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Business Bulletin No. 123/2001

Wednesday 5 September 2001

Section E – Written questions lodged on 4 September 2001

  

S1W-17899 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy and timetable is in relation to expanding digital television coverage.

S1W-17900 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current coverage of (a) ultra high frequency digital and (b) analogue television is in terms of (i) land mass and (ii) percentage of population.

S1W-17901 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rape and sexual assault cases there were in each of the past five years and in how many of those cases the accused represented themselves in court.

S1W-17902 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16872 by Nicol Stephen on 22 August 2001, how much each local authority spent on special school fees in 2000-01 and what proportion of each authority’s total special educational needs budget these figures represented.

S1W-17903 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16872 by Nicol Stephen on 22 August 2001, what advice it gives to local authorities with regard to budgeting for fees for schools for those with special educational needs.

S1W-17904 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1096 by Henry McLeish on 11 October 1999 and in the light of the recent announcement of redundancies at Viasystems’ Tyneside plants and reports that it intends to close its UK operations, whether it plans to discuss issues relating to the award of regional selective assistance (RSA) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in particular the award of RSA to Viasystems’ North Tyneside plant and any impact this had on Viasystems jobs in the Scottish Borders, and, if so, what concerns it will be conveying to the DTI.

S1W-17905 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Borders residents formerly employed at Viasystems’ Scottish Borders plants will be made redundant in the event of Viasystems’ North Tyneside plant closing.

S1W-17906 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was used to pay off local authority housing debt as a result of housing capital set-aside rules in each year since 1996-97, broken down by local authority.

S1W-17907 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive who will own the proposed rail line from Larkhall to Milngavie.

S1W-17908 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the screening process for hepatitis B for NHS staff.

S1W-17909 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants have been made under the Challenge Competition Fund to each local authority for closed circuit television in each year since 1997.

S1W-17910 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants have been made under the Challenge Competition Fund in the Lothian and Borders areas for closed circuit television in each year since 1997 and which projects have been funded.

S1W-17911 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15536 by Rhona Brankin on 16 May 2001, whether it will list the fishing gear research projects commissioned, under way or completed, in each case detailing the cost, outline aims of the project and the name of the organisation carrying out the research.

S1W-17912 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from (a) trade unions and (b) others concerning the operation of (i) the NHS pension scheme and (ii) other devolved public service pension schemes.

S1W-17913 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many widows have lost their entitlement to a devolved public service pension through remarriage or cohabitation in each of the last three years.

S1W-17914 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the cost to devolved public service pension schemes of a change in family benefits to allow a widow to continue to receive payments after remarriage.

S1W-17915 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many college students (a) commenced, (b) completed and (c) passed courses in (i) printing, (ii) electronics, (iii) engineering and (iv) construction in each year since 1997.

S1W-17917 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review its target of providing an e-mail address for every school child by 2002 in light of the decision by the Cabinet of the National Assembly of Wales to review a similar pledge because of concerns over safety and security of pupils.

S1W-17918 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17362 by Nicol Stephen on 22 August 2001, how many secondary school (a) pupils and (b) staff in each local authority area in Scotland have e-mail addresses at school.

S1W-17919 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17473 by Susan Deacon on 29 August 2001, how the Clinical Standards Boards for Scotland will check compliance with standards for infection control in NHS hospitals and when this new system will start.

S1W-17920 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration was given during the selection of the members of the committee set up to review liquor licensing law to any impact which their age profile would have on the committee’s ability to address effectively issues relating to drinking habits and culture amongst younger people and how it is intended that the committee will address such issues.

S1W-17921 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures it is taking to narrow the gap in life expectancy between Glasgow and elsewhere in the UK shown by Office for National Statistics figures.

S1W-17922 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action its Housing Improvement Task Force is taking to improve the rights of tenants in the private rented sector.

S1W-17923 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what Audit Scotland’s role is in determining whether local authorities are delivering Best Value and what criteria are used by Audit Scotland.

S1W-17924 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities its departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies have to deliver Best Value, how this objective is achieved and whether any criteria applied and targets set are the equivalent of those for local authorities.

