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BUSINESS BULLETIN 75 / 2001

Thursday 10 May 2001

Section E - Written questions lodged on 9 May 2001

 

 

S1W-15684 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1F-992 by Mr Jim Wallace on 5 April 2001, what evidence it has to indicate that the allocation by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council of 10 funded Postgraduate Certificate in Education places at the University of Strathclyde is sufficient to support primary Gaelic-medium provision.

S1W-15685 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its slaughter policy in relation to rare breeds, animal sanctuaries, pets and other animals which show no signs of the foot-and-mouth virus following repeated testing and which are not destined for export.

S1W-15688 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the introduction of the aggregates tax in April 2002, whether the cost of any new computer software development to administer the tax correctly will be defrayed by the Executive or Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and what consultation it has undertaken with quarry operators in order to arrive at a position on this matter as regards (a) any costs of such software and (b) whether there is sufficient time prior to its introduction for quarriers to develop any software required.

S1W-15689 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will hold an inquiry into the impact of the proposed aggregates tax upon the Scottish economy.

S1W-15690 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact implementation of the climate change levy will have upon the rural economy and whether it has made an estimate of the increase in quarry operators’ power costs in order to assess this impact.

S1W-15691 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the introduction of the aggregates tax in April 2002, a greater proportion of pre-cast concrete requirements will be met by imports from the Irish Republic and, if so, what impact this will have on Scotland’s roads and environment and whether it will take any action to support Scottish pre-cast concrete production.

S1W-15692 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11008 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 30 November 2000, why it expects a net increase in employment to result from the Chancellor’s intention to recycle the revenues from the aggregates tax into a reduction in employers’ National Insurance contributions.

S1W-15693 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prison chaplains have been appointed on a temporary contract in 2001, at which prisons they are based and which denomination they represent.

S1W-15694 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prison chaplains were appointed on temporary contracts in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

S1W-15695 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prison chaplaincy posts are currently vacant, at which prisons and for which denominations.

S1W-15696 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its reference to the Scottish Law Commission (SLC) requesting it to consider the provisions of the Damages (Scotland) Act 1976, which set out which relatives of a deceased person can claim non-patrimonial damages and to make recommendations as to possible changes in the law, whether it will (a) indicate to the SLC that a brother or sister should be classed as immediate family with regard to claiming for loss of society and (b) support the extension of the definition of immediate family to include brother or sister in any report which the SLC produces.

S1W-15697 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were released on parole in 2000; how many of these were serving life sentences for (a) violence, (b) drug dealing offences and (c) sex crimes, and what the level of recall to prison was in each of these categories.

S1W-15698 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12788 by Susan Deacon on 7 February 2001, when Aricept will be made available throughout the National Health Service in Scotland.

S1W-15699 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether satisfactory arrangements are in place for the control of illegal dumping and deposit of litter and rubbish.

S1W-15700 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out its powers and policy on decisions regarding the onward movement of livestock on to auction marts within island communities which have been provisionally designated as foot-and-mouth disease free areas and whether it will clarify the current situation with regard to the Orkney Auction Mart.

S1W-15701 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out its latest strategic position with regard to sea fisheries matters.

S1W-15702 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cattle in Scotland over five years old have been burnt on funeral pyres as a result of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and, of these, how many it estimates could have had BSE.

S1W-15703 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cattle over five years old it estimates could have BSE.

S1W-15704 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for non-compliance of building standards regulations under section 11 of the Building (Scotland) Act 1959 there were in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

S1W-15705 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many penalties for non-compliance under the Building (Scotland) Act 1959 were imposed in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

S1W-15706 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the conclusions were of the quinquennial review of the Forest Enterprise executive agency.

S1W-15707 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8217 by Sarah Boyack on 6 July 2000, where in Parts 3 and 4 of the National Audit Office report on the Skye Bridge is the percentage of the £23.64 million used to fund the Skye Bridge which was public money identified.

S1W-15708 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many notices were served by local authorities on the owners of buildings under section 11(2) of the Building (Scotland) Act 1959 in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

S1W-15709 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding the Scottish Tourist Board has given each area tourist board in the current financial year and whether it will show these amounts expressed both as a percentage of the total overall funding given to area tourist boards and per capita.

S1W-15710 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific assistance is available to agricultural businesses which wish to diversify into tourism-related activities and whether it wishes to encourage such diversification.

 
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