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Business Bulletin No. 143/2002

Friday 4 October 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 3 October 2002

  

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

S1W-30184 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made for free central heating installation in each of the 10 Scottish parliamentary constituencies in Central Scotland under its central heating programme; how many of these applications have been approved, and how many installations have been carried out.

S1W-30224 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitment it has made to funding upgrading work required on the A90 at the Myrekirk Road and Swallow Hotel roundabouts in Dundee.

S1W-30225 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under paragraph 11 of Circular 12/1996 Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 Planning Agreements, no developer can be required to fund the total cost of transport infrastructure improvements which may be needed in a particular area identified for development.

S1W-30226 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the results have been of the most recent research into links between salmon farming and wild fish stocks and what action will be taken in the light of such results.

S1W-30227 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any guidance will be issued to NHS boards about notifying funeral directors of all potential risks of infection in order to enable them to take any necessary precautions to protect their staff.

S1W-30228 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27235 by Malcolm Chisholm on 10 July 2002, what the timetable is for the research into autism being conducted by the Medical Research Council; what input it has into this research, and how it will consult on the research findings.

S1W-30229 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services have been, or are expected to be, to the health service.

S1W-30230 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services have been, or are expected to be, to the education service.

S1W-30231 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, whether requests for liberalisation from other World Trade Organisation members in relation to the General Agreement on Trade in Services in order to secure private sector involvement in the provision of public services will limit its ability to protect public services from any adverse effects.

S1W-30232 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the health service has suffered, or may suffer, any adverse effects as a result of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-30233 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the education service has suffered, or may suffer, any adverse effects as a result of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-30234 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what effective market access for foreign service providers under the General Agreement on Trade in Services it considers appropriate for the education service.

S1W-30235 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what effective market access for foreign service providers under the General Agreement on Trade in Services it considers appropriate for the health service.

S1W-30236 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what part of the General Agreement on Trade in Services "makes clear that liberalisation shall take place, if at all, with due respect for national policy objectives, and recognises the right of WTO member governments to regulate, and to introduce new regulations, on the supply of service within their territories in order to meet national policy objectives".

S1W-30237 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what part of the General Agreement on Trade in Services leads it to consider that requests for liberalisation do not seek the privatisation of state-supplied public services.

S1W-30238 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests have been received to vary the contract for the operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock since commencement of the contract.

S1W-30239 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many variations in the contract for the operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock have been approved since commencement of the contract.

S1W-30240 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is in place within the contract for the operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock to vary the contract to take account of any changes in policy relating to prisoners.

S1W-30241 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of training is provided to Scottish Ambulance Service voluntary community responders.

S1W-30242 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget is made available to each emergency service for training in emergency procedure operations.

S1W-30243 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to provide legal protection in any negligence claims against Scottish Ambulance Service voluntary community responders.

S1W-30244 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many permanent posts in the Scottish Ambulance Service have been replaced by voluntary community responders.

S1W-30245 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many voluntary community responders currently operate within the Scottish Ambulance Service, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-30246 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28868 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, when the brochure promoting the location of the European Maritime Safety Agency in Glasgow was published.

S1W-30247 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-23950 and S1W-24928 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 April and 7 May 2002, why the brochure summarising Glasgow's case for securing the location of the European Maritime Agency was not mentioned in these answers.

S1W-30248 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28868 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, whether it has made any representations, or has been involved in any joint representations with Her Majesty's Government, to secure the location of any European agency in Scotland other than the European Maritime Safety Agency.

S1W-30249 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28868 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, in what ways, other than by circulating a brochure, it has sought to promote the case to locate the European Maritime Safety Agency in Glasgow.

S1W-30250 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Rural Affairs Committees 2nd Report, 1999: Impact of Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning on the Fisheries Sector, whether any further money was made available for research into the causes of shellfish toxicity; what funding has been made available for such research in each subsequent financial year; whether continuing funding was made available to develop monitoring and testing regimes and, if so, how much such funding has been made available in each financial year since the publication of the report, and whether any research has taken place into the alleged link between fin fish farms and outbreaks of amnesic shellfish poisoning and, if so, whether it will detail what specific research has taken place.

S1W-30251 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support COSCA, the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland.

S1W-30252 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the development of the Construction Licensing Executive to improve standards in the construction industry.

S1W-30253 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the conditions attached to licences for money lenders in the light of its social justice agenda.

S1W-30254 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Jobcentre Plus in support of allowing people looking for paid employment to do voluntary work while awaiting the offer of a job from a job centre and ensuring that the job seekers agreement does not militate against an individual doing such work.

