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Business Bulletin No. 121 / 2003

Thursday 18th September 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Wednesday 17th 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-2684 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide comparative costs for the regulation and inspection of care services by local authorities and NHS boards in the three years prior to the establishment of the Care Commission and by the commission in the three years following its establishment.

S2W-2707 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it expects to spend under PFI/PPP schemes in each of the next three years, broken down by individual project.

S2W-2708 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-901 by Lewis Macdonald on 23 July 2003, what discussions it is having with the Ministry of Defence on individual wind farm projects.

S2W-2709 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-335 by Mr Jim Wallace on 4 September 2003, what progress has been made by the group led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in considering transmission issues arising from potential renewables developments in the northern and western isles.

S2W-2710 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2070 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 September 2003, what benefits can be achieved from closer co-operation, short of membership of the council, between it and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

S2W-2711 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32215 by Iain Gray on 13 December 2002, what the most up-to-date figures are for the percentage of 16 to 19-year-olds not in education, training or employment, broken down by (a) local authority area, (b) gender and (c) age.

S2W-2712 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what type of inquiry was mounted following the allegation of criminal conspiracy and/or attempt to pervert the course of justice made in the letter of 4 April 2003 to the Lord Advocate by Mr Iain McKie; what the remit of any such inquiry was, and who conducted the inquiry.

S2W-2713 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has powers to reject any planning application made in respect of decommissioning nuclear submarines at Ardyne Point on the Cowal peninsula under the interim storage of laid-up submarines project.

S2W-2714 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sites selected in Scotland by the Ministry of Defence for the decommissioning of nuclear submarines under the interim storage of laid-up submarines project will be subject to Scottish planning law and whether there are no special exemptions in place under the Scotland Act 1998 that could be invoked to circumvent such planning laws.

S2W-2715 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what housing provision is in place for single male asylum seekers whose application for refugee status has been refused but who do not yet have a date for deportation.

S2W-2716 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is available to local GPs about any potential health risks of high protein diets such as the Atkins diet.

S2W-2717 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to local GPs to assist them in dealing with asylum seekers who have no knowledge of NHS procedures.

S2W-2718 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of children under 16 amongst asylum seekers currently resident in Scotland.

S2W-2719 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it entered into detailed discussions with South Lanarkshire Council and the Home Office on educational provision by day release for children held for longer than six weeks at Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre.

S2W-2720 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding the interpretation of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Regulations 2002 regarding organ donor forms being sent out with electoral registration forms.

S2W-2721 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the interpretation of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Regulations 2002 regarding organ donor forms being sent out with electoral registration forms.

S2W-2722 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Assessors Association regarding organ donation forms being sent out with electoral registration forms.

S2W-2723 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Electoral Commission regarding organ donor forms being sent out with electoral registration forms.

S2W-2724 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average council tax bill was in each of the last five financial years, expressed as a percentage of the average (a) wage and (b) state pension.

S2W-2725 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1576 by Ms Margaret Curran on 13 August 2003, who, in addition to the Scottish Police Federation, responded to its plans for community wardens and whether it will place a copy of any such responses in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-2726 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-24700 and S1W-26383 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 May and 11 June 2002 respectively, whether an evaluation of the Renfrewshire and Paisley neighbourhood warden pilot projects has been made and, if so, where it can be accessed.

S2W-2727 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24699 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 May 2002, what the role of a community warden will be and whether it will be different from that of a neighbourhood warden.

S2W-2728 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what uniform community wardens will wear.

S2W-2729 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community wardens are proposed and what funding is being allocated for them, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-2730 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment will be made of the effectiveness of the community warden scheme.

S2W-2731 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 60 million announced by Scottish Water to be spent in Aberdeenshire will be invested in repairing broken pipes and other restorative measures downriver to ensure that low water levels do not endanger salmon stocks on the River Dee.

S2W-2732 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for a reservoir facility to reduce dependence on water extraction from the River Dee in Aberdeenshire in order to feed homes and industry planned for future development and to take account of low water levels that may threaten the survival of spawning salmon in the river.

S2W-2733 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what responses it has received from local authorities to the legislative requirement that provision be made for Gaelic-medium education as a national priority; what action it plans to take in relation to such responses; whether its draft Gaelic Language Bill will be extended to education and will include a requirement that provision must be made by each local authority for Gaelic-medium education, and, if so, what precise requirements will be placed on local authorities and whether these requirements will be determined by it, Bord na Gaighlig, or some other body.

S2W-2734 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on which ScotRail routes do not carry operational losses.

S2W-2735 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which ScotRail routes would have passed the business case test to be applied to the proposed Waverley railway line.

S2W-2736 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for witnesses to receive court expenses.

S2W-2737 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the amount paid to witnesses in court expenses was last reviewed and whether the current level of witness expenses is adequate.

S2W-2738 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been an increase in the number of police officers working for Strathclyde Police in the last five years, and if so, what the increase has been in (a) the number of officers and (b) the number of officers on active duty.

S2W-2739 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new police officers Strathclyde Police aims to recruit in each of the next three years.

S2W-2740 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are currently employed on administrative, court and other non-operational duties.

S2W-2741 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how the National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being in Scotland will address the mental health needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

S2W-2743 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review provision of mental health services for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals following publication of the Mind report Mental health and social well-being of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in England and Wales.

S2W-2744 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2305 by Ms Margaret Curran on 12 September 2003, how the New Housing Partnership grant was spent by Glasgow Housing Association in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

S2W-2745 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on meeting the target in Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change for all NHS boards to have undertaken comprehensive needs assessments for palliative care by March 2002.

S2W-2746 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what developments are planned for palliative care as a result of comprehensive needs assessments for palliative care carried out by NHS boards.

S2W-2747 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2307 by Ms Margaret Curran on 11 September 2003, whether it will provide a breakdown of how it intended the 68.1 million, paid to the Glasgow Housing Association Ltd since the completion of the Glasgow housing stock transfer in March 2003, to be allocated.

S2W-2748 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has comparative information about post-operative mortality following major surgery in all EU countries and, if so, how the position in the NHS in Scotland compares to the rest of the EU.

S2W-2749 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken, and will take, to improve the quality of bathing water and beaches.

S2W-2750 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S2W-2309 and S2W-2310 by Mr Jim Wallace on 9 September 2003, what the impact of the ending of Scottish hallmarking would be on local communities.

S2W-2751 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on re-launching the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry route and what funding it and the Northern Ireland Assembly will make available to support the route.

 

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