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BUSINESS BULLETIN 40 / 2000

Friday 3 March 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 2 March 2000

 

 

S1W-4759 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include in its draft National Parks (Scotland) Bill a definition of the aims of the national park proposal to include the individual residents and the communities within the area of a Park and, if not, why not; and why in the draft Bill, the term "area" does not include any specific explicit reference to the individual residents or communities within either sections 1(3) or 30.

 

S1W-4760 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has chosen Scottish Natural Heritage to provide input and advice as to the boundaries of any proposed National Park area instead of the local residents and Community Councils.

 

S1W-4873 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what grant assistance, in the form of Regional Selective Assistance or other grant aid monies, has been paid to Volvo in support of its Irvine plant.

 

S1W-4874 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to claw back any grant assistance paid to Volvo in support of its Irvine plant, should the plant close in June.

 

S1W-4875 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will arrange for patients’ medical records to be kept for longer periods after death in order to facilitate medical research.

 

S1W-4876 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will specify (a) the number and extent of trunk roads in terms of distance and as a percentage of the road network, (b) the number of trunk roads built or roads reclassified as trunk roads over the last 10 years, (c) the roads and the mileage of those roads that have been reclassified as trunk roads over the last 5 years and the reason for the reclassification and (d) the criteria used for the classification of a highway as a trunk road both in the past and currently.

 

S1W-4877 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the policy statements and advice it has made in respect of genetically modified organisms over the last six months.

 

S1W-4878 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government and to the European Parliament and the European Union during the last six months in respect of genetically modified organisms.

 

S1W-4879 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are or have been plans to extend the Edinburgh City Bypass to six lanes and, if so, whether it will detail them, and whether external consultants or other professionals have been approached regarding proposals to extend the number of lanes on the bypass and, if so, what are the details including dates and those involved.

 

S1W-4880 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail, for each of the last ten years, Scotland’s market share of tourism in relation to (i) the UK, (ii) Europe and (iii) the world.

 

S1W-4881 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist or promote the use of motorbikes, scooters and other powered two wheelers.

 

S1W-4882 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the number of reports of rape on an annual basis for the last five years (a) which were made to the police or relevant authority, (b) where a prosecution did not take place with a breakdown of the reasons why, (c) where a prosecution was proceeded with and (d) where the case proceeded to prosecution and where the prosecution was abandoned with the reasons for abandonment, and whether it will provide an estimate of the number of cases of rape which are unreported annually.

 

S1W-4883 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those local authorities which no longer award discretionary bursaries to (a) school students and (b) students of music, dance and drama.

 

S1W-4884 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the amounts calculated in the Grant Aided Expenditure for each local authority in 1999-2000 in respect of provision of discretionary bursaries.

 

S1W-4885 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government on behalf of Scottish residents in areas such as Langholm in Dumfriesshire who are as yet unable to subscribe to BBC Digital.

 

S1W-4886 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children under the age of 12 are registered as having autism, broken down by local authority area.

 

S1W-4887 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current annual expenditure is on the training of teachers who are responsible for the education of autistic children.

 

S1W-4888 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the purpose of the visit by the Minister for Justice to the Dumfries Young Offenders Institution on 31 March.

 

S1W-4889 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that it has no plans to make any operational changes at Dumfries Young Offenders Institution which could lead to a significant reduction in the number of inmates.

 

S1W-4890 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the powers and responsibilities of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

 

S1W-4891 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the mechanisms through which the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is accountable to the public.

 

S1W-4892 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any powers to review the decision by Dumfries and Galloway Council to grant planning permission to West of Scotland Water to extend and develop the Annan Sewerage Works and, if so, whether it will conduct such a review.

 

S1W-4893 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current status is of the Dietary Targets for Scotland in 2005, set in 1993.

 

S1W-4894 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to increase public awareness of the issues identified in Eating for Health: A Diet Action Plan for Scotland.

 

S1W-4895 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to assess changes in public awareness of dietary issues and what the results are of any such assessment which has already taken place.

