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Business Bulletin No. 155 / 2003

Monday 17th November 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Friday 14th November 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-4099 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out into the inter-relationship between the benefit system and the potential extension of free personal care to under-65s with specified medical conditions.

S2W-4148 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are obliged to consult Scottish Water prior to granting planning permission for new developments and whether new developments can go ahead if Scottish Water objects to the water and sewerage arrangements.

S2W-4149 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places are required in medium secure units in order to comply with the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-4150 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is directed by drug and alcohol action teams towards family support facilities.

S2W-4151 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on providing family support facilities for drug and alcohol abuse and how such facilities are funded.

S2W-4152 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current method for assessing teacher staffing levels is adequate and whether it has any plans to review the assessment procedure.

S2W-4153 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council regarding the funding, and number, of teacher training places in areas of identified shortages.

S2W-4154 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what scope there is within the current national agreements for local flexibility in recruiting and training teachers.

S2W-4155 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support the funding of initiatives such as 'golden hellos' as a means to address any local teacher shortages.

S2W-4156 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what incentive schemes there are, or are under consideration, for addressing any local teacher shortages.

S2W-4157 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowance is made within the teacher workforce planning model for relief staff.

S2W-4158 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to (a) set goals on environmental protection and (b) improve eco-efficiency and resource productivity relating to sanitation issues and what any such (i) goals and (ii) improvements have been.

S2W-4160 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when the provisions regarding right to buy under the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 will come into force.

S2W-4161 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has now concluded consultations with stakeholders about extending the concessionary fares scheme for senior citizens and people with disabilities; if so, what conclusions have been reached and what timescale has been agreed for extending the scheme.

S2W-4162 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has now been paid out in ex gratia payments from the Scottish Transport Group pension funds surplus and when it expects to pay out the remainder of the 126 million that was committed for such payments.

S2W-4163 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to mitigate noise pollution on the A737 due to increased traffic following its designation as a trunk road.

S2W-4164 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on reducing noise pollution on trunk roads that run through residential areas.

S2W-4165 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are being considered to reduce water charges to industrial customers who consume large volumes of water.

S2W-4166 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue making provision to assist those on low incomes to meet their water bills through the Transitional Water and Sewerage Charges Relief Scheme in 2004-05 and, if not, whether it will make alternative arrangements for this purpose.

S2W-4167 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received, directly or indirectly, a request from the Government of the United States of America to increase security at any location in Scotland in relation to any visit and, if so, when such a request was received, who it was received from and what the nature of the request was.

S2W-4168 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to seeking, or supporting, access to Marco Polo funds from the European Commission; what action it has taken to access such funds, and what routes it considers may be appropriate for such funding.

S2W-4169 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how much water (a) in total and (b) on average per household was supplied by Scottish Water to consumers in the last year for which figures are available; what percentage of the total figure was tap water and, of this, what percentage it estimates to have been used for drinking purposes.

S2W-4170 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public expenditure has been committed to research into the safety of GM crops.

S2W-4171 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has investigated whether there are any links between members of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment and their recent employment with, or use of research funding from, GM companies.

S2W-4172 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3185 by Mr Tom McCabe on 3 November 2003, what its targets are for reducing the number of delayed discharges in each local authority and NHS board partnership and how each partnership has performed.

S2W-4173 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will improve funding and other arrangements in order to increase the number of people qualifying as social care staff.

S2W-4174 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the interest rates set for student loans were in each year since 2000; who sets the interest rates; whether it has the power to vary the rates, and how changes in the rates are announced.

S2W-4175 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider extending the current household water charge reduction scheme for low income households beyond March 2004 until a revised scheme to address water poverty can be introduced.

S2W-4176 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many neonatal intensive care cots there have been in each NHS board area in each year since 1996-97.

S2W-4177 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been of keeping an unoccupied place in a neonatal intensive care unit available in each NHS board area in each year since 1996-97.

S2W-4178 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many live, single, full-term babies with a low birth weight of under 2.5 kg have been born in each NHS board area in each year since 1996-97, broken down by (a) social class and (b) home address postcode.

S2W-4179 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many live, single, premature babies have been born in each NHS board area in each year since 1996-97, broken down by (a) social class and (b) home address postcode.

S2W-4180 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average occupancy rate of intensive care cots has been in each NHS board area in each year since 1996-97.

S2W-4181 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions an infant has been transferred due to the unavailability of a free intensive care cot in the appropriate NHS board area in each year since 1996-97, broken down by board.

S2W-4183 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the aggregate external finance settlement from April 2004 to reflect additional costs to local authorities arising from any increase in water charges.

S2W-4184 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will offer a new relief scheme to all registered charities as a result of the increase in water charges.

 

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