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BUSINESS BULLETIN 60 / 2000

Friday 31 March 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 30 March 2000

 

 

S1W-5738 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is currently investigating Developing North Ayrshire and what the scope of any such investigation is.

 

S1W-5739 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to give the workforce of Developing North Ayrshire the opportunity to give their views on the management of the organisation in any investigation.

 

S1W-5740 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants of European Union funding have been received by Developing North Ayrshire in the current financial year.

 

S1W-5741 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3791 by Susan Deacon on 31 January 2000, what the average cost is of one course of treatment for patients suffering from ovarian and breast cancer using the drugs Taxol and Taxotere.

 

S1W-5742 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will break down by health board area the numbers of women reported as having breast and ovarian cancer since 1 January 2000 and how many have been prescribed Taxol and Taxotere as part of their treatment.

 

S1W-5743 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many health boards have made a written commitment to fund the drugs Taxol and Taxotere.

 

S1W-5744 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal protection is available to consumers purchasing new houses in Scotland.

 

S1W-5745 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of opening a Record of Needs.

 

S1W-5746 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Records of Needs are currently in place in each local authority.

 

S1W-5747 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Records of Needs per 100,000 population are in place in each local authority.

 

S1W-5748 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the operation of Records of Needs to ensure similarity of provision across Scotland.

 

S1W-5749 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any improvements are needed in the length of time taken to set up Records of Needs across Scotland and what plans it has to bring about such improvements.

 

S1W-5750 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for educational psychologists in each local authority.

 

S1W-5751 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students are expected to graduate as educational psychologists in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

 

S1W-5752 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to advance the Croft Entrant Scheme beyond the current pilot phase and whether it will be extended to all crofting parishes.

 

S1W-5753 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle the rising number of seals in Scottish waters.

 

S1W-5754 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5157 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 22 March 2000, how many children under the age of 18 have been assessed as suffering from Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism and what specialist provision is available in each local authority area.

 

S1W-5755 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1235 by Donald Dewar on 15 December 1999 and question S1W-4192 lodged on 4 February 2000, when it will give a substantive answer to question S1W-4192 regarding its performance in relation to targets for replying to correspondence from MPs or MSPs.

 

S1W-5756 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Greater Glasgow Health Board will spend on recruiting the services of Shandwick International and whether hiring a public relations firm to advise on public consultation represents best value in the National Health Service.

 

S1W-5757 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a training programme for all people employed in providing care for vulnerable adults, either through the Scottish Social Services Council, the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care, or otherwise.

 

S1W-5758 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends that the protection from abuse of vulnerable adults, whether cared for at home, in the voluntary sector, in hospitals or in residential nursing homes will be addressed by the Scottish Social Services Council or by the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care.

 

S1W-5759 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance and training is currently in place to inform GPs about the problem of abuse of vulnerable adults.

 

S1W-5760 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to issue further guidance or training to GPs in order to address the problem of abuse of vulnerable adults.

 

S1W-5761 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it is having on the role of sport in social inclusion strategies.

 

S1W-5762 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what role sport is playing in activities aimed at raising the educational achievement of boys.

 

S1W-5763 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the educational attainment of boys.

 

S1W-5764 Karen Gillon: To ask the Presiding Officer whether and when proposals for the Scottish Parliament logo will be available for discussion with all MSPs.

 

S1W-5765 Karen Gillon: To ask the Presiding Officer what role MSPs will play in the selection of a new Scottish Parliament logo.

 

S1W-5766 Karen Gillon: To ask the Presiding Officer what consultations have taken place regarding the new Scottish Parliament logo.

 

S1W-5767 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding will be made available to the Highlands and Islands Integrated Transport Forum to commission a study to assess the economic impact on their communities of weight restrictions on roads and bridges and whether these restrictions are due to the level of investment in local road maintenance.

 

S1W-5768 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money remains available under the Rail Freight Facilities Grant Scheme for 2000 and 2001.

 

S1W-5769 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it can provide for the varying levels of annual inflation within health budgets in terms of procurement costs, wages and other items of expenditure for each year since 1995.

 

S1W-5770 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average increase in public sector pay has been in cash terms in each year since 1945, or the earliest year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-5771 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the International Labour Organisation’s unemployment level and rate for Scotland was in each month since May 1999.

 

S1W-5772 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost is of each Scottish Executive Minister’s private office since July 1999, broken down by category of expenditure where possible.

 

S1W-5773 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the Caithness and Sutherland Trout Angling Group Brown Trout Angling Survey 1999; whether it will include the development of special fishing holiday deals and packages as an additional niche market in its tourism strategy, and whether it will consult with all relevant bodies and interest groups in relation to this matter.

 

S1W-5774 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3886 by Susan Deacon on 21 March 2000, when it plans to increase total health spending to the current European average as a percentage of national income.

 

S1W-5775 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a strategy to identify and address the needs of mothers with post-natal depression.

 

S1W-5776 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, CoSLA or the Association of Scottish Colleges expressing concern that no interim funding arrangements have been put in place between the end of existing European Social Fund programmes and the start of a new programme for 2000 to 2006.

