BUSINESS BULLETIN 35 / 2000
Friday 25 February 2000
Section E - Written questions lodged on 24 February 2000
S1W-4691 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of the Corncrake Action Plan Steering Group has been since its inception, specifying sub totals for (a) staff costs and (b) disbursements.
S1W-4692 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the multi-disciplinary approach needed to comply with the surveillance framework set out in the Scottish Infection Manual.
S1W-4693 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the environmental and agricultural implications of low level flying in the Borders.
S1W-4694 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an estimate of the total amount it would cost in current cash terms to effect all school building maintenance outstanding at the present time, indicating the amount for each local authority and, in the event that this information is not held centrally, whether it has any plans to conduct an audit to gather such information.
S1W-4695 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the total estimated expenditure on school building maintenance by each local authority in financial years 2000-01 and 2001-02.
S1W-4696 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those councils which have disputed their local government finance settlements for 2000-01 and whether it will detail its response to each.
S1W-4697 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any discussions have taken place with East of Scotland Water Authority regarding the rescheduling of the Culross main drainage scheme and, if so, whether this project is likely to go ahead before the statutory deadline set by the European Union of the end of 2005.
S1W-4698 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a comprehensive policy and financial management review has been carried out on (a) Scottish National Heritage, (b) Scottish Environment Protection Agency, (c) Historic Scotland, (d) West of Scotland Water Authority, (e) North of Scotland Water Authority, (f) East of Scotland Water Authority, (g) Crofters Commission, (h) Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, (i) Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd, (j) Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, (k) Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, (l) Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, (m) Highlands and Islands Enterprise, (n) Hill Farming Advisory Committee for Scotland, (o) Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, (p) Lands Tribunal for Scotland, (q) Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, (r) Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and (s) Scottish Arts Council and to specify, in each case where a review has taken place, when the review was carried out, what the recommendations of the review were and when each of the recommendations was implemented.
S1W-4699 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in considering its future policy directions to the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on the distribution of Lottery funding, it will investigate the level of financial assistance received from the Fund by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB); whether it will instruct the NHMF to give priority to any future RSPB applications for NHMF funding or whether it will instruct the fund to give priority to any particular other organisations over any RSPB applications; if so, which organisations and whether these organisations will include farmers in Islay.
S1W-4700 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the implementation of the requirements of EC Directive 97/11/EC in relation to harbour works in Scotland.
S1W-4701 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress has been made in implementing its Land Reform Action Plan published in August 1999.
S1W-4702 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce, as part of its economic development strategy, monitoring of the wages of workers in new or expanded operations in Scotland, in particular in call centres.
S1W-4703 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4068 by Ross Finnie on 14 February 2000, what criteria were used in the decision to place new posts in the Rural Affairs Department within the existing Area Office network; in particular what criteria have been or will be used to determine which Area Office the new posts will be based in and what weighting was or will be given to geographical displacement of civil service posts.
S1W-4704 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to retain the existing A1 between Haddington and Dunbar as a trunk road once the new dual carriage way between Haddington and Dunbar has been completed.
S1W-4705 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place a copy of the detailed Scottish Borders Railway Feasibility Study in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and whether it will issue copies of the comprehensive Summary Report to the relevant constituency and regional MSPs.
S1W-4706 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4210 by Henry McLeish on 18 February 2000, what its target number of lone parents to be helped into jobs was for the period up to November 1999.
S1W-4707 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4210 by Henry McLeish on18 February 2000, how many of the 3,480 lone parents helped into jobs were still in the same job 13 weeks after their completion dates on the New Deal for Lone Parents programme.
S1W-4708 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4210 by Henry McLeish on 18 February 2000, to provide a breakdown by Travel to Work, or other geographical area, of the 3,480 lone parents helped into jobs by the end of November 1999.
S1W-4709 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all NHS staff will be offered an induction programme on infection control and, if so, whether it will give details of the timetable for this.
S1W-4710 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the existing ratio is of infection control practitioners per acute core bed in NHS hospitals and what the projected future ratio is for those years for which figures are available.
S1W-4711 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide indicative (a) building and (b) maintenance unit costs for (i) new primary schools, (ii) new secondary schools, (iii) primary school extensions and (iv) secondary school extensions.
S1W-4712 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the advice regarding the implications of the European Convention on Human Rights for temporary sheriffs which it received from the Crown Office and to provide details of the action that was taken following receipt of this advice.
S1W-4713 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the overall cost of establishing and maintaining a Water Industry Commissioner; what will be the salary of the Commissioner and which body will be responsible for paying these costs.
S1W-4714 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of rape victims have their request to be examined by a female police surgeon granted and, of this percentage, whether it will detail the average distance travelled and time waited by these victims to receive attention in comparison with those who receive treatment from a male surgeon.
S1W-4715 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail for each year since 1995 (a) the costs of the Lingerbay Inquiry, (b) the number of its staff engaged in the consideration of the report and (c) the associated staff costs.
S1W-4716 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the costs incurred by each local authority in each of the last three years in running (a) school buses and (b) mobile libraries.
S1W-4717 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number of flights undertaken by all Ministers and their civil servants since 7 May 1999, and whether flights outwith the UK were always routed directly into Scotland where a direct Scottish route was available or whether any were routed through London.
S1W-4718 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the genetically modified (herbicide tolerant) oilseed rape hybrid (marketing consent reference 94/M1/1, granted 28 February 1996 to Plant Genetic Systems NV) or Aventis genetically modified T25 glufosinate-resistant maize or any other genetically modified plants have ever been grown or could be grown for seed production in Scotland and, if so, whether it will detail at which sites did these cultivations take place and over what period.
S1W-4719 Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what priorities have been identified by the Joint Ministerial Committee on the Knowledge Economy.
S1W-4720 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3061 by Susan Deacon on 18 February 2000, what proportion of the £100 million expected saving has been re-invested in patient care since the Trust reconfiguration in April 1999.
S1W-4721 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to ask all local authorities to undertake investigations into possible benefit frauds by their employees.
S1W-4724 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken since July to find a successor user for the Volvo plant in Irvine, including details of any financial incentives for successor users proposed during that period.
S1W-4725 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will now take to save jobs at the Volvo Factory in Irvine, following the announcement by management that the Scottish Executive has not found a successor user for the plant.
S1W-4726 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial help is available to disabled students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for "Disabled Students Allowance" because, due to their disability, they have to take the 14 month, two day course, as opposed to the full-time HNC course in social care.
S1W-4727 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Enterprise and Life Long Learning will reply to my letter of 3 November 1999 and reminder of 20 January 2000 regarding student finance.
S1W-4728 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of each health boards estimated budget increase for the next three years will be taken up by the recent pay rise announcements by the Pay Review Bodies for Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine and Doctors and Dentists, expressed in both cash and real terms.
S1W-4729 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide funding for the Scottish Youth Parliament.