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Business Bulletin No. 68 / 2004

Friday 23rd April 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Thursday 22nd April 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-7669 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria, legislation and rules govern a local authority seeking to promote and run a referendum.

S2W-7670 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is within the powers of a local authority to promote one side in a referendum and, if so, what public funding is available for the opposite side in such a referendum.

S2W-7671 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7038 by Malcolm Chisholm on 1 April 2004, under what circumstances thiomersal would be removed from childhood vaccines as a precautionary measure and whether there are any plans to use the mercury-free vaccine, Infanrix, as an alternative to thiomersal.

S2W-7672 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of public funds has been allocated to Scotland the Brand since its inception.

S2W-7673 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funds has been allocated to researching a new Scottish brand and/or logo for the purpose of promoting Scotland overseas; how much each associated contract has cost, and to whom they were awarded.

S2W-7674 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the possible change in fees in civil cases in Scotland that may be required following the establishment of a UK Supreme Court.

S2W-7675 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the costs it will incur if a UK Supreme Court is established; how much it will have to contribute to the running costs of a Supreme Court, and how such costs compare with the running costs of the current system.

S2W-7676Δ Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be its achievements in its participation in this year's Tartan Day celebrations in the United States of America.

S2W-7677 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish specific proposals on how it will reduce light pollution.

S2W-7678 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered care homes there are.

S2W-7679 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered care homes have had an advisory visit from the fire service following the Rosepark Care Home fire, broken down by local authority area, and, of these, how many the fire service reported as unsatisfactory to the Care Commission and, of these, how many are local authority-owned.

S2W-7680Δ Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue guidance under the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003.

S2W-7681 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what public funding is available to producers of biofuels.

S2W-7682 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for the use of biofuels, in light of the Kyoto targets.

S2W-7683 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding any possible reduction in duty on biofuels.

S2W-7684 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what countries Scotland imports biofuels from and how much is imported from each country.

S2W-7685 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what research is being undertaken into the development of biofuels.

S2W-7686 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what facilities are currently available for the manufacture and processing of biofuels.

S2W-7687 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the position is in respect of the approximately 1,400 pieces of correspondence sent to its Ministerial Correspondence Unit from the residents of Greengairs and the surrounding area concerning Eden Waste Recycling Ltd's application for a new landfill site and why any of the correspondence has not been dealt with.

S2W-7689 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address the issues raised in the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland's report National Overview - March 2004: Diabetes.

S2W-7690 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be allocated to support the roll-out of the Scottish Care Information - Diabetes Collaboration system across Scotland.

S2W-7691 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards are considering the potential of patient-held care plans for diabetes.

S2W-7692 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the standardisation of information leaflets for diabetes patients, families and friends.

S2W-7693 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being put in place to ensure that patients with diabetes receive a full annual review.

S2W-7694 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, with reference to the minutes of its meeting of 7 October 2003, whether it will place a copy of the Scottish Parliament and Business Exchange's review of operations in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-7695 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wind farm applications have been approved, broken down by region.

S2W-7696 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what links have been developed between its strategy and action plan, Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, and its other policies and initiatives and what objectives have been achieved as a result.

S2W-7697 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to ensure that reducing the rate of suicide is clearly on its agenda and that of its departments, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7698 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when the National Implementation Support Team, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, first met; on how many occasions it has met, and what issues were on its agenda.

S2W-7699 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, how many events the National Support Network has organised and what local agencies have taken part.

S2W-7700 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, how many national suicide prevention summits have been held and what issues have been discussed.

S2W-7701 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, when the National Public Mental Health Resource Service was established and what its key objectives are.

S2W-7702 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance on priority groups has been published and on what dates, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7703 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when guidelines for the media were published, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7704 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when a national capacity for collection of data on suicide was established, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7705 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out on suicide prevention and what research has been published, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7706 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, what performance management arrangements have been established to monitor the impact of the strategy and action plan on service provision.

