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Business Bulletin No. 71 / 2004

Wednesday 28th April 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Tuesday 27th 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-7816 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations (SI 1998/643), with particular regard to extending the time available to carry out an Internet search session.

S2W-7817Δ Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 21 and 22 April 2004.

S2W-7818 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7186 by Lewis Macdonald on 26 April 2004, whether the directive will apply to developments planned before 21 July 2004 and adopted between July 2004 and July 2006. 

S2W-7819 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7186 by Lewis Macdonald on 26 April 2004, what impact it considers that wind farms have on the environment.

S2W-7820 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7186 by Lewis Macdonald on 26 April 2004, what would constitute a new plan or programme for the purposes of the directive.

S2W-7821 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs have been to the Scottish Legal Aid Board in respect of cases appealed to the House of Lords in each of the last five years.

S2W-7822 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what it anticipates the annual cost will be to the Scottish Legal Aid Board of cases being presented to any newly-formed UK Supreme Court.

S2W-7823 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what it anticipates the additional costs will be to the Justice Department of having a UK Supreme Court, rather than the Court of Session, and what the breakdown of any such costs will be.

S2W-7824 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it estimates the reform of stamp duty will have on (a) its budget and (b) the budgets of local authorities.

S2W-7825 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds it has made available to local authorities to cover the implications for them of the abolition of feudal tenure.

S2W-7826 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has regarding the impact on local authorities of the abolition of feudal tenure.

S2W-7827 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government with regard to the impact of stamp duty land tax on the Scottish system of conveyancing land.

S2W-7828 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs to it are for each 1 loaned by the Student Loans Company.

S2W-7829 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how the capital costs of the NHS have varied as a result of PPP/PFI projects.

S2W-7830 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact PPP/PFI projects have had on the capital costs of each local authority.

S2W-7831 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners may occupy a prisoner place, as defined in the Scottish Prison Service's key performance targets.

S2W-7832 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33814 by Mr Jim Wallace on 19 February 2003, how the stabbings of three prisoners at HM Prison Kilmarnock in September 2002 have now been recorded for the purpose of the prison's performance points.

S2W-7833 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which operators of PFI/PPP schools will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-7834 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which operators of PFI/PPP prisons will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-7835 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which operators of PFI/PPP hospitals will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-7836 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which contractors under contracted-out road maintenance contracts will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-7837 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to remove road maintenance functions from local authorities.

S2W-7838 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-30312 and S2W-113 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 17 October 2002 and 2 June 2003 respectively, how many reports to procurators fiscal were marked "no proceedings" for reason of (a) time-bar, (b) delay by police/reporting agency, (c) lack of court resources, (d) procurator fiscal staff shortage and (e) delay by procurator fiscal in 2003-04, broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-7839 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-33923 and S2W-116 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 10 March and 2 June 2003 respectively, how many cases were marked "no proceedings" in 2003-04 because of a non-court disposal, broken down into warnings, conditional offers, fiscal fines and diversions from prosecution.

S2W-7840 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each non-police reporting agency that provides reports to the procurator fiscal electronically, how many reports procurators fiscal received from each such reporting agency in 2002-03 and, of these, how many (a) were marked "no proceedings" on account of delay on the part of the reporting agency, (b) proceeded to trial, (c) resulted in a conviction and (d) are currently pending.

S2W-7841 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each non-police reporting agency that provides reports to the procurator fiscal, which agencies provide electronic reports and, for each agency that does not, when it expects the agency to introduce electronic reporting.

S2W-7842 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports procurators fiscal received from each police force in 2002-03 and, of these, how many (a) were marked "no proceedings" on account of delay on the part of the reporting agency, (b) proceeded to trial, (c) resulted in a conviction and (d) are currently pending.

S2W-7843 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3121 by Cathy Jamieson on 14 October 2003, who was responsible for the proportionate increase to the baseline figures in the calculation of the payment for the services of HM Prison Kilmarnock to reflect the provision of additional prisoner places being incorrect.

