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Business Bulletin No. 34 / 2004

Wednesday 25th February 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Tuesday 24th February 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-6327 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3760 by Mr Tom McCabe on 12 November 2003, whether there are now any proposals to change the current regime in respect of the prescription of stoma appliances.

S2W-6388 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, how many of the 3,742 overseas nurses recruited to work in Britain from the banned list of countries in 2002-03 were recruited to work in Scotland.

S2W-6393 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5903 by Ms Margaret Curran on 17 February 2004, whether it will provide a breakdown of the nature of housing provided in each local authority area into (a) general needs housing, (b) special needs housing, (c) low cost housing and (d) any other identifiable category.

S2W-6394 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes are required to the statistical information contained in Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland 2001-02 as a result of the revision in February 2004 of previous estimates for Scottish gross domestic product and gross value added and, in particular, what changes required to be made to the information contained in tables 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1, 8.2, 9.5, 9.7 and 9.8, what the revised figures are for section 4 under "Aggregate Expenditure in Scotland", and what changes require to be made to the information contained in figure 9.2, the Appendix A sections on "non-identifiable expenditure", "central government and public corporation debt interest" and "other items, including nation account adjustments" and Appendix C.

S2W-6395 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now publish a revised version of its estimates of government expenditure and revenues in Scotland for the period covered by its revisions of gross domestic product and gross value added figures.

S2W-6396 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current Scottish Water proposals in respect of wastewater treatment on the Isle of Arran represent best value and what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

S2W-6397 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive, if the current Scottish Water proposals in respect of wastewater treatment on the Isle of Arran are implemented, how many homes on the island would remain unconnected to the public sewage system; where these homes are located; what percentage of homes in each area specified by Scottish Water for improvement work would remain unconnected to the public sewerage system, and by what method homes not connected to the public sewerage system would dispose of raw sewage.

S2W-6398 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has had into the Atkinson Review on national statistics and what relevance this review will have for Scotland.

S2W-6399 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional level of private housebuilding is necessary to arrest recent rises in house prices.

S2W-6400 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the planning system is a contributory factor to house building levels being relatively unresponsive to price signals.

S2W-6401 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on West Lothian Council's support for a full community and health care partnership building on the success of its integrated trust model, the joint future arrangements for community services expanded to include appropriate services for children, the health improvement agenda and the West Lothian Community Planning Partnership and whether the Scottish Executive will issue guidance to ensure that West Lothian Council representation on such a community and health care partnership's management committee includes trade union representatives and a politically-balanced representation of elected members.

S2W-6402 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address concerns of West Lothian and North Lanarkshire councils that the emphasis of the city review will lead to a diminution of the role of urban economies between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

S2W-6403 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the contributions to the economy of communities outwith the major cities.

S2W-6404 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how important it is for the economic significance and potential of the West Lothian and North Lanarkshire area to be recognised if the city regions of Edinburgh and Glasgow are to be properly developed.

S2W-6405 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet West Lothian and North Lanarkshire councils to discuss the case for a balanced city region approach and address any problems and issues that face the substantial urban economies of the central belt.

S2W-6406 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that, following NHS Lothians' review of better acute care, the acute medical and surgical admissions facilities at the Western General Hospital and St John's Hospital will not close.

S2W-6407 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the review of burns treatment facilities by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer following a similar review in England, it will ensure that St John's Hospital will be designated as a burns unit and that there will not be a negative impact on St John's Hospital as a result of any redesignation of burns services.

S2W-6408 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the specialist burns unit and associated plastic surgery facility at St John's Hospital will be retained at no less than their current operational scope and size.

S2W-6409 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4807 by Malcolm Chisholm on 19 January 2004, what the difference was in median wait and mean wait, broken down by NHS board and speciality in each quarter.

S2W-6410 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4807 by Malcolm Chisholm on 19 January 2004, whether it holds the same information on median and mean waiting times for (a) in-patients and day cases and (b) out-patients, stating availability status codes.

S2W-6411 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent number of dentists working with the prison population has been in each year since 1999, broken down by prison.

S2W-6412 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) number and (b) whole-time equivalent number of dentists has been per head of the prison population in each year since 1999, broken down by prison.

S2W-6413 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how much methadone was prescribed in each year since 1999 and what percentage was sugar-free.

S2W-6414 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental procedures were performed in each year since 1999 and what percentage of procedures occurred after toothache symptoms had already been noted, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-6415 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that standards of data quality are consistent throughout the NHS and are maintained at the highest level possible, in light of the findings of NHSScotland Data Quality Assurance Report on Acute Inpatient / Day Case Data 2000 - 2002.

S2W-6416 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have received a community care service from their local authority in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6417 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding (a) has been and (b) will be invested in the implementation of (i) the recommendations of The Same as You? A review of services for people with learning disabilities and (ii) the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-6418 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have established rapid response teams as recommended by the Joint Future Group's report, as referred to in the annual report of the Chief Social Work Inspector, Progress with Complexity: The 2003 National Overview Report.

S2W-6419 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many carers' assessments there have been in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6420 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive which long-stay hospitals may not have all residents resettled by 2005 due to uncertainty over the financial framework by local authorities, as referred to in the annual report of the Chief Social Work Inspector, Progress with Complexity: The 2003 National Overview Report.

S2W-6421 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people (a) were eligible for and (b) received direct payments in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6422 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was for (a) equipment and (b) adaptations for people with physical disabilities, as referred to in the annual report of the Chief Social Work Inspector, Progress with Complexity: The 2003 National Overview Report, in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6423 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to direct local authorities to improve services for people with sensory impairments, in light of the concerns expressed by the annual report of the Chief Social Work Inspector, Progress with Complexity: The 2003 National Overview Report.

S2W-6424 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet its taget of having a 10% increase in the number of drug misusers receiving a drug treatment and care service in the community this year.

S2W-6425 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug misusers have received a drug treatment and care service in the community in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6426 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol in each year since its formation.

S2W-6427 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers were sponsored to undertake the Diploma in Social Work by their local authority in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6428 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social service workers will have to be redeployed by local authorities because they are unable, or unwilling, to achieve the requisite qualifications of the social services register for the staff in phase 1, as referred to in the annual report of the Chief Social Work Inspector Progress with Complexity: The 2003 National Overview Report.

S2W-6429 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most up-to-date figures are for the number of people on each New Deal.

S2W-6430 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been in foster care placements in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6431 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for adoption of children have been granted in each year since 1999 and what the average age of child adopted was in each year.

S2W-6432 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many looked after children were in full time education in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6433 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many looked after children did not have a social worker in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6434 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children leaving care were not in (a) full-time education, (b) employment or (c) training in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6435 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) psychologists and (b) people offering psychiatric assistance, provided mental health services for looked after children in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6436 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children with disabilities were on waiting lists for respite services in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6437 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors local authority funding for the provision of purchased bus services.

S2W-6438 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5144 by Allan Wilson on 21 January 2004, whether small waste oil burners used to heat schools, local halls and any other public or local authority facilities do not require to comply with the Waste Incineration (Scotland) Regulations 2003 on the same basis as private houses, given that they are similarly not being used for commercial activity.

S2W-6439 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5794 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 February 2004, whether any information has been made available to the US authorities in connection with visa applications on an indirect basis.

S2W-6440 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths by suicide occurred in each constituency in each of the last five years, broken down by age and gender.

S2W-6441 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths as a consequence of physical violence occurred in each constituency in each of the last five years, broken down by age and gender.

 

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