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Business Bulletin No. 86 / 2004

Thursday 20th May 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged Wednesday 19th 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-8282 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7393 by Malcolm Chisholm on 4 May 2004, on what date it will publish the conclusions of Towards Better Oral Health in Children and announce its decision on fluoridation of drinking water and, if no such date has yet been set, what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A dh' fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba, a' leantainn air freagairt Chaluim Shiosalaich air ceist S2W-7323 air 4 Cèitean 2004, dè an latha air am foillsich e na co-dhùnaidhean de A dh'ionnsaigh Slàinte-beòil nas Fheàrr ann an Cloinn (Towards Better Oral Health in Children) agus cuine a dh' ainmicheas e a cho-dhùnadh an cuirear fluoride ann am bùrn, agus mas e is nach deach ceann-latha airson sin a shuidheachadh fhathast, dè an t-adhbhar a tha aige airson sin.*

S2W-8321 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement on any possible relocation of Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and Scottish Further Education Funding Council posts.

S2W-8322 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Culture Commission intends to address the role of Scots and Gaelic as part of the future of arts in Scotland.

S2W-8323 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body on how many occasions discussions have taken place between elected members and the Training and Development Manager in respect of training and development for MSPs' staff in each year since 1999; what training needs were identified, and what training options were offered as a result of the discussions.

S2W-8324 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its expenditure on training and personal development has been for each grade of parliamentary staff in each of last four years; how many members of staff benefited from such training and development, and in what areas of training and personal development activity costs were incurred.

S2W-8325 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how the costs incurred in each PFI and PPP project since 1999 compare with the capital costs that would have been incurred had each project been funded through traditional procurement methods.

S2W-8326 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7832 by Cathy Jamieson on 14 May 2004, when it expects the performance points to be recorded and how they will be recorded.

S2W-8327 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7829 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 May 2004, whether it has evidence that PFI/PPP has had no impact on the capital costs of the NHS.

S2W-8328 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PFI/PPP projects have been refinanced since 1999.

S2W-8329 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7829 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 May 2004, whether there has been an increase in public funding in real terms for capital expenditure in the NHS since 1997.

S2W-8330 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7829 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 May 2004, whether there has been an increase in real terms in public funding for the NHS between 1999 and 2004 and, if so, what the increase has been.

S2W-8331 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7832 by Cathy Jamieson on 14 May 2004, which individuals, agencies and organisations are asked to respond to parliamentary questions on behalf of ministers.

S2W-8332 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7832 by Cathy Jamieson on 14 May 2004, why the response in the answer was not provided by the Minister for Justice.

S2W-8333 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to combat "cowboy" builders.

S2W-8334 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise the percentage of electrical contracting firms that have enrolled with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Engineering Contracting from the current estimate of 25%.

S2W-8335 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what records exist in respect of the number of building control inspections that have found that installations did not comply with safety standards.

S2W-8336 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has ensured that Her Majesty's Government's representations to the European Union in respect of the General Agreement on Trade in Services reflect the Executive's commitment to retain Scotland's public water services in the public sector.

S2W-8337 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7813 by Cathy Jamieson on 11 May 2004, whether the same level of performance information will be available for HM Prison Kilmarnock as for other prisons in Scotland.

S2W-8338 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7822 by Cathy Jamieson on 11 May 2004, how it arrived at the assumption that legal aid costs associated with any newly-formed UK Supreme Court would not be greater than the legal aid costs that would have arisen in the House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

S2W-8339 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the mean average figures for each category in NHSScotland Acute Activity, Waiting Times and Waiting Lists - Quarter ending 31st December 2003.

S2W-8340 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7796 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 May 2004, what the growth in Scotland's GDP would have been if it had been measured in market prices.

S2W-8341 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7791 by Mr Andy Kerr on 10 May 2004, what research and monitoring it carries out to satisfy itself that approved PPP projects are better value for money than a conventional procurement route over the lifetime of the projects concerned.

S2W-8342 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7791 by Mr Andy Kerr on 10 May 2004, whether it will provide a substantive answer to the question in respect of PFI projects.

S2W-8343 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7781 by Mr Andy Kerr on 10 May 2004, how it ensures value for money in public expenditure in the absence of information on costs incurred by each local authority on external consultants and advisers for PFI and PPP projects in each year since 1999.

S2W-8344 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7789 by Mr Andy Kerr on 10 May 2004, how it ensures value for money in public expenditure in the absence of information on the rate of interest paid to lenders by PPP consortia for the provision of capital.

S2W-8345 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-34819 and S2W-7753 by Iain Gray and Lewis Macdonald on 27 March 2003 and 7 May 2004 respectively, why the information on modern apprenticeships has ceased to be held centrally; when this information ceased to be held centrally, and whether it will now collect the information necessary to monitor the modern apprenticeship scheme.

S2W-8346 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7432 by Ross Finnie on 4 May 2004, on what date it expects to receive the report on the culls in Glenfeshie.

S2W-8347 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive when its national review of early years will begin and whether it will include the pay and career structure of nursery nurses.

S2W-8348 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Finance and Public Services has had with the Minister for Education and Young People about making resources available in addition to the current Education Department's budget to support the establishment of a national framework for nursery nurses' pay and conditions.

S2W-8349 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Deloitte and Touche with regard to the selection of workers to be made redundant at TransBus International in Falkirk.

S2W-8350 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the wage rates paid to security staff employed by Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd are sufficient to ensure the safety of the public.

S2W-8351 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with COSLA in relation to the nursery nurses dispute.

S2W-8352 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and which, maternity units are currently operating under the appropriate staffing establishments.

S2W-8353 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projections are for the number of GPs who will need to be employed directly by NHS boards for the provision of primary medical services.

S2W-8354 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it will make available to ensure that young people in Wishaw have access to skatepark facilities.

S2W-8355 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for consulting parents regarding proposed school closures.

S2W-8356 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to initial reports from Agenda for Change early implementers regarding the impact on NHS staff earnings.

S2W-8357 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive,  in light of research published in the British Medical Journal concerning the widespread prevalence of prescribing errors caused by computer systems in use at GP surgeries, what steps will be taken to (a) identify which GP practices are affected by prescription errors due to the use of these types of computer systems, (b) ensure that any faults are identified and rectified as expeditiously as possible and (c) ensure that GPs are instructed in the interim not to issue prescriptions, including automatic repeat prescriptions, without first checking in relation to errors and patient risk.

S2W-8358 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1F-1882 by Mr Jack McConnell on 9 May 2002, how often guidance to police forces is updated on (a) any innovations in detection and identification of date rape drugs and (b) best practice in dealing with victims of drug rape in order to maximise the ability to secure convictions.

S2W-8359 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8226 by Susan Deacon on 18 January 2001, what information and publicity materials are given to young people to alert them to the dangers of drug-assisted sexual assault and rape and where such material is made publicly available.

S2W-8360 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received the revised business case for the Borders railway and when it will be published.

S2W-8361 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapes have been reported in each police force area in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02, (d) 2002-03, (e) 2003-04 and (f) 2004-05 to date and, of these, how many have been successfully prosecuted in each year.

S2W-8362 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, of the 337 parliamentary questions that have been answered to date where the question addressed a health issue and the answer stated that the information requested was not held centrally, in how many cases the information is now available centrally.

S2W-8363 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, regarding the 2930 parliamentary questions to date that received the answer that the information requested was not held centrally, in how many cases the information requested is now available and what measures are being put in place to hold information sought by MSPs centrally.

 

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