the Executive.

S1W-23172 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what staff suggestion schemes are available in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and how many suggestions have been (a) received, (b) implemented and (c) held for further consideration, all since 1999, subject to the information being provided at a proportionate cost.

S1W-23173 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trained Information System/Information Technology staff are employed to develop and support computer systems in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

S1W-23174 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are made by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in order to enable staff in regional offices to meet senior staff on a regular basis.

S1W-23176 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service operate a discretionary bonus scheme and what proportion of the salary budget is allocated to any such scheme.

S1W-23177 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22137 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 February 2002 on the compliance of NHS Trusts with guidance from Audit Scotland on the employment of bank and agency nurses, whether all 36 trusts confirmed that they were complying with the guidance.

S1W-23178 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive why only 22 Trusts provided information to Audit Scotland on the amount spent on bank and agency nursing between 1995-96 and 1997-98.

S1W-23179 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS Trust was unable to provide The Accounts Commission for Scotland with data from its local audit for the year 1997-98 concerning its expenditure on bank and agency nursing staff.

S1W-23180 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to discussions between it and representatives of the fishing industry on the EU technical conservation regulations under the cod recovery plan before the issuing of guidance on the regulations to fishing licence holders in November 2001, whether there was any disagreement between it and representatives of the industry and to what issues any such disagreement related.

S1W-23181 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions are taking place with the European Commission about the impact of the EU minimum price regulations for imports from Norway on the salmon industry in Scotland.

 

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