Contents page
 

 

BUSINESS BULLETIN 70 / 2000

Thursday 27 April 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 26 April 2000

 

 

S1W-6323 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out, or intends to carry out, any review of the impact of the current patterns of local and public holidays in Scotland.

 

S1W-6324 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change adoption laws in Scotland.

 

S1W-6325 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Women’s Aid refuge spaces there are in Scotland and what steps it is taking to increase this provision.

 

S1W-6326 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which bodies or organisations in Scotland carry out research into the condition myalgic encephalomyelitis and what level of funding they receive from it.

 

S1W-6327 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the development of a new definition of rape; whether, in so doing, it will take into consideration the views of victims of rape, and whether it will give a timescale for developing any new definition.

 

S1W-6328 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were applied in the decision to award the contract to operate the Glasgow–Tiree and Glasgow–Campbeltown air services.

 

S1W-6329 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all operators who submitted bids to operate the Glasgow–Tiree and Glasgow–Campbeltown air services, highlighting those bids which entailed the use of Twin Otter aircraft.

 

S1W-6330 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was undertaken prior to the award of the contract to operate the Glasgow–Tiree and Glasgow–Campbeltown air services and why Tiree Community Council does not appear to have been consulted.

 

S1W-6331 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times Loganair have cancelled flights to Tiree since November 1999 and how often the company has been penalised as a result of these cancellations.

 

S1W-6332 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to monitor Loganair’s performance in fulfilling its contractual obligations and to outline what sanctions are in place should the company fail to meet these obligations.

 

S1W-6333 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the definition is of a twin rig trawl for the purpose of compliance with mesh size regulations for fishing nets.

 

S1W-6334 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether two fishing nets joined together by whatever means, be it shackle, length of rope or piece of netting, still constitute two nets and must therefore be rigged with 100mm mesh size, or whether two nets thus joined become a single net and may therefore be rigged with 70mm mesh size and, if the latter, whether such a practice is in line with conservation guidelines.

 

S1W-6335 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any new plans to aid multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers and to examine the prevalence of MS in Scotland.

 

S1W-6336 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to increase numbers of physiotherapists dealing with multiple sclerosis patients.

 

S1W-6337 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to investigate any variation in care standards in Scotland for multiple sclerosis patients.

 

S1W-6338 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4370 by Mr Jack McConnell on 12 April 2000, whether it will list, in relation to the political activities of individuals appointed to public bodies between 1 April and 31 December 1999, the names of (a) the 18 individuals who fell within category A and (b) the 26 individuals who fell within category B, indicating in each case the nature of their public appointment.

 

S1W-6339 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5597, by Ms Wendy Alexander on 12 April 200, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the summary offence of unlawful eviction in each of the last ten years.

 

S1W-6340 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4714, to detail, by local authority area, what percentage of rape victims have their request to be examined by a female police surgeon granted and, of this percentage, what is the average distance travelled and time waited by these victims to receive attention in comparison with those who receive treatment from a male surgeon.

 

S1W-6341 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to market Scotland abroad and what budget is to be assigned for this purpose.

 

S1W-6342 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the criteria for the tendering process for Lifetime Services to the Highlands and Islands and, in particular, what is the specification intimated in respect of airports to be used.

 

S1W-6343 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps or representations it intends to make, and to whom, to ensure a distinctive Scottish identification plate for motoring purposes.

 

S1W-6344 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of care leavers go into further and higher education and what plans it has to increase this number.

 

S1W-6345 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is currently available to people leaving care and whether these facilities are available in all regions of Scotland.

 

S1W-6346 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many colorimeters are available within the health service and what are their locations.

 

S1W-6347 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of Meares-Irlen Syndrome have been diagnosed in each health board area.

 

S1W-6348 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orthoptists are employed by each health board and how many this represents per 100,000 population.

 

S1W-6349 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether cases can be referred directly to orthoptists within the health service without having to go through general practitioners.

 

S1W-6350 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current caseload is per orthoptist in each health board.

