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Business Bulletin No. 71/2002

Thursday 2 May 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 1 May 2002

  

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

S1W-25519 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the oil and gas industry regarding the economic and other effects of the new 10% supplementary charge to the existing corporation tax on oil and gas company profits announced in the UK Budget 2002 and whether it will detail any follow-up action it plans to take.

S1W-25520 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted prior to the announcement in the UK Budget 2002 of those fiscal measures which impact on oil and gas company profits and, if so, what response it gave and, if not, when it was first informed.

S1W-25521 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the new 10% supplementary charge to the existing corporation tax on oil and gas company profits announced in the UK Budget 2002 will have on the Scottish economy.

S1W-25522 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in support of a postponement of the new 10% supplementary charge to the existing corporation tax on oil and gas company profits announced in the UK Budget 2002 until a full economic impact assessment and consultation with the oil and gas industry has been carried out and whether it will seek any amendment to this scheme.

S1W-25523 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the forthcoming report on marine stewardship will be published.

S1W-25524 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Report of the MMR Expert Group, whether any official guidance will be issued on the administering of single vaccines and on the length of time that should elapse between each vaccine, particularly in the case of measles, mumps and rubella vaccines.

S1W-25525 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether interim anti-social behaviour orders, proposed in section 38 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, will initiate the issue of a notice under section 35, subsections (1) to (3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.

S1W-25526 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the consequences will be for tenants if interim anti-social behaviour orders are linked to security of tenure under section 35, subsections (1) to (3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.

S1W-25527 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reintroduce the ring-fencing of local authority capital funds for non-housing revenue account spending on housing grants, in the light of the statement in paragraph 69.5.1 of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force, that "expenditure on improvement and repair grants has fallen by 40% in the past five years".

S1W-25528 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make any additional funds available to local authority non-housing revenue account housing expenditure in the light of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force.

S1W-25529 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to encourage a growth in the private rented sector to create a wider availability of property in this sector and encourage market forces to ensure that rental price better reflects the quality, rather than simply the scarcity, of each property, in the light of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force.

S1W-25530 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to remove the remaining rent controls on private sector landlords, in the light of the conclusion in Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force, that "the remaining rent controls in the regulated (private rented) sector may be acting as a significant disincentive to investment by landlords to improve conditions in the sector".

S1W-25531 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the size threshold stipulated for the mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), in the light of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force and any anecdotal evidence that the reclassification of smaller properties as HMOs is reducing the availability and number of bed spaces available in private rented property.

S1W-25532 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to tackle urban expansion at the east end of the Dundee City Council boundary.

S1W-25533 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking, or plans to take, against land speculators who submit planning applications for greenfield sites that are contrary to existing zoned development plans.

S1W-25534 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what national planning regulations there are for the provision of education in relation to new housing developments in urban areas.

S1W-25535 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to maintain the integrity of local authority structure plans with regard to development in local authority areas.

S1W-25536 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has investigated the costs of buying the Skye Bridge; if so, how much the bridge would cost and whether this would represent best value for money.

S1W-25537 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are currently employed in each local authority area.

S1W-25538 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average salary is for a nursery teacher on entering the profession.

S1W-25539 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether nursery teachers’ salaries are subject to regular appraisal and, if so, through what mechanism.

S1W-25540 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery nurses are currently employed in each local authority area.

S1W-25541 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average salary is for a nursery nurse on entering the profession.

S1W-25542 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how salary increases are determined for nursery nurses.

S1W-25543 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the response to nursery nurses’ pay claim has reached.

S1W-25544 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements are planned to the Freight Facilities Grants scheme in the light of statements in the recent report by MDS Transmodal, which it commissioned, regarding taxpayers’ value for money.

S1W-25545 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24458 by Mr Andy Kerr on 23 April 2002, how effective efforts have been to (a) raise awareness within the organisation, (b) diversity proof personnel processes and (c) undertake outreach work with under represented groups.

S1W-25546 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24458 by Mr Andy Kerr on 23 April 2002, whether it will make annual reports to the Parliament about progress on the implementation of its Diversity Strategy.

S1W-25547 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24458 by Andy Kerr on 23 April 2002, what role civil service trade unions have in implementing the Diversity Strategy.

S1W-25548 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24446 by Wendy Alexander on 16 April 2002, what particular aspect of sex discrimination legislation would specifically be contravened by targeting the microcredit programme exclusively at women.

S1W-25549 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24446 by Wendy Alexander on 16 April 2002 and with regard to its news release SE0645/2000 of 8 March 2000, why the microcredit programme is no longer targeted solely at women given that there have been no substantive changes to sex discrimination legislation in respect of this issue since the programme was announced.

S1W-25550 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority annual report and accounts for 2000-01 will be laid before the Parliament.

S1W-25551 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on (a) the number of applications received by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority under the 1996 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme from victims of criminal injuries resident in Scotland and (b) the rate of processing of such applications.

S1W-25552 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on (a) the number of outstanding applications submitted in each year to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority under the non-statutory Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which came into operation on 1 February 1990, from victims of criminal injuries resident in Scotland and (b) the rate of processing of such applications by the authority.

S1W-25553 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the number of hearings adjourned since 1 January 2002 of applications for criminal injuries compensation in respect of victims of criminal injuries resident in Scotland under (a) the non-statutory Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which came into operation on 1 February 1990 and (b) the 1996 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

S1W-25554 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the number of members of the Law Society of Scotland employed for the determination of applications for compensation by victims of criminal injuries in each of the last three years for which figures are available and whether any increase or decrease in the number of such members is expected.

S1W-25555 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of the leaflet promoting the completion of the M74.

S1W-25556 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many suicides there were by (a) males and (b) females aged over 35 years in each year from 1991 to 2001.

S1W-25557 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits would result from the construction and completion of a rail link to Glasgow Airport, with particular regard to the economy of (a) Glasgow and (b) the west of Scotland.

S1W-25558 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the independent task group reviewing the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

S1W-25559 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive who serves on the independent task group reviewing the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

S1W-25560 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23745 by Peter Peacock on 17 April 2002, which groups and individuals the independent task group reviewing the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 has consulted.

S1W-25561 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what main areas are under consideration in the review of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

S1W-25562 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the review of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

S1W-25563 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has spent its full allocation of EU structural funding.

S1W-25564 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the report by the Scottish Cross-Party group on Refugees and Asylum Seekers on the group’s visit to Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre.

 

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