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BUSINESS BULLETIN 58 / 2000

Wednesday 29 March 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 28 March 2000

 

 

S1W-5647 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Presiding Officer what are the up to date estimates received by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body on the cost of (a) stabilising, (b) upgrading and (c) demolishing Queensberry House.

 

S1W-5648 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that a substantial crater has appeared at Straiton beside the proposed route for the A701 and that the proposed route could be subject to unpredictable subsidence owing to under-mining, and whether it will reconsider on safety grounds the case for holding a public inquiry to allow the evidence to be assessed.

 

S1W-5649 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care will reply to the letter from the Member for Banff and Buchan dated 12 November 1999 regarding Mr Robertson.

 

S1W-5650 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Finance will reply to the letter of 2 February 2000 from the Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Mr A Davie.

 

S1W-5651 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it anticipates that the Scottish Parliament building as currently planned will make to Scotland’s architectural heritage.

 

S1W-5652 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for a formal consultation strategy, across all departments, with the Disability Rights Commission.

 

S1W-5653 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to meet the Disability Rights Commission.

 

S1W-5654 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it has had since July 1999 with the National Disability Council.

 

S1W-5655 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for an information campaign to raise public, commercial and industry awareness of Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

 

S1W-5656 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the 156 recommendations from the Disability Rights Task Force which were published in its report From Exclusion to Inclusion in December 1999.

 

S1W-5657 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive which department has responsibility for considering the recommendations made by the Disability Rights Task Force in its report From Exclusion to inclusion published in December 1999.

 

S1W-5658 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 156 recommendations made by the Disability Rights Task Force in its report From Exclusion to Inclusion in December 1999 fall within the powers of the Executive.

 

S1W-5659 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the recommendations of the Disability Rights Task Force in its report From Exclusion to Inclusion in December 1999 can be implemented without legislation.

 

S1W-5660 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it has in the establishment and running of the new Scottish Quality Meat Council.

 

S1W-5661 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had, and with whom, regarding the appointment of the Chairman of the Scottish Quality Meat Council.

 

S1W-5662 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what social and economic indicators are used to measure (a) deprivation and (b) poverty, at what geographic level such indicators are measured and how frequently these measures are taken.

 

S1W-5663 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will inform Volunteer Development Scotland about the level of funding it will receive for the continuation of the Local Volunteering Development Agency Grant Programme and the Millennium Volunteers Programme.

 

S1W-5664 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what research is being done into the causes of the reduction in song bird populations in Scotland and whether predation by raptors is being considered as a contributory factor.

 

S1W-5665 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the development of the Scottish University for Industry (SUfI), when an announcement will be made regarding the situation of its headquarters and when SUfI will become operational.

 

S1W-5666 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has now met the Scottish Ambulance Service to consider the progress of its review of working arrangements at ambulance stations and when it expects to receive the report of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s European Working Time Directive working group.

 

S1W-5667 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive why the advertisement to provide general medical practitioner services for the Scottish Prison Service was not placed in both the British Medical Journal (BMJ) General Practice edition and the BMJ Clinical Research edition.

 

S1W-5668 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the review of medical services in the Scottish Prison Service which was carried out over the summer of 1999.

 

S1W-5669 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage difference is between the rates of remuneration for doctors practising in the Scottish Prison Service and NHS general practitioners and why there is a difference in rates of remuneration for these two groups of doctors.

 

S1W-5670 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether cost or quality will be the principal factor in assessing tenders for the general medical practice for the Scottish Prison Service.

 

S1W-5671 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that any new arrangement for general medical practitioner services in the Scottish Prison Service will ensure that quality of care to prisoners complies with the 8 April 1998 recommendation of the European Council of Ministers.

 

S1W-5672 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3021 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 January 2000, what progress has been made on the establishment of an independent commission to review and reform charity law in Scotland.

 

S1W-5673 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards are in place to ensure that health trusts consult local communities before introducing car parking charges at local hospitals.

