BUSINESS BULLETIN 69 / 2000
Wednesday 26 April 2000
Section E - Written questions lodged on 25 April 2000
S1W-6281 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop the freshwater fisheries sector and to assess its contribution to the economy.
S1W-6282 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing planning legislation or conditions relating to sites for proposed renewable energy schemes.
S1W-6283 Brian Adam: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-6118 on 25 April 2000, what the estimated costs are of the Holyrood Project Team until the new Parliament building is completed.
S1W-6284 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the Scottish Football Association requesting that the participating clubs in this years Cup Final, and those in future years, be given equal allocations of tickets for the event. R
S1W-6285 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Arts Council spent in the North Lanarkshire Council area in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available and how its spending per head in North Lanarkshire compares with the Scottish average.
S1W-6286 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget is of its Equalities Unit for 2000-01 and what its proposed budget is for 2001-02.
S1W-6287 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive which health boards prescribed Taxol and Taxotere to cancer patients during the last 12 months.
S1W-6288 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive, of the health boards which prescribed Taxol and Taxotere to cancer patients in the last 12 months, which had the cost borne by the NHSiS, as opposed to through clinical trials conducted by the pharmaceutical industry.
S1W-6289 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the number of dwellings built or rehabilitated by housing associations has fallen steadily since 1993-94.
S1W-6290 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the total private finance generated by Scottish Homes fell from £218 million in 1995-96 to £158.345 million in 1998-99.
S1W-6291 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the Deloitte & Touche Scottish Chambers Business Survey report that the construction industry in the first quarter of 2000 operated at 85.7% capacity and 60% of employers had difficulties recruiting staff, particularly skilled manual workers, and what action it is taking to address this situation.
S1W-6292 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis has been undertaken of the skills mix required of the 3,000 additional workers required to carry out the modernisation of stock following the proposed Glasgow housing stock transfer.
S1W-6293 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it will take to train to an acceptable standard the 3,000 additional workers needed to carry out the modernisation of stock following the proposed Glasgow housing stock transfer; who will carry out the necessary training; how this training will be funded and by whom, and when the recruitment and training of these additional workers will commence.
S1W-6294 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what stimulus it will provide to the construction industry in Glasgow to encourage the training of new skilled apprentices.
S1W-6295 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many apprentices completed training in construction related trades in Glasgow in each of the last four years for which figures are available in (a) the public and (b) the private sector, broken down by trade.
S1W-6296 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reverse the decline in new orders, investment and employment currently being experienced by manufacturers detailed in the Deloitte & Touche Scottish Chambers Business Survey for the first quarter of 2000.
S1W-6297 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the internal review group on the funding formula for the police is due to report and whether it intends to publish the report or make a statement to the Parliament.
S1W-6298 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it provides to local authorities regarding policy on the use of thick tiled roofs and how this guidance is made available.
S1W-6299 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many part-time Reporters are employed by the Inquiry Reporters Unit.
S1W-6300 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many part-time Reporters appointed by the Inquiry Reporters Unit are over the age of 60.
S1W-6301 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what qualifications are required of individuals appointed as part-time Reporters with the Inquiry Reporters Unit.
S1W-6303 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) is; how much funding it will give SAOS in the current year and in each of the next two years, and what measures are being undertaken to evaluate the work of SAOS.
S1W-6304 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the number and location of marketing co-operatives which have been established as a consequence of Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society activity.
S1W-6305 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the number, nature and expenditure of projects undertaken or assisted by the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society.
S1W-6306 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all of the projects for which funding has been allocated from the Freight Facilities Grant, including in particular the value of grants given to date; how much of the £18.3 million available for Freight Facilities Grants from 1999-2000 to 2001-02 remains to be allocated, and how many road-miles are expected to be made unnecessary as a result of projects funded through the Freight Facilities Grant, broken down by project.
S1W-6307 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of all applications for Freight Facilities Grant funding received to date, including those applications which did not receive funding, specifying in each case why funding was not granted.
S1W-6308 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4693 by Sarah Boyack on 3 April 2000, whether it maintains data with regard to the environmental impact of low-level flying including complaints from the public, either individually or on a collective basis.
S1W-6309 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has consulted the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in relation to the potential impact upon its workload of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill and what measures it will consider to address any expected increase in the Tribunals workload.
S1W-6310 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications under section 19 of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill it estimates will be made to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in each of the five years immediately following commencement of this provision.
S1W-6311 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the test of "substantial loss or disadvantage" in section 19(7) of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill requires clarification and, in particular, whether it should be made clear that the Lands Tribunal for Scotland should not accept that "substantial loss or disadvantage" will occur simply because of the ending of the practice which has developed since the commencement of the Conveyancing and Feudal Reform (Scotland) Act 1970 whereby a grassum is paid to a feudal superior by a vassal in exchange for a minute of waiver so that the vassal need not make an application under the 1970 Act for removal or variation of a burden.
S1W-6312 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to specify in legislation the proportions and colours of a national flag for Scotland.
S1W-6313 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the scientific grounds are on which it designated the River Ythan as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
S1W-6314 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current level of nitrates is in the River Ythan, its tributaries and its estuary.
S1W-6315 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the trends are in nitrate levels in the River Ythan; whether it is projected that these levels will breach the guideline of milligrams of nitrates per litre of water and, if so, when.
S1W-6316 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations are ongoing into the causes of Enteromorpha growth in the River Ythan and when a report will be available.
S1W-6317 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will specify all representations which it has made to Her Majestys Government in relation to those parts of Scotland which should be included in the assisted area status map.
S1W-6318 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the number of persons whose employment may be jeopardised by the passage into law of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and whether it will meet representatives of those persons whose livelihoods may be lost in this way.
S1W-6319 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates responding to parliamentary questions S1W-2735, lodged on 23 November 1999; S1W-2963, lodged on 3 December 1999; S1W-3454, lodged on 20 December 1999; S1W-3946, lodged on 25 January 2000, and S1W-3953, lodged on 25 January 2000.
S1W-6320 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis it estimates that 1,500 unemployed Glaswegians wish to work in the construction industry and how many of these workers (a) have actual experience of employment in construction; (b) are fully time served or otherwise qualified in construction related skills and (c) are currently available for work, listed by trade.
S1W-6321 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking in partnership with Her Majesty's Government and Scottish manufacturing to deal with the skills shortages in manufacturing and alleviate the recruitment difficulties currently being experienced by 57.4% of Scottish manufacturers.
S1W-6322 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all protection orders made under the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976, giving details of the areas covered by each order.