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BUSINESS BULLETIN 28/1999

Wednesday 30  June 1999

Section E –  Written questions lodged on 29 June 1999

 

S1W-242 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of its policy on freedom of information, it intends to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to publish all of those Cabinet papers which, under the 30 year rule, have not yet been published and which relate to matters which would now be devolved under the Scotland Act 1998.

 

S1W-270 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive in the light of the lack of financial assistance available to Scottish pig farmers what plans does it have to prevent the collapse of the Scottish pig farming industry.

 

S1W-271 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to prevent composite class sizes rising from their present limit of 25 to 30 as a result of regulations (1999/1080) to reduce overall class sizes to 30.

 

S1W-272 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Presiding Officer what plans the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has to encourage the use of indigenous materials in the construction of the new Parliament and its surroundings and whether it is aware of the concern of Scottish business in relation to the proposed use of materials from overseas.

 

S1W-273 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make any representations to Her Majesty’s Government on the Single-Work Focused Gateway.

 

S1W-274 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to apply the revised guidance on Private Finance Initiative accounting transactions announced by Her Majesty’s Government on 24 June 1999 to future capital projects in Scotland and, if so, what implications it expects the revised guidance to have for staff employed in Scotland’s public services.

 

S1W-275 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reform the law relating to long leasehold tenure.

 

S1W-276 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to recommend to the Scottish Law Commission that it incorporates the issue of long leases of residential property into its seventh programme of law reform.

 

S1W-277 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide an estimate of the number of residential properties held under long leasehold tenure in Scotland, and whether it intends to introduce interim law reforms to provide security of tenure to tenants under such leases where those leases are close to expiry.

 

S1W-278 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to establish a rent deposit fund to provide low-income families and individuals with access to loans to pay deposits for privately rented accommodation.

 

S1W-279 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to assist the Scotch whisky industry.

 

S1W-280 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide an assessment of the impact on employment in Scotland of the ending of duty free sales within the European Union and whether it intends to seek details of any financial assistance being provided to French companies affected by the abolition of such duty free sales by the French government.

 

S1W-282 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide an estimate of the cost of the M8 road charging trial and, if so, whether this will include details of the amount to be spent on (a) labour, (b) consultancy fees and (c) materials/equipment.

 

S1W-283 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make available any reports it holds relating to other countries’ experiences with road pricing.

 

S1W-284 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its plans for land reform legislation announced as part of the legislative programme for 1999 – 2000.

 

S1W-285 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for implementing the Scottish provisions of the Health Act 1999.

 

S1W-286 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a statement on the Report of the Scottish Law Commission on the Abolition of the Feudal System.

 

S1W-287 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer how many recycling sacks or containers have been distributed throughout the Parliamentary complex.

 

S1W-288 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer what arrangements have been made for the recycling of waste paper within the Parliamentary complex.

 

S1W-289 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make available better statistical information to enable the Parliament to base its decisions on relevant and accurate information.

 

S1W-290 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the regulations governing the repayment of student loans taken out by students who started their courses in academic session 1997-98 or earlier (S.I. 1998/211) and in particular whether it intends to allow deferment of repayments to be backdated by more than 3 months in cases where application of the current rule would give rise to hardship.

 

S1W-291 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a statement on the resignation of the Chief Executive of Fife Enterprise.

 

S1W-292 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the charges on individuals under the powers contained in the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 and, if so whether it will provide details of those changes.

 

S1W-293 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends make a statement as to what percentage of revenue collected by virtue of road tolling will be spent on the infrastructure of public transport and roads network.

 

S1W-294 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to seek a review or variation of the 40 year rule, in relation to the publication of documents, for documents held by Scottish Natural Heritage and, and if so, to detail the proposed terms of access to such documentation.

 

S1W-295 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the charges, fees levied and expenses recovered under the powers contained in the Food Environmental Protection Act 1985.

 

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