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Business Bulletin No. 25/2003

Friday 7 February 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 6 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-33803 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether each police force has targets for the recruitment and retention of special constables and whether any such targets are being met.

S1W-33818 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what communications it has had with HM Prison Service with regard to HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Ashfield and, in particular, the management of the institution.

S1W-33819 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will re-examine any of its present contracts with companies that are part of the Premier Custodial Group Ltd which operates HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Ashfield and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-33820 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether (a) Premier Custodial Group Ltd, (b) any of its subsidiary companies and (c) any other companies that belong to the parent companies of the Premier group will be allowed to bid for the new private prison in the light of the experience of HM Prison Young Offenders Institution Ashfield and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S1W-33821 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees it can give that the level of violence that has occurred at HM Prison Young Offenders Institution Ashfield will not occur at HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S1W-33822 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what reduction there has been in mortality rates from coronary heart disease in the (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area in each year since 1996.

S1W-33823 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of older people in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area received intensive home care in each year since 1996.

S1W-33824 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to increase the proportion of older people in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area that are able to live independently by increasing home care opportunities since 1997.

S1W-33825 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 250 million for free personal care and nursing care was allocated to (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) West Dunbartonshire Council.

S1W-33826 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-9467 on 19 September 2000, whether the matter of the financial costs of the new Parliament building at Holyrood is of greater controversy than it was in March 2000; whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) will now provide to the public all available financial information; what the reasons are for the position on this matter in the light of the position given in the answer to question S1W-9467; whether it will continue to be the position that documents in relation to the package awarded to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd will not be disclosed; if so, whether the SPCB will review this position and what the reasons are for the position on this matter, and, if such reasons relate to potential prejudice to any legal action, how any such action could be prejudiced or damaged by such disclosure, given that the legal liability will already have been set and cannot be in any way altered by such disclosure.

S1W-33827 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-8962 on 21 August 2000, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will give in relation to each works package for the Holyrood project and in tabular form, (a) the identity of the contractor, (b) the actual, or projected, date of (i) contract award, (ii) site start and (iii) completion, (c) the original estimated (1) cost and (2) value of the contract and the increase in each such figure and (d) the current total estimate and, in respect of any packages for which there is no estimated completion date, what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-33828 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-5674 on 13 April 2000, how much VAT is currently expected to be paid in total to Her Majesty's Treasury from the Holyrood project and what proportion of the overall costs of the project this sum represents, showing the estimates given in the answer to question S1W-5674 as comparative figures.

S1W-33829 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-23571 on 13 March 2002, whether the cost of completing design services that Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd was under contract to provide but did not complete has now been ascertained and, if so, what the current estimated total cost is of such works and services; whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide a breakdown of this estimate, and what the reasons are for any variance between the current estimated total cost and the original estimate of 117,500.

S1W-33830 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-22306 on 31 January 2002, whether copies of the Letter of Intent and formal contract with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd will now be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre; if they will not, what the reasons are for the position on this matter; if the reasons are that the letter and contract are commercially confidential, on what grounds this conclusion is based; in particular, whether potential prejudicing of any future court action against Flour City International Inc is one such ground and, if so, how disclosing the letter and contract could prejudice any such action, and, if there are other reasons for not disclosing these documents, what they are in detail.

S1W-33831 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13764 by Angus MacKay on 5 April 2001, whether it will give up-to-date figures on how much was spent on new capital investment in and refurbishment of its property in each year for which figures are available, broken down by project.

S1W-33832 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total estimated annual cost of employment of special advisors has been in each year since 1999.

S1W-33833 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community safety partnerships there are currently in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency and when each partnership was established.

S1W-33834 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to reduce crime rates in disadvantaged areas in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area since 1996.

S1W-33835 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on crime prevention by (a) central government, (b) Argyll and Bute Council and (c) West Dunbartonshire Council in each year since 1997.

S1W-33836 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the monetary value is of drugs seized by the L Division of Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency since the inception of the policy to reinvest assets recovered from illegal drug dealing.

S1W-33837 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assets seized from illegal drug dealing have been redistributed to the (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area.

S1W-33838 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it has undertaken, or plans to undertake, to tackle drugs misuse in the (a) Dumbarton parliamentary constituency, (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area and (c) West Dunbartonshire local authority area and how much money has been allocated to each area for this purpose.

S1W-33839 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional 0.5 billion announced to be spent on police forces, fire brigades and the prison services will be spent in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area on the (i) police, (ii) fire service and (iii) prison service.

S1W-33840 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact will be in Scotland of the UK Communications Bill, in particular with regard to the roll-out of broadband technologies.

S1W-33841 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of anti-social behaviour orders has been issued to control unacceptable conduct in retail outlets in the last year.

