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Business Bulletin No. 6/2003

Monday 13 January 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 10 January 2003

  

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

S1W-33042 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Health Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33043 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Justice Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33044 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Education Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33045 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33046 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Environment and Rural Affairs Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33047 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Finance and Central Services Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33048 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Corporate Services Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33049 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Legal and Parliamentary Services Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33050 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Development Department on projects and tasks.

S1W-33051 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on projects and tasks.

S1W-33052 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to date has been of (a) developing and (b) maintaining the Healthy Living Scotland website, inclusive of VAT.

S1W-33053 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected annual running costs are for the Healthy Living Scotland website and for how many years the website is forecast to operate.

S1W-33054 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the running costs incurred in respect of the Healthy Living Scotland website were met from (a) the existing departmental budget and, if so, from which part of that budget, (b) new money allocated to the department or (c) a central advertising budget.

S1W-33055 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations have been made by the working group on discrimination in reaction to the report The Experience of Violence and Harassment of Gay Men in the City of Edinburgh and what specific action has been taken in response.

S1W-33056 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the recent outbreak of disturbances at HM Prison Shotts in the light of the meeting between the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service.

S1W-33057 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the SCOTS roads condition survey will be published.

S1W-33058 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Building Better Cities: Delivering Growth and Opportunities and the accompanying document Next Steps.

S1W-33059 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how long judges sat at each of the last five sittings of the High Court in Glasgow.

S1W-33060 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14176 by Malcolm Chisholm on 28 March 2001, how much of the additional 36 million to improve services for people with learning disabilities was allocated to specific services for families affected by autistic spectrum disorders.

S1W-33061 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the establishment of a national service network for people suffering from an autistic spectrum disorder, as recommended in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning difficulties.

S1W-33062 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the establishment of a Scottish Centre for Learning Disabilities, as recommended in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning difficulties.

S1W-33063 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the controller of HM Prison Kilmarnock has agreed that a cell may be shared by two prisoners under section 23.4.1 of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock in each quarter of the operation of the prison and in the current year to date.

S1W-33064 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how drug treatment for individuals is accessed and how families affected by a person with a drug habit can access appropriate support and advice.

S1W-33065 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to carry out drugs testing at accident and emergency departments and police stations.

S1W-33066 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the take-up rates were for participation in the New Deal for Young People from its inception to date in (a) Scotland, (b) the East Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) the East Renfrewshire Council area.

S1W-33067 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the likely percentage change will be in school rolls by 2011 in (a) Scotland, (b) the East Dunbartonshire Council area and (3) the East Renfrewshire Council area.

S1W-33068 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the roll-out of information and communication technologies and approaches to core skill development training currently applied in social inclusion partnerships.

S1W-33069 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households are covered by asymetric digital subscriber line in (a) Scotland, (b) the East Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) the East Renfrewshire Council area.

S1W-33070 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of asymetric digital subscriber line capacity is currently taken up in (a) Scotland, (b) the East Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) the East Renfrewshire Council area.

S1W-33071 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how much vacant and derelict land there has been in (a) Scotland, (b) the East Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) the East Renfrewshire Council area in each year since 1993.

S1W-33073 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the population density per square kilometre is in (a) Scotland, (b) the East Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) the East Renfrewshire Council area.

S1W-33074 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of recorded crimes is per 10,000 people in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Edinburgh, (e) the East Renfrewshire Council area and (f) the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S1W-33075 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of non-sexual crimes of violence is per 10,000 people in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Edinburgh, (e) the East Renfrewshire Council area and (f) the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S1W-33076 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of serious assaults is per 10,000 people in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Edinburgh, (e) the East Renfrewshire Council area and (f) the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S1W-33077 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of vandalism is per 10,000 people in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Edinburgh, (e) the East Renfrewshire Council area and (f) the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S1W-33078 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of domestic house-breaking is per 10,000 people in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Edinburgh, (e) the East Renfrewshire Council area and (d) the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S1W-33079 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much, and by what percentage, each NHS board's budget has increased in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) per capita, showing the cumulative increase over that period, and what it estimates any such increases will be in each NHS board in any future years for which figures are available.

S1W-33080 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding, including any agreed changes to the funding formula and additional grants, was received by each police force in each of the last three years and is projected to be allocated to each police force in each of the next two years, expressed per head of population in each police force area and what the average of such funding was per head of population in Scotland as a whole in each of the last three years.

