Contents page
 

 

BUSINESS BULLETIN 193 / 2000

Wednesday 13 December 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 12 December 2000

 

 

S1W-11898 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 1.4.4 of Strategic Priorities for Scotland's Passenger Railway, whether and how it will ensure that the quality of rolling stock used to service rural and less profitable lines will be of the same standard as that used on more profitable and popular lines once the existing Scottish rail franchise has been replaced.

S1W-11899 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 1.4.9 of Strategic Priorities for Scotland's Passenger Railway, what processes it has in place to ensure that it is made aware of what the priorities of rail users are in rural areas such as Dumfries and Galloway, in order to represent them to the Strategic Rail Authority.

S1W-11900 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 1.4.14 of Strategic Priorities for Scotland's Passenger Railway, what mechanisms it has in place to ensure that the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) is managing expenditure efficiently and effectively and what options it has available to it should the SRA not fulfil this role.

S1W-11901 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 2.1.2 of Strategic Priorities for Scotland's Passenger Railway, what the circumstances are where it considers the advantages of rail transport to be the greatest.

S1W-11902 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to paragraph 2.1.3 of Strategic Priorities for Scotland's Passenger Railway, what the increase in passenger numbers and services has been.

S1W-11903 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many representatives it had in the UK delegation to the recent EU Inter-Governmental Conference in Nice.

S1W-11904 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to discipline civil service staff.

S1W-11905 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to amend the Invergarry-Kyle of Lochalsh Trunk Road (A87) Extension (Skye Bridge Crossing) Toll Order (Variation) Order 1999, in particular as regards the classification of vehicles based on vehicle length.

S1W-11906 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the process is for seeking membership of or observer status to the Nordic Council and whether it has any plans to make any such application.

S1W-11907 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was paid by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to the Joint Information Systems Committee in each year since 1997; how these figures were calculated by the council and by each university; whether any representations were made regarding the amounts paid, and how much was used directly for research in each year.

S1W-11909 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the budget for higher education proposed in the Comprehensive Spending Review will be increased should Bell College and/or the University of the Highlands and Islands become the responsibility of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council for future funding; if so, what the level of any increase would be and, if the funding is not to be increased, what reduction there would be in funding per institution.

S1W-11910 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the European and external affairs responsibilities are of the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs; whether there is any concordat or agreement regarding the Minister's interaction with Her Majesty's Government in relation to those responsibilities, and in what areas the Minister has devolved and executively devolved responsibilities or acts jointly with the (a) Department of Trade and Industry and (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

S1W-11911 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost is of its current public meetings exercise involving the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister including the money allocated for market research, hiring facilities and publicity.

S1W-11912 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consequential funding it has been allocated in respect of Her Majesty's Government's plans to develop Internet and Learning Access Points and a government general practitioner service through post offices or by other means, and how any such resources will be applied.

S1W-11913 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are available so that tenants of private property who are a nuisance to their neighbours can be evicted.

S1W-11914 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households will qualify for the proposed scheme to cap water charges in each council tax band, expressed as a percentage of the number of properties in each band, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-11915 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bilateral meetings it had with member states of the EU in the run-up to December's EU Fisheries Council, when these meetings were held, who represented the Executive and member states and what the purpose was of each meeting.

S1W-11916 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bilateral meetings between Her Majesty's Government and member states of the EU in the run-up to December's EU Fisheries Council were attended by representatives from the Executive, when these meetings were held, who represented the Executive and member states and what the purpose was of each meeting.

S1W-11917 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bilateral meetings it has had with member states of the EU to discuss EU business, when these meetings were held, who represented the Executive and the member states and what the purpose was of each meeting.

S1W-11918 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bilateral meetings between Her Majesty's Government and member states of the EU have been attended by ministerial representatives from the Executive, when these meetings were held, who represented the Executive and member states and what the purpose was of each meeting.

S1W-11919 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11108 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 23 November 2000, what measures replaced or will be introduced to replace the previously held rights of regional councils to call in controversial planning applications which were made by district councils or which breached structure plans or local plans.

S1W-11920 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9907 by Sarah Boyack on 5 October 2000, when the announcement regarding councils' performance in planning development will be made.

