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BUSINESS BULLETIN 7 / 2000

Monday 17 January 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 14 January 2000

 

 

S1W-3742 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected overspend is in the current financial year for each NHS Trust.

 

S1W-3743 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the 1999 edition of the Scottish Abstract of Statistics and what the publication schedule is for future editions of this work.

 

S1W-3744 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any constraints which limit the ability of the responsible Minister to investigate and intervene regarding the maintenance of standards in further education colleges.

 

S1W-3745 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the level of funding provided to Central Scotland Police in order to meet its major incident control responsibilities at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery.

 

S1W-3746 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time for cataract operations is for each health board at 1 January 2000 or the most recent date for which figures are available.

 

S1W-3747 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to write off community charge debt.

 

S1W-3748 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current method for calculating funding awards to tackle deprivation takes account of areas suffering from poverty that may be part of larger communities that are deemed to be affluent and, if not, what plans it has to ensure that such funding awards are made available to these areas.

 

S1W-3749 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details on the methods, formulae, and criteria used to calculate funding awards for projects aimed at tackling social inclusion and whether it has any plans to make changes to ensure that all pockets of poverty are identified.

 

S1W-3750 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to increase the use of modern technology in the Scottish Courts Service.

 

S1W-3751 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what it believes the impact of increasing the use of modern technology, such as video, audio tape or digital media, in recording proceedings in Scottish Courts would be on the accuracy of the reports.

 

S1W-3752 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Ministers or officials of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions concerning Scottish representation on the Strategic Railway Authority.

 

S1W-3753 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce local pay bargaining for teachers.

 

S1W-3754 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a series of seminars, similar to those run by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on methods of school travel in order to give advice on the promotion of walking, cycling and public transport for all types of schools.

 

S1W-3755 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve public transport to Holyrood.

 

S1W-3756 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3438 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 11 January 2000, what level of resources is still available from end year flexibility arrangements.

 

S1W-3757 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to ensure that local authorities materially improve their performance in respect of the proportion of waste recycled.

 

S1W-3758 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3438 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 11 January 2000, how much of the savings generated by the abolition of assisted places in schools have been utilised to fund Scottish Opera and the National Stadium Project at Hampden.

 

S1W-3759 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2857 by Sarah Boyack on 12 January 2000, what plans it has to extend the Central Edinburgh Rapid Transit scheme to provide a link to Holyrood.

 

S1W-3760 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that small shopkeepers are not prosecuted at least in this year over the change to metric weights in view of the possible added burdens these changes may cause local shops and whether it has carried out any assessment as to the economic impact these changes will have on small shopkeepers as compared to supermarkets.

 

S1W-3761 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to monitor the progress made by Social Inclusion Partnerships in deprived areas across Scotland.

 

S1W-3762 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Transport and the Environment advised relevant council leaders when she met them on 21 December 1999 that the Executive believes that they should make any scheme revisions to the proposed M74 Northern Extension.

 

S1W-3763 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact will be in Scotland upon (a) levels of unemployment, (b) small businesses and (c) the economy if it decides to make final its decision to fix a business rate poundage of 10.1 % higher than the proposed poundage in England.

 

S1W-3764 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what was the average increase in the rateable values in Scotland as a result of the 1995 revaluation.

 

S1W-3765 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received about the advice which business organisations are currently giving their members about the revaluation taking place this year, as referred to by Mr Jack McConnell in column 1490 of the Official Report of the debate on the draft budget 2000-01 on 15 December 1999.

 

S1W-3766 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact macro-economic policies planned by Her Majesty’s Government will have on its enterprise policies, whether these policies will provide a good climate for people in Scotland to start up in business, and whether these policies will give small business the confidence to respond and invest in the future.

 

S1W-3767 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to account for the financial effect which the internet may have upon High Street business in Scotland and to ensure that such an effect is taken into account in the non-domestic rating system.

 

S1W-3768 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it consulted with any representatives or representative bodies of the business community regarding its decision to fix a business rate poundage of 10.1 % higher than in England prior to its ministerial statement on local government finance of 8 December 1999.

 

S1W-3769 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to consult further on a Scottish transitional relief scheme for business ratepayers.

 

S1W-3770 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings have been made to the NHS dental budget in Scotland as a result of changes in dental charges in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 (projected).

 

S1W-3771 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering instructing or encouraging all public sector organisations to source suppliers from "Constructionline" registered companies.

 

S1W-3772 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the proposals to install a six million gallon water tank and a three million gallon tank in Corstorphine woods on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh and whether it will ensure that Scottish Natural Heritage is consulted on these proposals.

 

S1W-3773 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-1898 and S1W-2705 by Sarah Boyack on 25 October 1999 and 6 December 1999 respectively, when it currently expects the final report of the National Goose Forum to be published.

 

S1W-3774 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-561 by Sarah Boyack on 19 August 1999, when it now expects the report into the operation of Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries on the Firth of Clyde will be published.

 

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