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Business Bulletin No. 52/2002

Tuesday 26 March 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 25th 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-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-24376 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19094 by Iain Gray on 12 November 2001, what measures to encourage the use of alternatives to custody for female offenders are being considered by the ministerial group on women’s offending.

S1W-24377 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the EU Commission decision of 15 March 2002 establishing special health checks for the harvesting and processing of certain bivalve molluscs with a level of amnesic shellfish poison exceeding the limit laid down by EC Directive 91/492/EEC will have on the fishing industry.

S1W-24378 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made to enable the fishing industry to comply with the provisions of section 2 of Article 1 of the European Commission’s decision on 15 March 2002 in regard to Directive 91/492/EEC.

S1W-24379 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria a mollusc processing plant will have to meet in order to be authorised as an "approved establishment" within the terms of section 2(b) of Article 1 of the European Commission’s decision on 15 March 2002 in regard to Directive 91/492/EEC.

S1W-24380 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive which mollusc processing plants have been authorised as "approved establishments" within the terms of section 2(b) of Article 1 of the European Commission’s decision on 15 March 2002 in regard to Directive 91/492/EEC.

S1W-24381 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of young people aged 18 and under smoked in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S1W-24382 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) birth, (b) mortality and (c) life expectancy rates were for (i) males and (ii) females in each year from 1995-96 to 2000-01 inclusive broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24383 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government through the Inter-Departmental Group on Older People to reduce the housing benefit taper which requires pensioners to pay 65p in every pound earned from occupational or private pensions over the income support level towards their rent and what assessment it has made of the impact on poverty levels among older people such a change may have.

S1W-24384 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government through the Inter-Departmental Group on Older People to reduce the council tax benefit taper which requires pensioners to pay 20p in every pound earned from their occupational or private pensions over the income support level towards council tax and what assessment it has made of the impact on poverty levels among older people such a change may have.

S1W-24385 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the maximum grant of 500 available under the Warm Deal is not index linked against inflation and whether it has any plans for it to be so linked.

S1W-24386 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the Warm Deal to allow cross subsidy within a given tenement and multi-storey block of flats in situations where the average grant per flat does not exceed the maximum amount of grant available.

S1W-24387 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many men (a) were diagnosed and (b) died from prostate cancer in each year from 1996-97 to 2000-01 inclusive, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24388 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the years from 1991-92 to 1996-97 inclusive were still alive five years later, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24389 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average waiting time is for (a) coronary artery bypass grafts and (b) other cardiac surgery, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24390 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people died while on a waiting list for cardiac surgery in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and 2000-01 broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-24392 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was for cataract operations for the most recent period available in each NHS board area.

S1W-24393 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hectares of (a) contaminated, (b) derelict and (c) vacant land were reclaimed in each of the last three years and how many hectares of such land remain.

S1W-24394 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of (a) neurosurgery beds, (b) neurosurgery intensive care beds and (c) specialist neurosurgery staff.

S1W-24395 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each parliamentary constituency received in lottery funding in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S1W-24396 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much capital debt was owed (a) by each local authority and (b) per capita in each local authority area on the most recent date for which figures are available.

S1W-24397 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much aggregate external finance in total will be available for local authorities in 2002-03; what the share of aggregate external finance was for each local authority in 1996-97 to 2001-02 inclusive, and what the share for each local authority will be in 2002-03.

S1W-24398 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure on secondary mental health services was in real terms in each of the last five years for which figures are available and what this represents as a percentage of the hospital and community health services budget in each of these years.

S1W-24399 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital provision for equipment was (a) allocated and (b) spent in each NHS board area in each year from 1994-95 to 2000-01 inclusive expressed in real terms.

S1W-24400 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any ban on Scottish Prison Service employees contacting (a) their constituency MSP or (b) any MSP in order to discuss the plans for the service which were announced on 21 March 2002.

S1W-24401 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to gauge the economic and conservation impact of all recent technical and conservation measures implemented by the catching sector of the fishing industry and what this impact has been.

S1W-24402 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total expenditure on transport improvements listed in the regional leaflets associated with its transport delivery report, Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements, (a) was in each of the past three years and (b) is projected to be in future years, (i) expressed per capita and (ii) broken down by each geographical area.

S1W-24403 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the local authority housing capital allocations for 2002-03.

S1W-24404 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the cost of introducing a Gaelic Language Bill similar to the Welsh Language Act 1993.

S1W-24405 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a voucher scheme for the purchase of a wheelchair similar to the scheme operated in England.

S1W-24406 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with the Ministry of Defence about job losses at the Faslane and Coulport naval dockyards.

S1W-24407 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional financial support it plans to make available to Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire to cope with the job losses at the Faslane and Coulport naval dockyards.

S1W-24408 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in light of the job losses at the Faslane and Coulport naval dockyards given the existing level of unemployment in the area and the impact these job losses will have on the local economy.

S1W-24409 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with the Ministry of Defence on the redeployment of redundant workers from the Faslane and Coulport naval dockyards.

S1W-24410 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the Ministry of Defence and Her Majesty’s Government to provide substantial resources for a job creation programme for the areas affected by redundancies at Faslane and Coulport naval dockyards.