S1W-17925 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a minimum requirement in relation to the width of footpaths, where one exists, along the route of trunk roads in areas where a 30mph speed limit applies.

S1W-17926 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much the volume of traffic on the A78 trunk road has increased over the last 20 years, broken down into five-year periods, on the stretch of road between Stevenston in the south and Skelmorlie in the north.

S1W-17927 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accidents on the A78 trunk road have been reported over the last five years and how this compares with the number in the previous five-year period; what the locations were of these accidents, and what the costs were of these accidents in terms of attendance by emergency vehicles and damage caused to street furniture and adjacent properties by vehicle impact.

S1W-17928 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how much revenue was obtained from non-domestic rates in Scotland in each of the last two years and what the total amount of non-domestic rates paid by businesses registered in Glasgow was in each of these years.

S1W-17929 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-17365 and S1W-17678 by Sarah Boyack on 21 and 28 August 2001, what it is doing to reduce the number of personal injury accidents on the Tayport to Glenrothes part of the A92.

S1W-17930 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that contracts and sub-contracts for modernisation work arising from the proposed Glasgow housing stock transfer will be of a size that enables not just large but also small- and medium-sized Glasgow-based companies to win such contracts.

S1W-17931 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17516 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 29 August 2001, what its response was to the Arbroath aid package proposals and whether it intends to give any further response.

S1W-17932 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was made available to each further education college to assist students with severe disabilities to pursue their studies in academic session 2000-01 and what funding is available to each college for 2001-02.

S1W-17933 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is available to staff in further education colleges to enable them to address the needs of students with disabilities.

S1W-17934 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what special advice services are available for young people with disabilities who are considering further education on leaving school.

S1W-17935 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the position of the General Register Office of Scotland that the village of West Kilbride in Ayrshire includes the area known as Seamill or whether Seamill should be a separate village in its own right.

S1W-17936 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether signage erected on the A78 trunk road on the boundary of West Kilbride at the commencement of the area known as Seamill should identify the area as West Kilbride or Seamill.

S1W-17937 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has submitted advice to the Strategic Rail Authority on the extension to the east coast mainline passenger rail franchise.

S1W-17939 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S1W-16226 by Jackie Baillie on 2 July 2001, when it will announce who will be the managing agents of its central heating installation programme and why the announcement has been delayed.

S1W-17940 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what types of central heating systems will require to be upgraded or replaced under its central heating installation programme and what funding will be made available to allow the work to be carried out, all broken down by local authority area.

S1W-17941 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not met its target for the commencement of its central heating installation programme of 1 April 2001.

S1W-17942 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take following the report of its Central Research Unit, Determination of the Source, Nature, Amount and Disposal Routes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Arising in Scotland.

S1W-17943 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a producer responsibility for electrical and electronic products whereby producers bear the responsibility for the collection of end-of-life products and ensure that any waste is disposed of in an environmentally acceptable way.

S1W-17944 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what current and future targets have been set for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment.

S1W-17945 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on modernising the planning system in light of the issues raised in Planning Services: Third Annual Report of the Planning Audit Unit 2000.

S1W-17946 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a copy of the report and findings of the Consultation Control Working Group as referred to in Planning Services: Third Annual Report of the Planning Audit Unit 2000.

S1W-17947 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of whole-time equivalent general dental practitioners to population is in (a) each health board area and (b) each local authority area.

S1W-17948 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies for general dental practitioners exist in each health board area, expressed both numerically and as a percentage of the total number of whole-time equivalent general dental practitioners in that area.

S1W-17949 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to recruit dentists from either outwith Scotland or outwith the rest of the UK or Ireland to fill vacant general dental practitioner posts.

S1W-17950 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the students accepted on to dental degree courses at Glasgow and Dundee universities in each of the last three years were residing in Scotland when accepted for the course.

S1W-17951 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths of persons travelling on powered two-wheelers have occurred in each police force area in each of the last three years and to date in 2001.

S1W-17952 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for assistance under the Scottish Land Fund have been received to date, broken down by (a) parliamentary region and (b) local authority area; how many have been successful; whether it will detail any successful applications, and what the total value is of successful bids so far.

 

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