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Business Bulletin No. 128 / 2004

Monday 13 September 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 10 September 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-10455 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary question to question S2O-3116 by Mr Jim Wallace on 8 September 2004, whether the reversal of demographic trends to encourage more people to stay and work in Scotland is now its implicit target and to what extent it expects to improve on current population forecasts.

S2W-10456 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what a successful outcome would be in respect of Scottish population numbers at the end of 2006-07.

S2W-10457 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rubella incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10458 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new rubella cases was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10459 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the mumps incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10460 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new mumps cases was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10461 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the clinically diagnosed AIDS incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10462 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new diagnosed AIDS cases was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10463 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of reported new HIV infections was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10464 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new HIV infections were reported per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10465 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the haemophilius influenza type B invasive disease incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10466 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new haemophilius influenza type B invasive disease cases was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10467 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cancer incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10468 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new cases of cancer was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10469 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the trachea, bronchus and lung cancer incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10470 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new cases of trachea, bronchus and lung cancer incidence was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10471 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the female breast cancer incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10472 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new cases of female breast cancer was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10473 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cervix uteri cancer incidence was per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10474 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of new cases of cervix uteri cancer was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10475 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the absenteeism from work due to illness was in each year since 1999 expressed as days per employee per year, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10476 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of children with decayed, missing or filled teeth at age 12 was (DMFT-12 index) in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10477 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of regular daily smokers in the population aged 15 or over was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10478 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of cigarettes consumed per person, per year was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10479 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total number of cigarettes consumed was in million pieces per year in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10480 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the pure alcohol consumption in litres per capita was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10481 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the spirits consumed in pure alcohol in litres per capita was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10482 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any targets for efficiency savings have been set for 2005-06 and 2006-07 for the Scottish budget as a result of the recent UK spending review; if so, what percentage of the total Scottish budget they represent in each year and when they were made known to the Parliament.

S2W-10483 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new graduates from Scottish universities have not found employment in Scotland in their chosen fields; how this figure compares with previous years, and what specific proposals it has to ensure that Scottish graduates can secure employment in their chosen fields in Scotland.

S2W-10484 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many marketing graduates from Scottish universities have been successful in securing employment in Scotland after graduation in the current year.

S2W-10485 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether regulations controlling the use of sewage sludge will be reviewed and, if so, when.

S2W-10486 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how sewage sludge is disposed of and in which locations.

S2W-10487 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans and policies it has in place to establish regeneration companies to facilitate local economic regeneration.

S2W-10488 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support local economic forums seeking to establish regeneration companies in their area.

S2W-10489 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions in the last year fuel was jettisoned by aircraft over Scotland and whether there is a protocol for investigating the outcome of any such spillages.

S2W-10490 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce managed clinical networks for hepatitis C sufferers.

S2W-10491 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the growth of hepatitis C infection.

S2W-10492 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its hepatitis C action plan.

S2W-10493 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index figures for Scotland were for each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10494 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the life expectancy in years was at (a) birth, (b) one year, (c) 15 years, (d) 45 years and (e) 65 years in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10495 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reduction of life expectancy through death before 65 years was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10496 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the probability of dying before age five was per 1,000 live births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10497 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) estimated and (b) disability-adjusted life expectancy was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10498 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of (a) infant and (b) neonatal deaths was per 1,000 live births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10499 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of early neonatal deaths was per 1,000 live births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10500 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of early neonatal deaths was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10501 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of (a) late and (b) post neonatal deaths was per 1,000 live births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10502 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of foetal deaths was per 1,000 births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10503 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of dead-born foetuses was in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10504 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of perinatal deaths was per 1,000 births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10505 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of maternal deaths was per 100,000 live births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10506 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of maternal deaths from (a) abortion, (b) haemorrhage, (c) toxaemia of pregnancy and (d) puerperium was per 100,000 live births in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10507 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised death rate was for diseases of the circulatory system for people (a) aged 0 to 64, (b) aged 65 or over and (c) of all ages per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10508 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised death rate was for ischaemic heart disease for people (a) aged 0 to 64, (b) aged 65 or over and (c) of all ages per 100,000 head of population in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10509 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised death rate was per 100,000 head of population for cerebrovascular disease, for people (a) aged 0 to 64, (b) aged 65 or over and (c) of all ages in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10510 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised death rate was per 100,000 head of population for other circulatory system diseases, as defined in the World Health Organization’s European health for all database, for people (a) aged 0 to 64, (b) aged 65 or over and (c) of all ages in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the database.

