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BUSINESS BULLETIN 64 / 2000

Thursday 6 April 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 5 April 2000

 

 

S1W-6008 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement regarding the options for managing Prototype Fast Reactor fuels at Dounreay.

 

S1W-6009 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the trade in illegal passports, what steps it will take to prevent any misuse of records of births and deaths held by the General Register Office for Scotland.

 

S1W-6010 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to ensure that all women with ovarian cancer who could benefit from platinum/paclitaxel therapy advice receive it.

 

S1W-6011 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the Scottish cancer survival rate does not remain lower than that of some parts of the EU and the United States of America.

 

S1W-6012 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of specialist clinical, medical and surgical oncologists working in the NHSiS.

 

S1W-6013 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to allow student loans and grants to be paid on a monthly basis.

 

S1W-6014 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students continuing their course into academic year 2001-02 will be liable for the graduate contribution in whole or in part.

 

S1W-6015 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students commencing HNC/HND courses before 2001 will be liable for the graduate contribution if they go to university for one or two years under accelerated entry arrangements.

 

S1W-6016 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students beginning an accelerated degree course over the age of 25, who have moved on from HNC/HND courses begun before the age of 25, will be liable to pay the graduate contribution.

 

S1W-6017 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that students at further education colleges receive their loan entitlements at dates which relate to college timetables.

 

S1W-6018 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider making an interim hardship payment to people commencing college courses who are coming off benefit.

 

S1W-6019 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail the percentage of students dropping out of HNC/HND college courses by year of course and by college.

 

S1W-6020 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Grampian Enterprise spent in attracting the World Corporate Games to Aberdeen in July 2000, which companies have agreed to take part and whether a list of sponsors is available.

 

S1W-6021 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering reviewing the legislation which permits local authorities to reduce the council tax payable on second homes.

 

S1W-6022 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5437 by Sarah Boyack on 31 March 2000, whether Ministers are permitted to publish legal advice received, regardless of the fact that the Code of Practice on Access to Scottish Executive Information could be used to justify non-disclosure and, if so, whether it will publish the advice on which the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s decision to instruct that a public inquiry be held in relation to the application by Associated British Ports for the Troon Revision Order was based.

 

S1W-6023 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the monies allocated from the Domestic Abuse Service Development Fund will specifically assist with service provision and support for women with drug or alcohol dependencies.

 

S1W-6024 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail what funding was provided in 1999-2000 and will be provided in 2000-01, and any additional funding that has been, or is to be, made available for: (a) child road safety education and information; (b) local authority spending on schemes for child safety and safe routes to school; (c) safety at congestion stress points and other improvements on trunk roads networks; (d) congestion warning systems to reduce accidents on congested sections of motorways; (e) integrated transport projects applying new technology to public transport ticketing and improved traffic management in towns; (f) local authority improvements in telephone information for passengers on local transport services and (g) making existing diesel buses and taxis in cities and towns "cleaner" in their fuel consumption.

 

S1W-6025 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is made available to local authorities to provide concessionary travel cards for pensioners and whether any additional funds will be made available.

 

S1W-6026 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail any projects it proposes to support and the level of funding it will add to assist the implementation of Railtrack’s Network Management Strategy.

 

S1W-6027 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding and support it will give to provide a rail link to Edinburgh Airport.

 

S1W-6028 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with the Scottish Further Education Funding Council on developing a strategic approach for the provision of tuition in languages to students and, if so, what has been the outcome.

 

S1W-6029 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with the Scottish Further Education Funding Council on developing a strategic approach for the provision of tuition in IT skills to students and, if so, what has been the outcome. R

S1W-6030 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish clothing manufacturers were shortlisted for the Ministry of Defence contract for Royal Navy uniforms, what support it gave to any shortlisted firms and what representations it has made to the Ministry of Defence on this matter.

 

S1W-6031 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish clothing manufacturers currently provide uniforms and clothing to the Ministry of Defence (MoD); whether the proportion of contracts awarded to Scottish clothing manufacturers has reduced in the last 10 years and what plans it has to support the industry when seeking to secure such MoD contracts in future.

 

S1W-6032 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the SPCB will publish the cleaning specification and schedules for toilets in the Parliament Headquarters building together with the monitoring reports to date.

 

S1W-6033 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5474 by Sarah Boyack on 4 April 2000, why there is no Route Action Plan for the A701 and whether it intends to establish such a plan.

 

S1W-6034 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to legislate on European Convention on Human Rights issues other than intrusive surveillance.

 

S1W-6035 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to either Her Majesty's Government or directly to the European Parliament regarding the consultation on the proposal contained within European Parliament Document No. 10317/99 Initiative of the Republic of Austria with a view to adopting a Council Directive to combat child pornography on the Internet and any implications this proposal may have for the Scottish legal and criminal justice system.

 

S1W-6036 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospitals have been sold in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area since 1981, how much has been raised from any such sales and how has the money been spent.

 

S1W-6037 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any hospitals are currently planned to be sold in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area and what the projected income is from any such sales.

 

S1W-6038 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in Glasgow are known to have asbestos within the structure of the building.

 

S1W-6039 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to deal with asbestos in Glasgow’s schools.

 

S1W-6040 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been decided in the light of the recent consultation on the Policy and Financial Management Review of the Crofters Commission.

 

S1W-6041 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the decision made by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board to close the Tourist Information Office in Greenock.

 

S1W-6042 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board received from local authorities within its area in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, and (d) 1999-2000

 

S1W-6043 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities within Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board area contributed to the funding of the Board in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, and (d) 1999-2000, and how much they paid.

 

S1W-6044 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board will receive in the current financial year from local authorities within its area.

 

S1W-6045 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board area will contribute to the Board’s funds in the current financial year and how much will they pay.

 

S1W-6046 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the level of financial support given to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board by local authorities within the Board’s area.

 

S1W-6047 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the level of financial support given to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board by local authorities within the Board’s area is related in any way to the level of confidence by local authorities in the Board.

 

S1W-6048 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board receives from central government.

 

S1W-6049 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research into any possible relationship between the incidence of autistic spectrum disorder and vaccination against childhood illness.

 

S1W-6050 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it currently records the number of incidences of the childhood condition autistic spectrum disorder; if so, whether it will make such information public and, if not, whether it plans to introduce the recording of such incidences.

 

S1W-6051 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans any measures to increase voters’ awareness of the fact that it is not necessary to take along their polling cards when going to vote in local elections.

 

S1W-6052 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4617 by Angus MacKay on 3 April 2000, how much it estimates responding to malicious false alarm calls to the emergency services costs each of the emergency services in each of the last four years.

 
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