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Business Bulletin No. 40/2003

Friday 28 February 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 27 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-34183 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would give full indemnity to Scottish Water against any legal actions arising from fluoridation of the water supply.

S1W-34326 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received about why the United Kingdom entry in the listing of national websites in the European Culture Portal in the European Commission's area of the Europa website gives links only to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Arts Council for England and what role each of these bodies plays in promoting Scottish culture in Europe.

S1W-34327 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scotland is represented in the European Commission's Culture 2000 programme and what projects have (a) been supported by and (b) received funds from the programme.

S1W-34328 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any minister or official attended the meeting of sports ministers in Brussels on 24 and 25 February 2003 to discuss education, youth and culture policies and, if so, whether it will report back on the matters raised.

S1W-34329 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34021 by Iain Gray on 24 February 2003, how many claims for monies owed under the individual learning account scheme have now been satisfactorily validated; on what dates payments were made in respect of such claims, and how much was involved in each case.

S1W-34330 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34021 by Iain Gray on 24 February 2003, how many claims for monies owed under the individual learning account scheme are still being investigated; how many learning providers are involved, and how much is outstanding in each case whilst the validation process continues.

S1W-34331 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34019 by Iain Gray on 24 February 2003, whether the estimate that individual learning account fraud occurred in around 3% of training providers, given by the then Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee on 17 April 2002 (Official Report, c 2546), remains the most accurate estimate; what the reasons were for that estimate, and what the current position is.

S1W-34332 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact will be of cancelling all (a) current and (b) projected expenditure on public private partnership construction projects.

S1W-34333 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive which public private partnership projects currently under negotiation, including those in the education sector, could be cancelled before commencement (a) with and (b) without incurring a penalty.

S1W-34334 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what education public private partnership projects it currently supports; what each such project will deliver, and what stage each project has reached.

S1W-34335 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all parents will be given information relating to mercury levels, side effects, potential long-term effects and efficacy of the diptheria, pertussis and whooping cough childhood vaccines to ensure that an informed choice can be made.

S1W-34336 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people suffer from Wegener's Granulomatosis; what the prescribed medication is for the illness; how many sufferers have to pay for their medication, and why some sufferers are receiving the necessary medication free.

S1W-34337 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10970 by Angus Mackay on 25 January 2001, how many of its publications have been produced since 18 January 2001 and how much each such document cost to produce, broken down by year of publication.

S1W-34338 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the future of the Ardtoe Sea Fish Aquaculture Research Facility.

S1W-34339 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-3812, S1W-3813 and S1W-3814 by Mr Jack McConnell on 1 February, 24 January and 1 February 2000 respectively, when the last volume of the Scottish Abstract of Statistics was published and what plans there are for future volumes.

S1W-34340 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation to ensure that funds specifically exempt from arrestment such as social security benefits and working families' tax credits cannot be arrested by sheriff officers if these funds are contained within a bank account.

S1W-34341 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the key performance indicator shown on page nine of the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 in respect of the average annual cost per prisoner place is for uncrowded prisoner places and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-34342 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to promote the rail service from Glasgow Queen Street Station to stations in Fife.

S1W-34343 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any special promotional rail fares are available for the service from Glasgow Queen Street Station to stations in Fife.

S1W-34344 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any signs displayed in Glasgow Queen Street Station advertising the rail service from that station to stations in Fife.

S1W-34345 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether tickets may be purchased on the platform at Glasgow Queen Street Station for passengers wishing to travel on the rail service to stations in Fife.

S1W-34346 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether books of advance tickets may be purchased for the rail service from Glasgow Queen Street Station to stations in Fife.

S1W-34347 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether passengers travelling on the rail service from Glasgow Queen Street to stations in Fife may purchase tickets on the train and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-34348 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, at times of congestion at the ticket office in Glasgow Queen Street Station, passengers may buy tickets for the rail service to stations in Fife on the train and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-34349 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) three-and (b) four-year-olds have nursery places.

S1W-34350 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) three-and (b) four-year-olds have had requests for nursery places refused in the last 12 months.

S1W-34351 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to improve motorway links at Larbert.

S1W-34352 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has undertaken on future changes to the rate of return since making the Damages (Personal Injury) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/46).

S1W-34353 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in respect of the needs of people in deprived communities following the report by the Social Exclusion Unit, Making the Connections: Final Report on Transport and Social Exclusion.

S1W-34354 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the project control methodology used for the overall management of the Holyrood project is Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE), PRINCE2, another government-approved-methodology or a non-government approved methodology.

S1W-34355 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Holyrood project is operating under ISO 9001, equivalent EU standards for quality management systems or any other recognised standards and, if the project is not operating under any of these standards, what other quality management systems standards are being used.

S1W-34356 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what project management software is used to record planned tasks, milestones, achievements, resources and costs for the Holyrood project.

S1W-34357 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer which reports generated by the Holyrood project's management software are (a) used by the Holyrood Progress Group (HPG) in exercising its oversight role, (b) used by the project managers in the preparation of reports to the HPG and (c) used by the project managers.

S1W-34358 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer how many milestones remain to be achieved in the Holyrood project plan.

S1W-34359 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer how many milestones in the Holyrood project plan are not yet met and, of these, how many are overdue, expressed also as a proportion of unmet milestones.

S1W-34360 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what classes of resources there are within the Holyrood project plan.

S1W-34361 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what proportion of resources have been allocated to complete (a) scheduled and (b) unscheduled tasks for each class of resource within the Holyrood project plan.

S1W-34362 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what proportion of resources have been allocated to (a) overdue, (b) behind schedule and (c) on-schedule tasks for each class of resource within the Holyrood project plan.

S1W-34363 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the members of the Holyrood Progress Group have had any briefing or training in how to manage project managers or on any aspect of project management.

S1W-34364 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer how many of the members of the Holyrood project management team are trained in project management and what training they received.

S1W-34365 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what matrix of authority is used to determine the relationship between the seniority of personnel working on the Holyrood project and their authority to make commitments of money and other resources and to define the reporting of the exercise of that authority.

S1W-34366 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer how often actual progress on the Holyrood project is measured against the project plan by the (a) project managers and (b) Holyrood Progress Group.

S1W-34367 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer under what conditions, and on whose authority, the project plan for the Holyrood project is revised and on what three most recent dates amendments to the plan were made.

S1W-34368 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Holyrood Project Team undertook any additional research to provide responses to any enquiries regarding project management aspects of the Holyrood project or whether such responses were provided by utilising existing reporting and management systems.

S1W-34369 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer how many cost accountants are employed on the Holyrood project.

S1W-34370 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what (a) independent and (b) external review processes there are for the Holyrood project.

S1W-34371 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer what internal peer review processes there are for the Holyrood project.

 

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