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Business Bulletin No. 183/2002

Thursday 12 December 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 11 December 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-32506 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or plans to take, to set national standards of care for preventing and treating coronary heart disease.

S1W-32507 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or plans to take, to recommend service models enabling the efficient delivery of any national standards of care for preventing and treating coronary heart disease.

S1W-32508 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or plans to take, to suggest indicators and clinical audit criteria that can be used to assess the quality of prevention measures and treatments of coronary heart disease.

S1W-32509 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or plans to take, to identify early priorities in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease.

S1W-32510 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or plans to take, to identify milestones and goals that will mark progress with the implementation of national standards of care for preventing and treating coronary heart disease.

S1W-32511 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the procedure is for the notification of any instances of dumping of radioactive waste at sea to (a) the Parliament, (b) relevant local authorities, (c) relevant local NHS boards, (d) local industries that may be affected and (e) local residents.

S1W-32512 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current procedure is for dealing with any incident of radioactive waste being introduced into the sea.

S1W-32513 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it requires British Energy to have in place to prevent the dumping of radioactive waste at sea.

S1W-32514 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place for it, as a signatory through Her Majesty’s Government to the International Convention for the Prevention of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic agreement, to notify other signatories of any instances of radioactive waste dumping at sea.

S1W-32515 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has undertaken to measure the effects of radioactive releases into the sea.

S1W-32516 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is with regard to any incident of radioactive matter being released into the sea.

S1W-32517 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has received to deal with any radioactive releases into the sea since the agency's inception.

S1W-32518 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-31475 and S1W-31964 by Dr Elaine Murray on 22 November and 9 December 2002 respectively, how it accounts for the expenditure by Historic Scotland on the Town Scheme when it does not hold information centrally on the grants awarded under the scheme.

S1W-32519 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-31475 and S1W-31964 by Dr Elaine Murray on 22 November and 9 December 2002 respectively, why the Chief Executive of Historic Scotland provided a response to these questions and not the minister.

S1W-32520 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a list of all individual grants made under the Town Scheme that involved money dispensed by it through Historic Scotland.

S1W-32521 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31965 by Dr Elaine Murray on 9 December 2002, whether it will give a breakdown of the six separate sums that comprise the 542,985 recovered from grant allocations.

S1W-32522 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31965 by Dr Elaine Murray on 9 December 2002, why the financial information in respect of grant recovery is confidential, given that it involves the recovery of public funds.

S1W-32523 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the transparency of responses provided in answers to parliamentary questions by Historic Scotland.

S1W-32524 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31971 by Mr Jim Wallace on 10 December 2002, why the Scottish Prison Service does not intend publishing the project plan and timetable for the new private-build, private-operate prison and whether this position accords with the Executive’s policy on access to information.

S1W-32525 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31971 by Mr Jim Wallace on 10 December 2002, when it expects to make an announcement on the site for the new private-build, private-operate prison.

S1W-32526 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31113 by Ross Finnie on 11 November 2002, whether it has received a response from European Commission officials with regard to the UK obtaining a contribution from the EU to the 2003 transmissible spongiform encephalopathies surveillance programme costs and whether any such response will be made public and a copy placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-32527 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the work carried out by teachers under the Scottish Teacher Release Scheme enabling them to participate in the organisation of national and international competitions and to accompany national teams in training or competition; whether such work has been of value, and whether it will make provision for the continuation of the scheme.

S1W-32528 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the creation of a gap year travel fund initiative for school leavers as a means of stimulating the economy.

S1W-32529 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the secondment to it of persons with specialist expertise and, if so, whether it will provide a list of any such secondees.

S1W-32530 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of a competitiveness council.

S1W-32531 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether financial support should be provided to enable people wishing to return to university following redundancy.

S1W-32532 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the outcomes of modernisation of audiology services in England and Wales, it will make a commitment to modernisation of such services based on digital technology.

S1W-32533 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will institute a study on modernisation of audiology services based on digital technology.

S1W-32534 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set a timescale for implementing modernisation of audiology services based on digital technology.

S1W-32535 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31974 by Mr Jim Wallace on 10 December 2002, how many prisoners were transferred from HM Prison Greenock to HM Prison Kilmarnock in the same twelve-week period.

S1W-32536 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scotland should be promoted to prospective students from overseas as a place to study and whether such students should be encouraged to stay following completion of their course.

S1W-32537 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to address the declining population and, in particular, whether any consideration has been given to introducing measures that would encourage people that have left Scotland to return.

S1W-32538 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the full text of the letter to it from the European Union (EU) regarding EU structural funds for the Highlands and Islands that the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services referred to in The Herald on 3 December 2002.

S1W-32539 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any subsidence problems need to be addressed at the new Parliament building.

S1W-32540 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any contracts need to be let to deal with any remedial works for the new Parliament building.

S1W-32541 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Presiding Officer what parliamentary staff holiday arrangements have been made for 2003 and 2004 to allow for migration to the new Parliament building.

S1W-32542 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer when the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide a substantive answer to question S1W-30623 lodged on 15 October 2002.

S1W-32543 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a detailed statement setting out the prospects of recovery of some, or all, of the losses from Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd and Flour City International Inc. under (a) the parent company guarantee or (b) any other means; whether such recovery would entail litigation and, if so, what the costs of such litigation may be and whether such litigation would be financially worthwhile; what the total cost to date is of legal expenses paid and incurred and not yet invoiced, and whether such expenditure has been financially worthwhile.

