BB Home

Contents
Announcements
B: Business Programme
E: Written questions
F: Motions and Amendments
H: New Documents
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

Business Bulletin No. 120/2004

Monday 16 August 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged from 9 to 13 August 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-9933 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make free pre-school childcare provision available full-time to ensure that more working parents take up this provision.

S2W-9934 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend free pre-school childcare provision to under-threes to ensure that more working parents take up this provision.

S2W-9935 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £18 million allocated to the Bus Route Development Grant Scheme will be spent on improving the equality and frequency of bus services in Glasgow.

S2W-9936 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of, and percentage of the total fund, Scotland’s share of the Aggregates Tax Sustainability Fund has been, or is expected to be, in the five year period from 2002-03.

S2W-9937 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what expenditure items, and to what value, Scotland's share of the Aggregates Tax Sustainability Fund has been spent in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and what plans exist for 2004 to 2007.

S2W-9938 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20824 by Allan Wilson on 21 December 2001, what the net benefit or cost of the aggregates tax has been to the economy in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 after taking account of the Aggregates Tax Sustainability Fund.

S2W-9939 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any further plans to increase the availability of NHS dentistry services in the Highlands and, if so, what these plans are, whether they involve enhancing existing measures and what new measures it will take in this regard.

S2W-9940 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the statement in page 43 of British Waterways’ annual report and accounts for 2003-04 that current funding from the Executive is insufficient to meet the demands of customers for a secure infrastructure and an improving level of service.

S2W-9941 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what national guidelines have been issued regarding the restraint of children when a party is acting in loco parentis; what duty there is on local authorities or other agencies to issue such guidelines; which local authorities and agencies have done so, and what monitoring is done in relation to the implementation of such guidelines.

S2W-9942 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the outcome of its consultation on regulations in support of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-9943 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the recent announcement by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on new rules for safer and better buildings will be for the outcome of the consultation on regulations in support of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-9944 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to implications for buildings insurance cover if different regulations in respect of electrical adaptations are to apply in Scotland from other parts of the United Kingdom.

S2W-9945 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that (a) fully and (b) non-fully mutual housing co-operatives are able to obtain charitable status.

S2W-9946 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 since it came into force.

S2W-9947 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in ensuring that digital hearing aids are readily available throughout Scotland for those who need them.

S2W-9948 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS boards have encountered any particular problems in prescribing digital hearing aids to those who need them.

S2W-9949 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what the approximate level of need for digital hearing aids is within each NHS board area.

S2W-9950 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how successful NHS boards have been in meeting unmet need for digital hearing aids in their own areas.

S2W-9951 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to care and repair projects in each year since 1997.

S2W-9952 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why there was a reduction of 4822 in the number of adults attending registered day care services from 1997 to 2003, as referred to in Statistics Release: Day Care Services, Scotland 2003, given the increased emphasis on community care.

S2W-9953 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of its anti-poverty policies, it has any role or responsibility in respect of publishing information on reserved matters such as entitlement to benefits and, if so, what that role or responsibility is and, in particular, whether it has any such role or responsibility in respect of people in receipt of health care.

S2W-9954 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ambulance Service should continue to provide three full accident and emergency ambulances 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in Badenoch and Strathspey; whether a decision to provide such a service is a matter for the Scottish Ambulance Service; whether the Executive's targets in respect of response times would require the maintenance of three full accident and emergency ambulances; whether such targets would require the continuance of the service by means of a full accident and emergency ambulance rather than a car or small van acting as a rapid response unit and incapable of carrying patients, and whether such a rapid response unit is defined as an ambulance.

S2W-9955 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it took to ensure that the report into openness at Scottish Water, commissioned in 2002 and sent to the Executive in November 2003, was placed in the public domain.

S2W-9956 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has about the practice of private investors approaching council house tenants, in particular elderly tenants, and offering to buy their homes with a view to making large profits upon resale.

S2W-9957 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of medical negligence claims against the NHS was in each of the last five years, in total and broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9958 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what change there has been in the number of call-outs for GPs in NHS board areas where NHS 24 is in operation, in total and broken down by area.

S2W-9959 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what change there has been in the number of accident and emergency cases in NHS board areas where NHS 24 is in operation.

S2W-9960 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospitals have closed their lists (a) permanently or (b) temporarily to new patients over the last year, broken down by NHS board and speciality.

S2W-9961 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have to travel outwith their own NHS board area for renal dialysis, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9962 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are registered with a dentist, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9963 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for nurses, broken down by NHS board and expressed also as a percentage of the whole-time equivalent complement of the workforce.

