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Business Bulletin No. 13/2003

Wednesday 22 January 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 21 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-33306 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission a short-life national training programme to ensure that carers are aware of the component parts of the education system and are able to support the children in their care, as recommended in point 1 of the short-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33307 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will generate a review of payment structures across Scotland in order to clarify the situation in respect of allowances to foster carers and, dependent upon the needs of this review, ensure that such allowances are sufficient to meet the needs of foster children, as recommended in point 2 of the short-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33308 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a short-term working party or project to look at the needs of the biological children of foster carers and establish a best practice document on this matter, as recommended in point 3 of the short-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33309 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will promote a national approach to the assessment, approval, support and reward for friends and family carers, as recommended in point 4 of the short-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33310 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the code of practice on the recruitment, assessment, approval, training, management and support of foster carers, as recommended in point 5 of the short-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33311 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the call for home responsibilities protection to be extended to foster carers and make representations to Her Majesty's Government accordingly, as recommended in point 6 of the short-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33312 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a short-life working party to examine the training requirements of the foster care service and consider the establishment of a centre of excellence, as recommended in the medium-term section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33313 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the discussions on the registration of foster carers in the longer term remains on the agenda of the Social Services Council, as recommended in point 1 of the long-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33314 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission research into the aetiology of abuse in foster care settings, as recommended in point 2 of the long-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33315 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission research into the advantages of the different reward and fee structures for carers and produce information for agencies to use when considering different reward typologies, as recommended in point 3 of the long-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33316 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce a document, similar to the National Practice Guide to Investigations and Allegations of Abuse against Carers produced in Wales, to ensure a common standard for all agencies, as recommended in point 4 of the long-term actions section of the report by the Fostering Network, Modernising the Foster Care Service in Scotland: "Trying to Meet the Standards".

S1W-33317 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure that local authorities improve their collection of recoverable overpayments of housing benefit.

S1W-33318 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review by the Standing Committee on Resource Allocation of the formula for the allocation of NHS board funding will be complete; what consultations it has carried out on this matter, and when it plans to implement any revised recommendations of the committee.

S1W-33319 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to fund improvements in quality associated with the new GP contracts and whether it will use a central fund for this purpose and, if so, what impact this will have on funding for other local health services.

S1W-33320 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken following any findings by its expert panel on school meals that fizzy soft drinks, which are often available from vending machines in schools, may pose a threat to learning.

S1W-33321 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32954 by Ms Margaret Curran on 20 January 2003, when the Sociable Neighbourhood National Co-ordinator completed the audit of local authorities and their strategies to tackle anti-social behaviour.

S1W-33322 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice the Scottish Environment Protection Agency gives local authorities on the classification of land used for industrial purposes.

S1W-33323 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding securing an equitable share of the warship building contracts for the three shipyards on the River Clyde.

S1W-33324 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to my supplementary question during the ministerial statement on fisheries on 8 January 2003 (Official Report, c 16700) that fishermen will have 15 days at sea if no further decommissioning takes place, what the current position is regarding the decommissioning of fishing vessels in the light of the recent correspondence from EC Commissioner Hans Fischler to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elliot Morley, and the views of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and whether compensation for decommissioning will be met by HM Treasury.

S1W-33325 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30207 by Ross Finnie on 16 October 2002, when the report by Environment Resources Management into litter legislation will be published.

S1W-33326 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have formal litter plans in place.

S1W-33327 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what publicity it has funded, or intends to fund, on tackling litter and fly-tipping.

S1W-33328 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding sources are available to local authorities to reduce littering and fly-tipping.

S1W-33329 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Scotland’s Budget Documents 2003-04, Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill for the year ending 31 March 2004.

S1W-33330 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to retain and develop the skills of Clyde shipyard workers in light of the announcement by BAE Systems that it will make 265 Clyde shipyard workers redundant.

S1W-33331 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it has allocated to the Clyde Shipyard Task Force in light of the announcement by BAE Systems that it will make 265 Clyde shipyard workers redundant.

S1W-33335 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the duration is of the Clyde shipyard skills conversion programme.

S1W-33336 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places are currently available to Clyde shipyard workers on the skills conversion programme.

S1W-33337 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been allocated to support the Clyde shipyard skills conversion programme.

S1W-33338 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when funding began for the Clyde shipyard skills conversion programme.

S1W-33340 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives other than the central heating engineering conversion programme are being undertaken to support redundant workers at Clyde shipyards.

S1W-33341 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to retain and develop the skills of Clyde shipyard workers.

S1W-33342 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it regards Bute, Muck, Eigg and Skye as islands.

S1W-33343 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the classification of NHS beds has changed to include other items, such as trolleys, reclining chairs and couches, as has been reported in respect of the NHS in England.

S1W-33344 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the research advisory group on ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, appointed by the Medical Research Council.

S1W-33345 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports the work of the Medical Research Council.

S1W-33346 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the short-life action group considering the most effective ways of improving care and quality of life for people with ME/chronic fatigue syndrome and when the group will report.

S1W-33347 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) European Regional Development Fund and (b) European Social Fund funding has been (i) applied for and (ii) received by each further education college in each year since 1999 and whether it will give details of any funds still to be remitted.

S1W-33348 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to prioritise European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund payments to further education colleges in order to aid cash flow.

S1W-33349 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Government Expenditure & Revenue in Scotland 2000-2001.

 

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