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Business Bulletin No. 51/2002

Monday 25 March 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 22 March 2002

  

Questions marked with a triangle () are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S1W-24328 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23454 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 March 2002, whether permission could be obtained to release the valuation made for the former HM Prison Penninghame under Section 10 of the Valuation Office Agency’s standard conditions of engagement and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-24329 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how much lottery funding has been given to (a) Highlands and Islands Enterprise and (b) the Scottish Land Fund in respect of the community right to buy and crofting community right to buy elements of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill; whether such contributions were allocated from Scotland’s share of lottery funds, and whether such contributions are within the original objectives for the allocation of lottery funding. R

S1W-24330 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding is planned to be allocated for the (a) community right to buy and (b) crofting community right to buy elements of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. R

S1W-24331 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive why local authorities and highway agencies are exempt from the proposals set out in Reducing Disruption from Utilities’ Road Works – A Consultation Paper.

S1W-24332 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether road congestion has decreased or increased in each of the last five years and, if there has been an increase, to what extent the level of road works has contributed to that increase.

S1W-24333 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to assess the potential impact on its information technology policies, as set out in Connecting Scotland: our broadband future, of the proposals set out in Reducing Disruption from Utilities’ Road Works – A Consultation Paper.

S1W-24334 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to assess the potential impact on social exclusion of the proposals set out in Reducing Disruption from Utilities’ Road Works – a Consultation Paper.

S1W-24335 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any additional money will be made available through the Modernising Government Fund to support the many modernisation projects that are underway.

S1W-24336 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) people and (b) agencies have been engaged in a consultative capacity by and on behalf of Communities Scotland since its inception and at what cost.

S1W-24337 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what amount of capital receipts from the disposal of housing assets was set aside by local authorities to repay debts in each of the financial years from 1997-98 to 2001-02, expressed in real terms and broken down by local authority.

S1W-24338 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many exclusions there have been from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S1W-24339 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each local authority, what percentage of the authority’s bills from contractors and suppliers were paid at least 30 days from the due date for payment in the last year for which figures are available.

S1W-24340 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to prepare its departments for the possible introduction of the euro.

S1W-24341 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was last represented on the joint central/local government working group set up by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to consider the possible introduction of the euro and what progress affecting Scotland has been made by the group.

S1W-24342 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has established any pilot projects to assist in the preparation for the possible introduction of the euro.

S1W-24343 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the five main causes of death were for (a) males and (b) females aged 35 years and under in each year from 1991 to 2001.

S1W-24344 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has referred any company to the Director General of Fair Trading in respect of the application of excessive flight supplements for passengers travelling on package holidays from Scottish airports.

S1W-24345 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people resident in Scotland have flown on package holidays from airports outside Scotland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S1W-24346 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what bilateral meetings have taken place between its Transport Division and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Division to discuss Reducing Disruption from Utilities’ Road Works – A Consultation Paper.

S1W-24347 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what total fees (a) have been paid and (b) are now due for work by external consultants employed on the Scottish Prison Service’ss Estates Review.

S1W-24348 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answers to questions S1W-2006, S1W-9041, S1W-9042, S1W-9374, S1W-17536, S1W-17721 and S1W-18201 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 November 1999, 31 and 24 August and 4 December 2000 and 12, 20 and 28 September 2001 respectively, why it was possible to provide figures for the number of staff who had left HM Prison Kilmarnock in the answer to S1W-2006, but not respond similarly to the remaining questions on staff turnover on the grounds that the subject was a matter for Premier Prison Services Ltd.

S1W-24349 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21184 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 January 2002, whether the cost of the Controller and his staff is included in the costs for HM Prison Kilmarnock given in the answers to questions S1W-9796, S1W-10002 and S1W-11308.

S1W-24350 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what penalties have been incurred under the contract to operate HM Prison Kilmarnock by the operators of the prison.

