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Business Bulletin No. 23/2003

Wednesday 5 February 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 4 February 2003

  

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

S1W-33695 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive into which category of care service, as set out in the draft statutory instrument attached as appendix A to The Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 - Regulation of Care Services by the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care: Proposals for Maximum Fees to be set by Scottish Ministers for 2003-04: Consultation Paper, organisations such as Crossroads would fall; what registration fees such bodies would pay, and whether such bodies would need to pay any annual continuing charge.

S1W-33696 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Building Our Future: Scotland's School Estate.

S1W-33697 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will transfer all cases relating to agricultural holdings disputes within the jurisdiction of the sheriff courts to the Scottish Land Court and, in particular, whether it will transfer jurisdiction of such matters in relation to section 1 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1940.

S1W-33698 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orders were (a) sought and (b) granted under (i) section 1(1) and (ii) section 1(2) of the Land Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1940 and how many such orders related to disputes regarding agricultural holdings in each case in each year since the act came into force.

S1W-33699 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when its new Environment and Rural Affairs Department office at Broxden Business Park, Perth, will become fully operational.

S1W-33700 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional costs have been incurred following the delay from September 2002 in opening its new Environment and Rural Affairs Department office at Broxden Business Park, Perth.

S1W-33701 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Environment and Rural Affairs Department offices in Dundee, Forfar and Stirling will close following the transfer of work and personnel to the new regional office in Perth.

S1W-33702 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is examining the possibility of involving staff that are not legally qualified in the marking of any cases; if so, in what circumstances such marking would be considered; what training and experience any such staff would need, and what criteria would be used to decide which cases can be marked by such staff.

S1W-33703 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-25404 on 3 May 2002 and in the light of the appointment of the Scottish Information Commissioner, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) will now make a voluntary disclosure to the Commissioner in respect of information that has been classed as commercially confidential if such information is the subject of a request to the Commissioner by, for example, a member of the Parliament and whether more information will be made public in 2003 than has been made public under existing arrangements and, if so, whether the SPCB will give details of any such information.

S1W-33704 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer what information the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) has received about (a) whether Flour City International Inc (FCII) is still trading, (b) when the shares of FCII ceased to be listed for trading on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation stock market and (c) whether these shares are still being traded and, if so, on what market and whether the SPCB will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre all information that it has received in connection with the finances of (a) FCII and (b) Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd.

S1W-33705 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-12638 on 2 February 2001, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's position in relation to commercial confidentiality has changed and, if so, what the reasons are for its position on this matter; what contractors (a) have and (b) have not been consulted in relation to releasing individual contract details, and whether all such details may now be released.

S1W-33706 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-12272 on 25 January 2001, which of the works package contracts let in relation to the Holyrood Project remain uncompleted; whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide full details of each such package; what the (a) original and (b) revised completion date is in each case, and what the (i) original estimate was and (ii) current best estimate of cost is in respect of each such contract.

S1W-33707 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-12278 on 22 January 2001, whether all of the works packages in respect of the Holyrood Project have now been awarded; whether all information concerning the value of contracts let will now be put into the public domain, given that the Convenor of the Holyrood Progress Group stated that, in principle and with the agreement of the contractors involved, such information should be put into the public domain; which contractors have refused to permit such information to be placed in the public domain; what the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's current position is in respect of the statement made in the answer that "the position should ease in the very near future and wherever possible this information will be reported to MSPs as soon as is practicable", and whether that undertaking applies to information in respect of Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd.

S1W-33708 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to address the length of waiting times in accident and emergency departments.

S1W-33709 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that all multiple sclerosis patients are assessed at the earliest possible stage to identify whether they would benefit from beta interferon treatment.

S1W-33710 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the waiting times are in each NHS trust for an appointment with a consultant neurologist for an assessment to identify whether a multiple sclerosis patient would benefit from beta interferon treatment.

S1W-33711 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers in each age band are currently serving in each police force.

S1W-33712 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers will retire from each police force in each of the next five years.

S1W-33713 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has done of the additional costs to police forces of the retirement of police officers over the next five years.

S1W-33714 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the pension contributions by serving police officers are, and will remain, sufficient to cover the pension payments made by police forces.

S1W-33715 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has earmarked any additional monies to pay the pension provision for retired and retiring police officers and, if so, how much.

S1W-33716 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when each NHS board will be able to offer patients with an eating disorder an initial assessment within two weeks of referral.

S1W-33717 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce dedicated residential units for patients with an eating disorder in each NHS board or local authority area.

