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Business Bulletin No. 128/2002

Friday 13 September 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 12 September 2002

  

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

S1W-29206 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to provide additional guidance to local authorities in order to promote good practice in taking forward the National Cultural Strategy.

S1W-29207 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Social Inclusion Division from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-29209 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it anticipates the average journey time will be on the west coast main line between Glasgow and London in each year from 2002 to 2006 and how much of the Scottish section of that line will (a) have a speed capacity of 125 mph and (b) be used by trains travelling at speeds of 125 mph.

S1W-29210 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek costings and timings for both Glasgow and Prestwick airports in the specification for the public service obligation in respect of air services to and from the Highlands and Islands and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-29211 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it can take in the event of a strike by bus drivers in Edinburgh.

S1W-29212 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what obligations Historic Scotland is under to consult the public in the course of arriving at its policies and decisions.

S1W-29213 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints it has received about Historic Scotland and its approach to its work.

S1W-29214 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to private investment in securing the conservation of the built heritage.

S1W-29215 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers receive advice in relation to recommendations and decisions of Historic Scotland from officials other than those in Historic Scotland.

S1W-29216 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how Historic Scotland defines sustainability of the built heritage.

S1W-29217 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the policies of Historic Scotland towards the private or commercial use of historic buildings contribute to the sustainability of those buildings.

S1W-29218 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on passive smoking public information campaigns by the Health Education Board for Scotland in each of the last five years.

S1W-29219 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on asthma research in each of the last five years.

S1W-29220 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision there is in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area for dementia sufferers with behavioural problems.

S1W-29221 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to monitor and audit local authority community care plans.

S1W-29222 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to benchmark standards in community care.

S1W-29223 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its capital budget was in each of the last three financial years.

S1W-29224 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its capital budget in each of the last three financial years was for projects greater than 10 million and what proportion of such projects were PFI/PPP projects.

S1W-29225 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what bodies it funds in support of Gaelic arts.

S1W-29226 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what bodies it funds in support of Gaelic education.

S1W-29227 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking in order to ensure that the Highlanders' Institute and its members are fully involved in the development of Gaelic policy and, in particular, in the development of Gaelic resources and facilities in the west of Scotland.

S1W-29228 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make the feasibility study for the establishment of a Gaelic Centre in Glasgow available free of charge to all interested parties and, in particular, the Highlanders' Institute.

S1W-29229 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27511 by Lewis Macdonald on 13 August 2002, what financial or other support it has given to the Society of Chief Officers of Transport in Scotland’s condition survey of the local road network and when it expects the report of the survey to be made publicly available.

S1W-29230 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in view of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Gaelic’s report on the urgency of establishing the Gaelic Development Agency, Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba, it will ensure that the Chair and Board members of the agency are appointed by the beginning of December 2002 so that the National Plan for Gaelic can begin to be implemented in the new financial year.

The member has provided the following translation:

A dh'fhaighneachd dha Riaghaltas na h-Alba, ri linn 's mar a nochd aithisg Buidheann Comhairleachaidh an Riaghaltais air Gàidhlig am feum air fìor chabhag ann a bhith a steidheachadh na buidhne leasachaidh, Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba, am bidh an Riaghaltas a’ dèanamh cinnteach gun tèid an Cathraiche agus Buill a’ Bhùird a thaghadh ro thoiseach Dùbhlachd 2002 gus an gabh tòiseachadh air Plana Nàiseanta na Gaidhlig a chur an gnìomh anns a bhliadhna ionmhais ùir.

S1W-29231 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is in relation to making responses to its consultation papers available for public inspection where respondents have not indicated that their response is to be treated as confidential and when such responses are made available in relation to the closing date of a consultation.

S1W-29232 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to The Scotsman article of 23 August 2002, what investigation it is undertaking into the decline in the pass rate for English and communication examinations in the Higher Still programme and whether any such investigation includes consideration of and comparison with the pass rate for English in the SCE Higher grade exam and syllabus format.

S1W-29233 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to The Scotsman article of 23 August 2002, what investigation it is undertaking into the decline in the pass rate for mathematics examinations in the Higher Still programme and whether any such investigation includes consideration of and comparison with the pass rate for mathematics in the SCE Higher grade exam and syllabus format.

S1W-29234 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any markers appointed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority for the 2002 examinations diet were not currently serving teachers of at least three years experience.

S1W-29235 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, since the inception of Scottish Water, how many (a) contractors it has appointed, (b) tenders for work it has received, (c) contracts it has awarded and at what value and (d) contracts have commenced.

S1W-29236 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the definition is of GM-free honey.

S1W-29237 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sufficient clinical trials have been carried out to ensure the safety of genetically-engineered insulin for people with diabetes.

S1W-29238 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration has been given to making domestic violence an aggravated offence and, if so, what the outcome was of any such consideration.

S1W-29239 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27002 by Mr Jim Wallace on 5 July 2002, whether Disclosure Scotland is meeting its target and how many applications it is currently processing within 10 working days.

S1W-29240 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to Disclosure Scotland for checks on volunteers are currently outstanding and for how long they have been outstanding.

S1W-29241 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether documents supplied by Disclosure Scotland are accessible to those with disabilities and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-29242 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on post-qualification training (a) for all clinical and medical staff and (b) per nurse by each NHS board in the last year for which figures are available.

S1W-29243 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Expert Group to draw up a sexual health strategy will be examining links between teenage pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and sexual coercion.

S1W-29244 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how childhood sexual abuse is recognised during the (a) teaching and (b) development of sex education programmes.

S1W-29245 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what training those working in genito-urinary medicine and family planning clinics receive regarding links between sexual coercion and teenage pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

S1W-29246 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation has the statutory responsibility for dredging the River Clyde and the maintenance of navigable channels on the river.

S1W-29247 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost was of dredging the River Clyde in each of the last three years and in what way the cost is recoverable from users of the river.

 

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