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Business Bulletin No. 155/2001

Wednesday 31 October 2001

Section E : Written questions lodged on 30 October 2001

  

S1W-19471 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to replace Scottish Office Development Department circular 12/1996, to update the guidance on best practice in the use and content of planning agreements and to provide guidance on the specimen wording of such agreements.

S1W-19472 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend sections 37 or 75 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 following the publication of The Use and Effectiveness of Planning Agreements by Colin Buchanan & Partners with Dundas & Wilson and Robert Turley Associates and commissioned by its Central Research Unit.

S1W-19473 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to create the new legal mechanism proposed in paragraphs 7.7 and 7.8.3 of The Use and Effectiveness of Planning Agreements by Colin Buchanan & Partners with Dundas & Wilson and Robert Turley Associates and commissioned by its Central Research Unit.

S1W-19474 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the effectiveness of the use of American-style school buses to transport children to school.

S1W-19475 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage local authorities to make greater use of American-style buses where such buses are found to have positive safety advantages over other types of school transport.

S1W-19476 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review legislation on embarkation and disembarkation of pupils from school transport so that, for example, hazard indicators must be displayed by a bus while pupils are embarking or disembarking and following traffic may not overtake.

S1W-19477 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18237 by Jackie Baillie on 8 October 2001, how many local authority and housing association tenants in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency will qualify for the central heating and insulation installation.

S1W-19478 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18631 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 October 2001, where the public advertisements for the Chairman and lay membership of the Judicial Appointments Board are being placed and whether any equality indicators are being used to ensure that the composition of the board reflects gender and ethnic diversity.

S1W-19479 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans which would alter the minimum qualifications for teachers in pre-school education and the early years of primary school.

S1W-19480 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications would be for minimum teaching qualifications in pre-school education and the early years of primary school should the Schools (Scotland) Code 1956 be repealed, as presently proposed.

S1W-19481 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation has been carried out over the proposals to repeal the Schools (Scotland) Code 1956.

S1W-19482 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanism it has put in place to carry out the functions previously undertaken by the Higher Still Development Unit.

S1W-19483 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many further education colleges offer qualifications which are also available in the secondary school sector.

S1W-19484 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school students enrolled at a further education college in each of the last three years in order to sit Higher examinations.

S1W-19485 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the presentation rate was for candidates sitting Higher examinations in (a) further education colleges and (b) the secondary school sector, in each of the last three years.

S1W-19486 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage was of Higher passes by students in (a) further education colleges and (b) the secondary school sector, in each of the last three years.

S1W-19487 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, businesses will pay a business rates surcharge in order to fund the small business rates relief scheme, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-19488 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, businesses will benefit from a reduction in their business rates following the implementation of the small business rates relief scheme, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-19489 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any special consideration will be given to licensed premises in respect of qualification for the small business rates relief scheme.

S1W-19490 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine who will benefit from the small business rates relief scheme and what the reasons were for the adoption of these criteria.

S1W-19491 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from Mallaig Community Council supporting the appointment of a Minister for Tourism.

S1W-19492 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty's Government in relation to the introduction of the Aggregates Tax from April 2002 at a flat rate levy of 1.60 per ton in Scotland, in particular on whether the European Commission has advised whether the 1.60 per ton flat rate levy in Scotland would constitute a breach of European law and, specifically, constitute a discriminatory barrier against free trade and a breach of competition law.

S1W-19493 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, pupils aged 16 and over left school within three months of the beginning of the school year over the last five years, and how many, and what percentage, left schools which had adopted Higher Still within three months of the beginning of the school year since August 1999.

S1W-19494 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, and from what source, including grants from the European Union, Her Majesty's Government, the National Lottery, each further education college received in public funding in each of the past three years and will receive in the current year; what the total annual income from all sources was for each college, and how many students attended each college.

S1W-19495 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average waiting times are for podiatry and chiropody services for (a) high-risk patients and (b) non high-risk patients, broken down by health board.

S1W-19496 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors lead to a patient being classified as high-risk for the purposes of podiatry and chiropody.

S1W-19497 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why the statutory guidance for local authorities on educating children at home is not yet available and when it anticipates that the guidance will be published.

S1W-19498 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations have been held with the residents of Colonsay on the tendering of ferry services to the island and what guidelines are in place to ensure that adequate consultation takes place before any decision is taken on the future provision of such services.

S1W-19499 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports putting island ferry services out to tender every five years or whether it will seek an exemption from relevant EC regulations.

S1W-19500 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what minimum level of service provision and fare guarantees will exist for the residents of Colonsay after the current tendering process on ferry services to the island is concluded and what representations have been sought from the residents there to ascertain whether the proposals on service provision and fare guarantees which arise from the tendering process are acceptable to them.