S2W-9964 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were born with HIV in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-9965 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people under 21 received a custodial sentence in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-9966 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest response figures are for ambulances responding to emergencies (a) in total and (b) broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-9967 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are guidelines regarding the number of emergency ambulances per head of the population and, if so, how often they are reviewed.

S2W-9968 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive where the training facilities for operational firefighters at all levels of the profession are situated.

S2W-9969 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how frequently operational firefighters at all levels of the profession attend offsite training courses.

S2W-9970 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any scheduled offsite training activities for operational firefighters at all levels of the profession were cancelled or curtailed during the firefighters’ dispute and how many such activities, due to take place within the next six months, have been cancelled or curtailed.

S2W-9971 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it will make to the submission of July 2004 by NFU Scotland (NFUS) regarding the EU Water Framework Directive; in particular, whether it will endorse the position that water abstraction controls in agriculture should only exist where a threat to ecological quality arises from a significant affect on water quantity; whether it will exclude very small water users from registration and, if so, how it will define this category; whether it will adopt the NFUS suggestion that all producers farming 50 hectares or less of enclosed land should be excluded from registration unless requiring water for irrigation or unless situated in a sensitive area; whether it will endorse the proposal that the lower boundary of registration under general binding rules be raised, subject to these provisos regarding irrigation and location, with a minimum threshold of 30 cubic metres per day consumption, and whether it will endorse the NFUS proposal that the upper boundary of registration under general binding rules be raised, subject to the proviso that those affected should not be irrigating in a sensitive area and, if so, whether it will endorse the upper threshold of 200 cubic metres per day.

S2W-9972 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the statement issued by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on 28 July 2004 regarding the financial package for SNH staff approved by the Executive, what the phrase "with some added options to leave early" means and what the estimated cost is of such options.

S2W-9973 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police stations were closed in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-9974 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9291 by Malcolm Chisholm on 10 August 2004, how many patients have had their planned admissions for in-patient and day-case treatment cancelled more than once in each of the last five years.

S2W-9975 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the ages of people appointed to public bodies in each of the last five years.

S2W-9976 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff work for ministers in their private offices and what the annual cost is of employing these staff.

S2W-9977 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) intensive care unit, (b) cardiac care unit and (c) high dependency unit beds there were in each of the last five years.

S2W-9978 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was for an (a) MRI and (b) CT scan in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9979 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many items of specialised medical equipment are (a) not being used and (b) underused because of a lack of trained staff to operate them, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-9980 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the population of NHS Argyll and Clyde resides in each of its three local operating division areas.

S2W-9981 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the overall budget of NHS Argyll and Clyde is spent in each of its three local operating divisions.

S2W-9982 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the actual budget deficit for NHS Argyll and Clyde was for 2003-04; what the estimated budget deficit is for 2004-05 and how this figure has been derived, and what the effect will be of any savings to reduce this deficit.

S2W-9983 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which cost pressures facing NHS Argyll and Clyde, not fully funded by the Executive, have originated from Executive policies.

S2W-9984 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when the development plan for the prison estate at HM Prison Aberdeen was submitted; what response has been made by ministers and Scottish Prison Service management, and whether there are any plans to adopt the plan.

S2W-9985 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of prison officers to inmates has been in each of the last six months at each remand prison.

S2W-9986 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of investment there was in each prison in each of the last five years.

S2W-9987 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice has any plans to visit HM Prison Aberdeen and, if so, when.

S2W-9988 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the (a) health centre and (b) visiting facilities at HM Prison Aberdeen are satisfactory and whether there are any plans to upgrade these facilities.

S2W-9989 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff vacancies there have been and what the level of staff sickness has been at HM Prison Aberdeen in each of the last 12 months, broken down by category of employee.

S2W-9990 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the staff turnover was in each of the last three years at HM Prison Aberdeen, broken down by category of employee.

S2W-9991 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many late responses were received to its consultation on rights of appeal in planning and whether any such responses were rejected due to failure to meet the consultation deadline.

S2W-9992 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to license the radio bases of private taxi hire firms.

S2W-9993 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce licences for operators of private limousine companies.

S2W-9994 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the inclusion of Scotland in the remit of the Security Industry Authority.

S2W-9995 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received from Her Majesty’s Government regarding the timing of legislation to extend the remit of the Security Industry Authority to include Scotland and, in particular, whether such legislation will be included in the forthcoming Westminster parliamentary session.

