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Business Bulletin No. 113 / 2003

Monday 8th September 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Friday 5th September 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-2400 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to hold a public inquiry into the proposal by St. Andrew’s International Golf Club for golf and leisure developments at Feddinch, St. Andrews, in view of Fife Council not addressing the proposal within the statutory timescale and the subsequent decision of the developer to lodge a direct appeal with the Executive.

S2W-2403 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it will give regarding the proposed programme of expenditure for upgrading trains and platforms on the Fife Circle rail line and its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland that its spending on transport will reach 1 billion per year by the end of 2006, of which 70% will be targeted on public transport, in light of the Strategic Rail Authority’s recent announcement on group one and group two categorisation for rail services.

S2W-2404 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its projection is for the likely demand for electricity by 2020 as a percentage of the 2003 demand.

S2W-2405 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated average daily production is per kilowatt of electricity of the installed capacity of devices designed to harness (a) wind, (b) wave, (c) tidal and (d) solar energy.

S2W-2406 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated minimum production is per kilowatt of electricity of the installed capacity of devices designed to harness (a) wind, (b) wave, (c) tidal and (d) solar energy.

S2W-2407 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated production is per kilowatt of electricity of the installed capacity of devices designed to harness wind, wave, tidal and solar energy in a period of dead calm, at the moment when the tide turns, during the hours of darkness.

S2W-2408 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have an up-to-date (a) structure plan and (b) local plan covering their full area.

S2W-2409 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that all local authorities have an up-to-date local plan.

S2W-2410 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how individuals and communities can become involved in the planning process if no local plan exists.

S2W-2411 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how consultation will take place with local communities in respect of offshore wind farms.

S2W-2412 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes to prepare a local plan from start to adoption in each local authority.

S2W-2413 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adopted local plans are more than five years old.

S2W-2414 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses have been built in each of the last five years.

S2W-2415 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will remove any threat of defamation action against a young person who reports a concern to an appropriate authority where that authority takes no action against the person about whose conduct the complaint is made; whether legislation will be required to achieve this, and, if so, what legislative process it will use.

S2W-2416 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers in each of the last five years have remained in the profession following the completion of their probationary year, expressed also as a percentage of the number of probationers (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area.

S2W-2417 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher to pupil ratio has been in each of the last five years nationally and in each local authority area.

S2W-2418 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each of the last six years have committed an offence during the period of remission after being released from jail due to early release conditions, broken down by category of offence.

S2W-2419 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will start consultation on civil partnership registration.

S2W-2420 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the planned safety measures at the North Kessock junction on the A9 will be in place and how much these measures will cost.

S2W-2421 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will legislate to provide rights of way across level crossings.

S2W-2422 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Network Rail regarding its plans to close access to level crossings.

S2W-2423 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue guidance or regulations to local authorities under the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) Act 2002 that will make pupil records available to parents.

S2W-2424 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing a national strategy to tackle issues associated with seagulls in urban settings, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development during the Members' Business debate in the Parliament on 7 November 2002 (Official Report, c15170); what the timetable is for the finalisation of such a strategy, and whether local authorities will be consulted during the strategy's formulation.

S2W-2425 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) target and (b) actual turnaround time was from receipt of examination papers by the Scottish Qualifications Authority to notification of results to candidates for (i) summer 2003 and (ii) each of the last five years.

S2W-2426 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government and the Student Loan Company regarding the income threshold at which graduates start to repay their student loans.

S2W-2427 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target turnaround time is from receipt of examination papers by the Scottish Qualifications Authority to notification of results to candidates for (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

S2W-2428 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Her Majesty's Government in respect of increasing the threshold at which graduates start to repay their student loans and, if so, whether it will disclose the content of such discussions.

S2W-2429 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) its total budget and (b) its total budget for education has been allocated to (i) higher education, (ii) further education, (iii) vocational education, (iv) community education, (v) primary education and (vi) secondary education for each of the next three financial years.

S2W-2430 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) its total budget and (b) its total budget for education was allocated to (i) higher education (ii) further education, (iii) vocational education, (iv) community education, (v) primary education and (vi) secondary education in each of the last five financial years.

S2W-2431 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) completed in each of the last five years; what its targets for completion of such apprenticeships were in those years, and what its targets are for the next three years.

S2W-2432 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to ensure that fishing vessels that have successfully applied for decommissioning settle their debts with offshore businesses.

S2W-2433 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive which onshore businesses have benefited from the support package announced for fishing communities earlier this year and how much aid has been granted to (a) fish processors and (b) other fishing-related onshore businesses.

S2W-2434 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in promoting earlier and better diagnosis of endometriosis since the publication of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines in July 2000.

S2W-2435 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements have been made to the management of the delivery of infertility services since 2001 to ensure equity of access to such services and treatment throughout Scotland.

S2W-2436 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what findings have been produced from the two endometriosis research projects funded through the Chief Scientist Office prior to June 2001.

S2W-2437 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to promote comprehensive medical research into endometriosis.

S2W-2438 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what advances have been made in the improvement of services for individuals suffering from chronic enduring conditions.

S2W-2439 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Farmers Union Scotland on possible changes to the Over Thirty Months scheme for cattle and what conclusions have been reached.

S2W-2440 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current level of cow beef produced in Scotland is; what the level was in (a) 1995, (b) 1997 and (c) 1999, and how much was produced in each of those years for (i) domestic and (ii) export markets.

S2W-2441 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total payment from the Extensification Premium Scheme (a) was for 2002-03 and (b) has been for the current financial year and how many farmers are currently awaiting payment from the scheme.

S2W-2442 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Farmers Union Scotland regarding the single farm payment, proposed as part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; which ministers are directly involved in the negotiations on the reform, and whether ministers will attend the proposed regional meeting in autumn 2003.

S2W-2443 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on the provision of national envelopes as part of the process of decoupling under the Common Agricultural Policy, with particular regard to the protection of certain types of production in remote areas.

S2W-2444 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to be able to announce progress on the disposal of fallen stock and what consideration it has given to the impact of such disposal on public health.

S2W-2445 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list agricultural areas affected by environmental measures related to Nitrate Vulnerable Zones; how many tenant farms will be affected, and whether any compensation will be made available to landowners, tenant farmers and adjoining non-commercial neighbours.

S2W-2446 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total number of employees is in each of its rural affairs department offices; where these are located, and how many clients each has on its register.

S2W-2447 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that Short Limited Duration tenancies or Limited Duration tenancies will be in place for the Martinmast term in November.

S2W-2448 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the optimum roll for pupil numbers in secondary schools is.

S2W-2449 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out regarding the relationship between pupil rolls in secondary schools and the number of exclusions and behavioural referrals.

S2W-2450 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to monitor spending by local authorities on better neighbourhood schemes.

S2W-2451 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average capacity will be for new schools being built under PPP.

S2W-2452 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans for new schools being built under PPP will accommodate any future reduction in class sizes.

 

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