S1W-33081 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated (a) to and (b) by each NHS board for schemes to tackle (i) alcohol and (ii) drug misuse in (1) the current year and (2) each of the last three years and how much funding is projected to be allocated to each NHS board for each of the next two years for such purposes, expressed per head of population and per problem-user and giving the percentage changes in allocation in each year.

S1W-33082 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the 38 recommendations contained in the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, it has accepted; how it has prioritised these, and what action it has taken, or plans to take, in respect of them.

S1W-33083 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for children's services social workers in (a) Scotland and (b) each local authority.

S1W-33084 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of placing young offenders in residential care have been in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 to date.

S1W-33085 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is no uniformity across police forces as to what constitutes an informal or a formal warning; whether these warnings are recorded at force level, as recommended by the ad hoc Ministerial Group on Youth Crime, and why only five out of the eight police forces could provide annual figures for warnings issued, as identified in the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people.

S1W-33086 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 44 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that "data on the number of young people committing offences, being warned, referred to the children's hearings system or the procurator fiscals are poor" and what changes it has made to the collection and classification of such data since May 1999.

S1W-33087 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 58 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that "the data, as currently recorded, do not indicate the number of cases where the reporter's decision is influenced by non-availability of resources, but it is likely that there are significant numbers of young people who could benefit from a voluntary service who do not receive it."

S1W-33088 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 81 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that some children's panel members and reporters had reservations about the capability of children's hearings to deal with persistent offenders in part due to a lack of resources.

S1W-33089 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the finding in paragraph 93 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that out of a sample of 17 procurator fiscal offices, the number of cases involving an accused aged under the age of 21 on which no proceedings were taken ranged from 1% to17%.

S1W-33090 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women under the age of 21 received (a) a custodial sentence, (b) a community penalty, (c) a monetary penalty and (d) any other penalty in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, (iii) 2001-02 and (iv) 2002-03 to date.

S1W-33091 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 139 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that "a serious problem is the lack of throughcare and aftercare" and "prisoners serving less than four years are not subject to statutory aftercare and may receive no support after leaving prison."

S1W-33092 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 163 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that "there is no national information about the number of children in residential schools."

S1W-33093 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what data it has on the number of young people in residential and secure units and young offenders institutions that have mental health difficulties and on the staffing provision in such units and institutions, as referred to in paragraph 166 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people.

S1W-33094 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive in the light of the statement in paragraph 190 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that "information about the progress of young people under supervision of local authorities is limited", what data it has and what action it has taken, or plans to take, to improve the collection and collation of such data.

S1W-33095 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 203 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that "local authorities complain that there are too many separate funding sources, that they appear uncoordinated and too much time is required to make applications."

S1W-33096 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 204 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, that, because the costs of custody in young offenders institutions are met by the Scottish Prison Service and the local authority meets the costs of secure accommodation which is five times more expensive, "this means that financial incentives and the objective of minimising costs could conflict with the objective of achieving the best results for young people who have offended" and whether it will accept the recommendation in the joint report by the Justice 1 and 2 Committees, Report on the Budget 2003-04, that funding for secure accommodation should come from the justice budget.

S1W-33097 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to recruit retired staff, sessional staff and train other professionals to deal with young people who offend, in the light of the finding in paragraph 219 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people.

S1W-33098 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its new national youth justice standards, as referred to by the Minister for Education and Young People on 5 December 2002 in its press release SEED153/2002.

S1W-33099 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded formally to the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, and, if so, whether it will make copies of its response publicly available.

S1W-33100 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average out-patient waiting time has been in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S1W-33101 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the provision has been of NHS hospital-based or community-based chiropody services for older people in the East Dunbartonshire Council area in each year since 1996.

S1W-33102 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been (a) sought and (b) made available under the (i) public transport, (ii) integrated transport or (iii) rural transport funds to support projects in the East Dunbartonshire Council area in each year since 1996.

S1W-33103 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households in the East Dunbartonshire Council area are being provided with personal computers and access to the internet under the Better Neighbourhood Services Fund.

S1W-33104 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available for drug-specific treatment services for users resident in the East Dunbartonshire Council area in each year since 1996.

S1W-33105 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding for drug-specific education and rehabilitation has been allocated to East Dunbartonshire Council for the period 2001-02 to 2003-04.

S1W-33106 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding for drug-related work with young people and families has been allocated to East Dunbartonshire Council for the period 2001-02 to 2003-04.

 

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