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Business Bulletin No. 96/2002

Wednesday 12 June 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 11 June 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-26610 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recent Comment delivered by the Health Technology Board for Scotland (HTBS) on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidance for restricting the use of irinotecan, oxaliplatin and raltitrexed in the treatment of colorectal cancer is a valid judgement given that the remit of HTBS is to consider how the guidance should be applied in Scotland compared to England and Wales, that there is a higher level of colorectal cancer and poorer survival rate in Scotland and that patients in Scotland may be less likely to be fit for second-line therapy.

S1W-26634 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive why full funding for the long term care of the elderly was not brought forward from April 2003 to April 2002 to address the issue of bed blocking in hospital wards for the elderly.

S1W-26635 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to reduce the number of accidents on the A77 prior to the completion of the scheduled upgrade.

S1W-26636 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the construction time taken to upgrade the Fenwick to Malletsheugh section of the A77 is reduced to the minimum amount necessary to secure the effective upgrading of that section of the road.

S1W-26637 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested by Scottish Enterprise through its business start up programme in Dunbartonshire and how successful the programme has been at providing assistance to individuals and teams planning to create businesses.

S1W-26638 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how successful the Dunbartonshire Export Partnership has been in developing overseas business for companies in Dunbartonshire.

S1W-26639 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how successful Scottish Enterprise has been in attracting inward investment and new international companies to Dunbartonshire.

S1W-26640 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance can be given to companies in Dunbartonshire to boost their businesses through the worldwide web.

S1W-26641 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions are being taken to encourage greater innovation within businesses and companies so that they are better placed to compete in international markets.

S1W-26642 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many more operations could be done each year by the NHS, (b) how many people could be taken off NHS waiting lists, (c) how many local jobs would be generated and (d) what the scope would be for bringing preventative services for cancer and heart disease to Clydebank if the Health Care International complex in Clydebank were absorbed into the NHS.

S1W-26643 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set to improve literacy and numeracy levels in the west of Scotland.

S1W-26644 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the participation rate of young people in West Dunbartonshire has been in taking up new apprenticeships in each of the past three years and what actions will be taken to deliver more places and encourage more young people to take on apprenticeships.

S1W-26645 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist long-term unemployed people in West Dunbartonshire.

S1W-26646 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the causes of homelessness and reduce the prevalence of homeless households in Dunbartonshire.

S1W-26647 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or other assistance has been given to local authorities such as West Dunbartonshire to (a) improve the efficacy of housing repairs and other maintenance, (b) reduce the amount of time taken to re-let council houses, (c) reduce the amount of rent lost due to voids and (d) reduce tenants’ rent arrears.

S1W-26649 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how the cost per mile of travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow by rail compares to similar journeys south of the border.

S1W-26650 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist small businesses in Dunbartonshire to take on more staff.

S1W-26651 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing, publishing and distributing its policy paper The Scottish Fire Service of The Future.

S1W-26652 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the expert group on financial and other support arrangements for people who have been harmed by health service treatment is examining the approach to medical compensation adopted in the Republic of Ireland as stipulated in the group’s remit; from whom the expert group has taken evidence, and whether the group expects to publish its interim report by the end of July 2002.

S1W-26653 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with Her Majesty’s Government, representatives of fishermen’s organisations and other interested parties concerning the adoption of net-based devices aimed at reducing the inadvertent killing of dolphins during commercial fishing activities.

S1W-26654 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the consultative draft Midlothian Local Plan was a material consideration in the decision not to call in proposals by Midlothian Council for the improvements to the A701 and whether any other plans were taken into consideration, detailing the reasons behind its response on this matter.

S1W-26655 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when the finalised Midlothian Local Plan will be published.

S1W-26656 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes it proposes following its review of the provisions of the Local Authority Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 1983.

S1W-26657 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure that Glasgow City Council has complied fully with the Local Authority Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 1985 which inter alia require audited accounts to be laid before a meeting of the authority within two months of their receipt from the auditor, given that the council’s accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 were signed by the auditor on 5 October 2001 and considered by the council on 31 January 2002.

S1W-26658 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it has made, or action it has taken, over the delay in making publicly available the audited accounts for Glasgow City Council for the year ended 31 March 2001.

S1W-26659 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small business start ups there were in west Dunbartonshire over the last three years and how this number and the rate of business start ups in the area compares to the average throughout Scotland.

S1W-26660 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the one-stop health clinics initiative in Glasgow and whether there are any plans to introduce such clinics in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency.

S1W-26661 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an update on the central heating installation programme in West Dunbartonshire.

S1W-26662 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any proposals to repair or rebuild old schools in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency.

S1W-26663 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve street safety throughout Dunbartonshire.

S1W-26664 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many three-year-olds are expected to benefit from the implementation of the provisions in the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 on universal nursery education.

S1W-26665 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to transferring responsibility for the maintenance and upgrading of the A898 Clyde Tunnel from the local authority to it.

S1W-26666 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to assisting Glasgow City Council in the funding of the maintenance and upgrade works being undertaken on the Clyde Tunnel.

S1W-26667 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26523 by Ross Finnie on 7 June 2002, on what evidence the designation of each of the nitrate vulnerable zones was based and whether it will publish such evidence in full.

S1W-26668 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received about any proposed meeting between representatives of Highlands and Islands Airport (HIAL) and Ryanair on 19 June 2002; what assistance it will provide to HIAL in order to ensure that there is a successful outcome to any such negotiations on the establishment of new routes from Highlands and Islands airports; in particular, whether it will provide any assistance in respect of landing charges, and what steps it will take to see the growth of air routes and passenger numbers within areas served by HIAL.

S1W-26669 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made regarding funding for the Glasgow Western Infirmary Allergy Clinic.

S1W-26670 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken in order to implement proposals made by the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee in September 2000 regarding immunology and allergy services.

S1W-26671 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for extending allergy services across Scotland.

S1W-26672 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take in order to prevent any geographical disparity of medical service availability should any NHS board in the west of Scotland not assign adequate revenue to the Glasgow Western Infirmary Allergy Clinic and ensure allergy services for patients in their area.

S1W-26673 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are under way in order to ensure the right of the public to clean air that is free of contaminants.

S1W-26674 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to ensure availability of day care beds and full ranges of antibiotics for all allergy clinics.

S1W-26675 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what extra provision will be made available for dermatological teaching in the light of evidence from the British Association of Dermatologists that 15% of all GP consultations involve problems of the skin and yet only 20% of practitioners receive lessons in this field.

S1W-26676 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans for a Scottish equivalent of the Action On Dermatology programme in order to address any under-investment in dermatological services and whether support will be given to achieving a unified core specialist centre, as proposed by NHS Greater Glasgow.

S1W-26677 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26283 by Ross Finnie on 5 June 2002, when the stakeholder consultation into a strategy for enhancing disease surveillance is expected to be completed, and how long after completion of the consultation the report will be published.

S1W-26679 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage safer driving and improve road safety.

S1W-26680 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of accidents on roads involved drivers between 17 and 25 in each of the last three years.

S1W-26681 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Pass Plus schemes contribute to preventing accidents and improving road safety.

S1W-26682 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to local authorities for the promotion of road safety and accident prevention schemes, including Pass Plus schemes.

S1W-26683 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that all persons aged over 60 will benefit from free off-peak bus travel.

S1W-26684 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve public transport in isolated rural communities.

 

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