S2W-7707 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what local alliances have been established, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7708 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local action plans have been established and when, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7709 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local self-help groups have been established, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7710 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local training programmes have been developed, as referred to in Choose Life - A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland.

S2W-7711 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Integrated Administration and Control System cases are with the Appeals Secretariat of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department waiting to be heard.

S2W-7712 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is before an Integrated Administration and Control System appeal is heard by the Appeals Secretariat of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department.

S2W-7713 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is its policy to inform applicants to the integrated Administration and Control System Appeals Secretariat of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department of when their cases will be heard.

S2W-7714 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget was for aquaculture research in each of the last eight years and what the budget allocation is for such research for each of the next five years.

S2W-7715 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benchmark for non-completion of courses is for each university, and has been in each year for which figures are available, and what it will do to reduce non-completion rates.

S2W-7716 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs to it are of monies loaned by the Student Loans Company.

S2W-7717 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs the Student Loans Company for each 1 it loans.

S2W-7718 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it (a) has taken and (b) intends to take to prevent the sale of school and public playing fields.

S2W-7719 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scotland's (a) medical, (b) dentistry and (c) engineering graduates find work in (i) Scotland, (ii) elsewhere in the UK, (iii) elsewhere in the EU and (iv) elsewhere in the world as a first destination.

S2W-7720 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34385 by Mr Andy Kerr on 11 March 2003, what its budget out-turn was for press and communications in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.

S2W-7721 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to Her Majesty's Government about whether the vote and result of the proposed referendum on the EU draft constitution will be counted and reported for Scotland separately from the rest of the United Kingdom.

S2W-7722 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has carried out of Professor Allyson Pollock's work on PFI.

S2W-7723 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how the capital expenditure of the NHS has varied as a result of PPP/PFI projects.

S2W-7724 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact PPP/PFI projects have had on the capital expenditure of each local authority.

S2W-7725 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on advisers' fees for PPP and PFI projects in each year since 1999.

S2W-7726 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the divergence has been between outline business case costs and out-turn costs for each PPP or PFI project in the last seven years.

S2W-7727 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times public sector comparators for PPP or PFI projects have been reappraised before a final decision has been made on a project in each of the last five years.

S2W-7728 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times bankruptcy or liquidation has affected a partner in a PPP or PFI project.

S2W-7729 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operational PPP and PFI projects there are and what the accounting treatment is for each project.

S2W-7730 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PPP/PFI partners have corporate trader status.

S2W-7731 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which PPP/PFI projects have shareholders who are limited partnerships and who these shareholders are in each case.

S2W-7732 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PPP/PFI projects have had shares transactions of more than 10% of the overall shareholding.

S2W-7733 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how often its procurement decisions have been challenged under the provisions of the Government Procurement Agreement.

S2W-7734 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on 21 April 2004 by the Minister for Justice on the prisoner escort and court custody services contract, whether the contract between the Scottish Prison Service and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd was approved by the minister before it became final and binding and what the reasons are for the position on the matter; whether the contract contains any provision which entitles Reliance to withhold any part of the contract for commercial reasons and, if so, what such a provision is; whether there are any provisions in the contract that cannot be disclosed for reasons of law enforcement or prisoner security, and whether it is customary to include such provisions in a commercial contract of this nature.

S2W-7735 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on 21 April by the Minister for Justice on the prisoner escort and court custody services contract, whether Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd will assume responsibility for the transfer of prisoners with a psychiatric mental health condition to, and from, prisons and hospitals and, if so, what training Reliance staff will receive before taking up their duties, how long such training will last, and what provision there is in the contract for this.

S2W-7736 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operational hours Strathclyde Police has spent in trying to apprehend James McCormick, the prisoner mistakenly released by Reliance Custodial Services.

S2W-7737 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has had to sanction overtime payments for staff at any prison due to delay in prisoners being transferred by Reliance Custodial Services and, if so, what the additional cost to the SPS budget has been.

 

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