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Business Bulletin No. 132/2002

Thursday 19 September 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 18 September 2002

  

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

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

S1W-29208 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Department for Transport and the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency about the impact on its responsibilities of any conjoining of the Traffic Commissioner and the Vehicle Inspectorate.

S1W-29470 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners had a mental illness requiring medical treatment in each prison as at 31 March in each of the last five years.

S1W-29471 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners in each prison currently have a mental illness requiring medical treatment.

S1W-29472 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28224 by Mr Jim Wallace on 2 September 2002, when it will publish its contract with Medacs for medical services in prisons.

S1W-29473 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any employees of the Scottish Prison Service are members of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

S1W-29474 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the person holding the post of Head of Health Care in the Scottish Prison Service must also hold membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

S1W-29475 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reports have been made of offers of employment under paragraph 13, section 4.3, Annex A, (b) reports have been made of offers of employment under paragraph 14, section 4.3, Annex A and (c) applications have been made under paragraph 15, section 4.3, Annex A of the Civil Service Management Code in each of the last five years, broken down by department or agency.

S1W-29476 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications under paragraph 16, section 4.3, Annex A of the Civil Service Management Code have been approved (a) unconditionally and (b) conditionally in each of the last five years, broken down by department or agency.

S1W-29477 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its contract with Medacs for the provision of medical services in prisons includes the requirement that the contractor must comply with recommendation R(98)7 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prisons.

S1W-29478 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in respect of each paragraph of recommendation R(98)7 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prisons, compliance is its responsibility or the responsibility of the contractor for the provision of medical services and whether it will detail the responsible party for each individual paragraph.

S1W-29479 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what requirements it places on the contractor, in its contract for medical services in prisons, for the retention of doctors experienced in prison medicine.

S1W-29480 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive who holds responsibility for public health in prisons.

S1W-29481 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of new cases of hepatitis C was in each prison in each of the last three years.

S1W-29482 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of new cases of blood-borne viruses was in each prison in each of the last three years.

S1W-29483 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of new cases of tuberculosis was in each prison in each of the last three years.

S1W-29484 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28257 by Lewis Macdonald on 5 September 2002, how many people have been identified under categories (a) to (e) in the booklet issued by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency regarding the Scottish Transport Group pension fund notes on the disbursement of ex-gratia payments, broken down by category; whether the total number of people so identified is 13,336, and, if the figure is different, what the reason is for the position on the matter.

S1W-29485 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the removal of fire cover due to a strike by firefighters would have on the operation of (a) football grounds, (b) theatres, (c) cinemas, (d) airports, (e) the rail network, and (f) care homes for the elderly, given the conditions under which public safety licences affecting these are granted by local authorities.

S1W-29486 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency planning arrangements are in place for the use of army personnel during any strike by firefighters; how many army personnel would be required, and what appliances and specialist equipment they will have available to them.

S1W-29487 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any assessment of the insurance implications for local authorities of not being able to provide a normal fire service in the event of a strike by firefighters.

S1W-29488 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance will be issued to army personnel in advance of any deployment of them on firefighting duties in dealing with particular situations and what training they will have had ahead of any deployment as a result of any such guidance.

S1W-29489 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24752 by Lewis Macdonald on 16 May 2002, whether it will issue an updated profile of its projected trunk roads programme and identify all proposed additional projects, in the light of the revised budgetary allocations set out in Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29490 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each ministerial (a) committee and (b) sub-committee created since May 1999, giving the membership and the dates established and terminated in each case.

S1W-29491 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each task force created since May 1999, giving the membership and the dates established and terminated in each case.

S1W-29492 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the commitment in the transport section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys to increasing capacity on the rail network in and around Edinburgh will translate to a fully-financed commitment to a tram system in Edinburgh and, if so, how much funding has been allocated to put this commitment into effect and what the timescale is for completion.

S1W-29493 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the comparable levels of expenditure allocated to motorways and trunk roads and the methodology used in the figures provided in the transport section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys compared with the figures and methodology used in the Scottish Transport Statistics.

