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Business Bulletin No. 5 / 2004

Friday 9th January 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Thursday 8th January 2004

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-5330 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salaried dentist posts have been advertised since the introduction of such posts and how many vacancies there are currently in each NHS board area.

S2W-5346 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its decision on the future of Earnock High School, Hamilton.

S2W-5347 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure the safety of pupils travelling to Blantyre, should it decide to close Earnock High School, Hamilton.

S2W-5348 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure that pupils have access to all out-of-school activities, should it decide to close Earnock High School, Hamilton.

S2W-5349 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure the servicing of the growing school roll in light of the increasing housing stock in Hamilton, should the Executive decide to close Earnock High School.

S2W-5350 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will have a hard shoulder and, if not, how much it would cost to add one.

S2W-5351 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking regarding the use of seatbelts on school buses.

S2W-5352 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what share of the total budget for the proposed online upgrade of the A80 is being provided by European structural funds, expressed both in cash and percentage terms.

S2W-5353 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of road deaths and casualties.

S2W-5354 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution by its departments, the NHS and other government bodies.

S2W-5355 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on alternative dispute resolution and other mediation services in each of the last four years, broken down by department.

S2W-5356 Robin Harper: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-16309 by Sir David Steel on 29 June 2001, whether the environmental certification details referred to have been placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and whether details of all timber used since July 2001 will be placed there.

S2W-5357 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its recent decision to award funding to local authorities for 20 mph speed restrictions outside schools, whether it will allow local authorities to use this money for other purposes such as improved gritting on school bus routes.

S2W-5358 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many eviction applications have been made by Glasgow Housing Association since the completion of the Glasgow housing stock transfer.

S2W-5359 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many eviction applications were made by Glasgow City Council in each of the three years preceding the Glasgow housing stock transfer.

S2W-5360 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were postponed due to bed shortages in the (a) South Glasgow University Hospital NHS Trust and (b) North Glasgow NHS Trust in each of the last five years.

S2W-5361 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were postponed due to bed shortages at the old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in each of the three years prior to its closure.

S2W-5362 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations have been postponed due to bed shortages at the new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in each year since it opened.

S2W-5363 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider a compensation scheme for deckhands who have lost their employment in the fishing industry due to decommissioning on a similar basis to the compensation awarded to deep-sea trawler men who used to fish off Iceland.

S2W-5364 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be to the NHS should home-based respite services no longer be provided in north and west Sutherland.

S2W-5365 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are currently waiting for a diagnosis of autism, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-5366 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made in respect of the renovation or restoration of Kinloch Castle on Rum; whether it has any plans to restore and preserve the castle and, if so, how the restoration will be funded; what information it has on the current estimated cost of restoration, and whether there has been any change in this cost, in light of the recommendations of the report by Page and Park architects, Conservation, Management and Business Plan Proposals relating to Proposals for Future of Kinloch Castle.

S2W-5367 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the broad criteria are for the designation of community health partnerships.

S2W-5368 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what process should be followed to reach agreement over the boundaries of community health partnerships.

S2W-5369 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether community health partnerships should, where possible, reflect natural communities.

S2W-5370 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance is attached to the views of GPs and local communities in determining the boundaries of community health partnerships.

S2W-5371 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a mandatory rates relief scheme for community amateur sports clubs, similar to that introduced in England and Wales.

S2W-5372 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities provide rates relief to sports clubs and what funding has been allocated to local authorities to provide such rates relief in each of the last five years.

S2W-5373 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government in respect of the introduction of 80% mandatory rates relief for community amateur sports clubs and what the cost would be of the introduction of such a scheme in Scotland.

S2W-5374 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual expenditure has been on public relations and advertising by Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd since 1997 and what the estimated budget for such expenditure is for the next three years.

S2W-5375 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reach a decision on the retail development planning application at Westway Retail Park, Arbroath, following the local public inquiry held in October 2003.

S2W-5376 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents occurred on the B822 between the Gonachan Bridge, Fintry and the border with East Dunbartonshire, north of Lennoxtown, in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-5377 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual (a) actual and (b) additional cost would be of providing free prescriptions to (i) the whole population and (ii) those people who are currently not eligible and who have (1) a terminal illness and (2) long-term health problems.

S2W-5378 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage overseas students at Scottish universities to live and work in Scotland after they graduate.

S2W-5379 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will make public the annual rental it pays for the accommodation, other than the Assembly Hall, which parliamentary staff and MSPs occupy.

S2W-5380 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds are available for tenant and resident associations in areas of deprivation and low household incomes where such voluntary organisations seek to renovate local neighbourhoods and make them more secure.

S2W-5381 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households in (a) West Renfrewshire and (b) Scotland have benefited from the central heating installation programme and what the average waiting time is for such work to be completed.

S2W-5382 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it received to its consultation on the report of the Nicholson Committee and what the plans and timetable are for the implementation of recommendations contained in the report.

S2W-5383 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a table or tables listing the identifiable public expenditure per capita, for each year in which figures are available, broken down into (a) housing, (b) health, (c) education, (d) tourism, (e) transport, (f) roads, (g) local government, (h) fire and emergency services, (i) police and (j) prisons, and what comparative information it has on identifiable public expenditure per capita under these headings for (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) the United Kingdom and on Scotland's per capita identifiable public expenditure under each heading as a proportion of such expenditure in (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Northern Island and (4) the United Kingdom.

S2W-5384 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make any representations to Her Majesty's Government in support of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ballast plc being placed in administration, in light of the impact of this matter on the East Lothian PPP schools project.

S2W-5385 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish, or direct the local authority to publish, the contract documents in relation to the East Lothian PPP schools project contract with Ballast plc.

S2W-5386 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to the East Lothian PPP schools project contract with Ballast plc, there was any provision of a performance bond, parent company guarantee or other measure designed to protect against the insolvency or non-performance of the contractor.

S2W-5387 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the impact on the East Lothian PPP schools project of Ballast plc being placed in administration, what steps it will take to ensure that sub-contractors receive the money that they are due and whether it has any plans to introduce provisions to allow public sector clients to make payments direct to any sub-contractor adversely affected by external factors, such as companies being placed in administration.

S2W-5388 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made in respect of the level of fees levied by Deloitte and Touche in relation to Ballast plc being in administration, in light of the impact of the matter on the East Lothian PPP schools project.

S2W-5389 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to conduct a review of its public sector procurement policy and practice in light of the impact of Ballast plc being placed in administration on the East Lothian PPP schools project.

S2W-5390Δ Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds will be made available to NHS boards for 2004-05.

 

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