 

S1W-5777 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Finance met Angela Morgan of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in October 1999; whether the Minister was informed at that meeting that SAMH would, unless interim funding arrangements were put in place to bridge the gap between the end of existing European Social Fund programmes and the start of new programmes for 2000 to 2006, have to make staff redundant, and whether, if the situation is not addressed by the end of March, SAMH will issue 54 project staff with 90 day redundancy notices, affecting 8 projects training 500 people.

 

S1W-5778 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the impact of any shortfall in money available under Objective 3 upon voluntary organisations in Scotland.

 

S1W-5779 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not yet given substantive answers to questions S1W-1518, S1W-2429, S1W-2433, S1W-2603, S1W-3258, S1W-3383, S1W-3384, S1W-3804 and S1W-3807, all lodged between 13 September 1999 and 18 January 2000 and when it will answer these questions.

 

S1W-5780 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cumulative percentage increase in the average house price in Scotland has been since the introduction of the council tax and what the cumulative increase in the retail price index has been over the same period.

 

S1W-5781 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to redefine council tax bandings to take account of house price inflation since the council tax was introduced.

 

S1W-5782 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes fell into each council tax property band in (a) the first year of its introduction and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

 

S1W-5783 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5223 by Henry McLeish on 23 March 2000, whether visitors to Scotland will be able to reserve accommodation using the Ossian Project by 1 June 2000.

 

S1W-5784 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently registered by each local authority as homeless persons.

 

S1W-5785 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the prisons which have been assessed as being free from the use of illegal drugs and substances.

 

S1W-5786 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the availability of modern technology for the detection and treatment of cancer in hospitals.

 

S1W-5787 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-5239, S1W-5240 and S1W-5241 by Sarah Boyack on 24 March 2000, how it will implement or fulfil the Partnership Agreement pledge to introduce strategic environmental assessment for all Government policies in the term of its government, given that the EU Directive is not yet finalised and will have a three year period before it requires implementation.

 

S1W-5788 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4879 by Sarah Boyack on 27 March 2000, (a) when transport consultants SIAS were instructed to carry out the study on road widening, (b) what are the terms of reference of the study, (c) what is the cost of the study and (d) when it intends to publish the study.

 

S1W-5789 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what responses it has received to the consultation paper regarding proposals to extend the opening hours of casinos in Scotland.

 

S1W-5790 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will announce when the EC Directive 96/59/EC on the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated terphenyls will be transposed into Scots law.

 

S1W-5791 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S1W-2360 lodged on 4 November 1999.

 

S1W-5792 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss with the Scottish Tourist Board its appointment of a Parliamentary Liaison Officer and whether the salary costs of the post would be better spent on marketing activities.

 

S1W-5793 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer why accessible information in all formats is not provided for disabled visitors to the Scottish Parliament.

 

S1W-5794 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer when the Scottish Parliament fact files 1-4 will be available in Braille from the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre.

 

S1W-5795 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer when the Scottish Parliament fact files 1-4 will be available on audio cassette from the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre.

 

S1W-5796 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer when the Scottish Parliament fact files 1-4 will be available in large print for partiality sighted visitors to the Scottish Parliament .

 

S1W-5797 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer when the information currently available on the interactive computers in the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre will be adapted for access by non-sighted visitors.

 

S1W-5798 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has plans to lower the table in the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre in order that wheelchair bound people can have a clear view of the model of the new Parliament building.

 

S1W-5799 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has plans to make available, on request, any official parliamentary document in Braille.

 

S1W-5800 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has plans to adapt icons and words on the Scottish Parliament website to facilitate easier access for those who are partially sighted.

 

S1W-5801 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has plans to install the WAV file format or any similar format on to the Scottish Parliament website in order to facilitate an audio reading of each web page.

 

S1W-5802 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any discussions are being held on the future of Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow and the possible sale of the site of the prison.

 

S1W-5803 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on progress with the negotiations over Hampden Stadium.

 

S1W-5804 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider locating the Scottish University for Industry in Inverness and, if so, whether it could be linked with the University of the Highlands and Islands.

 

S1W-5805 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive why, given the requirement in the Scottish Ministerial Code that Ministers should refuse to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest, it did not consider it to be in the public interest, in accordance with the relevant statute and the Government’s Code of Practice on Information, to provide the information requested in its answers to questions S1W-4642 and S1W-4662 by Sarah Boyack on 21 March 2000.

 

S1W-5806 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding for professionals, such as social workers and nurses, to obtain a recognised qualification in lip-reading.

 

S1W-5807 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instruct the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute to conduct a thorough investigation into the social, economic and environmental significance of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill for remote communities and specifically for Stratherrick and Lochaber.

 

S1W-5808 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which social work departments, in each local authority, carry out mandatory police checks for care staff who work in both residential and home settings.

 

S1W-5809 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many paediatric patients currently being treated at Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital’s cardiac unit are referrals from health board areas in the West of Scotland.

 
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