S1W-29494 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services will receive an increase in funding in the period to 2005-06 as referred to in the transport section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys and what any such extra funding will be spent on.

S1W-29495 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd will receive an increase in funding in the period to 2005-06 as referred to in the transport section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys and what any such extra funding will be spent on.

S1W-29496 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding for environmental protection and waste management announced by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in his Spending Review 2002 statement will constitute an increase in the budget of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

S1W-29497 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial incentives and penalties were included in the commercial agreements between West of Scotland Water and Scotia Water to ensure that certain levels of odour mitigation were achieved at the Dalmuir wastewater treatment plant.

S1W-29498 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what levels of odour were deemed acceptable in the commercial agreements between West of Scotland Water and Scotia Water for the Dalmuir wastewater treatment plant.

S1W-29499 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the peak levels of odours monitored at the Dalmuir wastewater treatment works have been in each of the last 12 months.

S1W-29500 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitments, and timescales set for their compliance, have been given in respect of the operation of the Dalmuir wastewater treatment works.

S1W-29501 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is currently being considered to address any recurring odour problems relating to Dalmuir wastewater treatment works.

S1W-29502 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it expects the sewage sludge pipeline from Dalmuir to Daldowie to be operational.

S1W-29503 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what lottery funding has been received by (a) Glasgow, (b) Renfrewshire, (c) North Lanarkshire, (d) South Lanarkshire, (e) South Ayrshire, (f) Dundee, (g) East Dunbartonshire and (h) West Dunbartonshire councils in each of the last three years.

S1W-29504 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what species typing is undertaken when cryptosporidium oocysts are identified in the Glasgow water supply.

S1W-29505 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the name is of the methodology used by Scottish Water in measuring and typing cryptosporidium oocysts in drinking water.

S1W-29506 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scottish Water became aware of the species type of cryptosporidium present following the indentification of a cryptosporidium contamination of the Mugdock reservoir on 2 August 2002.

S1W-29507 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive which public or private bodies regularly test Glasgow's drinking water quality and how often these tests check for the prevalence of cryptosporidium oocysts.

S1W-29508 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the consultation code required under section 28 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 has been submitted to ministers and when the code will be made publicly available.

S1W-29509 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the public consultations undertaken by Scottish Water and its predecessor organisations since their establishment, indicating for each consultation (a) whether copies of the consultation paper were available (i) online or (ii) in print and (b) when the time period given for responses (i) opened and (ii) closed.

S1W-29510 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of new cases of the dual diagnosis of serious mental illness and drug addiction was in each prison in each of the last three years.

S1W-29511 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what standard procedures the Scottish Prison Service has for sharing information between drugs service providers and prison staff.

S1W-29512 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the mortality and morbidity rates of prisoners within one month following their release.

S1W-29513 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners are currently being treated with (a) methadone and (b) naltrexone.

S1W-29514 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive within what period a doctor must arrive when on call to a prison operated by the Scottish Prison Service.

S1W-29515 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the cost of providing the services of general practitioners in prisons operated by the Scottish Prison Service was greater than 1.3 million in real terms in 2000-01 or 2001-02.

S1W-29516 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how Medacs demonstrates its commitment to continuing professional development for general practitioners providing a medical service in prisons.

S1W-29517 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been made with regard to medical treatment in prisons in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002 to date.

S1W-29518 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps the Scottish Prison Service has taken to test prisoner confidence in the medical service provided.

S1W-29519 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps the Scottish Prison Service has taken to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses in prisons.

S1W-29521 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what communication it has had with the Northern Constabulary regarding the contracting-out of medical care for crime victims.

S1W-29522 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28224 by Mr Jim Wallace on 2 September 2002, why its contract with Medacs for medical services in prisons agreed in 2000 has not yet been published.

S1W-29523 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications under paragraph 16, section 4.3, Annex A of the Civil Service Management Code have been referred for approval to the Prime Minister in each of the last five years, broken down by department or agency.

S1W-29524 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken legal advice on the compliance with section 3A of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 of its contract with Medacs for the provision of medical services in prisons.

