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BUSINESS BULLETIN 3 / 2000

Tuesday 11 January 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 10 January 2000

 

 

S1W-3610 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3010 by Lord Hardie on 21 December 1999, whether the Crown Office was advised by the Ministry of Defence as to whether all of the software defects in the Chinook FADEC system were removed by the time the FADEC system went into production.

 

S1W-3611 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a sustainable life campaign in Scotland similar to the "Are You Doing Your Bit?" campaign run by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions and, if there is to be such a campaign, what level of funding it will receive.

 

S1W-3612 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider classifying manic depression as a life-threatening illness.

 

S1W-3613 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will request Her Majesty's Government to obtain from the Department of Trade and Industry, North East of England, figures of the number of Borders workers formerly employed by Viasystems and employed by Viasystems North Tyneside over the past 17 months, and to obtain a breakdown of these figures on a month by month basis with these numbers categorised under the heads "managerial" and "non-managerial".

 

S1W-3614 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to investigate the possibility of introducing an early retirement scheme for farmers and crofters.

 

S1W-3615 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail what action is being taken to tackle any welfare problems of caste ewes and whether it is considering (a) issuing legally binding notices to vets to give them powers to address any welfare problems and (b) enhancing existing animal welfare legislation to make neglect a more serious offence.

 

S1W-3616 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been for fraudulent housing benefit claims, and in which local authority areas.

 

S1W-3617 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3269 by Jack McConnell on 27 December 1999, what amount or percentage of District Court activity was related to Road Traffic offences.

 

S1W-3618 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct and advise the Strategic Rail Authority that the franchise for the East Coast line must include a contract to electrify the section from Edinburgh to Aberdeen within a reasonable time-scale.

 

S1W-3619 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-3268 by Sir David Steel on 27 December 1999, to specify the amount of power expected to be generated by solar panels in the Holyrood building and the approximate percentage of the domestic water supply to be provided by this method.

 

S1W-3620 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answer to question S1W-3275 by Sir David Steel on 27 December 1999, to specify the percentage and amount of materials from the Holyrood site retained for possible future use and the percentage and amount of materials from the site that have been otherwise disposed of.

 

S1W-3621 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what weight it gives to the need to police the M74 and A75 when considering the allocation of resources to Dumfries and Galloway Police Force.

 

S1W-3622 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer what use has been made of the videoconferencing facilities in Parliament buildings to date. R

S1W-3623 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer what steps the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has taken to promote the use of the videoconferencing facilities in the Parliament buildings. R

S1W-3624 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has commissioned any study into the comparative costs of travel by members to meetings and use of videoconferencing facilities. R

S1W-3625 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what videoconferencing facilities are available to Ministers and officials. R

S1W-3626 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any guidelines on the use of videoconferencing facilities have been issued to Ministers and their officials and, if so, what these guidelines are. R

S1W-3627 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned any study into the comparative costs of travel by Ministers and officials to meetings and use of videoconferencing facilities. R

S1W-3628 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has entered into discussions with Her Majesty's Government, local authorities or other bodies with a view to achieving a co-ordinated approach to the use of videoconferencing facilities and, if so, what has been the outcome of those discussions. R

S1W-3629 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when I will receive a reply to my letter dated 22 November to Jackie Baillie regarding Dundee Women’s Aid.

 

S1W-3630 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make a statement on the recent announcement by Professor David Nicholls of Dundee University that he and his team are to leave Scotland to continue his pioneering work into brain disorders in the United States.

 

S1W-3631 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average salary for a newly qualified scientist in Scotland and how this compares to the same in the United States.

 

S1W-3632 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many scientists it estimates have left Scotland to work elsewhere in each year since 1990.

 

S1W-3633 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of financial support for medical research has been provided in Scotland in each year since 1990.

 

S1W-3634 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-803 by Sarah Boyack on 9 December 1999, whether the rail passenger transport scheme is the only fund controlled by the shadow strategic rail authority which can be used to fund investment in new railway infrastructure in Scotland, what resources are available from this scheme in 1999-2000, and what resources are available from this scheme in 1999-2000 for new railway infrastructure in Scotland.

 

S1W-3635 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has responded to the request from Scottish Borders Council for an additional housing revenue account borrowing consent of 250,000.

 

S1W-3636 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it maintains a central register of all waste-incineration facilities in Scotland, and of the quantities and categories of materials sent annually for incineration.

 

S1W-3637 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last surveyed the availability of aggregates in Scotland, and when it expects to issue its findings.

 

S1W-3638 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its review of the planning system will bring forward proposals to prevent or control the implementation of "begun developments" either in general where significant time periods have elapsed between development beginning and the implementation of subsequent phases of development, or in circumstances where either the adopted Structure and Local Plans have been amended materially in the interim, or where the relevant planning authority considers that the development proposal should now be subject to traffic, environmental impact or other assessments which were not required when the original consent was issued.

S1W-3639 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what, if any, powers it has to take steps to underpin the future viability of Scotland’s network of locally run community radio stations and what action it plans to take in this respect

 

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