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BUSINESS BULLETIN 113 / 2000

Friday 30 June 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 29 June 2000

 

 

S1W-8250 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that all companies trading in Scotland do not impose in any terms of contract the law of England as the law governing that contract; whether it is aware that BT Yellow Pages uses the law of England for its directories covering Scotland and what representations it will make to British Telecommunications Plc on this matter.

S1W-8351 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it examines practices elsewhere in Europe in deciding on an appropriate flu vaccine programme for the elderly.

S1W-8352 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what promotional material will be available to encourage take-up of the flu vaccine by the over 65s this year and how any such material will be made accessible.

S1W-8353 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths among the over 65s in winter 1999-2000 can be attributed to the influenza outbreak.

S1W-8354 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for GPs with regard to the flu vaccine programme for the over 65s this year.

S1W-8355 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the timescale for the appointment of the additional NHS staff in each of the categories announced in Scottish Executive News Release SE 1900/2000 on 28 June 2000.

S1W-8356 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has recovered in full the costs of the repairs to the Erskine Bridge, following the damage caused by an offshore structure, from the parties deemed to be negligent.

S1W-8357 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7449 by Ross Finnie on 14 June 2000, whether the 18,000 cost of publishing and distributing Rural Scotland: A New Approach includes the cost of the staff time spent preparing the document and, if not, how much the time of the officials involved cost; to whom the document was circulated, and what responses to the document have been received to date.

S1W-8358 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Minister for Justice on 20 January 2000, when it intends to publish the white paper on family law which was promised for May 2000.

S1W-8359 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the increases in domestic water charges have resulted in an increase in demand for water meter installations.

S1W-8360 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether case C-359/97, Commission of the European Communities versus the United Kingdom, will affect the construction of the M77 extension due to its implication that shadow tolls should be subject to VAT.

S1W-8361 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive why there has not yet been any consultation on sheep tagging in Scotland, when consultation papers have been sent out in England and Wales and what effect any delay in introducing sheep tagging will have on the export market for Scottish lambs. R

S1W-8362 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it will give to the comments of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, Dr Lewis Moonie on 27 June 2000, that there had been negligence on the part of the pilots leading to the crash of the RAF Chinook Helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994; whether it will review its own previous declared position that the findings of the fatal accident inquiry should stand, and whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government on this issue.

S1W-8363 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it will give to the opinion of Professor Robert Black that the Assignation Statement in respect of the Skye Bridge tolling regime is not a probative document.

S1W-8364 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7976 by Henry McLeish on 28 June 2000, whether it will detail the total amount of public money spent in building the Bankhead Roundabout and associated road improvements, environmental improvements and advance factory accommodation.

S1W-8365 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7977 by Henry McLeish on 28 June 2000, whether it will detail by public agency, including Glenrothes Development Corporation, Fife Council, Fife Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and government departments, the total amount of public money spent in providing the facilities, infrastructure and incentives to encourage Canon to locate in Glenrothes.

S1W-8366 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unfilled medical and clinical oncology posts there are at each medical grade in each NHS Trust.

S1W-8367 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional funding for the National Health Service, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the last UK Budget, has been received by each health board in Scotland.

S1W-8368 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects each health board to receive any remaining additional funding earmarked by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the last UK Budget.

S1W-8369 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for any delays experienced by health boards in receiving the additional health service funding earmarked in the last UK Budget.

S1W-8370 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care will reply to my letter of 28 December 1999 regarding the financial position of Tayside health services.

S1W-8371 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care will reply to my letter of 16 May 2000 regarding funding levels for interferon treatment in Tayside.

S1W-8372 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government requesting the immediate release of any share of the money raised from the recent auction of mobile phones licences which Scotland is to receive, in order to provide health boards with additional funding.

S1W-8373 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has asked Her Majesty's Government to clarify whether there is any basis for a derogation from the EU proposals regarding VAT on bridge tolls in respect of the Skye Bridge, on the basis that there is no alternative access to Skye.

S1W-8374 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether current concessions for empty sheep and cattle floats on Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry routes represented a commercial decision by CalMac or a requirement by the Scottish Executive, and whether the specification for the new, tendered ferry services will incorporate a requirement to retain existing float concessions.

S1W-8375 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to end date stamping on books of concessionary tickets for the Skye Bridge; who would meet such costs, and whether the termination of date stamping would have any impact upon the end date of the current toll collection contract.

S1W-8376 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the requirement under The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final) that remediation costs must be reasonable includes a commitment that enforcement will be pursued only where remediation costs are affordable to the owners or occupiers of any site in question.

S1W-8377 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether controlled waters in terms of the risk assessment under The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final) includes waters in coastal docks and harbours unrelated to natural or canalised water courses.

S1W-8378 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the definition of equity or fairness in The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final) will require local authorities and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to assess the affordability to owners and occupiers of remediation.

S1W-8379 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final), whether businesses seeking information on sites placed on the registers to be maintained by the enforcing authorities will require to pay fees for access to the Scottish Executive’s registers.

S1W-8380 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final), what appeal mechanisms against remediation notices by local authorities and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency will be established.

S1W-8381 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final), whether sites placed on the public register will be classified in relation to the degree of risk and whether there will be a procedure for removing sites from the register if they are treated to appropriate standards.

S1W-8382 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final), whether contaminated sites will be exempt from remediation notices if public access is prevented and there is no impact on controlled waters.

S1W-8383 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it will issue to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and local authorities under The Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Statutory Guidance: Regulatory Impact Assessment (Final) about issuing remediation notices to small businesses occupying polluted land, owned by other parties, in circumstances where the small businesses are locked into tenancy agreements predating the regulations, given that the regulations transfer potential obligations from owners and polluters to current occupiers of contaminated sites.