S1W-33842 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33055 by Hugh Henry on 5 February 2003, what submissions were made in the Scottish response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report specifically about links between homophobia and racism.

S1W-33843 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33055 by Hugh Henry on 5 February 2003, whether it has ever established a working group on discrimination and whether it intends to set one up.

S1W-33844 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many speed cameras have been maliciously damaged in the last six months; whether it will seek to have such cameras reinstated as soon as possible, and what action is being taken on claims made by the Motorists Against Detection group.

S1W-33845 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern apprenticeships have been taken up by residents of the (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area in each year since 1999.

S1W-33846 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce alcohol-related road deaths.

S1W-33847 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will evaluate drink-driving rehabilitation programmes as a method of educating those found guilty of drink-driving.

S1W-33848 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the courts are applying drink-driving rehabilitation programmes as part of sentencing procedure and whether it is monitoring uptake of such programmes.

S1W-33849 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adverse incidents regarding the use of Factor VIII and Factor IX blood products in the treatment of haemophiliacs were reported in each year from 1970 to 1987.

S1W-33850 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in each local authority area have been affected by weather-related school closures since 1 October 2002.

S1W-33851 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact of any reductions in local authority budgets for snow clearing on the number of weather-related school closures.

S1W-33852 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to request the service records of Scottish armed forces personnel from the Ministry of Defence archive at Hayes, Middlesex, for archiving in Scotland for the purposes of genealogical research and as part of its cultural strategy and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-33853 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure the maintenance of gravestones and to safeguard them as a source of historical and genealogical information.

S1W-33854 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive why agricultural planning application charges are, for applications in respect of areas of less than 465 square meters, a flat rate of 42 and, for applications in respect of larger areas, 220 for the first 465 square metres and a further 220 for every additional 75 square metres.

S1W-33855 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the Scottish Environment Protection Agency any additional powers in order to improve its ability to become more involved in the planning process, including by making objections to planning proposals.

S1W-33856 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the Scottish Environment Protection Agency any additional powers in order to improve its ability to become more involved in environmental regulation.

S1W-33857 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding has been allocated to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in each year since its inception.

S1W-33858 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases have been referred by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in each year since its inception.

S1W-33859 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) the service has declined to proceed with in each year since SEPA was established.

S1W-33860 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service about the prosecution of environmental cases.

S1W-33861 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency about the prosecution of environmental cases.

S1W-33862 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the allocation of 126 million has been paid by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency from the Scottish Transport Group Pension Funds surplus in ex-gratia payments to former members of the pension schemes and to how many former members such payments have been made.

S1W-33863 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31518 by Ross Finnie on 25 November 2002, whether it has now had any further discussions with Superfast Ferries regarding implementation of the pet passport scheme on the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry route.

S1W-33864Δ Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give details of any changes to the rates of student support for further and higher education students that will apply for the academic year 2003-04.

S1W-33865 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to give final approval to the transfer of Glasgow City Council's housing stock to Glasgow Housing Association Ltd.

S1W-33866Δ Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds are being made available to NHS boards for 2003-04.

S1W-33867 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 42 million funding for Sure Start Scotland was paid to (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) West Dunbartonshire Council and what the money was spent on.

S1W-33868 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31383 by Dr Elaine Murray on 18 November 2002, how much additional money has been allocated to school sport in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area in each year since 1998-99.

S1W-33869 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has carried out with rural GPs regarding any proposed withdrawal of the Chapter 10.5 payments scheme for GP practices in rural areas with low list sizes.

S1W-33870 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to safeguard GP practices in rural areas on the introduction of the new GP contracts.

S1W-33871 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive why its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has changed the system of payment for services rendered in the inspection of seed potatoes from payment on account to payment up front and what consultation was carried out with seed potato growers in advance of this change.

S1W-33872 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency has changed the system of payment for the sale of seed potato plantlets from payment on account to payment up front and what consultation was carried out with seed potato growers in advance of this change.

S1W-33873 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how sportscotland and the Lottery Sports Fund will improve sport opportunities for young people in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area.

S1W-33874 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the 62 New Community School Projects are situated in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area.

S1W-33875 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 24 million childcare package was allocated to (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) West Dunbartonshire Council and how the money was distributed.

S1W-33876 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 1 billion to rebuild and refurbish schools was made available to (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) West Dunbartonshire Council.

S1W-33877 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency on the implementation of the 10-point action plan arising from Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-33878 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what policies it has implemented in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency to tackle youth crime and what funding it has allocated for such policies.

S1W-33879 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time students from the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area received bursaries to support them at university.

S1W-33880 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students from low-income backgrounds from the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area have had their university fees waived.

 

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