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Business Bulletin No. 175/2002

Monday 2 December 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 28 November 2002

  

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

S1W-31702 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the annual (a) regeneration and (b) social inclusion partnership budget was allocated to Paisley Partnership in each year since 1997.

S1W-32064 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any guidance or instructions to the Student Loans Company on allowing any of its clients involved in industrial action to defer payments.

S1W-32085 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive under what criteria offences under sections (a) 1 and (b) 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1991 are heard in (i) the High Court of Justiciary or (ii) a sheriff court.

S1W-32087 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to whether sentences imposed for convictions in respect of offences under sections (a) 1 or (b) 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1991 are less severe than sentences imposed for convictions in respect of such offences in courts in England.

S1W-32088 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether resources are committed in all instances to support the implementation of new guidelines and recommendations for NHS primary care treatment.

S1W-32089 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds plays in assisting the police in the detection of wildlife offences.

S1W-32091 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Environment and Rural Development has met any MSP in connection with the future of the fishing industry, the impending negotiations with the EU and the future of the Common Fisheries Policy and, if so, whom he has met and on what dates.

S1W-32092 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to whether bats pose a risk to humans in the transmission of rabies and whether any guidance or advice has been, or will be, issued to the medical profession in respect of patients that may have suffered a bite or an abrasion from a bat.

S1W-32093 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage local authorities to provide free milk to primary school children; what information it has with regard to the extent to which milk is available free to such children; whether it will publish a table indicating the policy applicable in each local authority area on the provision of such milk and indicating the ages of children that receive it, and what further steps need to be taken to provide young children with free school milk as a source of nutrition and a means of creating healthy bones and combating osteoporosis.

S1W-32094 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive why target 6 in the Justice section of Building a Better Scotland, Spending Proposals 2003-2006: What the Money Buys is to provide 6,300 prisoner places by 2005-06, given that the projection for that year made in August 2002, referred to in the Scottish Prison Service press release on 24 September 2002, is for a prison population of 6,900.

S1W-32095 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvement schemes will begin on the A82 between Glasgow and Inverness from now to 2010; whether each such scheme is projected or confirmed, and what the planned or estimated start date of each scheme is.

S1W-32096 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvement schemes will begin on the A9 between Perth and Inverness from now to 2010; whether each such scheme is projected or confirmed, and what the planned or estimated start date of each scheme is.

S1W-32097 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvement schemes will begin on the A95 between Grantown on Spey and Inverness from now to 2010; whether each such scheme is projected or confirmed, and what the planned or estimated start date of each scheme is.

S1W-32098 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvement schemes will begin on the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen from now to 2010; whether each such scheme is projected or confirmed, and what the planned or estimated start date of each scheme is.

S1W-32099 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31074 by Ross Finnie on 20 November 2002, why it will not state which of its representatives spoke at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on 14-15 October 2002; why it regards such information as confidential, and whether it will now provide the information sought in that question.

S1W-32100 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1F-2269 by Mr Jack McConnell on 21 November 2002, what financial assumptions were used to compute the total provision for implementation of free personal care for the elderly in The Highland Council area; which assumptions formed the basis of its conclusion that the "total provision for implementing the policy is sufficient to enable all local authorities to meet their commitments to existing self funding residents"; what estimate it made of the additional demand stimulated by this policy, and whether it will review its allocation in the light of evidence on the demand and take-up rate of free personal care in the council area.

S1W-32101 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31549 by Lewis Macdonald on 26 November 2002, why it has no plans to undertake an assessment of the impact of Crown Estate seabed rentals for subsea cables on the laying of (a) power cables needed to harness renewable energy resources and (b) fibre optic telecommunications cables needed to provide fast information and communication technologies connections to the islands.

S1W-32102 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental improvement grants are currently available to community councils and other community groups.

S1W-32103 Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it plans to allocate to local authorities in respect of the requirement on them to dispose of refrigerators containing ozone-depleting substances in an environmentally secure manner.

S1W-32104 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether public private partnership projects for the building of new (a) schools and (b) hospitals will incorporate the same standards of bomb proofing as have been incorporated in the specification of works for the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-32105 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of medical negligence claims against the NHS has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the (a) amount of any compensation paid to the claimant and (b) total costs of handling any such claims, and whether it has assessed such costs against those of a "no fault" health insurance scheme.

S1W-32106 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to simplify the regulatory system applied to the agriculture industry.

S1W-32107 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it has made in the scallop industry in each year since 1999-2000 and what steps it is taking to ensure the industry's survival.

S1W-32108 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31034 by Dr Elaine Murray on 19 November 2002, whether it will list for each of the last five years those historic buildings for which new uses have been found.

S1W-32109 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in rural areas it estimates have no access to public transport and what assistance it provides to such people under any of its current programmes.

S1W-32110 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tied houses or other dwellings it owns, or otherwise provides, for the occupation of persons employed by (a) it and (b) other public sector bodies.

S1W-32112 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how people have (a) committed and (b) attempted suicide in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) age, (iii) socio-economic class, (iv) occupation, (v) ethnicity and (vi) suicide method.

S1W-32113 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Arts Council spent on (a) travel and (b) subsistence for its (i) staff, (ii) members of the management team and (iii) members of the council and its committees in (1) 1999-2000, (2) 2000-01 and (3) 2001-02 and how much it will spend in 2002-03.

S1W-32114 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when its standing committee under Sir John Arbuthnott to review the formula for the allocation of NHS board funding was established.

