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Business Bulletin No. 42/2002

Tuesday 12 March 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 11 March 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-23972 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE1903/2000 of 28 June 2000, what role it has played in the allocation and distribution of funding for post offices in deprived urban areas; how much funding has been made available; whether any further funding will be made available and, if so, (a) when, (b) by whom and (c) on what criteria such funding (i) was or (ii) will be distributed.

S1W-23973 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding it plans to make available for the marketing of Scotland overseas following the publication of its Tourism Framework for Action.

S1W-23974 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to increase the number of direct flights to Scotland following the publication of its Tourism Framework for Action and what additional budget will be allocated for this purpose.

S1W-23975 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of commissioning the review by PricewaterhouseCoopers of non-clinical services in NHS Grampian.

S1W-23976 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many people are employed at the (a) headquarters and (b) other offices of each European Union agency based in Scotland.

S1W-23977 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what issues were discussed at the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on 7 March 2002, who attended the meeting and what the outcome was.

S1W-23978 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive on the basis of how many samples taken in each catchment area in the proposed Aberdeenshire, Banff and Buchan Nitrate Vulnerable Zone, designation of the zone was proposed.

S1W-23979 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive on the basis of how many samples taken in each catchment area in the proposed Strathmore Nitrate Vulnerable Zone, designation of the zone was proposed.

S1W-23980 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the Scottish Environment Protection Agency monitoring sites located in the proposed Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in the North-east Scotland parliamentary region.

S1W-23981 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how the success of each prison is measured with regard to rehabilitation.

S1W-23982 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recidivism rates are for each prison and how such rates are measured.

S1W-23983 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) current average waiting times are and (b) size of each waiting list is for prescriptions for (i) methadone and (ii) other drug substitutes in each NHS board and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last five years.

S1W-23984 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for (a) methadone (b) other drug substitutes have been issued (i) so far this year and (ii) in each of the last five years in each NHS board area.

S1W-23985 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug misusers have been registered in each NHS board area (a) so far this year and (b) in each of the last five years and, in each case, what percentage of such misusers are prescribed (i) methadone and (ii) other drug substitutes.

S1W-23986 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is given to members of the Children’s Panels in order for them to detect and understand the needs of children (a) with Asperger’s syndrome, (b) on the autistic spectrum and (c) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

S1W-23987 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants are currently on secondment to external organisations; what the nature is of each such organisation, and how long each secondment will last.

S1W-23988 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees of external organisations are currently on secondment to it; to which department each such employee is seconded, and how long each secondment will last.

S1W-23989 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants in senior grades (a) are women, (b) have a disability and (c) are from ethnic minorities.

S1W-23990 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure diversity of employees in the senior grades of the civil service and what specific targets have been set in respect of the number of (a) women, (b) people with disabilities and (c) people from ethnic minorities employed in such grades.

S1W-23991 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in developing its anti-racism campaign.

S1W-23992 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the successful bids for digital communities.

S1W-23993 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take on plans by the Lord Lyon for schools to pay fees in respect of school badges and crests.

S1W-23994 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, and what percentage of, its IT equipment has been lost in each of the past three years, broken down by Department.

S1W-23995 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial grant or loan assistance "The Big Idea" in Irvine has received since it opened in 2000.

S1W-23996 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20724 by Ross Finnie on 20 December 2001, when it will make an announcement on what additional funding will be allocated to local authorities to help with the storage of old refrigerators and freezers.

S1W-23997 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-4360 by Ross Finnie on 20 December 2001, whether technical standards for the storage and treatment of refrigerators and freezers have now been prepared.

S1W-23998 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities are currently storing domestic refrigerators and freezers following the introduction of EC Regulation 2037/2000 and what is the cost of this to each local authority.

S1W-23999 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods are currently available to local authorities for the safe disposal and treatment of end-of-life refrigerators and freezers following the introduction of EC Regulation 2037/2000.

S1W-24000 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is currently being given to local authorities with regard to the storage and/or treatment of end-of-life refrigerators following the introduction of EC Regulation 2037/2000.

S1W-24001 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with regard to the establishment of a facility which will recycle refrigerators and freezers in accordance with EC Regulation 2037/2000.

S1W-24002 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-4360 by Ross Finnie on 20 December 2001, what comparative information it holds which other EC countries are in a similar position in respect of the implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000.

S1W-24003 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was first aware of EC Regulation 2037/2000 and what preparations were made for its implementation.

S1W-24004 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice has been given to businesses interested on establishing facilities which will recycle refrigerators and freezers in accordance with EC Regulation 2037/2000.

S1W-24005 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many refrigerators and freezers are currently estimated to be stored by local authorities.

S1W-24006 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many refrigerators and freezers are estimated to be discarded each year in Scotland.

S1W-24007 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14599 by Sarah Boyack on 23 April 2001, whether it will give details of the expenditure currently planned for (a) each trunk roads project named in that answer and (b) any new such projects in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.

S1W-24008 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-665 by Mr Jack McConnell on 6 September 1999, what the capital and revenue expenditure by each local authority was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02.

S1W-24009 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reached any conclusions in its review of the A77 Route Action Plan in relation to existing proposals for Ayr-Minishant, Minishant-Maybole, Maybole-Kirkoswald, Haggstone-Council Boundary, Ardwell-Slockenray and Auchencrosh-Carloch and, in respect of further consideration for future implementation, which of these schemes have been (a) retained, (b) ruled out, (c) replaced by alternative schemes and (d) radically redesigned or re-costed.

S1W-24010 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any projects identified for implementation on the A75 trunk road have been identified as being suitable for Trans-European Network funding and whether any application has been made for European funding in respect of any of these projects.

S1W-24011 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities on (a) the circumstances in which it is appropriate for the transfer of revenue balances or capital reserves between their Housing Revenue Accounts and General Funds and (b) the extent of charges to Housing Revenue Accounts for services provided to them by central departments.

S1W-24012 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Provisional Outturn and Budget Estimates, or any other returns by local authorities, identify (a) planned or (b) actual transfers of balances or reserves between local authorities' Housing Revenue Accounts and General Funds; whether such transfers are subject to the permission of the Scottish Ministers, and whether it will give details, using current prices, of all such transfers approved by ministers or reported by local authorities, in respect of each authority, for each year since the current local authorities came into existence.

 

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