S1W-30255 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its support to Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) will take account of the number of volunteers whose training at a CAB enables them to take up paid employment based on their CAB experience.

S1W-30256 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available towards the establishment and development of (a) local and (b) national tourist trails.

S1W-30257 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28903 by Mr Jim Wallace on 18 September 2002, whether it has set a revised date for issuing the consultation paper, due to be issued by the end of September, on the delivery of court services in the Peebles area and, if so, what date it has set.

S1W-30258 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Parcelforce about the impact of additional charges in respect of deliveries to homes in Highlands and Islands post code areas (a) IV, (b) HS, (c) KA27-28, (d) KW, (e) PA20-49, (f) PA60-78, (g) PH17-26, (h) PH30-44, (I) PH49-50 and (j) ZE and whether it will (i) seek to meet Parcelforce and (ii) make representations to Her Majesty’s Government about this matter.

S1W-30259 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many abattoirs closed in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-30260 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency has claimed back from the European Union for detecting and dealing with varroa mites in honey bees in each of the last five years, expressed also as a percentage of the agency’s budget for varroa mites.

S1W-30261 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to relax the restrictions in section 59 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 that bar persons under the age of 21 years from being co-opted on to local authority committees.

S1W-30262 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it would be acceptable for lecturing staff at a higher education establishment to make financial gain, either for or from a limited company in which they have a personal interest, through the use of research finance or equipment purchased from the funding it gives to individual establishments.

S1W-30263 Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards the 2005 electronic service delivery target.

S1W-30265 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether convictions of murder, rape or other serious crimes of violence and, in particular, the names of those convicted of such crimes are invariably a matter within the public domain; if so, whether the interim release on bail pending appeal is also a matter within the public domain and, if this is not the case, what the reasons are for the position on this matter. R

S1W-30266 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether victims should be informed when those convicted of murder, rape or other serious crimes of violence are released on bail pending appeal, given its policy on keeping victims informed after conviction and before release from prison. R

S1W-30267 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is its policy to support non-disclosure in relation to release on bail pending appeal of those convicted of murder, rape and other serious crimes of violence and, if this is not its policy, whether it will undertake to keep the police and victims informed of such releases on bail. R

S1W-30268 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support the holding of an official local referendum in the area surrounding Cumbernauld and Kilsyth about the plans to upgrade the A80 to motorway status.S1W-30184 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made for free central heating installation in each of the 10 Scottish parliamentary constituencies in Central Scotland under its central heating programme; how many of these applications have been approved, and how many installations have been carried out.

S1W-30224 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitment it has made to funding upgrading work required on the A90 at the Myrekirk Road and Swallow Hotel roundabouts in Dundee.

S1W-30225 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under paragraph 11 of Circular 12/1996 Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 Planning Agreements, no developer can be required to fund the total cost of transport infrastructure improvements which may be needed in a particular area identified for development.

S1W-30226 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the results have been of the most recent research into links between salmon farming and wild fish stocks and what action will be taken in the light of such results.

S1W-30227 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any guidance will be issued to NHS boards about notifying funeral directors of all potential risks of infection in order to enable them to take any necessary precautions to protect their staff.

S1W-30228 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27235 by Malcolm Chisholm on 10 July 2002, what the timetable is for the research into autism being conducted by the Medical Research Council; what input it has into this research, and how it will consult on the research findings.

S1W-30229 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services have been, or are expected to be, to the health service.

S1W-30230 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services have been, or are expected to be, to the education service.

S1W-30231 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, whether requests for liberalisation from other World Trade Organisation members in relation to the General Agreement on Trade in Services in order to secure private sector involvement in the provision of public services will limit its ability to protect public services from any adverse effects.

S1W-30232 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the health service has suffered, or may suffer, any adverse effects as a result of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-30233 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the education service has suffered, or may suffer, any adverse effects as a result of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-30234 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what effective market access for foreign service providers under the General Agreement on Trade in Services it considers appropriate for the education service.

S1W-30235 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what effective market access for foreign service providers under the General Agreement on Trade in Services it considers appropriate for the health service.

S1W-30236 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what part of the General Agreement on Trade in Services "makes clear that liberalisation shall take place, if at all, with due respect for national policy objectives, and recognises the right of WTO member governments to regulate, and to introduce new regulations, on the supply of service within their territories in order to meet national policy objectives".

S1W-30237 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29654 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 October 2002, what part of the General Agreement on Trade in Services leads it to consider that requests for liberalisation do not seek the privatisation of state-supplied public services.

S1W-30238 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests have been received to vary the contract for the operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock since commencement of the contract.

