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BUSINESS BULLETIN 110 / 2000

Tuesday 27 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 26 June 2000

 

 

S1W-8113 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the running costs for the Houses of Parliament at Westminster are included as comparable expenditure in the Barnett formula calculation.

S1W-8248 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has submitted advice to the shadow Strategic Rail Authority on the east coast mainline passenger rail franchise.

S1W-8252 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will classify petrol stations in rural areas as "essential services" as recommended by Highland Council.

S1W-8253 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal advice it has sought or obtained on whether providing any state aid, in excess of the de minimis limit, to a proposed Highland Transport Authority for the purpose of the retail sale of petrol and diesel would contravene EU rules on competition and whether it will ensure that this issue is considered in the consultant’s report on the issue of a transport authority for the Highlands.

S1W-8254 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage supermarket retailers in Scotland to sell tomatoes grown in Scotland; whether it will seek a commitment from them that they will stock Scottish tomatoes, and whether it has made an assessment of any job losses if supermarkets do not stock Scottish tomatoes, both in the tomato growing sector and in grading and packaging operations.

S1W-8255 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to reduce or eliminate any burden of extra fuel costs in rural areas upon (a) motorists, (b) hauliers, (c) businesses, (d) local authorities and other public bodies and (e) petrol retailers.

S1W-8256 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has made or plans to make into the methods by which other EU states provide assistance to rural areas, including motorists and businesses in these areas, to tackle extra costs as a result of (a) higher fuel prices, (b) remoteness of location and (c) distance from market.

S1W-8259 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider Professor Robert Black’s opinion on the legality of the collection of tolls on the Skye Bridge.

S1W-8260 Christine Grahame: To ask the Presiding Officer when a fully searchable database of Scottish parliamentary questions, with the same functionality as is currently available for Westminster parliamentary questions, will be available to MSPs and their staff.

S1W-8261 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will have a director on the board of the subsidiary company being set up by the Scottish Football Association to manage Hampden stadium.

S1W-8262 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address the findings of the recent ASH Scotland/Health Education Board for Scotland survey on smoking in public places that over half of businesses in the Scottish leisure industry do not have smoking policies in place.

S1W-8263 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Voluntary Charter on Smoking in Public Places will improve the current situation where 92% of public houses in areas of deprivation do not have smoking policies in place to protect the health of staff and customers.

S1W-8264 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the recent Advocate General opinion that the European Court of Justice should annul EU Directive 98/43/EC on tobacco advertising and sponsorship, whether it is planning to introduce primary legislation banning tobacco advertising.

S1W-8265 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health’s report on the tobacco industry, whether it will make nicotine replacement therapy available on prescription up to a maximum of six weeks in total through the NHS.

S1W-8266 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health’s report on the tobacco industry, whether its policy goals in relation to environmental tobacco smoke take account of the "real health risks it poses" as identified in the report and whether the Voluntary Charter on Smoking in Public Places will include specific targets in this respect.

S1W-8267 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health’s concern that the current Scottish guidance on the use of children in test purchase cases has not been modified, what action it intends to take in response to the committee’s recommendation about the achievement of a uniformity of approach towards tackling sales of tobacco products to children.

S1W-8268 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health’s report on the tobacco industry, whether it intends to introduce a system of negative licensing in order to deter retailers from selling tobacco products to underage children.

S1W-8269 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the current procedure for the suspension of a liquor licence.

S1W-8270 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug-related deaths there were in 1999 and how many deaths resulted from alcohol abuse, according to the International Classification of Diseases coding, in the same period.

S1W-8271 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded to the Scottish Advisory Committee on Alcohol Misuse Action Plan and, if so, whether it will place a copy of that response in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-8272 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committing additional funding to combat alcohol abuse, given the percentage of violent crimes which involve alcohol abuse.

S1W-8274 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations, and from whom, on the provision of night-time traffic warden services in sheltered housing complexes.

S1W-8275 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any advice has been sought from it on the implications of the European Directive on Working Time for night-time wardens in sheltered housing.

S1W-8276 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it will offer to any residents of sheltered housing who have lost, or are about to lose, their night-time warden cover.

S1W-8277 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations on the provision of improved telecommunications using the Wireless IP Local Loop System. R

S1W-8278 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty's Government on the regulation of, and equality of access to, new technology, with particular regard to the Wireless IP Local Loop System which is currently available in England. R

S1W-8279 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Atlantic Telecom on the rollout of Atlantic e.com, the Wireless IP Local Loop System. R

S1W-8280 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the report of the Renewing Local Democracy Working Group.

S1W-8282 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether digital hearing aids are now widely available in the NHSiS.

S1W-8283 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individual health boards can decide whether or not to provide digital hearing aids.

 
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