S2W-7844 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what records it is keeping of the use by local authorities of their power to advance well-being under section 20 of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003.

S2W-7845 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003, when it will bring into force (a) the remainder of section 8 and section 9, (b) section 11, (c) the remainder of section 35 and section 36 and (d) section 40 and what the reasons are for each of these sections not yet being brought into force.

S2W-7846 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) statutory instruments made by a Minister of the Crown or Her Majesty in Council and (b) Acts of the UK Parliament have amended (i) an Act of the Scottish Parliament, (ii) an Act of Parliament relating to a devolved area and (c) a Scottish Statutory Instrument in each year since 1 July 1999.

S2W-7847 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-1869 and S2W-3121 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 September and 14 October 2003 respectively, why the proportionate increase to the baseline figures to reflect the provision of additional prisoner places was incorrect.

S2W-7849 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now estimates that the practice of slopping out will be eradicated across the entire prison estate.

S2W-7850 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what advantages there are in a road equivalent tariff scheme for transport costs to and from island communities.

S2W-7851 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage Midlothian and the City of Edinburgh councils to hold a referendum seeking the views of parents on whether five rural and six city schools respectively should be closed.

S2W-7852 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is an alternative strategy to allow the A75 to bypass Dunragit in Wigtownshire in view of the presence of monuments of national importance on the originally preferred route for such a bypass.

S2W-7853 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive who it has commissioned to undertake research into business decisions on innovation and research and development in order to increase business investment in research and development compared to OECD competitors, as referred to in target one of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning chapter of its Annual Evaluation Report 2005-06; what the researcher's remit is, and when the researcher's findings will be reported.

S2W-7854 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive who it has consulted on the proposed methodology that it is considering for applications for Regional Selective Assistance to be assessed against its sustainable development objectives, as referred to in target three of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning chapter of its Annual Evaluation Report 2005-06.

S2W-7855 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest available figures are from the Enterprise Networks for the numbers of those in training under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and how many of these individuals it expects to be in full-time employment within (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) one year after the completion of their training.

S2W-7856 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on publishing its consultations in each year since 1999.

S2W-7857 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners or suspects have escaped from Scottish Prison Service custody while being transported to and from court in each of the last five years.

S2W-7858 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners or suspects have escaped from police custody while being transported to and from court in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-7859 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Minister for Justice had with Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd, the Scottish Courts Service, chief constables and the Scottish Prison Service to discuss the contract for escorting prisoners, prior to it coming into effect, detailing when the meetings took place and what items were discussed.

S2W-7860 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether staff from HM Prison Kilmarnock have been involved in the transportation of prisoners to and from court.

S2W-7861 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police hours it was envisaged that the contract with Reliance Secure Management Ltd would free up.

S2W-7862 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop an action plan on flooding similar to that developed by the UK Foresight Programme and whether it will require the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and COSLA to contribute to such a plan, as their English counterparts have done.

S2W-7863 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the establishment of the Skipton Fund.

S2W-7864 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that liberalisation of the water service under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) would be beneficial for the service and, if not, what steps it is taking to oppose such liberalisation.

S2W-7865 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made of the effects of liberalisation of services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services on its areas of responsibility.

S2W-7866 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on privatising the water supply.

S2W-7867 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to the European Union on the inclusion of water services in the latest round of liberalisations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S2W-7868 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that Scottish Water will remain as a public corporation under the provisions of the draft Water Services Bill.

S2W-7869 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that Scottish Water will be protected from privatisation under the provisions of the draft Water Services Bill, if water is included in the latest round of liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

S2W-7870 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how the position of resident GP in the practice of Dalmally will be advertised and whether the advertisement will appear on the NHS website.

S2W-7871 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards are entering 2004-05 carrying forward deficits and what the level of each such deficit is.

S2W-7872 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards are projecting overspend budgets for 2004-05 and what the levels of such projected overspends are.

S2W-7873 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will treat existing hydro-electric generating schemes in relation to its renewable energy targets.

 

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