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BUSINESS BULLETIN 123 / 2000

Friday 11 August 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged from 4 to 10 August 2000

 

 

S1W-8983 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in assessing tenders for contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network, it will take into account all the costs which may be incurred by the public sector in the event that the contracts for trunk road maintenance are awarded to contractors other than local authority consortia, including all costs for local authorities, in particular, the potential costs of redundancy payments and diseconomies of scale in disaggregating the current integration of trunk and non-trunk road maintenance by local authorities.

S1W-8985 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received about the applicability of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (as amended) to the current voluntary tendering exercise for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network and whether, in conducting this tendering exercise, it has done everything within its power to safeguard the employment rights of local authorities' existing workforces.

S1W-9030 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to Lord MacFadyen's judgement in the Court of Session on the listed building application for 105-107 West Regent Street and 112 Wellington Street, Glasgow, what the wider implications of this are for decisions made by Scottish Ministers, since the incorporation into Scottish law of the European Convention on Human Rights, to (a) call in and refuse any planning applications, notices of intention to develop and listed building applications or (b) dismiss any planning appeals.

S1W-9046 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7949 by Susan Deacon on 28 June 2000, why information on the total number of locums currently employed is not collated by the NHS and what plans it has to start collating this information.

S1W-9047 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review bursary and maintenance grants available to nursing and midwifery students in universities and colleges.

S1W-9048 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to extend the funding from central government to nursing students completing diploma and degree courses.

S1W-9049 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what were the total costs of the publication (design, photocopying, printing, Internet connection of text, distribution and cost of launch) of the Renewing Local Democracy Working Group report.

S1W-9050 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of the publication (design, photocopying, printing, Internet connection of text, distribution and costs of launch) of the Better Homes for Scotland's Communities report.

S1W-9051 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7963 by Susan Deacon on 13 July 2000, what the nature is of the nurses' training in the cardiac transplant unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

S1W-9052 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7963 by Susan Deacon on 13 July 2000, what the nature is of the training for the three surgeons in the cardiac transplant unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

S1W-9053 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has provided to credit unions in the past year and what plans it has to promote them in the future.

S1W-9054 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement the Lord Advocate had in assessing the prosecution case brought against counterfeiters, Thomas McAnae, Raymond Dean, John McGregor and Dennis McGinnis in their 1998 Edinburgh High Court case.

S1W-9056 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that people against whom sufficient evidence has been gathered for charges to be laid do not avoid prosecution because of minor search warrant discrepancies.

S1W-9057 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any wider implications for the criminal justice system of the appeal, upheld by the Lord President, in the names of Thomas McAnea, Raymond Dean, John McGrigor and Dennis McGinnis.

S1W-9058 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the recent reports that CJD may be passed through sterilised dental equipment, it has any plans to investigate the possibility of any risk that the disease could be passed through equipment used in abattoirs.

S1W-9059 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the current procedures for monitoring the compliance of offenders taking part in the pilot schemes for electronic tagging.

S1W-9060 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the pilot schemes for electronic tagging of offenders and whether it will provide details.

S1W-9061 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received the review on the safety of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty and whether it will publish the review and any plans for implementation of any of its recommendations.

S1W-9062 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in setting up the Transport Advisory Group announced in March, to advise it on the transport needs of people with disabilities.

S1W-9063 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the difficulties encountered by southbound disabled rail travellers at Lockerbie station and whether it has had any discussions with Railtrack or other bodies on the provision of disabled access to the station's southbound platform.

S1W-9064 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will refer the issue of disabled access at Lockerbie station to the Transport Advisory Group announced in March, to advise it on the transport needs of people with disabilities.

S1W-9066 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what target it has set for disabled access to be available on all platforms at railway stations.

S1W-9067 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs is aware that Dumfries and Galloway council has refused planning permission for the landfill/landraising facility at Dry Rig, Ae Forest, Dumfriesshire and what discussions the Minister has had or intends to have with the Forestry Commission about Forest Enterprise's continued involvement in this application.

S1W-9068 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4084 by Sarah Boyack on 1 February 2000, what progress has been made in achieving the targets for the proportion of energy used in Scotland that should come from renewable sources

S1W-9069 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the production of energy from renewable sources and what progress has been made with the review of the planning guidance for renewable energy and the review with electricity companies of the capacity of the Scottish electricity grid to connect more renewable products, as referred to in the answer to question S1W-4084 by Sarah Boyack on 1 February 2000.

S1W-9070 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with HM Government about the production of guidelines for energy distributors requiring them to provide network access arrangements at reasonable cost for producers of energy in Scotland from renewable sources.

S1W-9071 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it keeps comparative statistics on major flooding incidents throughout Scotland and, if so, whether it will publish details for each of the last ten years for which figures are available and whether there is any national monitoring conducted centrally of such incidents.

S1W-9072 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Deputy Minister with responsbility for tourism intends to visit Moffat when he is in Dumfries & Galloway on 23 August 2000.

S1W-9073 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any concerns regarding the funding of policing in the Turriff area and whether it will intervene to ensure that the Turriff area benefits from additional resources being made available to Grampian Police.

S1W-9074 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether rural communities have any difficulties accessing emergency services and what action it is taking to address any such problems.

S1W-9075 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to support and promote light rail in Scotland.

S1W-9076 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3125 by Susan Deacon on 17 December 1999, whether the recent report by Pat Grant, a consultant at Glasgow Western Infirmary's accident and emergency department, regarding age discrimination in accident and emergency units provides evidence that the availability of treatment in the NHS can depend on age.

S1W-9077 Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will announce the key performance targets it has set for Fisheries Research Services for 2000-01.