S1W-32115 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how often, and when, its standing committee under Sir John Arbuthnott to review the formula for the allocation of NHS board funding has met.

S1W-32116 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations are represented on its standing committee under Sir John Arbuthnott to review the formula for the allocation of NHS board funding.

S1W-32117 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when its standing committee under Sir John Arbuthnott to review the formula for the allocation of NHS board funding will produce its conclusions and whether these conclusions will be made available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-32118 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental practices in each NHS board area are currently accepting new NHS patients and whether each such practice imposes any restrictions on patient acceptance.

S1W-32119 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements were entered into by the Scottish Arts Council to terminate the contract of the council’s former (a) director Tessa Jackson and (b) deputy director Barclay Price; how much these arrangements cost in (i) additional spending in the financial year in which the resignations occurred and (ii) financial commitments for subsequent years, and whether these arrangements were approved by the Executive.

S1W-32120 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the procedure is for chief constables to obtain permission from it for the use of baton rounds.

S1W-32121 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive which police forces have applied to it for permission to use baton rounds since baton rounds were purchased by police forces and whether such permission has been granted or refused in each case.

S1W-32122 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek parliamentary approval before any police force uses baton rounds.

S1W-32123 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue a specific guidance manual on the possible use of baton rounds by police forces rather than using the Manual of Guidance on the Police Use of Firearms, produced by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

S1W-32124 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any delay to the commencement of the work to straighten the Midmill Bends at Hatton Cruden on the A90; if so, what the reasons are for any such delay, and when the work will start and finish.

S1W-32125 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the contract documents issued to the three contractors in connection with the work to straighten the Midmill Bends at Hatton Cruden on the A90 have been withdrawn and what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

S1W-32126 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 215 million allocated in the Spending Review 2002 for private sector housing purposes would otherwise have been treated as borrowing consents in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

S1W-32127 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider reforming the law so that public authorities are placed under a statutory obligation to inform the police when they have good grounds to believe that a crime has been committed, or is about to committed, by an employee or employees or anyone on their premises.

S1W-32128 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Faulds Advertising won the Learn To Let Go advertising account and whether the evaluation research debrief presentation of 14 December 2001 by Faulds placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre is the only research carried out into the effectiveness of the Learn To Let Go campaign.

S1W-32129 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sailings have been missed between the mainland and the northern isles since Northlink Orkney and Shetland Ferries Ltd took over the routes from P & O Scottish Ferries.

S1W-32130 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is permissible for chief executives of local enterprise companies and politicians to co-sign letters to newspapers.

S1W-32131 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what road safety measures it will implement for the communities of Duror and Kentallen on the A828.

S1W-32132 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SEET181/2002 of 14 November 2002, whether it will give a breakdown of the 10.5 million allocated from the Public Transport Fund to the City of Edinburgh Council.

S1W-32133 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SEET181/2002 of 14 November 2002, when the transport projects in Edinburgh funded from the Public Transport Fund are scheduled to be completed.

S1W-32134 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning to undertake research to consider the impact and performance of new duties on public sector authorities to promote race equality, in line with its Response to the Equal Opportunities Committee’s report on its consultation on the implementation of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

S1W-32135 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its Race Equality Scheme.

S1W-32136 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31551 by Iain Gray on 26 November 2002, what arrangements it makes to liase with Her Majesty’s Government in relation to the implementation of the national minimum wage in Scotland and its impact on eradicating poverty and what information it received about how many employees in Scotland are paid less than the minimum wage and on what action is being taken against employers that are acting illegally.

S1W-32137 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards the redevelopment of hospital buildings and services in Haddington.

S1W-32138 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale is planned for the completion of the A1 dual carriageway link between the recently opened road at Bowerhouse and the end of the road that is under construction at Thistly Cross.

S1W-32139 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the value of the nuclear industry to the economy in terms of (a) employment and (b) finance.

S1W-32140 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the development of Scotland’s Major Events Strategy.

S1W-32141 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the new tiered testing system for scallops will have on the scallop industry; when any economic appraisal of the impact of such a system will be completed, and when any such appraisal will be made available to (a) it and (b) the Parliament.

S1W-32142 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require the Food Standards Agency to make available all information the agency has regarding scallops and amnesic shellfish poisoning, including research data, correspondence with representative bodies of the scallop industry and all other relevant documents.

S1W-32143 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31500 by Iain Gray on 26 November 2002, why it does not hold centrally accurate and complete information about the (a) level of foreign disinvestment and company closures, (b) number of associated job losses and (c) level of public financial support provided to each company involved; what action it will take to ensure that it holds such information centrally in the future, and whether holding such information centrally would be beneficial to identifying the number of jobs available, assessing the health of the economy and calculating how much public financial support to make available to companies.

S1W-32144 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it made its decision on the provision of acute services in Glasgow taking into account the summary of the accessibility study published for the meeting of the Greater Glasgow NHS Board on 29 January 2002.

S1W-32145 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the accessibility study on acute services considered at the meeting of Greater Glasgow NHS Board on 29 January 2002 and, in particular, the statement that by reducing the numbers of accident and emergency departments in the board area from five to two locations and in-patient sites from five to three locations, 60% of patients will experience mean journey time savings.

S1W-32146 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make special arrangements for patients and visitors to reach designated hospitals in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area should the proposals for the provision of acute services be implemented.

S1W-32147 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is policing the ban on sprat fishing in the Forth Estuary between 31 October 2002 and 31 March 2003 in light of any reports that boats have been witnessed fishing illegally in the area.

 

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