S1W-33718 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional staff are required in each NHS board area, and at what level, to provide day care support to patients with an eating disorder.

S1W-33719 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients (a) under 21 years, (b) from 21 to 40 years and (c) over 40 years died as a result of an eating disorder in each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S1W-33720 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time is for a patient with an eating disorder to receive (a) an initial assessment, (b) an admission to residential care and (c) care support in each NHS board area.

S1W-33721 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive which private facilities are used by the NHS to provide residential care to patients with an eating disorder.

S1W-33722 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what dedicated NHS facilities exist for patients with an eating disorder.

S1W-33723 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what directions it has given Aberdeenshire Council regarding its share of the 15 million awarded to local authorities for local roads maintenance.

S1W-33724 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the specifications in the trunk road maintenance contract with BEAR Scotland in the north east were adequate to anticipate the current weather conditions and whether the contract will be re-specified.

S1W-33725 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether road tolls will not be included in its funding package for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S1W-33726 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the additional 3 million package of support for peripheral fishing communities will be allocated and whether there will be any restrictions on how it can be applied.

S1W-33727 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a task force to consider any difficulties facing the economies of Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Macduff.

S1W-33728 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the junctions on the A90 at Laurencekirk will have street lighting installed.

S1W-33729 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what road safety measures it plans to put in place at accident spots on the A90 in Aberdeenshire in the next three years.

S1W-33730 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support it will give to Aberdeenshire Council to assist with the raising of the B974 road level at Strachan to minimise the risk of road closures caused by flooding.

S1W-33731 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has offered to Grampian NHS Board to attract dentists to take up community practice in the board's area.

S1W-33732 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will facilitate the establishment of a postgraduate dental teaching institute in the Grampian NHS Board area to attract pre-registration dentists.

S1W-33733 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will not implement the recommendations in the report by the Office of Fair Trading, The control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK, on community pharmacy contracts and proceed with its own plans for the development of community pharmacy services.

S1W-33734 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community pharmacies will close in rural and suburban areas if the planned pharmacy contract approach does not proceed in the light of the report by the Office of Fair Trading, The control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK.

S1W-33735 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS prescription services that are only available from supermarkets and large town centre multiple pharmacies could deliver proper pharmaceutical care to people regardless of where they live.

S1W-33736 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to expand the Essential Small Pharmacies Scheme.

S1W-33737 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will construct a footpath on the Parkside to Lybster village centre section of the A99.

S1W-33738 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will construct a footpath at the A9/A99 junction at Latheron cemetery.

S1W-33739 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will install lighting at the A9/A99 junction at Latheron cemetery.

S1W-33740 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive why concessionary bus pass holders cannot travel into another local authority area using their pass without making a further payment.

S1W-33741 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive why private school bus operators in Aberdeenshire were required to purchase fare recording systems when the local authority did not own any of the necessary reading equipment and where this equipment is not required on buses that accept passengers on demand.

S1W-33742 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether fare paying bus passengers should be allowed to access school bus services if the local authority does not provide a chaperon to accompany the children.

S1W-33743 Susan Deacon: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-25368 on 9 May 2002, what consultation there has been with service users in the consideration of the contract for mail services in the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-33744 Susan Deacon: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-25368 on 9 May 2002, what consultation there has been with trade unions in the consideration of the contract for mail services in the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-33745 Susan Deacon: To ask the Presiding Officer what consultation there will be with service users prior to final decisions being reached on the contract for mail services in the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-33746 Susan Deacon: To ask the Presiding Officer what consultations there will be with trade unions prior to final decisions being reached on the contract for mail services in the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-33747 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many copies of the summary document of Recording Our Achievements were produced and what the (a) production and (b) distribution costs were.

S1W-33748 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods of distribution were used for the summary document of Recording Our Achievements and what the cost of each method was.

S1W-33749 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the summary document of Recording Our Achievements was distributed as an insert with a newspaper or periodical and, if so, in which newspapers or periodicals, on which dates and what the cost was of each such distribution.

S1W-33750 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33166 by Ross Finnie on 27 January 2003, whether it expects the standard for lead set in the EC drinking water directive to be met by the target date of December 2003.

S1W-33751 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the status of Yorkhill Hospital NHS Trust.

S1W-33752 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of industrial action by fire service personnel has been to date and from which budget this cost has been met.

S1W-33753 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether housing and regeneration budgets will be affected by industrial action by fire service personnel.

S1W-33754Δ Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce details of the proposed assessment of services for people with mental disorder as promised during Stage 1 proceedings on the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill.

 

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