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BUSINESS BULLETIN 4 / 2000

Wednesday 12 January 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 11 January 2000

 

 

S1W-3539 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the 43 million new monies made available to social work in Scotland for the year 2000-01 has been allocated to Glasgow and where this ranks Glasgow in the table of these new resources allocated to local authorities for social work spending across Scotland.

 

S1W-3640 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has had with representatives of aggregates and quarrying interests in connection with the proposed aggregates tax and what representations it has made as a consequence of any such meetings to Her Majesty's Government about the potential impact of an aggregates tax in Scotland.

 

S1W-3641 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-97 by Sarah Boyack on 30 June 1999, what targets it has set for recycling aggregates; what action it has taken to ensure that adopted Structure Plans have identified 10-year supplies of aggregates, and what it plans to do to ensure that an adequate supply of aggregates is available in local authority areas where sufficient local supplies of aggregates have not been identified.

 

S1W-3642 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the progress is of current research into seal populations including population dynamics and their impact on fish stocks and what its policy is on controlling the seal population.

 

S1W-3643 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outline timetable is for formulating Scotland’s position and aims in connection with the review of the Common Fisheries Policy.

 

S1W-3644 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to withdraw or relax any control regulations in the light of the introduction of satellite monitoring of fishing vessels and, if so, which regulations.

 

S1W-3645 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of income for each of Scotland’s three water authorities is derived from (a) revenue from customer charges, (b) external borrowing; (c) public/private partnerships,and (d) EU structural funds for the current year and each year since their creation, where possible giving projections for future years.

 

S1W-3646 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to commission or request any study into the impact of rising water charges on low income families.

 

S1W-3647 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the predicted increase in cancer prevalence in Scotland, and the importance of specialised staff for the improvement in cancer outcomes, what plans it has to increase the number of medical and clinical oncologists over the next five to ten years.

 

S1W-3648 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the process, detailing each stage, that written parliamentary questions go through after it receives them and whether it will publish any guidance notes issued to civil servants in relation to the drafting of answers to written and oral parliamentary questions.

 

S1W-3649 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with the Home Office concerning the dispersal of asylum seekers in Scotland under the terms of Section 101 (b) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 

S1W-3650 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Home Office concerning the provision of Home Office funding for the housing, education and other needs of refugees and asylum seekers and their families in Scotland under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 

S1W-3651 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities in Scotland have indicated that they have the housing and educational resources which will allow them to accommodate asylum seekers and refugees and their families under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 

S1W-3652 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities concerning the implementation of a voucher system for asylum seekers in Scotland under the terms of Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 

S1W-3653 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that in all PFI contracts for the building of schools the needs of both disabled children and staff are given priority.

 

S1W-3654 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the elimination of age discrimination in relation to personal loans and other banking facilities.

 

S1W-3655 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to undertake consultation on the problems of leylandii and other high hedges.

 

S1W-3656 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take in the light of the recent Policy and Financial Management Review of the Crofters Commission.

 

S1W-3657 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the total net allocation of capital allowances (excluding adjustments for receipts which councils themselves are expected to make) made to Scottish local authorities in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99 and (e) 1999-2000.

 

S1W-3658 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the formula and calculation used for the non-housing capital allocation to West Dunbartonshire council in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 and (d) 1998-99.

 

S1W-3659 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the formula and calculation used for the non-housing capital allocation to West Dunbartonshire council in 1999-2000.

 

S1W-3660 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed the future of RAF Buchan with Her Majesty’s Government and, if so, what were the outcomes of these discussions and when does it expect to be informed of a decision.

 

S1W-3661 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether inland waterways freight facilities grant (IWFFG) is treated as a separate budget allocation from the freight facilities grant, whether executive devolution exists in the administration of IWFFG, whether the Scottish Executive has control of the criteria by which awards of IWFFG are made, and, if so, what use has been made to date of IWFFG in Scotland, what applications are currently being considered, and whether an offer of grant will be made to facilitate timber movements from Argyll to Ayr harbour.

 

S1W-3662 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-988 by Mr Jack McConnell on 31 August 1999, whether it will list the local authorities which are giving discretionary rates relief within the terms of the Village Shops Relief scheme, and whether it will list the local authorities where no mandatory relief is given under the scheme.

 

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