S1W-19501 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken following the publication of the study by the Scottish Agricultural College Impact of Agricultural Practices and Catchment Characteristics on Ayrshire Bathing Waters.

S1W-19502 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18370 by Malcolm Chisholm on 19 October 2001, when the Healthy Respect National Health Demonstration project will produce an evaluation report and whether this evaluation will form the basis for extending the project throughout the rest of Scotland.

S1W-19503 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all people who are prescribed methadone are given the option of detoxification and rehabilitation at regular intervals during the course of their treatment

S1W-19504 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy on community ownership extends to property owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and, in particular, to the communities on Rum.

S1W-19505 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has cost Scottish Natural Heritage to manage Rum in each year since April 1992.

S1W-19506 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost has been of the survey and research work carried out in relation to Rum by, or on behalf of, Scottish Natural Heritage from April 1992 to date.

S1W-19507 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16955 by Rhona Brankin on 8 August 2001, how many residential units have been built on the Isle of Rum in each year from 1957 compared with the total annual population of the island in each year from 1957 for which figures are available.

S1W-19508 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards the publication of the Discipline Task Force’s Action Plan and whether any financial resources will be allocated to ensure that its recommendations are implemented.

S1W-19509 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards implementing the recommendations made by the Discipline Task Force in its report Better Behaviour – Better Learning.

S1W-19510 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-16773 by Rhona Brankin on 31 July 2001, whether it has made any further progress in promoting social inclusion in rural areas.

S1W-19511 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18491 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 8 October 2001, what specific steps it is taking to promote digital inclusion in rural areas.

S1W-19512 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that young people living in rural areas have access to affordable public transport.

S1W-19513 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken by it, local authorities and the enterprise agencies to support and advise small businesses, such as village shops and post offices.

S1W-19514 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15395 by Rhona Brankin on 10 May 2001, what progress it has made in improving the protection of Scotland’s soil resource.

S1W-19515 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting the Powershift programme in rural areas.

S1W-19516 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving safety on the A84 and A85 trunk roads.

S1W-19517 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15542 by Rhona Brankin on 16 May 2001, what progress has been made in assessing the capacity of the national grid in northern Scotland in order to ensure that Scotland can benefit fully from its renewable energy resources.

S1W-19518 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the percentage of Scotland’s power that can be generated from renewable resources.

S1W-19519 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to reduce the number of accidents caused by fireworks.

S1W-19520 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13128 by Jackie Baillie on 12 March 2001, how many households in the private rented sector applied for Warm Deal grants in the 12 months to 30 June 2001, how many such grants were awarded and what percentage of Warm Deal grants awarded during this period this represented.

S1W-19521 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect public sports grounds and playing areas from being used for building developments.

S1W-19522 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to assist and develop local museums.

S1W-19523 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to install carbon monoxide monitors in all homes.

S1W-19524 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18284 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, how many reports it has received from education authorities and independent schools of inspections made on them by the Health and Safety Executive.

S1W-19525 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18284 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, how many communications or reports it has received from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of inspections made by the HSE of state and independent schools regarding adventure activities undertaken during school trips.

S1W-19526 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18284 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, what statistics it has on accidents involving children attending state or independent schools while undertaking adventure activities during school trips.

S1W-19527 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18284 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, what forms of monitoring are undertaken by it or on its behalf of Improvement Notices served by the Health and Safety Executive concerning adventure activities in the context of school trips and what information it has received regarding the results of any such monitoring.

S1W-19528 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice or guidance is issued by it or on its behalf to state or independent schools on the preparation and requirements of risk assessment in respect of adventure activities in the context of school trips.

S1W-19529 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18283 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, how many meetings of the Health and Safety Commission’s Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee have been attended by Executive officials to date and what proportion of the total number of meetings of the committee this represents.

S1W-19530 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18283 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, what the numbers, grades, salaries and career experiences are of Executive staff with responsibility for monitoring and advising on the implementation of recommendations made to state and independent schools by the Health and Safety Commission’s Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee concerning adventure activities undertaken during school trips.

S1W-19531 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18281 by Allan Wilson on 15 October 2001, whether any changes have been made to advice and guidance issued by it or on its behalf to state or independent schools in respect of adventure activities undertaken during school trips since the establishment of the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority.

S1W-19532 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage the development of fridge waste disposal processing plants.

S1W-19533 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has made of the numbers of fridges that will need to be disposed of in Scotland in each of the next five years.

S1W-19534 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will establish baseline figures for biodegradable waste products for each local authority with regard to meeting the EC Landfill Directive target for 2010.

S1W-19536 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that grants awarded from the Strategic Waste Fund represent best value for money.

S1W-19537 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidance on best practice in respect of suitability for awards from the Strategic Waste Fund.

 

 

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