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Business Bulletin No. 169 / 2003

Monday 8th December 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Friday 5th December 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-4694 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) staff have sought counselling services in connection with giving evidence, or preparing to give evidence, to the Holyrood Inquiry and what financial provision the SPCB has made for such services.

S2W-4695 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will establish the scheme to compensate people who contracted hepatitis C through contaminated blood products

S2W-4711 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many single pupil exclusions there have been that lasted for more than one academic year in each year since 1999 and, of these, how many pupils were provided with education in (a) another school managed by the same education authority, (b) another school outwith the same education authority where the managers were willing to receive the pupil and (c) a setting outwith school.

S2W-4712 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time has been for education authorities to find alternative education for excluded pupils in each year since 1999, broken down by education authority area.

S2W-4713 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time was before (a) temporarily and (b) permanently excluded pupils received any form of education in each year since 1999.

S2W-4714 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many excluded pupils have been provided with alternative education that was not sufficient to meet their educational needs in each year since 1999.

S2W-4715 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community-based out-of-school sex education programmes have been set up in each year since 1999.

S2W-4716 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines there are regarding the amount of time allocated for each gender to receive sex education in separate classes in schools.

S2W-4717 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time has been for an initial appointment with a sexual health specialist in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4718 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences there have been of pelvic inflammatory disease, and what the rate of incidence was, in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4719 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of pelvic inflammatory disease have been caused by chlamydia in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4720 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) local and (b) national initiatives it has introduced to promote sexual health among (i) young women, (ii) men who have sex with men and (iii) ethnic minority groups in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4721 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases of HIV the infection has been contracted (a) within and (b) outwith Scotland in each year since 1999.

S2W-4722 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the prevalence of HIV has been per 10,000 pregnant women in each year since 1999 and whether data quality accounts for any changes in these figures.

S2W-4723 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been made available to promote sexual health to (a) patients, (b) parents and (c) schools in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4724 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the increase in recurrence of genital warts since 1999.

S2W-4725 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many looked after females became pregnant within 18 to 24 months of leaving care in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4726 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pregnant teenagers were children of single parents, expressed also as a percentage of all teenage pregnancies, in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4727 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been provided to improve access to sexual health services for (a) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, (b) ethnic minority groups, (c) commercial sex workers and (d) homeless people in each year since 1999.

S2W-4728 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what services there are to support (a) women and (b) men in the event of termination of pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth in each NHS board area.

S2W-4729 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been allocated for providing information to the public on how to access sexual health services in each year since 1999.

S2W-4730 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tier 4 services, as referred to in the supporting papers to Enhancing Sexual Wellbeing in Scotland: A Sexual Health Relationship Strategy, there are in each community health partnership area.

S2W-4731 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) GPs and (b) other members of primary care teams would be needed to ensure adequate implementation of Enhancing Sexual Wellbeing in Scotland: A Sexual Health Relationship Strategy at (i) tier 1 and (ii) tier 2 level.

S2W-4732 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legislative differences between Scotland and England would have to be borne in mind if adoption of the guidelines referred to in support paper 5b to its sexual health strategy were to be considered.

S2W-4733 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will provide to short-term pilot projects on anonymous bar coding and diagnostic test kits for sexually transmitted infections, as referred to in its sexual health strategy.

S2W-4734 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people (a) are currently waiting for and (b) have received in each year since 1999 an initial consultation with a sexual dysfunction specialist, giving the median waiting time for each year.

S2W-4735 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many healthcare professionals (a) are currently working and (b) have worked in each year since 1999 with patients with sexual dysfunction.

S2W-4736 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median waiting time for an initial consultation with a sexual health specialist (a) is currently and (b) has been in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4737 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GPs have undergone continual professional development to update their knowledge and skills with regard to contraception in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4738 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) HIV and (b) chlamydia tests have been carried out in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4739 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it, and each of its agencies, have committed to the implementation of the Falkirk Action Plan in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) each of the next three years.

S2W-4740 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the planned allocations by Scottish Enterprise to Forth Valley Enterprise from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

S2W-4741 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value has been of consultancy contracts awarded by its department dealing with enterprise, and each of the department's agencies, to Ernst and Young in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the last three financial years, and what percentage of these contracts was awarded on a non-competitive basis, showing the total value of each such contract.

S2W-4744 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will use the hosting of the MTV awards to promote (a) Edinburgh and (b) Scotland as a tourist and event destination.

S2W-4745 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what the availability of biodiesel is for motorists in Scotland.

S2W-4746 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage the production and use of biodiesel.

S2W-4747 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any Scotland-based producers of biodiesel.

S2W-4748 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to gain a reduction in fuel tax for carbon neutral fuels such as biodiesel.

S2W-4749 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been allocated under the strategic waste fund since its inception.