S1W-24351 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all costs it incurs associated with HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S1W-24352 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it pays any additional fees when the number of prisoners at HM Prison Kilmarnock is greater than the number of places available for prisoners.

S1W-24353 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12540 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 February 2001, what methodology is used to estimate the cost of the Scottish Prison Service’s provision of a custodial service equivalent to that provided at HM Prison Kilmarnock, detailing the assumptions made with regard to the calculation of net present value, inflation rates, interest rates, design costs, construction costs, financing costs, staff costs and any other relevant costs.

S1W-24354 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12540 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 February 2001, what methodology it used to calculate the net present value for HM Prison Kilmarnock and what assumptions were made in regard to the rate of inflation, interest rates and any other relevant factor.

S1W-24355 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12540 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 February 2001, what its (a) base case, (b) best case and (c) worst case estimates were for the cost of HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S1W-24356 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what categories of information it is (a) able to provide, (b) willing to provide, (c) has decided to provide and (d) is unable to provide for legal or other reasons in regard to the valuation and sale of the former HM Prison Penninghame, detailing the reason behind its position in each case.

S1W-24357 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to introduce scale fees for junior counsel appearing in the sheriff court in legally aided cases.

S1W-24358 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are currently being taken to encourage breast-feeding amongst new mothers.

S1W-24359 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it makes to produce documents in alternative formats to allow easier access for people with disabilities.

S1W-24360 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Women’s Consultative Forum last met and what matters were discussed.

S1W-24361 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities implement their policy statements for volunteering.

S1W-24362 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the full costs involved in (a) publishing, (b) printing and (c) distributing (i) National Care Standards: School Care Accommodation Services, (ii) National Care Standards: Care Homes for Children and Young People and (iii) National Care Standards: Early Education and Childcare up to the Age of 16.

S1W-24363 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22206 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 February 2002, whether it was consulted by Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust prior to the trust’s decision to extend the closure of paediatric inpatient services at Monklands Hospital indefinitely; on what date it was informed of the trust’s decision, and what advice it provided to the trust on the matter.

S1W-24364 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22206 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 February 2002, what studies have been carried out in regard to the impact that the indefinite closure of paediatric in-patient services at Monklands Hospital will have on those from the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth parliamentary constituency who use the service; where such services will now be available, and by what means people without access to private transport will be able to access them.

S1W-24365 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities it has for ensuring that people resident in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth parliamentary constituency have access to in-patient provision across all NHS specialities and what action it has undertaken to guarantee the availability of such services in each of the last twelve months.

S1W-24366 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22206 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 February 2002, whether it was consulted by North Lanarkshire Council prior to Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s decision to extend the closure of paediatric in-patient services at Monklands Hospital indefinitely; on what date any such consultation took place, and what advice it provided to the council on the matter.

S1W-24367 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Real Learning Centres are now open in libraries.

S1W-24368 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in its consideration of responses to the consultation on the draft designation order for the Loch Lomond the Trossachs National Park.

S1W-24369 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it is likely to incur in legal fees as a result of the appeal to the Court of Session against its decision to refuse planning permission for a superquarry at Lingerbay, and how much of this figure represents the legal costs for the developer, Lafarge Redland Aggregates Ltd.

S1W-24370 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it is likely to incur in legal fees as a result of the appeal to the Court of Session against its decision to refuse planning permission for the Heathfield Road development in Ayr.

S1W-24371 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Forestry Commission is undertaking any measures to retain the integrity, brand identity and tourism potential of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park given the creation of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

S1W-24372 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of publishing, printing and distributing its consultation document Community Budgeting: A consultation on local services and community engagement.

S1W-24373 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the suicide rate was among (a) men and (b) women prisoners in each of the last five years.

S1W-24374 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-4927 by Ross Finnie on 21 March 2002, what grants have been awarded to date under the 2002-06 Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance programmes, broken down by geographical region.

S1W-24375 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-4927 by Ross Finnie on 21 March 2002, how the 18 million made available to fish processors has been, or will be, distributed.

 

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