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Business Bulletin No. 79/2003

Friday 30 May 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 29 May 2003

  

S2W-495 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation there was prior to the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000 coming into force.

S2W-496 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring has taken place of the operation of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000.

S2W-497 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000 is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

S2W-498 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include the upgrading to dual track of the remaining single track section of the A830 in its programme for trunk road improvements and, if so, within what timescale this work will commence.

S2W-499 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether a local councillor expressing an opinion on the closure of a school during the statutory closure process would affect that councillor’s ability to carry out his or her duties at any future local authority committee meeting on that issue.

S2W-500 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include the Elgin bypass in its planned improvements to the A96.

S2W-501 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the standard of ground maintenance of the trunk road network in the Highlands Council area is adequate.

S2W-502 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the standard of ground maintenance of the trunk road network in the Highland Council area complies with the Executive’s contract with BEAR Scotland Ltd.

S2W-503 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether BEAR Scotland Ltd has complied with the necessary specifications contained in its contract with the Executive in relation to ground maintenance of trunk roads.

S2W-504 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dentists have notified patients of the withdrawal of their services under the NHS in the last year; where the practices of such dentists are located, and whether it will take steps to establish new contracts to ensure access to NHS dental services for all.

S2W-505 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what tonnage of waste from Edinburgh has been transferred from rail to road for delivery to the Oxwellmains landfill site in each of the last six months; how many lorry movements this has created, and when it will be possible to restore rail transport for such freight.

S2W-506 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its ministers have attended meetings of the European Convention on the future of Europe and whether any of its ministers will be attending the European Council in Thessaloniki in June 2003.

S2W-507 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has with departments of Her Majesty’s Government in respect of negotiations regarding the Convention on the Future of Europe.

S2W-508 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its ministers attended the meeting in Brussels on 28 May 2003 about the distribution of transitional aid to fishing communities; whether there will be an early release of such funds to fishing communities, and what timescale for this is being considered by it, Her Majesty’s Government and the European Commission.

S2W-509 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a statement from the management and/or owners of Arjo Wiggins paper mill, Corpach, in respect of the impending redundancy of 58 employees; whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in respect of any grant that Arjo Wiggins sought or received in respect of the retention of jobs at the mill, and whether any proceeds from the fine imposed on Arjo Wiggins Appleton plc by the European Commission will be used to assist any employees who may be made redundant to find alternative employment.

S2W-510 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposed fire service bill will be based on its consultation document The Scottish Fire Service of the Future or on the recommendations of the Bain report commissioned by the Deputy Prime Minister.

S2W-511 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the provision of digital hearing aids to NHS patients in each year to 2006-07; how much has been allocated from the Health and Community Care budget for this purpose in each year to 2006-07, and how many patients it estimates would benefit from a digital hearing aid.

S2W-512 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate will seek the lifting of the interim interdict granted to Tony Freeman of Solutions RMC preventing Mr Robert Winter of Breast Cancer Research (Scotland) from divulging any information pertaining to Solutions RCM’s business, finances, products, dealings, transactions or affairs to any third party.

S2W-513 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Charities Office was prevented from interviewing Mr Robert Winter as part of its inquiry into Breast Cancer Research (Scotland) because of the interim interdict against him granted by the Court of Session.

S2W-514 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Charities Office (SCO) became aware that Solutions RMC was seeking an interim interdict against Mr Robert Winter of Breast Cancer Research (Scotland) and whether the SCO made any representations to oppose the application.

S2W-515 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet the Scallop Association to discuss current issues of concern to the scallop industry, including amnesic shellfish poisoning and technical measures designed to promote conservation.

S2W-516 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage research planned by its Environment and Rural Affairs Department into the biochemistry of the scallop, to establish the level at which the synergy between the naturally occurring glutamic and aspartic acids and the demonic acid caused by algal blooms becomes toxic, has reached; on what date such research was commissioned; when it is expected to be completed; who is carrying it out; what the estimated total cost is and by whom it will be borne; what response has been received by the Food Standards Agency from DG Sanco with regard to approving such research, and whether all correspondence relating to this matter will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-517 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence there is that a weekend ban on the scallop industry would conserve stocks and whether it will publish any such evidence.

S2W-518 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) support and (b) opposition it has received in respect of draft proposals that there be a weekend ban on the scallop industry and by which individuals or bodies such support or opposition has been expressed.

S2W-519 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether (a) an 80 mm scallop dredge belly ring size instead of the proposed 75 mm, (b) a days at sea scheme, such as for 240 days a year, (c) robust use of the scallop fishing licence and (d) a legal obligation to provide landing and fishing data to the scientists would promote conservation of stocks in the scallop industry and how likely each of these measures would be to achieve the twin aims of effective conservation and financial viability of the industry.

S2W-520 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water has any plans to close its customer call centres in Glasgow and Dundee and consolidate provision in Edinburgh.

S2W-521 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the three call centres currently operated by Scottish Water is considered the most efficient and on what basis this view was reached.

S2W-522 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what cost-benefit analysis underpinned Scottish Water’s call centre proposals and whether information on such analysis is publicly available.

S2W-523 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was undertaken with (a) trade unions and staff, (b) the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland and (c) the Water Customer Consultation Panels about Scottish Water’s call centre proposals.

S2W-524 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a comparison can be provided between the costs of consolidating Scottish Water’s call centres and the costs of the current operation.

S2W-525 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposal by Scottish Water to consolidate its customer call centres in Edinburgh would be consistent with the Executive’s policy to disperse public sector jobs from Edinburgh.

S2W-526 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the wider economic and environmental benefits and disadvantages would be of any centralised Scottish Water customer call centre in Edinburgh.

S2W-527 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs will be lost in (a) Glasgow and (b) Dundee if Scottish Water’s plan to consolidate its call centres is implemented.

S2W-528 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was (a) consulted on, (b) informed of or (c) approved Scottish Water’s call centre proposals.

S2W-529 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any losses to individual scallop fishing vessels caused by a reduction in dredge numbers would be proportionate to any potential conservation gains.

S2W-530 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether reducing dredge numbers for larger scallop fishing vessels would result in scallop fishing vessels being forced to work on inshore grounds and thereby apply further pressure to such grounds.

S2W-531 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional powers it plans to give to local authorities to tackle the "nuisance of fireworks", as referred to in the First Minister’s statement on 28 May 2003 (Official Report, c 89).

S2W-532 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will amend the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 in order to empower local authorities to introduce a licensing scheme for vendors of fireworks.

S2W-533 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34605 by Mr Andy Kerr on 24 March 2003, how much of the 1.8 million allocated to the rates relief scheme for the white fish industry (a) has been paid out and (b) is expected to be paid out and whether any fish processing businesses have benefited from this scheme or are expected to benefit.

S2W-534 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special educational needs therapists there were in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03, broken down by local authority area, with reference to paragraph 4.65 of chapter 4 of the Auditor General's report Moving to mainstream : The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

S2W-535 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is issued regarding the design for school buildings under private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts to ensure that they meet the requirements for the inclusion of children with special educational needs, with reference to paragraph 4.31 of chapter 4 of the Auditor General's report Moving to mainstream: The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

S2W-536 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding was given by each local authority in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 to assist in the policy of inclusivity in schools of children with special educational needs, with reference to paragraph 4.7 of chapter 4 of the Auditor General's report Moving to mainstream: The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

S2W-537 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now consider rucksack funding of children with special educational needs which follows the child throughout his or her education, in light of paragraph 4.44 of chapter 4 of the Auditor General's report Moving to mainstream : The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

 

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