S2W-4750 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what schemes, and how many, have been funded by the strategic waste fund.

S2W-4751 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of recycling schemes is (a) community-based and (b) corporate-led, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-4752 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage increase in recycling there has been since the introduction of the strategic waste fund.

S2W-4753 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3973 by Mr Jim Wallace on 25 November 2003, how the statement that "in general terms, the implications for Scotland of UK membership of the Euro are similar to the UK as a whole" is consistent with the statement that "the specific effects of monetary union would be anticipated to differ across regions", particularly if no analysis has been carried out, or is planned, to assess the impact of UK membership on specific sectors within Scotland.

S2W-4754 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when its review of higher education will report in respect of any consequences of the proposed introduction of top-up fees in English universities.

S2W-4755 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is assessing the risk to trees from sudden oak death, Phytophtora ramorum, and whether any action can be taken to reduce the risk.

S2W-4756 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4247 by Malcolm Chisholm on 3 December 2003, whether there were any technical difficulties with regard to links to the National Waiting Times Database that prevented such links being found on its website, its press release SEDH556/2003 or Scottish Health on the Web on the day the National Waiting Times Database was launched and, if so, what these difficulties were.

S2W-4757 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities make provision for primary schoolchildren to learn to swim.

S2W-4758 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that all local authorities make provision for primary schoolchildren to learn to swim.

S2W-4759 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the percentage of children who have learned to swim by the time they leave primary school.

S2W-4760 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it, or any of its agencies, have taken to persuade Amazon.com to locate its European operations centre in Scotland.

S2W-4761 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been allocated to sport since 1992, broken down by funding source, and how much it plans to spend on sport in the next three years.

S2W-4762 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any review of the way in which stoma appliances are prescribed will ensure that stoma nurses will continue to be responsible for carrying out patient reviews and able to suggest the most appropriate appliance to be used and that patients will continue to be given a selection of appliances to test before deciding which one to have on prescription.

S2W-4763 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16722 by Malcolm Chisholm on 23 July 2001, what progress has been made in the introduction of neonatal hearing screening in light of research showing that if children are identified as deaf before six months of age they are likely to develop language at the same or similar rate to a hearing child, as referred to in the National Deaf Children's Society's Annual Review 2003 Making Dreams Real.

S2W-4764 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to extend the Positive Mental Well-Being project for schoolchildren who are deaf.

S2W-4765 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to objective 3, target 4 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning chapter of its Draft Budget 2004-05, whether increasing the number of modern apprenticeships to over 25,000 by 2006 represents a change of policy from its target of 30,000; if so, why the target has been reduced, and whether the reduction has been announced to the Parliament.

S2W-4766 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to objective 5, target 9 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning chapter of its Draft Budget 2004-05, which quartile of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries Scotland's proportion of the workforce that are graduates falls into; what percentage of the workforce are graduates, and what the trend has been in respect of the number of graduates in the workforce in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S2W-4767 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to objective 4, target 6 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning chapter of its Draft Budget 2004-05, which quartile of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries Scotland's gap in unemployment rates between the worst 10% of areas and the average falls into; what these gaps are, and how the gaps have changed in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S2W-4768 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the 4% reduction in the planned budget of Scottish Enterprise between 2003-04 and 2005-06 and what budgets will be affected by this reduction.

S2W-4769 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the (a) 7% reduction in the budget for regional selective assistance between 2003-04 and 2004-05 and (b) 20% rise in that budget between 2004-05 and 2005-06 and what impact these changes will have on overall levels of business investment.

S2W-4770 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of the items covered under "other enterprise and lifelong learning" in each of the three financial years covered by table 6.01 on page 96 of its Draft Budget 2004-05.

S2W-4771 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the budget of its department dealing with enterprise, and the department's agencies, was spent on management and administration in each of the last three years and how much will be spent in each of the next three years.

S2W-4772 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under schedule 7 of the Housing (Scotland) 2001 Act, a person is prevented from serving on the board of a registered social landlord if a relative (a) owns or (b) is a director of a company that is on the approved list of contractors for that registered social landlord.

S2W-4773 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what parts of the fire service integrated risk management plan guidance framework are being implemented; in which fire services the framework is being partially, or wholly, implemented; what consultations took place prior to implementation; what the estimated cost of implementation is, and what its plans are for future implementation of, and consultations about, the framework.

S2W-4774 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what remit has been issued to the Accounts Commission for Scotland in respect of verifying the achievements of the Scottish Fire Service prior to, and as a pre-condition of, the full implementation of the pending pay award to firefighters; whether the remit has been published; what consultations took place about the remit with stakeholders in (a) Scotland and (b) Her Majesty's Government; on what date the remit was formally issued, and what the deadline is for completion of the audit.

 

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