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BUSINESS BULLETIN 28 / 2000

Wednesday 16 February 2000

Section E -   Written questions lodged on 15 February 2000

 

 

S1W-4369 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of recent events surrounding the actions of East Ayrshire Council's Social Work Department, it will review the relevant procedures for the care and protection of young people whilst under the supervision of a social worker.
 
 

S1W-4370 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish an analysis of the political affiliations of all applicants for public appointments since May 1999, including a breakdown into successful and unsuccessful applications.
 
 

S1W-4371 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what disciplinary action it has taken or plans to take in respect of the publication of false information by the Scottish Tourist Board on 30 November 1999 about a survey undertaken by the Forum for Private Business.
 
 

S1W-4372 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will request East Ayrshire Council to provide the information on its performance in respect of housing repairs which it was unable to provide to the Accounts Commission.
 
 

S1W-4373 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from East Ayrshire Council in respect of its revenue support grant for 2000-01.
 
 

S1W-4374 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown of drug offences by category for each of the past three years including the current year's figures to date.
 
 

S1W-4375 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to create a Minister for External Affairs post.
 
 

S1W-4376 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a detailed account of the methodology used by it and its executive agencies to determine the "number of jobs created and safeguarded" through its various activities and to provide a definition of "jobs saved" and "jobs safeguarded".
 
 

S1W-4377 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown by area of the number of Individual Learning Accounts which have been taken up, the value of the public sector contributions to these accounts, the private sector leverage obtained to date, and the number of positive outcomes achieved to date.
 
 

S1W-4378 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to facilitate the use of police checks by vulnerable groups and individuals employing care assistants and other types of assistants.
 
 

S1W-4379 Alex Neil: To ask the Presiding Officer to provide a breakdown of foreign trips which the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has funded to date, including the cost of each, the participants and the outcomes and whether copies of the breakdown will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.
 
 

S1W-4380 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the work of temporary sheriffs accounted for in excess of 6000 court days in the year prior to 11 November 1999; whether this is equivalent to the workload of not less than 37 full-time permanent sheriffs and, if so, how it plans to fill the judicial deficit of the equivalent of at least 21 full-time sheriffs.
 
 

S1W-4381 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2537 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 November 1999, whether its current policy, pending the issue of a consultation paper on the arrangements for recommending appointment of judges and sheriffs, is that the Lord Advocate, as head of the prosecutions service and a member of the Scottish Executive, will continue to play a key role in the appointment of judges and sheriffs.
 
 

S1W-4382 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 12 new permanent sheriffs appointed in December 1999 previously held temporary sheriff commissions and, of these, how many had held commissions as temporary sheriffs for more than two years.
 
 

S1W-4383 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 12 new permanent sheriffs appointed in December 1999 were previously (a) advocates depute or (b) procurators fiscal.
 
 

S1W-4384 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 12 new permanent sheriffs appointed in December 1999 had been recommended for appointment by Sheriffs Principal; whether candidates more experienced for these posts than those appointed were considered and rejected and, if so, why.
 
 

S1W-4385 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hearings in civil litigation in the Court of Session have been postponed due to the unavailability of judges following the suspension of temporary judges.
 
 

S1W-4386 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the target time period between plea and trial for summary trials in the Sheriff Court is approximately 12 weeks.
 
 

S1W-4387 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time period was between plea and trial in each of Linlithgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Dundee, Hamilton, Lanark, Dunfermline and Haddington Sheriff Courts (a) before the judgement and (b) since the judgement in the Starrs and Chalmers case.
 
 

S1W-4388 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the instructions of Sheriffs Principal to sheriffs to cancel leave, attendance at conferences or courses and writing days will now be withdrawn.
 
 

S1W-4389 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hearings in civil litigation have been postponed due to the unavailability of sheriffs in each of Linlithgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Dundee, Hamilton, Lanark, Dunfermline, Haddington and Edinburgh Sheriff Courts.
 
 

S1W-4390 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to appoint temporary sheriffs and temporary judges to fill the current judicial deficit; if so, what method of appointment will be used and what terms and conditions will apply to these appointments.
 
 

S1W-4391 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number of reports, consultations and studies commissioned by it on transport and environment issues and the estimated costs of each.
 
 

S1W-4392 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in approving Orkney Islands Council's Winter Keep Disaster Aid Scheme.
 
 

S1W-4393 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects Hyundai to begin production at its Dunfermline site and, if there is no expected date for production to begin, whether it or Scottish Enterprise has been in discussion with any other potential operators.
 
 

S1W-4394 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will contact North Ayrshire Council to discuss the implications of the council again having an annual budget deficit which may be over £6 million.
 
 

S1W-4395 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the quality of skillseeker traineeships in the light of the statement in the report Glasgow School Leavers 1998-99 published by Glasgow Careers Service that 90% of unemployed Glasgow school leavers are "not interested" in pursuing them.
 
 

S1W-4396 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the percentage of Glasgow school leavers who are still unemployed four months after leaving school has increased year on year since 1996-97 and what plans it has to reverse this trend.
 
 

S1W-4397 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive how many physiotherapists currently working in the NHS in Scotland are trained in the management of hypermobility syndrome.
 
 

S1W-4398 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the social work budget in each local authority was spent on services for the elderly in each of financial years 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.
 
 

S1W-4399 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a statutory requirement for local authorities to produce a local transport strategy.
 
 

S1W-4400 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make funding available to support local authorities who may wish to introduce and promote congestion charging schemes.
 
 

S1W-4401 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to ensure that all local authorities fulfil their legal obligation to pay all invoices within 30 days.
 
 

S1W-4402 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice and assistance it will give to local authorities to reduce their level of rent arrears.
 
 

S1W-4403 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of neurosurgery beds, neurosurgery intensive care beds and specialist staff.
 
 

S1W-4404 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current status is of the proposed Glasgow Southern Orbital road in respect of the planning and other statutory procedures which require to be undertaken prior to commencement and whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of the sequence of activities between now and the issuing of invitations to tender for the construction contract.
 
 

S1W-4405 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown of the Special Deprivation Allowance by local authority for the current financial year and each of the next two years.
 
 

S1W-4406 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value is of its fixed capital investment by department for each of the past three years including the current financial year; what the value is of total fixed capital investment it has planned for each of the next two years; what percentage of its total spending these figures represents in each year, and what percentage changes in real terms do these figures represent year by year.
 
 

S1W-4407 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the financial support which it and its executive agencies are providing to voluntary organisations in Scotland during the current financial year and the forecast level of support for each of the next two years.
 
 

S1W-4408 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for improving facilities for disabled people in Scotland and in particular whether it intends to introduce any new legislation in this area.
 
 

S1W-4409 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what outcomes have been achieved to date by its EU Office in Scotland House in Brussels, particularly in relation to raising Scotland's profile in the European Union.
 
 

S1W-4410 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the commitment given by the Minister for Finance on 9 February 2000 (col. 853), it will reconsider the criteria governing selection of those who are eligible to apply to be members of the water industry consultative committee.
 
 

S1W-4411 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the Scottish Block has been allocated to local authorities in each of the last three years and the current year and what the proportion is for each of the next two years.
 
 

S1W-4412 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of total capital spending by local authorities in Scotland for each of the past three years and the current year and of expected capital spending in each of the next two years.
 
 

S1W-4413 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a copy of the Report from the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal of Inquiry and what action it intends to take in respect of the Tribunal's conclusions and recommendations.


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