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Business Bulletin No. 133/2002

Friday 20 September 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 19 September 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-29520 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of health care records of prisoners held in prisons operated by the Scottish Prison Service contain errors.

S1W-29556 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) percentage and (b) monetary increase in business investment in research and development would be required to equal the average percentage and amount of gross domestic product spent on research and development across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries as referred to in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29557 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage increase in productivity levels in industry would be required to equal the average level of productivity across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, as referred to in target 2 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29558 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to assess applications for regional selective assistance grants of 2 million and over against its sustainable development objectives by 2004, as referred to in target 3 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29559 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of its modern apprenticeship targets by under-represented groups, as referred to in target 4 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29560 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what baseline figure will be used to measure and monitor the number of people in employment undertaking training and whether this figure will be broken down by region or sector, as referred to in target 5 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29561 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will close the gap in unemployment rates between the worst 10% of areas and the Scottish average by 2006, as referred to in target 6 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29562 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what baseline figure will be used to measure and monitor the proportion of 16- to 19-year-olds not in education, training and employment, as referred to in target 7 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29563 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what definition will be used of low income families in relation to increasing support to 16- to 19-year-olds, as referred to in target 8 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29564 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what baseline figures will be used to measure and monitor the number of 16- to 19-year-olds from low income families staying on at school or attending further education colleges, as referred to in target 8 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29565 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what baseline figure will be used to measure and monitor the number of graduates as a proportion of the workforce, as referred to in target 9 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29566 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those joint academic and industry ventures that are currently assisted, as referred to in target 10 in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29567 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of "enterprise and lifelong learning other", as listed in the spending plans table in the enterprise and lifelong section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29568 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the spending plans for regional selective assistance include monies set aside for the new venture capital fund, as referred to in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29569 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council spending plans by academic subject, as set out in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29570 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of the (a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) Highlands and Islands Enterprise spending plans in relation to the career service budget, as set out in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29571 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how the savings made from the Business Transformation Project will be re-allocated in each year to 2003-06, as referred to in the enterprise and lifelong learning section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29572 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of the spending on enterprise and education by its departments in each of the last three years and as planned for each of the next three years.

S1W-29573 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what baseline figure will be used to measure and monitor each of targets 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 in the tourism, culture and sport section of Building a Better Scotland - Spending Proposals 2003-06: What the money buys.

S1W-29574 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mothers have been diagnosed with (a) post-natal depression and (b) puerperal psychosis in each of the last five years.

S1W-29575 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mothers diagnosed with (a) post-natal depression and (b) puerperal psychosis have been admitted to psychiatric units in each of the last five years.

S1W-29576 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many psychiatric units have specialist units for mothers diagnosed with (a) post-natal depression and (b) puerperal psychosis in order to accommodate safely both mother and child.

S1W-29577 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is addressing post-natal depression and puerperal psychosis nationally.

S1W-29578 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what specialist care is available in the community for mothers diagnosed with (a) post-natal depression and (b) puerperal psychosis.

S1W-29579 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary question to question S1F-1968 by Mr Jack McConnell on 13 June 2002, whether its position remains that clear public support is required for a congestion charging scheme to go ahead in Edinburgh.

S1W-29580 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the nationwide advertising campaign launched on 10 September 2002 about its free local off-peak concessionary bus travel for elderly and disabled people will cost.

S1W-29581 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what sections of track on the railway line from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts need to be upgraded and electrified; what distance such sections cover; what the cost of such upgrading and electrification is estimated to be, and what action it plans to take in respect of this matter.

S1W-29582 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what companies have been approached regarding the use of the proposed Stirling/Alloa/Dunfermline rail link for freight trains.

S1W-29583 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects have been supported by the Strategic Rail Authority in Scotland and how much funding the authority has given to each such project in each of the last five years.

S1W-29584 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans are now in place to deal with any industrial action by fire service personnel and what the estimated cost of implementing such plans would be.

S1W-29585 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is being given to army personnel to allow them to undertake the duties normally undertaken by fire service personnel in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel; who is providing this training, how many army personnel are being trained, and how many it estimates will need to be mobilised.

S1W-29586 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what life-saving and cutting equipment it or local authorities have purchased for use by the army in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel and what the cost of purchasing any such equipment was.

S1W-29587 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how (a) football stadia, (b) theatres, (c) care homes, (d) cinemas, (e) airports and (f) the rail network will operate in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel given that their safety licences are issued by local authorities after inspection.

S1W-29588 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic consequences for, and impact on jobs in, the insurance industry will be in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel and any resultant increase in insurance claims.

S1W-29589 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities can be sued by individuals or companies for not providing adequate fire cover in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel.

S1W-29590 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice, guidance or instructions it has issued regarding the interoperation of rail and bus at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

S1W-29591 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) children and (b) adolescents are currently waiting for a referral for psychological treatment.

S1W-29592 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average waiting time is from (a) referral by a GP and (b) referral by any other person for (i) children and (ii) adolescents to receive psychological treatment.

S1W-29593 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to any physical, practical and financial constraints which may face The Highland Council in implementing an effective waste strategy; whether it will provide assistance to the council to implement such a strategy from the Strategic Waste Fund, and, if so, how much it will provide and over what period.

S1W-29594 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of genital mutilation have been reported in each year from 1999.

S1W-29595 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out into the (a) prevalence and (b) costs of on-going medical conditions as a result of domestic abuse.

S1W-29596 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the NHS's guidance on domestic abuse will be resourced and monitored across all NHS board areas.

S1W-29597 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Crown Office plans to focus on the prosecution of rape and sexual assault so that it can better deal with these crimes.

S1W-29598 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to pilot sexual assault referral centres.

S1W-29599 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27995 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 September 2002, who will be involved in reviewing the guidance to police regarding the investigation of sexual assaults and what information will be used to inform the review.

S1W-29600 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27993 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 September 2002, why there are no plans to conduct research into the investigation and prosecution of cases involving allegations of rape.

S1W-29601 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the views and concerns of the Cross-Party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorder and of parents will be taken into account when consideration is given to any review of the Record of Needs system.

S1W-29602 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it will provide, and to whom, in respect of the New St Andrew's House site and, in particular, whether it will give any financial assistance for the building's demolition or any construction costs.

S1W-29603 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that elderly and disabled people are informed of the concessionary fares scheme commencing from 30 September 2002.

S1W-29604 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been in respect of vandalism and attacks on trains in each sheriff court in each year since 1999 and what sentences were imposed as a result of such prosecutions.

S1W-29605 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many days rail links have been inoperable owing to flooding in each year since 1999, broken down by railway line.

S1W-29607 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been (a) spent on and (b) committed to reopening the Stirling/Alloa/Dunfermline link; by which organisations such funding has been spent or committed, and what the amount of funding is in each case.

S1W-29608 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28208 by Mr Andy Kerr on 2 September 2002, what factors have contributed to the overall increase in subsidies paid by local authorities to bus operators over the period from 1999-2000 to 2001-02.

S1W-29609 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available or being provided to people being made redundant following the announcement that the Alcan plant at Burntisland, Fife, is to close.

S1W-29610 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement about its policy regarding proportional representation for local government elections.

 

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