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Business Bulletin No. 21/2003

Monday 3 February 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 31 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-33591 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link and what investment it will make in the project.

S1W-33592 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government opposing any further moves towards liberalisation of education and culture services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-33593 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it plays in the Assembly of European Regions.

S1W-33594 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to respond to the European Commission's consultation document, WTO Members' Requests to the EC and its Member States for Improved Market Access for Services, and, if so, what its response will be.

S1W-33595 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether audio-visual services play an important cultural, social and political role and, if so, whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government opposing liberalisation of these services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-33596 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32580 by Malcolm Chisholm on 22 January 2003, when information will be available on what the specific benefits of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services have been, or are expected to be, to the health sector.

S1W-33597 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32592 by Malcolm Chisholm on 22 January 2003, when information will be available on what adverse effects on trade in services in health need to be reduced or eliminated to provide effective market access for foreign service providers under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-33598 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32584 by Ms Margaret Curran on 20 January 2003, when guidelines on the delivery and management of neighbourhood wardens will be available.

S1W-33599 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32582 by Ms Margaret Curran on 7 January 2003, whether all neighbourhood wardens will be expected to carry out duties of reducing crime or the fear of crime, reducing anti-social behaviour, improving environmental quality, promoting community cohesion, supporting vulnerable residents and building confidence in local agencies and intolerance of crime and disorder.

S1W-33600 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32583 by Ms Margaret Curran on 7 January 2003, when a framework will be published on the arrangements between the employer of neighbourhood wardens/patrols and citizens in those neighbourhoods.

S1W-33601 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32773 by Ms Margaret Curran on 7 January 2003, whether it would expect to be consulted by the Home Office regarding the siting of accommodation centres in Scotland under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 before or after the decision on such siting has been taken.

S1W-33602 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32594 by Iain Gray on 3 January 2003, whether it will submit a formal response to the Department of Trade and Industry's consultation exercise on all aspects of the current round of General Agreement on Trade in Services and whether it will publish any such response.

S1W-33603 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32597 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 January 2003, how the statement that "WTO members have the right to choose in which sectors and to what extent they want to make commitments" is consistent with the answer to question S1W-32596 by Malcolm Chisholm on 3 January 2003 which indicated that no assessment had been made of the legal implications of the BetterCare Group Ltd ruling on the impact and operation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S1W-33604 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32577 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 January 2003, why the answer did not give an explanation of whether liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services would prevent the reversal of its policy of encouraging public private partnerships and whether it will now give such an explanation.

S1W-33605 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31405 by Mr Frank McAveety on 20 November 2002, whether the BetterCare Group Ltd ruling implies that there is any potential for health services to be subject to the Competition Act 1998.

S1W-33606 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31405 by Mr Frank McAveety on 20 November 2002, whether the BetterCare Group Ltd ruling implies that there is any potential for education services to be subject to the Competition Act 1998.

S1W-33607 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31405 by Mr Frank McAveety on 20 November 2002, whether the BetterCare Group Ltd ruling implies that there is any potential for auxiliary services provided by local authorities to be subject to the Competition Act 1998.

S1W-33608 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of (a) projects and (b) funding allocations under the 450 million package of transport improvements announced on 22 January 2003 and what the timetable of each project will be.

S1W-33609 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any circumstances in which, despite experiencing an incident of violence or threatening behaviour, teachers are encouraged or instructed not to complete a form reporting that incident.

S1W-33610 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the figures in Incidents of Violence and Anti-social Behaviour against Local Authority School Staff in 2001/02 include incidents of violent or threatening behaviour to teachers by pupils that occur outwith school premises.

S1W-33611 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has undertaken regarding the awareness by teachers of the need to complete a form to report an incident of violent or threatening behaviour in order that such an incident can be included in local authority and national statistics.

S1W-33612Δ Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been made available on the decontamination of people exposed to chemical, biological and radioactive substances.

S1W-33613Δ Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to improve the school estate.

S1W-33614 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what dealings it has had, or any of its agencies have had, with Workability Ltd and Business Link (Virtual Services) Ltd whose registered offices are at 9 Kitchener Street, Wishaw.

S1W-33615 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what contracted arrangements exist, or have existed, between Lanarkshire Health Executive Ltd, Workability Ltd and Business Link (Virtual Services) Ltd and any executive agency.

S1W-33616 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements the Scottish Public Pensions Agency makes, or has made, with outside contractors for health assessments of employees seeking early retirement from posts covered by the agency and what evaluation it has made of those contractors in each year since 1999.

S1W-33617 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what rules govern the use of outside contractors working for the Scottish Public Pensions Agency on health assessments of employees seeking early retirement from posts covered by the agency and, in particular, what declaration of interest any employees of, or advisers to, the agency have to make if they are directors of any such contracting companies.

S1W-33618 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what declarations of interest have been made by employees of, or advisers to, the Scottish Public Pensions Agency with regard to their directorship of any companies undertaking contracted work for the agency in the field of health assessments or any other area of work.

S1W-33619 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals against a refusal of early retirement on medical grounds have been (a) accepted and (b) refused in each year since 1999 by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency and how many of the initial or further health assessments relating to these appeals were undertaken by Lanarkshire Health Executive Ltd or Workability Ltd.

S1W-33620 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will receive the findings of its Inquiry Reporters Unit on the proposed crematorium at Greenhall Park, High Blantyre.

S1W-33621 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the A7 has been detrunked north of Galashiels; if so, when, and whether any public statement was made at that time.

S1W-33622 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider changes to legislation to allow access to census records after 80 years rather than 100 years.

S1W-33623 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the availability of burgh records and assist local authorities in making them available to researchers and genealogical enquirers on a uniform basis throughout Scotland.

S1W-33624 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the availability of burial and graveyard records and assist local authorities in making them available to researchers and genealogical enquirers on a uniform basis throughout Scotland.

S1W-33625 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the benefit to the economy of genealogy, including tourism within and to Scotland associated with the tracing of ancestry.

S1W-33626 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the online search costs charged by the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) for the information it makes available on the internet with a view to replacing the current charging system with a charge for a single day's unrestricted access.

S1W-33627 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought advice from Her Majesty's Government about whether the reallocation of fishing opportunities equivalent to deducted fishing opportunities, referred to in Article 23(4) of EU Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002, could result in the member state receiving the reallocation gaining fishing opportunities for stocks in International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) areas other than in ICES areas that had been deducted from the member state that had exceeded its fishing opportunities.

S1W-33628 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought advice from Her Majesty's Government about what the criteria are in respect of a member state having fishing interests in a certain sea area or fishing zone as referred to in Article 31(2) of EU Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002.

S1W-33629 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to send any representatives to the EU conference, "Towards an Effective Policy on Drugs: Policy Choices, Scientific Facts and Day-to-Day Practice", in Athens on 6 to 8 March 2003 and, if so, of what grade and department each such representative will be.

S1W-33630Δ Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reached any decisions on the legislative framework for the water industry needed to address the possibility of competition on the public water and sewerage networks.

 

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