 

S1W-5674 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Presiding Officer what is the total amount of VAT expected to be paid to Her Majesty’s Treasury from the latest estimates of the Holyrood Project and what this sum is as a proportion of the overall cost of the project.

 

S1W-5675 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total central grant funding to Higher Education institutions was per student in each year since 1978-79 in real terms and at 1998-99 prices.

 

S1W-5676 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total funding for the health service in Scotland was for each year since 1945, or the earliest year for which figures are available, in cash and real terms at 1998-99 prices.

 

S1W-5677 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual percentage real terms increase in funding was for the health service in Scotland in each year since 1945, or the earliest year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-5678 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated proportion of the overall Scottish budget is spent on labour costs.

 

S1W-5679 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated proportion of each of the level 1 budget headings is spent on labour costs.

 

S1W-5680 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the change in the level of employment in each sector for which figures are available between 1997 and the present date.

 

S1W-5681 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new claimants have joined the unemployment claimant register between May 1997 and the latest date for which figures are available and between May 1999 and the latest date for which figures are available.

 

S1W-5682 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the undiscounted cost to the Scottish budget is of servicing each PFI contract which the Executive and its predecessors have entered into over the entirety of each contract, in total and by each contract agreed.

 

S1W-5683 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total expenditure was by the Scottish Arts Council on grants to projects by local authority area in the latest year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-5684 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the latest estimate of population broken down by local authority area and by constituency in Scotland, and what projections are available on this basis for the future.

 

S1W-5685 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4034 by Mr Jack McConnell on 27 March 2000, whether it will place in the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre a copy of the detailed calculations for Argyll and Bute Council’s non-housing capital expenditure for each year from 1997-98 to the present.

 

S1W-5686 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding each Scottish police force received in each of the last three years per head of population.

 

S1W-5687 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) about HMG’s proposal to introduce a bill to provide protection against discrimination of disabled people in schools and in further and higher education.

 

S1W-5688 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications the new bill to provide protection against the discrimination of disabled people in schools and in further and higher education proposed by Her Majesty’s Government will have on the current Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill.

 

S1W-5689 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of engineering companies have experienced an (a) increase or (b) decrease in order intake, output volume, staffing, optimism and investment over the last year and what steps will it take to assist the engineering sector.

 

S1W-5690 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many council tenants who bought their council house and subsequently sold the property were allocated another tenancy in the same local authority in each of the last three years for which figures are available, listed by local authority.

 

S1W-5691 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private schools enjoy charitable status and receive discretionary rates relief, and which local authorities offer mandatory relief only.

 

S1W-5692 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much capital debt was owed by each of Scotland’s local authorities at the end of each of the last three financial years for which figures were available.

 

S1W-5693 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans "to put the citizen at the centre of what it does" as stated by Mr Jack McConnell at the CoSLA conference 2000 on 24 March 2000.

 

S1W-5694 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what blockages it has identified in local government which prevent modernisation and how it proposes to remove them.

 

S1W-5695 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health boards have the power to appoint a chairperson of a local health council, or whether this decision rests solely with the members of the health council concerned.

 

S1W-5696 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to fund local victim support schemes from a central budget.

 

S1W-5697 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-851 by Henry McLeish on 5 November 1999, when the Quigley Committee will report to the Scottish Parliament and whether the Scottish Executive will respond to this report.

 

S1W-5698 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Scottish Integrated Workforce Planning Group and how its work will improve the quality and standard of care provided to patients.

 

S1W-5700 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will address the concerns of the Scottish fish processing industry about the impact on the industry and the jobs it provides of the latest changes to the North of Scotland Water Authority effluent and water charges by introducing a new mechanism for capital investment cost recovery by water authorities.

 

S1W-5701 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to implement a single licence system to enable Scottish herring fishermen to operate in both the North Sea and off the West coast.

 

S1W-5702 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will supply projections, for the next five years, of actual non-domestic rate payments in each local authority area in Scotland including comparisons with the payments which would have been expected if the UK unified scheme had continued to be applied and with the projected net payments in respect of comparable premises in the rest of the UK.

 
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