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Business Bulletin No. 103/2002

Friday 21 June 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 20 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-26936 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its intention is in regard to the continued use of HM Prison Kilmarnock when the 25-year contract with Kilmarnock Prison Services Ltd ends and what arrangements it proposes for the management of the prison at that time.

S1W-26937 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a Public Private Partnership is to be announced involving South Lanarkshire Council.

S1W-26938 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the scale of any Public Private Partnership in South Lanarkshire would be; when monies would become available, and what the timescale and conditions would be for any such project.

S1W-26939 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on Audit Scotland’s recent report on the effectiveness of Public Private Partnerships as compared to other public sector funding options.

S1W-26940 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current rates of remuneration are for foster carers, broken down by the age of the child and by local authority.

S1W-26941 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what mileage rates are paid to foster carers, broken down by local authority.

S1W-26942 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the current limit of 750 in respect of small claims court actions in the light of inflation.

S1W-26943 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set up an advisory panel in relation to its forthcoming survey of public attitudes to food and farming and, if so, how the members of the panel were chosen and who will represent the interests of organic food and farming.

S1W-26944 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to conduct a consultation equivalent to consultations carried out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Implementation of Directive 2001/18/EC on the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Organisms into the Environment.

S1W-26945 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the School Sport Alliance project will not take place and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-26946 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether widows and widowers of former Scottish Transport Group (STG) staff will be eligible for payment from the STG pension fund under the arrangements made for the disbursement of the pension fund surplus.

S1W-26947 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Borders railway line is not included in the list of "Up-front" transport improvements to be put in place before congestion charges are introduced referred to in the Have Your Say leaflet issued by the City of Edinburgh Council.

S1W-26948 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the consultation documents on Edinburgh’s new transport initiative and copies of the Have Your Say leaflet have made available to the public in the Scottish Borders area.

S1W-26949 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding for a feasibility study into the possibility of re-opening Reston railway station.

S1W-26950 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Beatson Oncology Centre should operate outwith the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust on a permanent basis.

S1W-26951 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to encourage an adequate number of students to study therapy radiography.

S1W-26952 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that there is a sufficient level of strategic workforce planning with respect to professions allied to the health service, particularly in regard to therapy radiographers.

S1W-26953 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it makes available to support initiatives that translate research work on cancer into new diagnoses or treatments.

S1W-26954 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current cost per page is of distributing its press releases; how many corrections, recall notices, re-issued releases and invitations for media representatives to interview ministers it has distributed since July 1999; what the total cost has been of distributing these to the present date, and how many received any form of media coverage.

S1W-26955 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been received by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service for chemistry degree courses at higher education institutions for (a) 2002-03 and (b) each of the last 15 years.

S1W-26956 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether research has been carried out into the use of Meclizine for the treatment of sufferers of dyslexia.

S1W-26957 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued on the use of Meclizine for the treatment of sufferers of dyslexia.

S1W-26958 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on Careers Scotland having given no indication to career advisers who are currently on temporary contracts as to whether their contracts will be extended when these contracts expire on 30 June 2002.

S1W-26959 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-11005 on 20 November 2000, what the breakdown now is of the gradings and level of seniority of the staff on secondment from the Scottish Executive.

S1W-26960 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-10467 on 6 November 2000, how many of the Parliament’s staff are now seconded from (a) the United Kingdom civil service, (b) other public sector bodies and (c) the private sector.

S1W-26961 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long health boards are required to store patients’ medical records.

S1W-26962 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations are in place to ensure that patients can gain access to their medical records.

S1W-26963 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its employees have been absent from work owing to sickness for (a) less than one month, (b) between one and two months, (c) between two and three months, (d) between three and six months, (e) between six and 12 months and (f) longer than a year.

S1W-26964 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all universities that provide undergraduate nurse education were asked to bid for the recently announced increase in intakes for student nursing.

S1W-26965 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the range in costs of nurse training provided by each contracted nurse education provider has been per trainee nurse in each of the last five years.

S1W-26966 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all student nurses have to pay for (a) uniforms and (b) occupational health assessments.

S1W-26967 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reducing the number of composite classes in schools.

S1W-26968 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many composite classes there currently are in primary schools, broken down by local authority area and primary level.

S1W-26969 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average charge made by each local authority is for musical instrument tuition per pupil receiving such tuition.

S1W-26970Δ Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to lay a report on grants made under section 70 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 during the financial year 2001-02.

S1W-26971Δ Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the report on phase I of its adoption policy review.

S1W-26972 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the United Kingdom pay review bodies to raise the pay scales of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists in order to improve recruitment into these professions.

S1W-26973 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what agreements have been reached with respect to funding packages for the upgrading of the A77 between Malletsheugh and Fenwick

S1W-26974 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive when construction on the A77 upgrade between Malletsheugh and Fenwick will now begin and what the target date is for completion.

S1W-26975 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many older people are involved in Better Government for Older People, broken down by region.

S1W-26978 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seats pensioners’ voluntary groups have on the Older People’s Consultative Forum.

S1W-26979 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the relationship is between Better Government for Older People and the Older People’s Advisory Group.

S1W-26980 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seats the Older People’s Advisory Group have on the Older People’s Consultative Forum.

S1W-26981 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the relationship is between Better Government for Older People and the National Pensioners Convention.

S1W-26982 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider assessing all children at pre-school or primary school age for dyslexia.

S1W-26983 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to advise students and parents about resources available to those with dyslexia such as scan and read software and software that utilises voice recognition technology.

S1W-26984 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make learning institutions more accountable for not having identified a student as dyslexic when such students are so diagnosed in later life.

S1W-26985 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider administering an independent appeals procedure for complaints about provision made for teaching students with dyslexia.

S1W-26986 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners in Scottish Prison Service institutions have learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

S1W-26987 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the implementation of the upgrade of the A77 will be conducted in such a way so as to allow one carriageway of the new section of road to be brought in to use at as early a date as possible so that traffic separation on the existing road can be advanced, in view of the accident statistics on the A77 between Malletsheugh and the Monkton roundabout.

S1W-26988 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider giving the Disabled Student Allowance to all dyslexic students irrespective of the course of study and the age of diagnosis.

 

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