S1W-9078 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to Lord MacFadyen's judgement in the Court of Session on the listed building application for 105-107 West Regent Street and 112 Wellington Street, Glasgow, whether this judgement may create a basis for applicants or third party objectors to challenge planning decisions by councils, on the grounds that such decisions may be seen to be influenced by the possibility that councils' decisions might trigger call in procedures or appeals which would be determined by reporters who have been appointed by the Scottish Ministers and who must apply policies and guidance laid down by the Scottish Ministers.

S1W-9079 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Angus Council requires its permission to change the rules regarding eligibility for standing for community council elections.

S1W-9080 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide funding on a longer-term basis to voluntary organisations offering support to people with mental health problems which currently receive funding on an annual or other short-term basis, such as the Genesis project operated by the National Schizophrenia Foundation in Dumfries.

S1W-9081 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the subsidy on concessionary tickets for the Skye Bridge is paid following the sale of the tickets or only after each individual ticket is used.

S1W-9082 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider using wage or benefit arrestment as a means of recouping fines from offenders who have defaulted.

S1W-9083 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of a court hearing to deal with non-payment of a fine, what the average fine is and what the additional costs to the criminal justice system of non-payment of fines, were in the last years for which figures are available.

S1W-9084 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing conditional offers, similar to those used for speeding offences, for other offences.

S1W-9085 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into Scots law will have on police surveillance operations and informant handling.

S1W-9086 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial impact of the health and safety at work regulations, enacted in 1974 and applied to police forces in 1998, was in each police force in financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and what additional resources it has allocated to each police force to meet any costs arising from the implementation of those regulations.

S1W-9087 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the registration and monitoring of sex offenders has cost each police force in each financial year since registration was enacted and what additional resources it has given to each police force in each of these years to enable them to carry out regular sex offender profiling and ensure that offenders who are released from prison are registered and regularly monitored without affecting other front-line police services.

S1W-9088 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding it will allocate to each police force to assist in the establishment of race crime units.

S1W-9089 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which police forces had a financial deficit at end of (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000; what deficit it anticipates each police force will have at the end 2001-2002 and how it intends to address any such deficits.

S1W-9090 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital resources, in real terms, were allocated to each police force in each year from 1995-1996 to 1999-2000 and what the allocations will be in 2001-02.

S1W-9091 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated costs of the European Convention on Human Rights will be to each police force in 2001-02 in terms of additional capital requirements.

S1W-9092 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides a written response to all letters it receives and within what timescale.

S1W-9093 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the letters sent to the First Minister over the past year by Ms Dorothy Sutherland.

S1W-9094 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many manufacturing jobs were created through inward investment in Dundee in each of the last five years and how many manufacturing jobs created through inward investment were lost in Dundee in each of these years.

S1W-9095 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many manufacturing jobs created through inward investment were lost in each of the last five years and how many of these were in Glasgow.

S1W-9096 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many manufacturing jobs there were in Scotland in each of the last five years and how many of these were in (a) Glasgow and (b) Dundee.

S1W-9097 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown, by division, of the number of additional police officers that Strathclyde Police will be able to recruit as a result of the additional funding announced in May.

S1W-9098 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its finalised Scottish Forestry Strategy will set out a strategic approach for the transportation of timber in those areas where neither rail nor coastal shipping are available options.

S1W-9099 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its finalised Scottish Forestry Strategy will contain practical proposals to promote the increased use of wood and timber brash as fuels in order to reduce net carbon emissions.

S1W-9100 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its finalised Scottish Forestry Strategy will contain practical proposals for the protection and investigation of archaeological sites within existing forests and proposed new plantations and how it plans to ensure that forest owners and forest contractors notify the relevant authorities of archaeological discoveries.

S1W-9101 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the preferred areas identified by local authorities in their indicative forestry strategies are sufficient to enable new planting to be doubled over the next 20 years.

S1W-9102 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to examine the implications which doubling forestry planting over the next 20 years will have for other forms of agricultural land use and whether it will make any such assessment public.

S1W-9103 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its finalised Scottish Forestry Strategy will set targets for (a) the planting and re-planting of timber, (b) the maintenance or expansion of wood processing capacity in Scotland and (c) the output and export of timber and timber products.

S1W-9104 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the potential for (a) natural woodland regeneration and (b) all forms of timber planting to contribute to carbon sequestration as part of its programme for combating climate change.

S1W-9105 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its finalised Scottish Forestry Strategy will include detailed implementation plans for promoting the transformation of plantation forests and bringing deer densities down to optimum levels.

S1W-9106 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will identify any estimated costs of the Scottish Forestry Strategy which are built into the figures published in Investing in You, the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, and the budgets from which these costs will be met.

S1W-9107 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the current planning regime for forestry.

S1W-9108 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/43) have now been fully implemented and whether the doubling of forestry planting envisaged in its draft Scottish Forestry Strategy will be the subject of an environmental impact assessment on a Scottish or regional scale, or whether it intends that each plantation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

S1W-9109 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much current grant aid it intends to redirect towards Forest Habitat Networks and what the implications will be for those sectors which will lose grant aid.

S1W-9110 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its finalised Scottish Forestry Strategy will set out clear mechanisms to enable opportunities to be provided for people who live in well forested areas to take up forestry employment using modern, efficient equipment, and whether any such mechanisms will include proposals for training and for selling timber in ways which give sufficient continuity of work to allow local contractors to invest in machinery.

S1W-9111 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the contracts to supply the Scottish Parliament with IT equipment and stationery were put out to competitive tender and, if so, whether best value was a criterion in this process.

S1W-9112 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage local authorities and other public bodies to utilise the services of Constructoline.

S1W-9113 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Cabinet sub-committee established to examine the recommendations of the Kerley Report to be in a position to inform the Parliament of the outcome of its deliberations.

S1W-9114 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take in light of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities report that 1 billion is needed to bring Scotland's roads network up to standard.

 
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