 

S1W-4896 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on implementing the recommendation contained in the Scottish Environment Protection Agency report of October 1998 Certificates of Authorisation for the disposal of Radioactive Waste from Dounreay for the development of a spent nuclear waste fuel management strategy in a Scottish context.

 

S1W-4897 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those appointed as members of the Highland and Islands Convention, specifying the position each member holds in the organisation they are representing.

 

S1W-4898 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning intends to call the further, previously promised meeting with Highlands and Islands MSPs to discuss the future of oil fabrication yards in the region.

 

S1W-4899 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3358 by Sarah Boyack on 25 February 2000, whether it will give any support to the conducting of a feasibility study into the re-opening of the railway station at Beattock.

 

S1W-4900 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether in principle it supports or opposes the re-opening of Beattock railway station.

 

S1W-4901 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it will take into account in assessing the needs of travellers in the South of Scotland when issuing directions and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority for the franchise providing passenger rail services which begin and end in Scotland.

 

S1W-4902 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it will take into account in assessing the needs of travellers in the South of Scotland when making recommendations to the Strategic Rail Authority for the franchises providing passenger rail services in Scotland which do not both begin and end in Scotland.

 

S1W-4903 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish a transport authority, similar to that being considered for the Highlands and Islands, for any part of the South of Scotland.

 

S1W-4904 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it is setting for the next five years in relation to the employment of people with disabilities.

 

S1W-4905 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the percentage of Scottish Executive employees who have a disability.

 

S1W-4906 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what was the level of public subsidy provided to "Healthy Gay Scotland" from (a) the Scottish Executive (b) Health Education Board Scotland, (c) Health Boards (d) local authorities and (e) any other groups funded by the aforementioned agencies for the financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-4907 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how East Ayrshire residents will be given the maximum opportunity to obtain employment opportunities from the construction of the M77 extension as defined in the Strategic Roads Review proposals of November 1999.

 

S1W-4908 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to improve the external safety signage on buses and in particular on school buses.

 

S1W-4909 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the number of tugs available to assist in the event of a tanker accident and, if necessary, whether it will make any representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure the protection of Scotland’s marine and coastal environment.

 

S1W-4910 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a copy of the United Kingdom’s oil spill national contingency plan.

 

S1W-4911 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to adopt the recommendation in the report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Child Abuse in North Wales to approve the introduction of "Independent Officers" to deal with allegations of child abuse.

 

S1W-4912 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to designate the Minches as a Marine Environmental High Risk Area.

 

S1W-4913 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine the proposal to create a site of special scientific interest on 75% of the arable land on the Isle of Berneray, Western Isles and whether it will list the 28 restrictive conditions to be imposed on crofting activity on the island.

 

S1W-4914 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that all possible safety measures are in place in the Minches in view of the large number of tankers and other shipping which passes through the area each year and whether it will detail what these measures are and whether any new measures are planned.

 

S1W-4915 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the possible introduction of green energy trading certificates and, if so, whether any such representations will seek to secure possible revenues raised in Scotland from such an energy purchase scheme.

 

S1W-4916 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to clarify the criteria considered by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions when siting motorway services in Scotland.

 

S1W-4917 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to cease the operation as independent companies limited by guarantee of local enterprise companies and instead that they should operate as part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise or Scottish Enterprise network and whether it can provide an estimate of the savings, if any, that this measure might bring.

 

S1W-4918 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss with the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust their expertise in running three pilot accreditation courses and what lessons, if any, it could learn from the Trust in relation to accreditation for business advisers.

 

S1W-4919 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate whether the due date for subscriptions and other payments to the area tourist boards by members can be altered in order to minimise any cash flow problems experienced because of the seasonal nature of the tourist trade.

 

S1W-4920 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase its targets of 1,000 modern apprenticeships by 2003 in the tourism industry given that the number of persons employed within the industry is between 170,000 and 180,000 and, if not, why not

 

S1W-4921 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a system to provide any necessary assistance to meet any costs of bed and breakfast businesses in hooking up to the internet and project OSSIAN and any membership costs thereof.

