Business Bulletin No. 74/2003
Wednesday 21st May 2003
Section E : Written questions lodged on 20th May 2003
Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.
S2W-261 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure access to NHS dentistry for children in all areas of Scotland.
S2W-287 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts have been made in recent years to progress the extension of the Eurostar train service to Glasgow.
S2W-288 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to improve the quality of college management in the further education sector.
S2W-289 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what the industrial relations record of the further education sector has been compared with the rest of the public sector.
S2W-290 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include matters pertaining to industrial relations in its review of governance and accountability in the further education sector, especially in light of the recent employment tribunal judgement regarding Motherwell College
S2W-291 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the absolute exemption in section 36(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to the general entitlement to information in section 1 of that act would apply to the release of information other than permitted disclosures relating to a school public private partnership where that partnership had an information and confidentiality clause modelled on clause 59 of the Scottish Schools Standard PPP Contract and, if not, what the circumstances would be in which such a release of information would not be so exempt.
S2W-292 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34115 by Des McNulty on 27 February 2003, when it now expects to announce the date of the public inquiry into the route of the A96 Fochabers and Mosstodloch bypass.
S2W-293 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what schemes it has implemented, or plans to implement, to encourage the employment of under 21s in the public transport sector and whether it will support any funding or assistance for insurance cover for public transport drivers under 21.
S2W-294 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what schemes it has to promote public transport jobs for women.
S2W-295 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that public transport workers and vehicles are protected from crime and vandalism; what discussions it has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland about this matter, and what the duty of the police is in respect of policing and protecting public transport and its staff.
S2W-296 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been (a) allocated to and (b) spent by each local authority in respect of creating park-and-ride sites in each year since 1999 and what monitoring takes place of the expenditure of funds allocated to the creation of such sites.
S2W-297 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when thiomersal will be removed from those vaccines containing the substance that are currently administered.
S2W-298 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether research will be carried out into any link between autism and vaccines containing mercury.
S2W-299 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether research will be undertaken to examine levels of toxins and mercury build-up in children with autistic spectrum disorder in order to ascertain any potential link between such levels and autism.
S2W-300 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the programme to end the use of mixed sex hospital wards will be completed, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.
S2W-301 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct local authorities to pay the same fee for an elderly person in an independent or voluntary sector care home as is paid to a local authority home, given that each home is required to meet the same quality standards of care provision.
S2W-302 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS trusts had incurred a financial deficit at the end of 2002-03 and what the deficit of each such trust was.
S2W-303 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder, broken down by NHS board area.
S2W-304 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the free dental check referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland will be an (a) basic check costing £6.65, (b) more extensive clinical examination costing £9.95 or (c) full case assessment costing £20.80.
S2W-305 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing a new fee structure for general dental practitioners to reflect more accurately the cost of dental treatment.
S2W-306 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports a derogation for the Isle of Arran in respect of the European Union regulations that would require that fallen livestock must be shipped off the island and, if so, whether it will pursue such a derogation.
S2W-307 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Her Majestys Government regarding the findings of the European Commission in relation to complaint 2000/4337 concerning sewage discharges into Kilbarchan Burn.
S2W-308 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it has made to Her Majestys Government concerning, the formal notice sent under article 226 of the EC Treaty regarding the Executives not ensuring compliance with article 3(1), 3(2) and Annex 1(a) of directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment and the discharge of sewage into the Kilbarchan Burn, and, if no such response has been made, when one is anticipated.
S2W-309 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to ensure that Scottish Water complies with directive 91/271/EEC in relation to the Kilbarchan Burn.
S2W-310 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the role of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in granting permission to the former West of Scotland Water Authority to discharge sewage into the Kilbarchan Burn.
S2W-311 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what the statistical changes, as identified by the Information and Statistics Division of the Common Services Agency, have been in all acute speciality activities in each NHS hospital in each NHS board area in each year since 1995-96, showing any provisional data available, broken down into (a) in-patient (i) with and (ii) without transfers out, (b) day care and (c) in-patient and day care episodes using (1) SMR01 and (2) non-diagnostic ISD(S)1 data sources.
S2W-312 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements each NHS trust has in place to receive and assist an unaccompanied disabled person on their arrival at a hospital, whether as an in-patient, out-patient or visitor, who has been dropped off at the hospital entrance and what guidance it has issued to trusts on this matter.
S2W-313 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that all haemophiliacs infected with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment receive their medical notes well in advance of the deadline for litigation in the United States of America.
S2W-314 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many neighbourhood watch schemes there are and, if this information is not held centrally, where it may be obtained.
S2W-315 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive under what conditions proposed school closures must be referred to it for determination.
S2W-316 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements currently apply in respect of business and council tax reductions on vacant properties.
S2W-317 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the allocation of waiting time points for tenants on housing association or council housing lists is in breach of human rights legislation.
S2W-318 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the allocation of waiting time points for tenants on housing association or council housing lists is in contravention of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.
S2W-319 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make black game a protected species as part of the legislation on nature conservation referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.
S2W-320 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to undertake a study into the numbers of black game and how best to protect the birds in future.
S2W-321 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in the light of black game being listed in the UK Biodiversity species action plan as a bird in need of protection.
S2W-322 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the mating and living habits of black game and what plans it has to protect the bird in future.
S2W-323 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of (a) the falling numbers of black game and (b) the impact of (i) shooting and (ii) changes in habitat on the numbers of black game.
S2W-324 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive under what legislation black game is classified as a game bird and whether it has any plans to amend such legislation.
S2W-325 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive why black game is treated differently from capercaillie with regard to the level of protection each species receives.