Business Bulletin No. 80 / 2004
Wednesday 12th may 2004
Section E : Written questions lodged on Tuesday 11th May 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-8057 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which external officials are preparing a report for ministers on the conduct of recent culls in Glenfeshie and, in particular, the role of the Deer Commission for Scotland.
*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation.
A dh' fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba cò iad na h-oifigearan às an taobh a-muigh a tha ag ullachadh aithisg do mhinistearan mun spadadh-fèidh a ghabh àite ann an Gleann Fèisidh bho chionn goirid agus, gu h-àraid, dè am pàirt a bhios aig Coimisean Fèidh na h-Alba ann an sin. *
S2W-8126 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a memorandum of understanding to be agreed between VisitScotland and VisitBritain; how long such a memorandum has been under negotiation and whether negotiations have taken place between the two agencies only or have included its department responsible for tourism; what directions and guidance the Executive has provided to VisitScotland regarding its relationship with VisitBritain, and how it envisages that future responsibilities for marketing Scotland abroad should be divided between VisitScotland and VisitBritain.
S2W-8127 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any application has been made under the trans-European network grant scheme to provide rail links to ports, in particular from (a) the proposed Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line and (b) the main Edinburgh to Aberdeen line to the port of Rosyth.
S2W-8129 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what activities are planned by it and VisitScotland in association with the visit of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to Sweden in October 2004.
S2W-8130 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics it has with regard to the shortage of housing in the rental and owner-occupier sectors in rural areas, particularly for local people seeking to purchase or rent property in their area for the first time.
S2W-8131 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has concerns about the operation of a points system for applications for housing by housing associations.
S2W-8132 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stop-and-searches were carried out on members of minority ethnic groups in each of the last three years, broken down by ethnic minority group.
S2W-8133 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether adequate GP out-of-hours cover can be provided for east and central Sutherland from Dingwall or Invergordon.
S2W-8134 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1778 by Ms Margaret Curran on 19 August 2003, what Communities Scotland's investment in real terms will be in 2004-05 and what investment is projected for 2005-06.
S2W-8135 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3112 by Ms Margaret Curran on 21 October 2003, how the £57 million for rural affordable housing was distributed, broken down by local authority area.
S2W-8136 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to the petition of Robert Napier for judicial review, it will provide details of (a) how many days the main hearing before Lord Bonomy took and how much was paid to each counsel engaged in the case on each of those days, (b) how much was paid to counsel for preliminary work up to the main hearing, (c) how much was spent on each expert witness instructed, (d) how many hours were spent by solicitors and other staff employed by it on the case and (e) any other costs incurred by it on the case.
S2W-8137 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-6805 by Hugh Henry on 22 March 2004, what funding was allocated to each NHS board for drug treatment services in 2003-04.
S2W-8138 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5817 by Hugh Henry on 10 February 2004, what funding was allocated to local authorities for addressing drug misuse as part of their grant aided expenditure in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, broken down by (i) local authority and (ii) NHS board area.
S2W-8139 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial contribution it, Strathclyde Passenger Transport or Scotrail make to costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the railway station at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport.
S2W-8140 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital contribution it, or any public authority, has made to the provision of the railway station at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport.
S2W-8141 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is planned to allow access to employability services for recovered drug and alcohol addicts.
S2W-8142 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7480 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 May 2004, when it received the final report referred to in the answer; whether the final report will be published before the summer recess, and whether it intends to publish the preliminary report and what the reason is for its position on the matter.
S2W-8143 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is given to help people addicted to methadone.
S2W-8144 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research and statistics are available to show whether the prescribing of methadone has reduced drug-related crime.
S2W-8145 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all people prescribed methadone are routinely screened for consumption of heroin and other drugs.
S2W-8146 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs to supply prescribed methadone to one person for one year.
S2W-8147 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether (a) known methadone addicts and (b) people prescribed methadone are given regular screening assessment and referral to provide them with knowledge of their condition and options available for detoxification and rehabilitation.
S2W-8148 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the waiting times are for residential (a) drug detoxification and (b) alcohol detoxification in each NHS board area.
S2W-8149 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methadone prescribing programme has been a success as a harm reduction strategy.
S2W-8150 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether methadone prescribing is the best option for drug addicts' health.
S2W-8151 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-6845 by Allan Wilson on 29 April 2004, whether it will review the eligibility criteria for the exemption scheme in respect of circumstances where an applicant is debarred from the scheme unless the premises had relief from water charges as at 31 March 1999 and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.
S2W-8152Δ Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it now proposes to take in light of Lord Bonomy's judgment in the Napier case.
S2W-8153 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has made in the last five years into the possibility of a second road bridge over the Forth in the Queensferry area.
S2W-8154 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any land has been purchased by any party for use for a second road bridge over the Forth in the Queensferry area and, if so, when it was purchased, how much land was purchased, how much the land cost and what it is currently being used for.
S2W-8155 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations or reviews it (a) has conducted, (b) is conducting and (c) plans in relation to tolls on the Forth Road Bridge and the Tay Bridge.
S2W-8158 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has that services to methadone patients, particularly in Glasgow and Edinburgh, may be withdrawn partly or wholly due to a dispute by GPs over payments for such treatment and what action it will take to address any such concerns.
S2W-8159 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of GP practices in each NHS board area prescribe methadone.
S2W-8160 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to raise awareness among health professionals of the updated British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network guidelines on asthma care, particularly in light of the recent report, Global Burden of Asthma, commissioned by The Global Initiative for Asthma indicating that Scotland has the highest incidence of asthma amongst 13 and 14-year-olds in the world.