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Business Bulletin No. 50/2002

Friday 22 March 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 21 March 2002

  

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

S1W-24239 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to extend trunk road status to the A83 from Kennacraig to Campbeltown.

S1W-24253 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to adult male survivors of childhood abuse.

S1W-24254 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how the decision of the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) that no errors were made by SCRO officers in the Shirley McKie case can be reconciled with previous statements by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and the Lord Advocate on this matter.

S1W-24255 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that Shirley McKie is paid suitable and fair compensation for the damage to her reputation, career, life and health caused by the false evidence given in her trial regarding fingerprint identification and, given that the court case took place in 1999, whether it will ensure that such payment is paid without further delay.

S1W-24256 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been done to show whether there is any adverse economic effect on local and national businesses caused by delays at bridge toll booths.

S1W-24257 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, and what percentage, of the money collected from tolls on the Forth Road Bridge was diverted to finance matters not directly concerned with the management of the bridge in each of the past three years.

S1W-24258 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its current proposals are in relation to the Forth Road Bridge including any plans for the future management of the bridge and the removal of toll charges, and whether it is currently consulting, or plans to consult, on any such plans and, if so, with whom.

S1W-24259 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the future funding of the maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge and its approach roads and whether the cost of such maintenance will be financed from road maintenance budgets or other budgets.

S1W-24260 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tinnitus sufferers there currently are in (a) the Banff and Buchan parliamentary constituency and (b) Scotland.

S1W-24261 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on treatment of tinnitus sufferers in (a) 1998-1999, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01, broken down by NHS board.

S1W-24262 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any self-help groups for tinnitus sufferers in (a) the north east of Scotland and (b) the Highlands area and whether there are any plans to increase the number of such groups.

S1W-24263 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reaching its target to reduce the standardised mortality rate from all cancers in people under 75 years old by 20%.

S1W-24264 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how the monies from the annual extra tobacco tax revenues have been spent in each year to date and what plans it has for spending these revenues in future.

S1W-24265 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it expects to receive from Her Majesty’s Government in extra tobacco tax revenues between 2001 and 2004.

S1W-24266 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual adult rates of smoking were in each year from 1995 to date.

S1W-24267 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what method it is using to record people’s dietary activity.

S1W-24268 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what progress it is making towards its targets to (i) double the average consumption of fruit and vegetables; (ii) increase by nearly half the intake of bread (mainly wholemeal); (iii) double the daily intake of breakfast cereals; (iv) reduce the proportion of total fat and of saturated fat by over 5%; (v) reduce average salt intake by over a third; (vi) halve child intake of non-milk sugar; (vii) increase the intake of non-sugar carbohydrates by a quarter; and (viii) double the consumption of oily fish as referred to in its report Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change, and (b) what the current level of intake is in each of these categories.

S1W-24269 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to the National Diet Action Co-ordinator over the next three years and what major initiatives are planned.

S1W-24270 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) men and (b) women between the ages of 16 and 64 were (i) moderately active and (ii) vigorously active, as referred to in Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change, in (1) 1997, (2) 1998, (3) 1999, (4) 2000 and (5) 2001.

S1W-24271 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the membership of the National Physical Activity Taskforce is; when it is next scheduled to meet, and what measures it uses to assess how it has raised the levels of regular physical activity amongst all age groups.

S1W-24272 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the Scottish Cancer Group has met since its inception, what its remit is and what advice it has issued to date.

S1W-24273 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in developing a co-ordinated IT system to improve the call/recall arrangements for cervical cancer screening.

S1W-24274 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set up an expert advisory group to advise its Health Department on the outcomes of research into chemo-prevention of cancer and, if so, how many times it is scheduled to meet in the next year, what the membership of the group is and what reports it has produced to date.

S1W-24275 Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken, with regard to its website, to use infobot technology to speed up responses to the electorate on general issues.

S1W-24276 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has received to support the post office network in deprived urban areas and how this funding will be utilised.

S1W-24277 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether information on children outwith the state school system will be included in the Scottish Exchange for Education Data.