 

S1W-4922 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require the Scottish Tourist Board to make available to non-members of the area tourist boards membership of the OSSIAN project so that they are not excluded from any benefits of it.

 

S1W-4924 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will announce details of the funding available under the "Modernising Government" initiative and whether this funding will be available to (a) small businesses (b) the voluntary sector (c) The Family Association for Children with Extra-Special Needs (d) other voluntary bodies and (e) national park areas.

 

S1W-4926 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a course or courses in song writing within the tertiary education system and, if so, with whom it will consult regarding establishment and delivery; whether, as part of any such course or courses, advice would be issued to ensure control over all intellectual property rights on songs, and what plans it has to promote song writing and to give prominence to young song writers from Scotland throughout the world.

 

S1W-4927 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken or plans to take in relation to its policies following the "Business in the Chamber" event on 18 February 2000 and whether it will specify any new or supplementary polices in detail.

 

S1W-4928 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to identify all requests it has granted to local authorities seeking to dispose of property, or enter into loans or other contractual arrangements at less than the full market value.

 

S1W-4929 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) when general permission for local authorities to generate additional Section 94 borrowing consent through the capitalisation of long leases ended, (b) whether it still has any discretionary powers to permit the capitalisation of long leases for such purposes, (c) whether it has exercised any such powers since the general permission was withdrawn and (d) what criteria are used to determine whether such discretionary consent is granted.

 

S1W-4930 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the draft Water Framework Directive on the Scotch whisky industry, and what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government and the European Council of Ministers on this matter.

 

S1W-4931 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether savings from the assisted places scheme, over and above those already made available for a Hampden rescue package, will be used to provide any additional funding now to be committed to Hampden.

 

S1W-4932 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the fiscal fine scheme to assess its impact on minor offences.

 

S1W-4933 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Ministry of Defence, or any other Government Ministry, agency or other public body, owns land in the areas being considered for inclusion in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs and Cairngorm National Parks, and whether the concordats between it and Her Majesty’s Government will allow the National Park Authorities the same degree of control of land use and management on all such property as on privately owned land.

 

S1W-4934 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4164 by Mr Frank McAveety on 16 February 2000, whether it will specify the number of Warm Deal grants made, in the most recent period for which figures are available, which included an element of funding for (a) cavity wall installation; (b) loft, cold tank and pipe insulation; (c) hot tank insulation; (d) draughtproofing and (e) energy efficient lightbulbs, or whether such information is not available and, if the information is not available, how it plans to monitor the effectiveness of the Warm Deal programme.

 

S1W-4935 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much capital expenditure was approved by the Water Industry Commissioner for each of 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, to identify how much of that expenditure should be met by (a) external finance limits and (b) charges on consumers in each year; and how much would have had to be paid by consumers in each of these years to service debt, had the Water Authorities been permitted to fund their investment by conventional public sector borrowing.

 

S1W-4936 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of cancer care services.

 

S1W-4937 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of ear, nose and throat services.

 

S1W-4938 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of urology services.

 

S1W-4939 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of radiology services.

 

S1W-4940 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of obstetrics and gynaecological services.

 

S1W-4941 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of orthopaedic services.

 

S1W-4942 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of paediatric services.

 

S1W-4943 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust proposes any early retirement packages for staff.

 

S1W-4944 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust proposes any staff redeployment.

 

S1W-4945 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust proposes an increase in the use of generic wards.

 

S1W-4946 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust proposes the demolition of any buildings.

 

S1W-4947 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust includes proposals for the centralisation of services.

 

S1W-4948 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust proposes any staff redundancies.

 

S1W-4949 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of mental health services.

 

S1W-4950 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of general surgery services.

 

S1W-4951 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will have a detrimental effect on service provision.

 

S1W-4952 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust proposes a shift in emphasis from in patients to day cases.

 

S1W-4953 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has any proposals with implications for the provision of accident and emergency services.

 

S1W-4954 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recovery plan submitted by Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is expected to have any implications for the ambulance service in that area.

 
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