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Business Bulletin No. 91/2002

Wednesday 5 June 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 30 May 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-26407 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Presiding Officer when it was discovered that there was an issue with mice in the Parliament Headquarters building; what action has been taken to deal with the issue; when staff were, or will be, informed of the situation, and whether other parliamentary accommodation is also experiencing difficulties with mice and, if so, which accommodation.

S1W-26409 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether congestion charging will or will not be in the interests of the retail sector and other businesses in Edinburgh, detailing the reasons for its position on the matter.

S1W-26410 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any information on the effect of congestion charging on (a) the retail sector and (b) other types of business in Edinburgh and, if not, whether it will undertake a study on this issue, detailing the reasons for its position on this matter.

S1W-26411 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer whether a breakdown of foreign trips which the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has funded in each of the last two years can be provided, detailing the cost of each trip, its purpose and whether reports on the outcome of each trip have been placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-26412 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the yellow card reporting system for adverse reactions to the MMR vaccination has highlighted any evidence of a pathogenic factor.

S1W-26413 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25826 by Malcolm Chisholm on 23 May 2002, when the National Waiting Times database giving GPs, consultants, patients and the public access to accurate and up-to-date information on hospital waiting times will be available and accessible throughout Scotland.

S1W-26414 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25814 by Malcolm Chisholm on 23 May 2002, whether patients will have access to information relating to the extent of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) in each hospital following the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland's report on HAI peer review visits due in January 2003.

S1W-26415 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25811 by Malcolm Chisholm on 23 May 2002, what the forms of "appropriate action" are which it may take when NHS trusts fail to meet infection control standards following the Clinical Standards Board For Scotland's reports on individual hospitals.

S1W-26416 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ministerial visits took place during the Parliament's visit to Aberdeen.

S1W-26417 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been submitted under the complaints procedure of the Scottish Ambulance Service in each of the last three years and what the outcomes were.

S1W-26418 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of the complaints and appeals procedures of the Scottish Ambulance Service will be completed.

S1W-26419 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an investigation into road and pathway maintenance similar to that recently instigated by the House of Commons Transport Sub-Committee, detailing the reasons behind its position on the matter.

S1W-26420 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance funding for the Scottish fishing sector has been drawn down from the EU in each year since the beginning of the programme and how much is forecast to be drawn down in the next three years, expressed in euros.

S1W-26421 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance funding it intends to draw down for the Scottish fishing sector in the current programme year, expressed in euros.

S1W-26422 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25429 by Mr Jim Wallace on 27 May 2002, what resources it has allocated to community safety (a) in each of the last three years, (b) in the present year and (c) for the next three years, broken down by local authority.

S1W-26423 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25829 by Mr Jim Wallace on 28 May 2002, which police authorities have indicated formally, since 1999, that additional funding for extra officers would be beneficial to their communities.

S1W-26424 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Improving Regulations in Scotland Unit in (a) reducing the burden of regulation, (b) making the implementation of regulations easier and (c) ensuring that the way in which regulations apply to businesses is fair.

S1W-26425 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what further action it is taking to address the mismatch effect as identified by Professor Arthur Midwinter in his report Grant Distribution and the Mismatch Effect: An Assessment of its Impact on Councils since Reorganisation.

S1W-26426 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any input into the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into employment in shipbuilding on the Clyde.

S1W-26427 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effect on the shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde of either continuing to support the securing of government defence contracts or increasing the number of commercial contracts secured.

S1W-26428 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to tackle the issue of inadequate sound insulation in buildings.

S1W-26429 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the police new powers to deal with the playing of loud music, including consideration of the use of fixed penalty notices.

S1W-26430 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether existing NHS budgets will be required to accommodate any financial implications arising from the introduction of the proposed new mental health legislation.

S1W-26431 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what training provision will be made available to staff employed within the field of mental health as a result of the proposed new legislation.

S1W-26432 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a code of practice will be compiled in conjunction with the proposed new mental health legislation and what protection any such code will give both to patients and staff.

S1W-26433 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community psychiatric nurses are currently in place, broken down by health board area and the amount of hours worked per week.

S1W-26434 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are in place to recruit and train mental health officers.

S1W-26435 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that housing associations will be able to recover rent arrears from tenants once tenants have signed the new Scottish Secure Tenancy.

S1W-26436 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether housing association tenants will still be liable for any rent arrears incurred during existing tenancy agreements when the new Scottish Secure Tenancy is implemented.

S1W-26437 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage an increase in the number of alternative format books available in public libraries for people with a visual impairment.

 

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