S1W-24278 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the information gathered through the Scottish Exchange for Education Data will be used solely for statistical purposes or whether information identifiable to individuals will be held and, if the latter, what mechanisms will be put in place in order to ensure individual confidentiality; how it will ensure that any such mechanisms are transparent and that the use of such information is open to challenge by the individuals to whom it relates, and how such individuals will be able to make themselves aware that their individual record had been consulted.

S1W-24279 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning will reply to my letter of 30 January 2002 regarding my constituent Mr D Thomson of Macduff.

S1W-24280 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care will reply to my letter dated 30 January 2002 regarding my constituent Mrs A Anderson of Macduff.

S1W-24281 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made regarding Rate Relief for Small Businesses: Consultation Paper, issued in 2001.

S1W-24282 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23348 by Mr Jim Wallace on 19 March 2002, whether it made inquiries to North Lanarkshire Council to obtain the information requested on the number of police attendances at residential care facilities in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency prior to providing that answer and, if so, which departments it contacted and on what dates, and whether the information requested will be made available and, if so, when, giving the reasons for its response.

S1W-24283 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23458 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, when the offers it received for the buildings of former HM Prison Penninghame will no longer be subject to the "commercial in confidence" requirement.

S1W-24284 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23460 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, when the buildings at former HM Prison Penninghame were first placed on the open market and where the sale was advertised.

S1W-24285 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23460 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, whether the sale of buildings at former HM Prison Penninghame was re-advertised after the buildings were first placed on the market and, if so, where it was re-advertised.

S1W-24286 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23460 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, what closing date for offers in respect of the sale of buildings at former HM Prison Penninghame was advertised at the time of the buildings first being placed on the open market.

S1W-24287 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23460 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, whether the buildings at former HM Prison Penninghame were ever withdrawn from the market and, if so, how many times and what the reasons were in each case.

S1W-24288 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23460 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, how many offers for buildings at HM Prison Penninghame were received by the closing date originally advertised at the time of the buildings first being placed on the open market.

S1W-24289 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23460 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, whether the buildings at former HM Prison Penninghame were placed again on the open market following any withdrawal from sale; if so, how many times and, in each case, whether a new closing date for offers in respect of the sale was set and how many offers were received by each such closing date.

S1W-24290 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to bring nursing degree students currently in their second and third years of study within the revised financial support arrangements due to be introduced in Autumn 2002 whereby only first and second year students will benefit from the introduction of a non-means-tested bursary, and how it will ensure that such students are not financially disadvantaged in relation to these new arrangements.

S1W-24291 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the mechanism is for evaluating the "Know The Score" strategy and what criteria will be applied in the evaluation process.

S1W-24292 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 6.3 million allocated to the "Know The Score" strategy will be allocated to treatment and rehabilitation services.

S1W-24293 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the "Know The Score" local communication strategy will be in place.

S1W-24294 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of the distribution of funding allocated to the "Know The Score" strategy.

S1W-24295 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of funding for drug treatment and rehabilitation services was in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-01 and (f) 2001-02, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24296 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of funding for anti-drug measures was in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

S1W-24297 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when it received the draft Structure Plan covering the Stirling area and when it will issue its decision on the plan.

S1W-24298 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for a young person to be placed in the Young People’s Unit.

S1W-24299 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23288 by Mr Jim Wallace on 20 March 2002, when it will report to (a) the Justice Committees and (b) the Parliament on its conclusions from its consultation exercise on Huts and Hutters and the report on the Carbeth Hutters by the former Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

S1W-24300 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can clarify what was meant by its spokesman’s comment that "the situation was under review" as reported in The Scotsman on 14 March 2002 in relation to the incomplete work of the Bathing Waters Review Panel.

S1W-24301 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its forthcoming Bathing Water Strategy will result in the award of designated status to the eight currently undesignated beaches which were recently presented with a Seaside Award.

S1W-24302 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Bathing Waters Review Panel will have any input into the forthcoming Bathing Water Strategy and whether the strategy will set out a programme for completing the unfinished work of the Bathing Waters Review Panel as required by the European Directive on Bathing Waters 76/160/EEC.

S1W-24303 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the reopened waiting lists for clinical psychology and dietetics detailed in the report Review of Learning Disability Services in Forth Valley by the Scottish Health Advisory Service in December 2001, what steps are being taken in order to guarantee that a waiting list place is available for any patient who needs it.