S1W-29525 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific provision it has made to ensure that the Scottish Prison Service or the contractor for the provision of medical services in prisons complies with paragraph 22 of recommendation R(98)7 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prisons.

S1W-29526 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific provision it has made to ensure that the Scottish Prison Service or the contractor for the provision of medical service in prisons complies with paragraph 10 of recommendation R(98)7 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prisons.

S1W-29527 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of new cases of serious mental illness was in each prison in each of the last three years.

S1W-29528 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides the facility for prison staff and drugs service providers to attend training courses together.

S1W-29529 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any responsibility for the Sector Skills Development Agency budget in Scotland and, if so, whether it will give a breakdown of the budget for Sector Skills Councils in each year from 2002-03 to 2005-06.

S1W-29531 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what representation it has on the board of the Sector Skills Development Agency.

S1W-29532 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for liaison with the Sector Skills Development Agency.

S1W-29533 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26333 by Nicol Stephen on 16 September 2002, what minor changes to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development procedures for student sampling and test administration were made to enable the 2000 Programme for International Student Assessment to be run in Scotland.

S1W-29534 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place a copy of the guidelines on the police use of baton rounds in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-29535 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24997 by Mr Jim Wallace on 9 May 2002, how it monitors any improvements in the literacy, numeracy and other basic skills of prisoners and what data it collects to identify any such improvements and highlight any alterations which require to be made in the teaching programmes.

S1W-29536 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28922 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, whether it will give details of each objection to the draft orders regarding the A90 improvement.

S1W-29537 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects work to (a) begin and (b) be completed in respect of upgrading the A80 between Glasgow and Stirling to motorway status.

S1W-29538 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce national guidelines on rural school closures following the consideration of this matter by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and COSLA.

S1W-29539 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific lessons were learned in its review of the Excellence Fund by studying the Standards Fund administered by the Department for Education and Skills.

S1W-29540 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions were reached following its review of the Excellence Fund.

S1W-29541 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors (a) community planning and (b) community budgeting by local authorities.

S1W-29542 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by local authorities in (a) community planning and (b) community budgeting.

S1W-29543 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives local authorities for (a) community planning and (b) community budgeting.

S1W-29544 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to voluntary organisations in order to facilitate their participation in (a) community planning and (b) community budgeting.

S1W-29545 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage voluntary organisations to participate in (a) community planning and (b) community budgeting.

S1W-29546 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer to question S1W-28950 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, who the four eminent academics were that formed the external advisory panel on the Central Scotland Transport Corridor Studies and what specialist knowledge or professional practice each has in the field of transport.

S1W-29547 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to limit the spread of GM pollens in this year's field trials.

S1W-29548 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is conducting any inquiries in respect of any monies provided to Napier University for nursing training and associated courses being redirected to capital building projects; what the scope and timescale of any such inquiries are; what amounts in cash terms have been so redirected, and to what specific capital projects they were redirected.

S1W-29549 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of the pension scheme relating to fire brigade employees will be completed and published.

S1W-29550 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any requirement to introduce emergency legislation in respect of insurance cover for local authorities being lifted during the period of any industrial action by firefighters and, if so, whether such legislation would be introduced in the Scottish Parliament and whether it has any plans to introduce any such legislation.

S1W-29551 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have submitted applications for grants from its fund for Future of Europe debates, referred to in paragraph 10 of its paper submitted to the European Committee on 18 June 2002, Future of Europe Debate: Involving Civil Society, and which applications (a) are pending and (b) have been successful.

S1W-29552 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) contributions and (b) responses it has received in respect of its national debate on the Future of Europe and, of these, how many have been posted on its website about the Future of Europe under (i) "noticeboard" and (ii) "contributions".

S1W-29553 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from Glasgow City Council in respect of the recent flooding in the east end of Glasgow.

S1W-29554 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to give financial assistance to Glasgow City Council to tackle the cost of the recent flooding in the city.

S1W-29555 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Glasgow Housing Association regarding the impact on its future capital programme of the recent decision by Glasgow City Council to finance the costs of the recent flooding from its housing revenue account capital programme.

 

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