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BUSINESS BULLETIN 5 / 2000

Thursday 13 January 2000

Section D –  Oral questions selected for answer on 20 January 2000

 

 

Question Time

1. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with businesses and the general public by West of Scotland Water prior to announcing its plans to introduce a levy to cover costs of collecting, treating and disposing of rainwater. (S1O-946)

 

2. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the professions within the NHS in Scotland currently excluded from the pay review process. (S1O-934)

 

3. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the existence of the "Barnett Squeeze" on Scottish public finances. (S1O-939)

 

4. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to protect fragile communities by preventing local authorities from targeting small rural schools such as Boharm primary school in Moray for closure. (S1O-933)

 

5. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make any representations to the Department of Transport, Environment and the Regions in respect of the Transport (Scotland) Bill as it relates to railways in Scotland. (S1O-936)

 

6. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure security of funding for local area tourist boards. (S1O-921)

 

7. (Withdrawn)

 

8. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to ensure that dentists can continue to offer services uniformly to NHS patients throughout Scotland. (S1O-954)

 

9. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the gross annual cost is, including salaries, office provision and support, and loan and leasing charges, of the delivery by local authorities in Scotland of economic development services. (S1O-958)

 

10. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met officials from the Home Office. (S1O-943)

 

11. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the comprehensive audit of all resources currently directed towards drugs education and rehabilitation announced by the Minister for Finance on 6 October; whether it will be carried out independently of the Scottish Executive and, if so, by whom, how long it will take and how much it will cost. (S1O-945)

 

12. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, consequent to the recent influenza outbreak, it has any plans to improve uptake of the influenza immunisation programme by vulnerable groups in future years. (S1O-949)

 

13. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to progress the issues in relation to vulnerable witnesses raised in the report Towards a Just Conclusion. (S1O-955)

 

14. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage women, particularly those in the most vulnerable groups, to attend for breast screening. (S1O-956)

 

15. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what long term measures it is taking to reduce the number of cancer related deaths in Scotland. (S1O-948)

 

16. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was to local authorities in 1998-99 of self financing local authority pay awards and its estimated effect on the provision of public services. (S1O-957)

 

17. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it had, if any, with local authorities on the subject of the establishment of a domestic abuse service development fund prior to the announcement of this fund. (S1O-940)

 

18. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure the future for the scallop industry. (S1O-923)

 

19. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its decision to abandon the common poundage across the UK in respect of non-domestic rates as from 1 April 2000. (S1O-944)

 

20. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3177 by Susan Deacon on 23 December 1999, what steps, if any, the Executive intends to take to gather centrally statistics on the diagnosis of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and meningitis. (S1O-927)

 

21. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures, within its own area of competence, it will put in place to ensure the continuance of the current substantial network of rural Post Offices. (S1O-935)

 

22. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in response to concerns expressed by farmers at their recent rally in Edinburgh and through the Scottish National Farmers’ Union’s Petitions for Action. (S1O-926)

 

23. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to ensure that an accurate record of the number of people who are homeless in Scotland is maintained. (S1O-953)

 

24. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for the future provision of music lessons in schools. (S1O-950)

 

25. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussion it has held with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities relating to local government boundaries. (S1O-920)

 

26. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the Cubie report. (S1O-937)

 

27. Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines were issued to health boards before Christmas in relation to epidemics or winter emergencies. (S1O-924)

 

28. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the establishment of a Trade Union Learning Fund and whether it has any plans to make funding available to it. (S1O-932)

 

29. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport last met representatives of the Scottish Rugby Union and what issues were discussed. (S1O-925)

 

30. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will comment on the findings of Pell et al in Effect of socio-economic deprivation on waiting time for cardiac surgery, retrospective cohort study published in the January 2000 edition of the British Medical Journal. (S1O-930)

 

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