S1W-24304 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Auditor General for Scotland will publish the results of the inquiry into the management of NHS waiting lists and whether the inquiry will include the reopened waiting lists for clinical psychology and dietetics detailed in the report Review of Learning Disability Services in Forth Valley by the Scottish Health Advisory Service in December 2001.

S1W-24305 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S1W-23283 by Mr Jim Wallace on 20 March 2002 regarding security in the woodwork shed at HM Prison Kilmarnock, whether the Executive endorses the position of Tony Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) that the "SPS is satisfied with the performance of the establishment" in view of the report in the Scottish Daily Mail on 11 March 2002 regarding a claw-hammer attack on an inmate in the shed.

S1W-24306 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the appropriate level of chiropody and podiatry services which should be commissioned by each Primary Care NHS Trust.

S1W-24307 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it plans to provide regarding the appropriate level of chiropody and podiatry services which should be commissioned by each Primary Care NHS Trust.

S1W-24308 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the implications for the provision of chiropody and podiatry services in the NHS following the publication of the guidelines relating to the Scottish Diabetes Framework.

S1W-24309 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many chiropodists and podiatrists were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S1W-24310 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people consulted a chiropodist and/or a podiatrist in each of the last five years for which figures are available, expressed also as a percentage of the population.

S1W-24311 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to issue guidance regarding the minimum level of chiropody and podiatry services which should be available to patients from the NHS.

S1W-24312 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors, or plans to monitor, the level of patients’ satisfaction with the NHS’s chiropody and podiatry services.

S1W-24313 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of any increase in the quality of life resulting from effective foot health care provision to (a) children, (b) elderly people and (c) other adults in the last (i) five years and (ii) 10 years.

S1W-24314 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out into the need for chiropody and podiatry services.

S1W-24315 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of any local and regional variations in the provision of chiropody and podiatry treatment by the NHS.

S1W-24316 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Health and Community Care will make a Ministerial statement on any local and/or regional variations in the provision of chiropody and podiatry treatment by the NHS.

S1W-24317 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) new courses of podiatry and chiropody treatment were started and (b) individual podiatry patients were treated in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24318 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost currently is of chiropody/podiatry treatment by (a) a GP, (b) a nurse, (c) a consultant, (d) a chiropodist/podiatrist.

S1W-24319 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost currently is of a foot operation when undertaken by (a) an orthopaedic surgeon and (b) a podiatric surgeon.

S1W-24320 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many foot operations in the NHS in Scotland have been undertaken by (a) orthopaedic surgeons and (b) podiatric surgeons in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24321 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation it has made of the feasibility of re-opening the railway line between Dunfermline and Alloa.

S1W-24322 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimation it has made of the cost of extending the Alloa to Stirling rail link to Dunfermline.

S1W-24323 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any off-the-record briefing of journalists about the outcome of the Prison Estates Review took place prior to 17 March 2002, and if not, whether it will undertake an investigation of the Scottish Prison Service to determine whether any member or members of staff leaked details of the review to the media.

S1W-24324 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15440 by Sarah Boyack on 11 May 2001, whether the cost of the M74 northern extension will still be allocated in the same proportions as indicated in that answer; whether a procurement method for the project has been selected; what the latest estimated cost of the project is, and what the projected date is for the commencement of the project.

S1W-24325 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12506 by Sarah Boyack on 25 April 2001, whether it is now in a position to provide details of how the Public/Private Partnership (PPP) proposed for the A77/M77 upgrade (Malletsheugh-Fenwick) will differ from that used for the Paddy's Rickle Bridge-Cleuchbrae phase of the M74 and whether the A77/M77 PPP is intended to include operation and maintenance of any section of the A77/M77 corridor other than that to be constructed.

S1W-24326 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority was originally attached to each trunk road improvement project identified in the Route Action Plan (RAP) for the A77 South of Ayr and whether any of these projects have been (a) abandoned (b) substantially amended or (c) re-programmed as a result of the recent review of the RAP.

S1W-24327 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will collate and publish the figures for fatal road accidents in each of the last ten years and make these available to the Transport Research Laboratory for its study of the working of the Road Traffic Act 1991.

 

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