S1W-32544 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government about increasing the number of inquiries undertaken by the Inland Revenue into the financial affairs of any person convicted of supplying drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and about whether such inquiries could consider obtaining an explanation from such people about whether their assets had been lawfully acquired.

S1W-32545 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a breakdown by NHS board area of the incidence of patients dying within seven days of having been discharged from hospital or having been seen by a hospital accident and emergency department in each year since May 1999 and whether records in relation to such deaths show whether the death was linked in any way to the patient's reason for having been admitted to hospital or having attended a hospital accident and emergency department.

S1W-32546 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-30339 on 4 November 2002, whether further updated information in respect of the finances of, and assets owned by, Flour City International Inc. is now available and whether a copy of such information can now be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-32547 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32029 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 December 2002, what each of the functions are for which the First Minister is solely responsible relating to the universities of Scotland.

S1W-32548 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32029 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 December 2002, what each of the civil service management functions are for which the First Minister is solely responsible relating to the staff of the Scottish Administration

S1W-32549 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32029 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 December 2002, what each of the functions are for which the First Minister is solely responsible under the Interception of Communications Act 1985 and the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

S1W-32550 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive. further to the answer to question S1W-29930 by Mr Frank McAveety on 9 October 2002, when it intends to complete its consideration of the implications for its policy on free personal care of the decision of the Competition Commission Appeals Tribunal.

S1W-32551 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-departmental public bodies have been (a) abolished and (b) established since 1999.

S1W-32552 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-departmental public bodies it is planning to establish.

S1W-32553Δ Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its performance in answering ministerial correspondence was in the third quarter of 2002.

S1W-32554 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31744 by Malcolm Chisholm on 28 November 2002, how the mortality rates per 100,000 population from coronary heart disease in the Renfrewshire Council area compare with the Scottish average in each year from 1996 to 2001.

S1W-32555 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its Development Department research programme research findings no.70, 1999, An Evaluation of the New Life for Urban Scotland Initiative, (a) how many of the (i) 3,726 new houses built, (ii) 9,253 houses improved or rehabilitated and (iii) 3,203 positive training outcomes were in Ferguslie Park, Paisley, and (b) how much of the (1) 485 million of total public expenditure and (2) 55 million of public expenditure on enterprise, employment and training of residents was spent in Ferguslie Park.

S1W-32556 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31010 by Ross Finnie on 7 November 2002, how many fishing licenses have been allocated by its Environment and Rural Affairs Department to boats (a) owned by non-UK nationals and (b) for which the port of registration is outwith Scotland.

S1W-32557 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31011 by Ross Finnie on 7 November 2002, how many fishing licenses issued by its Environment and Rural Affairs Department are being managed at ports outwith Scotland.

S1W-32558 Irene McGugan: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to point 7 of the action plan in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body language policy, whether it is now policy to respond to letters in the language in which they were written and, if so, whether there are any exceptions to doing so and under what circumstances any such exceptions occur.

S1W-32559 Irene McGugan: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to point 7 of the action plan in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) language policy, why letters received by the SPCB in Scots have been replied to in English.

S1W-32560 Irene McGugan: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to point 7 of the action plan in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) language policy, what translation facilities are available to the SPCB to enable responses in Scots.

S1W-32561 Irene McGugan: To ask the Presiding Officer what efforts are being made to publicise the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s language policy and ensure that it is complied with.

S1W-32562 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive when the multi-agency group referred to on page 14 of Scotland’s Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002 under the heading "increasing public confidence in Scotland’s system of youth justice", due to report in Autumn 2002, will report.

S1W-32563 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Youth Crime, which reported in June 2000.

S1W-32564 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources were made available to (a) South Lanarkshire Council, (b) the enterprise company serving South Lanarkshire and (c) other bodies to assist with economic difficulties in the Larkhall area following the closure of DAKS Simpson.

S1W-32565 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects work to commence on establishing the proposed Larkhall rail link.

S1W-32566 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates since 1 July 1999 ministers have made reported statements or comments in support of the Larkhall rail link and what timescale for the completion of the link was anticipated in such statements.

S1W-32567 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31495 by Ross Finnie on 25 November 2002, whether it is aware of a letter from it to Mr Daniel Quinn, dated 1 October 2001, reference number of 2001/00263560R, that refers to previous correspondence regarding the eviction of the tenants from Powhillon Farm, Dumfriesshire, on 9 June 1999 and whether it will give an updated position on its involvement in the matter.

S1W-32568 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31496 by Ross Finnie on 25 November 2002, what information it has received about any complaint relating to the eviction of the tenants from Powhillon Farm, Dumfriesshire, on 9 June 1999 that is currently being considered by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary; whether it will enquire further into the status of all complaints and investigations in respect of this matter, and whether it will give an updated position in respect of the original question.

S1W-32569 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32002 by Lewis Macdonald on 10 December 2002, when a response to the A737/A738 Route Accident Reduction Plan will be published.

S1W-32570 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any negotiations with the Church of Scotland are currently taking place about any further extension of the Parliament’s lease of the Assembly Hall and, if so, for what dates the extension is being negotiated.

S1W-32571 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken over the festive period to increase public safety and reduce crime in city centres at night.

 

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