 

S1W-6351 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any health boards refer patients to orthoptists outside the NHS and what the cost is of such referrals by each health board.

 

S1W-6352 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the provision of orthoptic education as a result of the projected closure of the current degree course at Glasgow Caledonian University.

 

S1W-6353 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has funded into Meares-Irlen syndrome and whether it proposes to fund any further research.

 

S1W-6354 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the medical conditions which are classed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority as constituting "learning difficulties".

 

S1W-6355 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what grounds the Scottish Qualifications Authority identifies medical conditions as constituting "learning difficulties".

 

S1W-6356 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified specialist teachers of visually impaired pupils are employed in mainstream education in each local authority.

 

S1W-6357 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-4078 and S1W-4735 by Susan Deacon on 18 February 2000 and 10 March 2000 respectively, whether it has now received the Coronary Heart Disease Task Force’s risk-benefit analysis on the placement of defibrillators in public buildings and whether it intends to request monitoring information on the results of the location of 400 defibrillators in such buildings in England and Wales, as recently announced by the Department of Health.

 

S1W-6358 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether washing screens in screen houses of sewage works with untreated effluent produces a local atmosphere containing biological agents of a hazardous nature.

 

S1W-6359 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many sewage works in Scotland untreated effluent is used, or has been used in the last five years, to wash screens in screen houses, and to list these works.

 

S1W-6360 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether school children have visited water treatment or sewage works in Scotland in the last five years and, if so, what safety and protective precautions were taken, and should by law have been taken, during such visits.

 

S1W-6361 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether water authorities in Scotland currently invite visitors in organised parties to their water treatment or sewage works and, if so, which authorities do so and whether those authorities have accepted visitors in organised parties in the last five years.

 

S1W-6362 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to ensure that the dignity of the Saltire flag is upheld and how it will ensure that the correct background colour and proportions are displayed.

 

S1W-6363 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the health budget figures for the years 1999-2000 and 2000-01 used to calculate the 7.3% real terms increase referred to by the Minister for Finance in his ministerial statement on 30 March 2000.

 

S1W-6364 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail each working group and advisory committee which reports to the Health Department including their remit, membership and timescale for final report.

 

S1W-6365 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are required to produce an annual estates strategy to indicate how they allocate resources to ensure that their estate complies with all statutory standards and is fit for purpose.

 

S1W-6366 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of local authority spending has been devoted to the maintenance of their estates, excluding housing stock, for each local authority in each financial year from 1996-97 to date.

 

S1W-6367 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total estate held by each local authority, excluding housing stock, currently complies with health and safety legislation and how this compares with the figures in each of the financial years from 1996-97 to 1999-2000.

 

S1W-6368 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it requires NHS managers responsible for the management and maintenance of the NHS estate to hold a professional qualification in a construction or property discipline.

 

S1W-6369 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the co-ordinated research projects which the Nursing Research Initiative for Scotland has been involved in from its establishment to date.

 

S1W-6370 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the process involved in the appointment of the Director of the Nursing Research Initiative for Scotland; why the post has been downgraded from full-time to one week per month and what consultation process was involved in making that decision.

 

S1W-6371 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the reasoning behind the relocation of the Nursing Research Initiative for Scotland from Glasgow Caledonian University to the University of Stirling and the consultation process involved in that decision.

 

S1W-6372 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the remit, aims and objectives of the Nursing Research Initiative for Scotland and how far the Unit is fulfilling each of these objectives.

 

S1W-6373 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the clinical research carried out by the Nursing Research Initiative for Scotland from its establishment to date.

 

S1W-6374 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis has been made of the Water Commissioner’s performance to date, with particular regard to value for money.

 

S1W-6375 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total estate held by each local authority, excluding housing stock, is used in the performance of their statutory functions (e.g. education, libraries etc); what percentage of the estate held is not used for any such statutory function and how these figures compare with each of the financial years from 1996-97 to date.

 

S1W-6376 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the real term budget increase as set out in table 4.15 of Investing in You: The Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive for years 1999-2000 and 2000-01.

 
Contents page