S2W-9996 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of employment was in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998.

S2W-9997 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to attract major employers to Scotland, in light of the reduction in the number of jobs available with such employers in 2003.

S2W-9998 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the Scottish Further Education Funding Council acts with due propriety in carrying out investigations into the conduct of further education institutions.

S2W-9999 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that all investigations conducted by the Scottish Further Education Funding Council are carried out without any conflict of interest for those conducting such investigations.

S2W-10000 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken within the diversity and equality strategy for NHSScotland to ensure that the needs of people with communication impairment other than sensory impairment are being met, for example those with aphasia, dyspraxia, dysarthria, semantic-pragmatic disorder and dysfluency.

S2W-10001 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women have access to DEXA scanners for osteoporosis.

S2W-10002 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy it has for reducing the incidence of osteoporosis amongst women.

S2W-10003 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the financial benefits to the NHS of investment in preventative measures to reduce the incidence of conditions such as osteoporosis.

S2W-10004 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of methycillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus have occurred in the last year, broken down by individual hospital and NHS board area.

S2W-10005 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategies are in place to combat hospital-acquired infections such as methycillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

S2W-10006 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish figures on the incidence of methycillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in each hospital in each of the last five years.

S2W-10007 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-8489 and S2W-8491 by Malcolm Chisholm on 8 and 9 June 2004 respectively, whether all Scottish Prison Service institutions have access to, and provide, speech and language therapy services, given that 70% of young offenders have problems with poor literacy and numeracy.

S2W-10008 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9595 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, whether Schedule 2, or any other part of The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations, covers clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances on healthy volunteers.

S2W-10009 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9588 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, which UK health and safety regulations apply to healthy volunteers participating in human clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances at Inveresk research laboratories.

S2W-10010 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9588 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, whether the informed consent, with full information given about treatment, of healthy volunteers participating in human clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances at Inveresk research laboratories is required under UK health and safety regulations.

S2W-10011 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9588 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, what information it has on how many times in each year since 1995 the Health and Safety Executive has visited Inveresk research laboratories, on which records relating to clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances on healthy volunteers were inspected on each occasion and on what monitoring has been carried out by the Health and Safety Executive of volunteers who have participated in clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances to assess long-term health effects.

S2W-10012 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9588 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, whether the controls to protect healthy volunteers participating in human clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances at Inveresk research laboratories are equivalent to those in England and Wales, such as those accepted or implemented by the (a) Health Protection Agency and (b) Health and Safety Laboratory.

S2W-10013 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9592 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, who holds the information on who the members are of the Edinburgh Independent Ethics Committee for Medical Research.

S2W-10014 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9594 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, whether the informed consent, with full information given about treatment, of healthy volunteers participating in human clinical trials of non-pharmaceutical substances is required under the Clinical Trials Directive.

S2W-10015 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9594 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, what criteria under the Clinical Trials Directive (a) NHS and (b) non-NHS ethics committees have to fulfil before they can be given type (1) recognition by the United Kingdom Ethics Committee Authority.

S2W-10016 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-9592 and S2W-9593 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, whether the (a) Ethics Committee Authority or (b) Central Office for Research Ethics Committees holds (i) the list of members of the Edinburgh Independent Ethics Committee for Medical Research and (ii) declarations of interests of those members.

S2W-10017 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-9592 and S2W-9593 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 July 2004, what information it has on when the (a) United Kingdom Ethics Committee Authority and (b) Central Office for Research Ethics Committees have requested from the Edinburgh Independent Ethics Committee for Medical Research (i) a list of their members and (ii) declarations of interests of those members.

S2W-10018 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) when the report by Lord Fraser on the Holyrood parliament building project will be published; whether Lord Fraser is still adhering to his target of publishing the report "in late August or early September" and, if not, whether the SPCB will inquire as to the reasons for a delay in publication.

S2W-10019 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information it has on whether Lord Fraser will be making public the terms of any "Salmon letters" that he may issue to those whom he is identifying as being mentioned by name in his report into the Holyrood parliament building project or at fault in relation to the project and whether any ensuing correspondence or other communication between the inquiry and the recipients of such letters will be published.

S2W-10020 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information it has on whether Lord Fraser has issued any "Salmon letters" and, if no such letters have been issued, what information it has on when he expects to issue them.

S2W-10021 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information it has on whether the report by Lord Fraser on the Holyrood parliament building project will be published on the inquiry’s website.

 

Top