S1W-11921 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10038 by Mr Jim Wallace on 5 October 2000, when it will make the announcement on the response to the consultation paper on high hedges.

S1W-11922 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the expert scientific group set up by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to examine the issue of radioactive particles found on the foreshore at Dounreay, when the group will conclude its examination and whether this work will be published.

S1W-11923 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the dearth of therapeutic and recreational activities for mentally ill patients in general psychiatry facilities reported in the Mental Welfare Commission Annual Report 1999-2000 is addressed.

S1W-11924 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authorities give patients with a mental illness appropriate care and treatment in the community, based on assessment of need.

S1W-11925 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to address the serious concerns about the standard of environment in many intensive psychiatric care units and the level of activity available to the group of patients concerned reported in the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000.

S1W-11926 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authorities fund home care packages for the mentally ill so that no patient is subject to unnecessary restrictions on his or her liberty.

S1W-11927 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that NHS Trusts and local authorities have precise information about the numbers of people with a mental disorder whom it is agreed require community care, but who remain in hospital.

S1W-11928 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that NHS Trusts and local authorities provide care, treatment and support for patients with mental illness in line with the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 and Scottish Executive circular CCD2/1998 and how such provision is monitored.

S1W-11929 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what sanctions can be imposed on NHS Trusts or local authorities if clear evidence is found of deficiencies in the care and treatment of people with mental illness.

S1W-11930 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it plans to have with Glasgow City Council regarding their possible withdrawal from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in protest at the 2001-02 to 2003-04 local government settlement.

S1W-11931 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made since 1 July 1999 of the impact on Scottish exports of the value of pound sterling.

S1W-11932 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2657 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 7 December 2000, how many of the 21,800 sustained jobs secured through the New Deal for Young People were secured through the Gateway stage.

S1W-11933 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost per participant in the New Deal for Young People has been to date.

S1W-11934 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people to date have entered into the (a) voluntary, (b) environmental task force and (c) full-time education/training options in the New Deal for Young People and how many did not complete their chosen option.

S1W-11935 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on the New Deal for Young People in Scotland to date and what proportion of the entire New Deal for Young People budget this figure represents.

S1W-11936 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authorities are fully open about and accountable for spending on the mentally ill and the elderly in community care budgets.

S1W-11937 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in each health board area in implementing the recommendations contained in Health, Social Work and Related Services for Mentally Disordered Offenders in Scotland which relate to the care and treatment of patients progressing from the State Hospital, Carstairs.

S1W-11938 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that patients in intensive psychiatric care units (IPCUs) who no longer require the level of care provided by an IPCU are able to progress to more appropriate facilities for their care and treatment.

S1W-11939 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the domestic fuel oil price rise of over 100% in the last 18 months has had on its social inclusion strategy.

S1W-11940 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the domestic fuel oil price rise of over 100% in the last 18 months has had on the budgets of local authorities.

S1W-11941 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the domestic fuel oil price rise of over 100% in the last 18 months has had on the healthcare of elderly and vulnerable people.

S1W-11942 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government regarding the impact of the domestic fuel oil price of over 100% in the last 18 months on (a) its social inclusion strategy, (b) the budgets of local authorities and (c) the healthcare of elderly and vulnerable people.

S1W-11943 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is reviewing the treatments available for mental illnesses, particularly those aimed at relieving positive schizophrenic symptoms, given the documented side effects of some current treatments.

S1W-11944 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10786 by Susan Deacon on 14 November 2000, when it will announce the allocation to Dundee and Glasgow Dental Schools of the additional resources required to fund the increased education and training of dental practitioners and other professions related to dentistry referred to in An Action Plan for Dental Services in Scotland and Workforce Planning for Dentistry in Scotland: A Strategic Review: Interim Report and Recommendations.

S1W-11945 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any circumstances whereby an individual may defer an alternative sentence of imprisonment to a time of their choosing and whether any of these circumstances apply in respect of Tommy Sheridan MSP.

S1W-11946 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Members of the Scottish Parliament are afforded any dispensations under the criminal justice system not available to those whom they represent.

Contents page