S1W-30239 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many variations in the contract for the operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock have been approved since commencement of the contract.

S1W-30240 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is in place within the contract for the operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock to vary the contract to take account of any changes in policy relating to prisoners.

S1W-30241 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of training is provided to Scottish Ambulance Service voluntary community responders.

S1W-30242 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget is made available to each emergency service for training in emergency procedure operations.

S1W-30243 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to provide legal protection in any negligence claims against Scottish Ambulance Service voluntary community responders.

S1W-30244 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many permanent posts in the Scottish Ambulance Service have been replaced by voluntary community responders.

S1W-30245 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many voluntary community responders currently operate within the Scottish Ambulance Service, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-30246 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28868 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, when the brochure promoting the location of the European Maritime Safety Agency in Glasgow was published.

S1W-30247 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-23950 and S1W-24928 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 April and 7 May 2002, why the brochure summarising Glasgow's case for securing the location of the European Maritime Agency was not mentioned in these answers.

S1W-30248 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28868 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, whether it has made any representations, or has been involved in any joint representations with Her Majesty's Government, to secure the location of any European agency in Scotland other than the European Maritime Safety Agency.

S1W-30249 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28868 by Lewis Macdonald on 18 September 2002, in what ways, other than by circulating a brochure, it has sought to promote the case to locate the European Maritime Safety Agency in Glasgow.

S1W-30250 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Rural Affairs Committees 2nd Report, 1999: Impact of Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning on the Fisheries Sector, whether any further money was made available for research into the causes of shellfish toxicity; what funding has been made available for such research in each subsequent financial year; whether continuing funding was made available to develop monitoring and testing regimes and, if so, how much such funding has been made available in each financial year since the publication of the report, and whether any research has taken place into the alleged link between fin fish farms and outbreaks of amnesic shellfish poisoning and, if so, whether it will detail what specific research has taken place.

S1W-30251 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support COSCA, the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland.

S1W-30252 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the development of the Construction Licensing Executive to improve standards in the construction industry.

S1W-30253 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the conditions attached to licences for money lenders in the light of its social justice agenda.

S1W-30254 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Jobcentre Plus in support of allowing people looking for paid employment to do voluntary work while awaiting the offer of a job from a job centre and ensuring that the job seekers agreement does not militate against an individual doing such work.

S1W-30255 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its support to Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) will take account of the number of volunteers whose training at a CAB enables them to take up paid employment based on their CAB experience.

S1W-30256 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available towards the establishment and development of (a) local and (b) national tourist trails.

S1W-30257 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28903 by Mr Jim Wallace on 18 September 2002, whether it has set a revised date for issuing the consultation paper, due to be issued by the end of September, on the delivery of court services in the Peebles area and, if so, what date it has set.

S1W-30258 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Parcelforce about the impact of additional charges in respect of deliveries to homes in Highlands and Islands post code areas (a) IV, (b) HS, (c) KA27-28, (d) KW, (e) PA20-49, (f) PA60-78, (g) PH17-26, (h) PH30-44, (I) PH49-50 and (j) ZE and whether it will (i) seek to meet Parcelforce and (ii) make representations to Her Majesty’s Government about this matter.

S1W-30259 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many abattoirs closed in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-30260 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency has claimed back from the European Union for detecting and dealing with varroa mites in honey bees in each of the last five years, expressed also as a percentage of the agency’s budget for varroa mites.

S1W-30261 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to relax the restrictions in section 59 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 that bar persons under the age of 21 years from being co-opted on to local authority committees.

S1W-30262 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it would be acceptable for lecturing staff at a higher education establishment to make financial gain, either for or from a limited company in which they have a personal interest, through the use of research finance or equipment purchased from the funding it gives to individual establishments.

S1W-30263 Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards the 2005 electronic service delivery target.

S1W-30265 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether convictions of murder, rape or other serious crimes of violence and, in particular, the names of those convicted of such crimes are invariably a matter within the public domain; if so, whether the interim release on bail pending appeal is also a matter within the public domain and, if this is not the case, what the reasons are for the position on this matter. R

S1W-30266 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether victims should be informed when those convicted of murder, rape or other serious crimes of violence are released on bail pending appeal, given its policy on keeping victims informed after conviction and before release from prison. R

S1W-30267 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is its policy to support non-disclosure in relation to release on bail pending appeal of those convicted of murder, rape and other serious crimes of violence and, if this is not its policy, whether it will undertake to keep the police and victims informed of such releases on bail. R

S1W-30268 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support the holding of an official local referendum in the area surrounding Cumbernauld and Kilsyth about the plans to upgrade the A80 to motorway status.

 

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