S1W-8384 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend membership of the Rural Housing National Steering Group to include representatives of local authorities in the South of Scotland and housing associations currently involved in housing development.

S1W-8385 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7983 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 15 June 2000, what criteria will be used in deciding which areas should be designated as areas where there are particular difficulties in meeting the demand for socially rented housing.

S1W-8386 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7983 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 15 June 2000, what funding mechanisms will be set in place to enable social landlords in designated areas to offer tenants financial assistance towards the purchase of a house on the open market.

S1W-8387 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7983 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 15 June 2000, whether housing associations will have to apply to Scottish Homes or the Scottish Executive when seeking exemption from the modernised right to buy for up to 10 years; whether housing associations themselves will be empowered to select the length of time, within the 10-year period for which properties will remain exempt, and whether there will be any facility for the 10-year period to be extended by further application in circumstances where the financial viability of landlords is still felt to be threatened.

S1W-8388 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive which areas of Scottish spending are not matched, in the Barnett formula calculation of annual changes in allocations to the Scottish assigned budget, by comparable spending in England and Wales.

S1W-8389 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what categories of expenditure have been (a) excluded from and (b) added, since the inception of the Barnett formula, to the items of comparable expenditure which make up the base figure to which the Barnett formula is applied in order to calculate the annual changes in allocations to the Scottish assigned budget.

S1W-8390 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any new social inclusion funding initiatives will be put in place following the conclusion of the New Futures Fund initiative.

S1W-8391 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any regulations in place on health and safety standards for youth and backpackers’ hostels.

S1W-8392 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7214 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on (a) the Annual Expenditure Report and (b) Local Government – Political Restrictions Exemptions Adjudicator from the estimates on commissions and committees in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, as contained in Table 2.9 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8393 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7213 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on (a) the Annual Expenditure Report and (b) departmental research from the spend estimates on Publicity and Policy in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, as contained in Table 2.9 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8394 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7212 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will detail the spend to date on research and consultative work regarding equalities contained in Table 2.8 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8395 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7210 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the estimates on (a) the Annual Expenditure Report and (b) support cost payments to Social Inclusion Partnerships, regeneration partnerships and the Glasgow Alliance from the estimates on Partnerships in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, as contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8396 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7208 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the estimates on (a) the Annual Expenditure Report, (b) pathfinder costs and (c) supporting social justice aims from the estimates on Working For Communities in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, as contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000

S1W-8397 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7207 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the estimates on the Annual Expenditure Report from the estimates on the Social Inclusion Partnership Fund in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, as contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8398 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7207 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the estimates for grant payments in respect of Social Inclusion Partnerships current expenditure in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, from the estimates on the Social Inclusion Partnership Fund as contained in Table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8399 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7205 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 22 June 2000, whether it will provide a breakdown of the estimates on the Annual Expenditure Report from the estimates for new housing partnerships in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02, as contained in Table 2.5 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive 2000.

S1W-8400 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-7781 and S1W-7785 by Henry McLeish on 22 June 2000, how many firms the Scottish Energy Efficiency Office has contacted with regard to the climate change levy and what percentage of Scottish businesses this represents.

S1W-8401 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated cost is of the marketing campaign for Learndirect Scotland.

S1W-8402 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the database being compiled by Learndirect Scotland will be completed prior to the introduction of individual learning accounts.

S1W-8403 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds were allocated to the Scottish budget as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review specifically to take account of any additional costs of devolution.

S1W-8404 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all of the assets registered in the National Asset Register which are under the control of it, its departments or agencies, local authorities or other Scottish public bodies and any assets under the control of these bodies which are not currently on the Register.

S1W-8405 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what borrowing powers it, its departments and agencies have, specifying in each case the amount of money which may be borrowed, for what purposes money may be borrowed and what authority is required to enable such borrowing to take place.

S1W-8406 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive which public sector bodies are allocated external finance limits; what the 2000-01 limits are in each case and who sets these limits.

S1W-8407 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive which areas of Scotland had non-oil GDP per capita of less than 75% of the European Union average in the most recent year for which figures are available, based on the lowest geographic area for which figures are available.

S1W-8408 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Rural Affairs intends to reply to my letter dated 10 May 2000 regarding my constituent Mr G Gibb.

S1W-8409 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5884 by Sarah Boyack on 22 June 2000, what works are planned for the A90 at Hatton during financial year 2002-03 financed by the planned expenditure of 0.25 million that year.

S1W-8410 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have submitted revisions to their Structure Plans following the revised National Planning Policy Guidelines 16 and which local authorities have advised that they will submit amendments in due course.

S1W-8411 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether beta interferon will continue to be made available to multiple sclerosis patients in Scotland in the light of the announcement by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in England and Wales.

S1W-8412 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken with regard to the implications for the Scottish economy of the dispute between the USA and the European Union over the issue of European banana imports.

S1W-8414 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include the Kelvin Valley route in the options to be considered in the multi-modal study of the A80/M80 and, if not, whether it will explain why this option will not be considered.

S1W-8415 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the scope of community transport schemes to encompass urban housing estates which are currently excluded.

S1W-8416 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that policies to improve public transport for commuters and to reduce their use of cars do not reduce the amount of local community transport in socially excluded urban areas.

S1W-8417 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers were employed in Scotland, in total and expressed as a full-time equivalent figure, in each year from 1979 to 2000.

S1W-8418 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses were employed in Scotland, in total and expressed as a full-time equivalent figure, in each year from 1979 to 2000.

S1W-8419 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors were employed in Scotland, in total and expressed as a full-time equivalent figure, in each year from 1979 to 2000.

S1W-8420 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were employed in Scotland, in total and expressed as a full-time equivalent figure, in each year from 1979 to 2000.

 
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