S2W-10511 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised death rate for malignant neoplasms was per 100,000 head of population for people (a) aged 0 to 64, (b) aged 65 or over and (c) of all ages in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10512 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age-standardised death rate for trachea, bronchus and lung cancer was per 100,000 head of population for people (a) aged 0 to 64, (b) aged 65 or over and (c) of all ages in each year since 1999, calculated on the same basis as the World Health Organization’s European health for all database.

S2W-10513 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Health and Community Care attended the informal EU Council of Health Ministers on 8 to 9 September 2004 and whether the minister or deputy minister will attend the EU Council of Health Ministers on 4 October 2004 where discussion on a revision of the Working Time Directive and its implications on the health sector are to be discussed.

S2W-10514 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent progress has been made on the Aberdeen Crossrail Project.

S2W-10515 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reopen urban and suburban railway stations in Aberdeen.

S2W-10516 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the survey of the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S2W-10517 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the study into improving the Hilton Drive, Manor Avenue and North Anderson Drive junction in Aberdeen.

S2W-10518 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected income from non-domestic rates is for each of the next three years.

S2W-10519 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current policy of NHS Scotland is in respect of the use of acupuncture as a treatment and whether NHS Scotland has any plans to review this policy.

S2W-10521 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what movement there was of female cattle from Crofters Commission farms from August 2003 to August 2004 showing, in each case, the (a) age of cattle, (b) criteria for sale, (c) final destination and (d) price received.

S2W-10522 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S2W-9872 by John Scott on 3 September 2004, what the scientific basis was for determining that the ventilation rate of the smoking room was to be 15 air changes per hour.

S2W-10523 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incorrect diagnoses have been made by front-line staff in NHS 24 using the algorithm process.

S2W-10524 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used for the allocation of funding to motor neurone research projects.

S2W-10525 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how interested parties can contribute to motor neurone research projects.

S2W-10526 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the commitment to productivity improvement in the private and public sectors highlighted in its Framework for Economic Development in Scotland strategy will involve matching the 2.5% public sector efficiency target announced for the rest of the United Kingdom in Her Majesty’s Government’s Budget 2004 – Prudence for a Purpose: A Britain of Stability and Strength.

S2W-10527 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statement in Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency that "to go further or faster than the savings set out in my Review during the period 2005-06 to 2007-08 would put at risk the delivery of public services."

S2W-10528 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any equivalent Scottish analysis to that presented in tables 4.1 and 4.2 of Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency, and whether it intends to produce comparable agreed efficiency targets for its departments and, if so, on what timescale.

S2W-10529 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will parallel the commitment in Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency, that in order to ensure confidence and credibility of the measures, Her Majesty’s Government is inviting the National Audit Office and the Audit Commission to scrutinise departmental efficiency technical notes before publication.

S2W-10530 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its departments will be required to set out efficiency technical notes setting out the measures and methodologies that they will use to assess efficiency savings and whether departments will then publish final versions of these documents by the end of October, as is planned in the rest of the United Kingdom.

S2W-10531 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what it understands by the statement in Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency that "I note that the Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly Government have announced that they are engaged in making annual efficiency gains as ambitious as those in England."

S2W-10532 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any equivalent Scottish review to that announced in Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency, that "HM Treasury will conduct a department by department review of the effectiveness of financial management."

S2W-10533 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any equivalent programme to parallel the commitment in Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency that the Audit Commission will strengthen its measurement of local authorities’ use of resources within the revised comprehensive performance assessment from 2005.

S2W-10534 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the efficiency targets that have been agreed for each department comparable to those published in Annex C of Sir Peter Gershon’s report, Releasing resources to the front line – Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency.

S2W-10535 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to set targets for productive time savings that account for 40% of the agreed UK efficiency targets.

S2W-10536 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the bids for funding made by Oatridge College, Broxburn, to establish a Scottish Equestrian Performance Centre.

S2W-10537 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to what extent goods and services have been procured from suppliers that can "demonstrate that they have action plans and results in terms of environmental improvement", as referred to in Annex D, Environmental Procurement Policy Statement, of The Scottish Parliament Procurement Policy Manual and how this has been assessed and monitored.

 

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