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Business Bulletin No. 187/2002

Wednesday 18 December 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 17 December 2002

  

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

S1W-32680 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the A90 between Perth and Aberdeen was last not subject to speed and carriageway restrictions caused by roadworks.

S1W-32681 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the proposed sale of Clett Island, off Skye, in plots each of one foot square.

S1W-32682 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rights and responsibilities would be of owners of one foot square plots of land, such as those presently being sold on Clett Island, off Skye.

S1W-32683 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that any future land legislation includes a prohibition on the sale of very small plots of land within larger land holdings and marketed as novelty gifts or opportunities to own part of Scotland’s heritage.

S1W-32684 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it would give to individuals considering purchasing plots of land of one foot square on Clett Island, off Skye.

S1W-32685 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it can take to prohibit plots of land of one foot square on Clett Island, off Skye, being sold and marketed as novelty gifts and what measures can be taken to ensure that ownership of such plots is reclaimed from anybody that has already acquired it.

S1W-32686 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what acreage of Scotland has been sold off in plots of very small size with the aim of securing only novelty ownership; how many such schemes there have been in the last 20 years, and what difficulties any such schemes have caused for (a) owners and (b) any others.

S1W-32687 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on its commitment to consider undertaking a survey in association with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council in respect of recommendation 4 of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance, referred to in Annex A of Scotland the Learning Nation: Helping Students; when the report of such a survey will be published, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-32688 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether graduating students will have less debt following the implementation of its new student support schemes; what the reasons are for the position on this matter, and what the estimate is of the number of students that will benefit in each academic year to 2007-08.

S1W-32689 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it receives from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

S1W-32690 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students (a) were entitled to and (b) received the minimum available student loan in each year since 1995.

S1W-32691 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether income under section 2(1) of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Act 2001 will be treated as additional to money available through the current funding system and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-32692 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mature students received the maximum available mature students’ bursary in each year since the scheme started.

S1W-32693 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses to determine the level of funding that it will provide each year under the mature students’ bursary scheme.

S1W-32694 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time equivalent (FTE) students there have been on average for each FTE counsellor in higher and further education institutions in each year since 1995 and from what source it obtained this information.

S1W-32695 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what higher and further education institutions operated a waiting list for counselling services in each year since 1995 and from what source it obtained this information.

S1W-32696 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it plans to bring the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill into force.

S1W-32697 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how long patients are expected to wait for their first appointment with a specialist after an urgent referral by their general practitioner for suspected breast cancer.

S1W-32698 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is in place regarding public access to the December 2002 electoral register.

S1W-32699 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30199 by Iain Gray on 16 October 2002, what action it has taken to evaluate the impact of the new student funding packages on (a) the number of students in term-time employment and (b) levels of student debt and what the reasons are for its position on these matters.

S1W-32700 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29824 by Iain Gray on 7 October 2002, what the average level of non-commercial debt was for a student completing four years of higher education, having undergone no previous sub-degree courses and having taken out the maximum available government support available, in each year since 1995.

S1W-32701 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32216 by Iain Gray on 13 December 2002, how many clients of the Dumbarton and Lomond Inclusiveness Project are resident at addresses in the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S1W-32702 Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide an update on the review of the Blue Badge Scheme of parking concessions for disabled people.

S1W-32703 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31209 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 December 2002, how many offenders in secure accommodation have taken part in offence-related and offence-specific work in each of the last three years.

S1W-32704 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many court-mandated perpetrator programmes for domestic abuse offenders there are and how many such programmes have parallel partner-support workers.

S1W-32705 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social work departments have received training from CHANGE in respect of developing court-mandated perpetrator programmes.

S1W-32706 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the homicide victims shown as being the partner of the main accused in Homicides in Scotland Statistics 2001 were (a) women and (b) men and what the sex of the main accused was in each case.

S1W-32707 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent recycling compliance schemes have been successful in meeting waste packaging targets.

S1W-32708 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any recycling compliance schemes did not meet waste packaging targets in each year since 1999 and, if so, what action was taken in respect of such schemes.

S1W-32709 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has allocated to each local authority in respect of work on core path networks in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.

S1W-32710 Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the power to advance well-being in the Local Government in Scotland Bill will confer a power of compulsory purchase or otherwise affect existing powers of compulsory purchase.

S1W-32711 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what benchmarking data it holds, or is planning to obtain, on the commercialisation of research in universities and research institutions.

S1W-32712 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds, or is planning to obtain, on the commercial outputs being generated from research conducted in universities and research institutions.

S1W-32713 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what target-setting and performance evaluation it has commissioned, or is planning to commission, on the commercialisation of research in universities and research institutions.

S1W-32714 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds, or is planning to obtain, on the (a) number of start-up companies created since 1997 supported by the commercialisation of research conducted in universities and research institutions, (b) sectoral range of start-up companies created since 1997 supported by such commercialisation, (c) (i) number and (ii) percentage of start-up companies that have their registered office in Scotland and were created since 1997 supported by such commercialisation, (d) number of universities and research institutions holding equity in their start-up companies and the extent of any such holdings, (e) number of licensing arrangements established since 1997 to further the commercialisation of research in universities and research institutions and (f) gross incomes from any such licences yielded since 1997.

S1W-32715 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the jobs of staff involved in the transfer of housing stock in Glasgow will be guaranteed in the Glasgow Housing Association Ltd, given revisions to the proposed staffing structure of Scottish Borders Housing Association.

S1W-32716 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties have been demolished under the Glasgow housing stock transfer process to date and how many are expected to be demolished in total.

S1W-32717 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded rams and ram lambs (a) were retained for in-flock improvement by Highlands and Islands Sheep Strategy (HISS) members in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002, (b) were sold by HISS members in each year and (c) will be available for in-flock improvement in 2003.

S1W-32718 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the achievements of the Highland and Islands Sheep Strategy have been to date in relation to the (a) number of lambs recorded under the strategy and (b) overall genetic improvement in respect of ewes and rams.

 

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