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BUSINESS BULLETIN 8 / 2000 

Tuesday 18 January 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 17 January 2000

 

 

S1W-3591 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow City Council will receive additional grant aided expenditure funding to deal with the accommodation costs for Kosovo refugees until such time as these costs are reimbursed by the Home Office; whether the Home Office have provided the necessary funds to Glasgow City Council and if not, whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to find out why.

 

S1W-3775 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-901 on 13 January 2000 by Sarah Boyack, whether it will publish the study which the Scottish Office conducted into the need for a strategic link road between Dumfries and the M74.

 

S1W-3777 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are suitable routes for road travel between the M74 and Dumfries other than the A701, A709 and A75.

 

S1W-3778 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering extending the system of rates relief which currently applies to rural shops and sub-post offices to pubs and small hotels.

 

S1W-3779 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer what consideration has been given to the use of videoconferencing facilities during meetings of the Committees of the Parliament. R

 

S1W-3780 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to make the Water of Leith tidal once again; whether it has any plans to do so and, if so, what is the timescale involved.

 

S1W-3781 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the Cross Forth Passenger Ferry Study and what plans it has to implement the recommendations of the study.

 

S1W-3782 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposals for trunk road management and maintenance comply with European procurement legislation.

 

S1W-3783 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what effects its proposals on trunk road management and maintenance will have on local authorities and whether it has made any estimate of the number of direct labour organisation jobs which may be lost as a result of these proposals.

 

S1W-3784 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise on proposals for exemptions for flights from airports in the Scottish Highlands and Islands from air passenger duty; whether it supported such proposals based on low population density; whether it expressed an opinion on the treatment of inter-connecting flights, and why it did not consult the Transport and Environment Committee on this matter.

 

S1W-3785 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now take urgent action to ensure that the 2000 patients who are clinically fit for discharge, but are occupying NHS beds, are transferred to a more appropriate care setting.

 

S1W-3786 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy will be put in place to alleviate any potential influenza epidemic next year.

 

S1W-3787 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether GPs in Scotland will be given access to additional resources to cover equipment and administration costs for the vaccination of patients at risk from influenza.

 

S1W-3788 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that it had a strategy to ensure that everyone over 75 was offered an influenza vaccination in autumn 1999 and whether it will outline the details of that strategy.

 

S1W-3789 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the reports and recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Bodies.

 

S1W-3790 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the drug Lysovir will be made available for the provision and treatment of influenza.

 

S1W-3791 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the drugs Taxol and Taxotere are made available to all patients with ovarian and breast cancer who would benefit from such treatment.

 

S1W-3792 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to consider the establishment of a Joint Ministerial Committee to look at the implications for Scotland of asylum seekers.

 

S1W-3793 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for new investment in rural bus routes; whether any such investment would be on a par with the 17 million pledged for this purpose by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and whether Executive investment in any such initiatives would be subject to the availability of additional funding from other partners such as local authorities.

 

S1W-3794 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it contributed to the formulation of Her Majesty’s Government’s position regarding the Biosafety Protocol negotiations in Montreal and, if so, what views it put forward in the discussion.

 

S1W-3795 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the promotion and purchase of recycled goods by financial, legal and other incentives.

 

S1W-3796 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the 17 local authorities who currently recycle less than 5% of their waste to improve on that record.

 

S1W-3797 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is currently giving to local authorities, outwith the normal annual financial settlement, to facilitate recycling of domestic and commercial waste.

 

S1W-3798 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reverse the trend of reduction in recycling rates by local authorities.

 

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