S1W-24411 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18802 by Angus MacKay on 19 November 2001, whether the information given in that answer is comprehensive and accurate given the article in the Scotland on Sunday on 24 March 2002 referring to a failure to compile details of the political affiliation of appointments to non-departmental public bodies and whether it has any plans to amend that answer.

S1W-24412 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive from whom the land was acquired to extend the park and ride facilities at Croy Station as announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002; whether this land was purchased or gifted and, if purchased, what costs were involved in total and broken down into the land price and associated charges, and what the date was of completion of the sale.

S1W-24413 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive where the extended park and ride facilities at Croy Station announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 will be located, detailing the agencies and processes employed in deciding this location.

S1W-24414 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any alternative location was considered other than that chosen for the extended park and ride facilities at Croy Station announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 and whether it will detail each alternative site and the reason for the chosen location being preferred in each case.

S1W-24415 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive why approval for the proposed scientific trial into the reintroduction of the European beaver in Scotland has not been given and on what date any such approval will be given.

S1W-24416 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive further to the answer to question S1W-23629 by Ross Finnie on 15 March 2002, how many of the 70 fishing vessels whose owners have had decommissioning plans accepted will be (a) scrapped (b) permanently re-assigned for a purpose other than fishing and (c) permanently reassigned to a third country as referred to in Article 7 of European Council Regulation 2792/1999.

S1W-24417 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in what location the vessels which have had decommissioning plans accepted, and are scheduled to be scrapped, will be scrapped.

S1W-24418 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive to what purpose the vessels which have had decommissioning plans accepted, and are scheduled to be reassigned to a purpose other than fishing, will be reassigned.

S1W-24419 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive to which third country those vessels which have had decommissioning plans accepted, and are scheduled to be reassigned to a third country, will be reassigned.

S1W-24420 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Category A fishing licences, excluding Category A (Pelagic Purser), Category A (Pelagic Freezer) and Category A (Pelagic Trawler), have been (a) surrendered and (b) given to new vessels as referred to in paragraph 3 of the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2001 since the scheme began.

S1W-24421 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the exact legal status of snaring within capercaillie habitats.

S1W-24422 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive under what conditions snaring within capercaillie habitats is allowed.

S1W-24423 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether snaring within capercaillie habitats can be allowed in the context of the EC Directive on wild birds habitats.

S1W-24424 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many instances of snaring within capercaillie habitats occurred in 2001, detailing the location of each.

S1W-24425 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths of protected bird species occurred as a result of snaring within capercaillie habitats in 2001.

S1W-24426 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how often it has been consulted by the Civil Service Commissioners before particular appointments were made since May 1999.

S1W-24427 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any concern has been expressed to it by the Civil Service Commissioners in regard to any appointment made by it since May 1999.

S1W-24428 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has requested the Civil Service Commissioners to routinely monitor the appointments it makes.

S1W-24429 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any complaints regarding its adherence to the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Code.

S1W-24430 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17784 by Jackie Baillie on 21 September 2001, when it expects the working group on the withdrawal of Section 54 grants to report.

S1W-24432 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15784 by Sarah Boyack on 11 June 2001 in regard to the clearing of litter from motorways by ongoing trunk road operating companies in the final months of the old contracts, what action has been carried out to investigate the concerns on this matter mentioned in that answer.

S1W-24433 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current status is of Stonehouse Hospital in Lanarkshire.

S1W-24434 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14294 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 April 2001, whether proposals for a Tenement Bill have been redrafted and when any such Bill may be introduced.

S1W-24435 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21605 by Malcolm Chisholm on 23 January 2002, whether any investigation is being carried out into the Lanarkshire Primary Care NHS Trust in order to enable a substantive answer to S1W-21605 to be given and when the question will be answered.

S1W-24436 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed transfer of Glasgow City Council’s housing stock complies with EU laws on competition, public procurement, monopolies and state aid.

S1W-24437 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating systems were installed under its central heating installation programme in (a) private sector, (b) local authority and (c) housing association properties in each local authority area in 2001-02.

S1W-24438 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) private sector, (b) local authority and (c) housing association properties in each local authority area will have a central heating system installed under its central heating installation programme in 2002-03.

S1W-24439 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private sector properties in each local authority area are still to have a central heating system installed under its central heating installation programme.

S1W-24440 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review how victims of crime and their families are treated by the criminal justice system.

S1W-24441 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve communication between the police, the procurator fiscal service and the victims of crime and their families.

S1W-24442 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to place a statutory obligation on the police, the Crown Office and the courts system to ensure that the victims of crime and their families are given essential information relating to their case.

S1W-24443 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make the criminal justice system more transparent.

S1W-24444 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23615 by Allan Wilson on 12 March 2002, whether it will provide a definition of income which will be contained in the regulations providing for the exemption from water and sewerage charges.

S1W-24445 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated to the microcredit programme in 2001-02 and what funding will be allocated in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.

S1W-24446 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the microcredit programme is exclusively targeted at women and, if so, in what way and how the programme targets match the terms of the announcement made on International Women's Day on 8 March 2000.

S1W-24447 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been disbursed under the microcredit programme in each year from 2000-01 to date.

S1W-24448 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the group lending model proposed for the microcredit programme is suitable for mixed gender groups.

S1W-24449 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the establishment of the National Advisory Forum to take forward the recommendations arising from the Scottish Charity Law Review.

S1W-24450 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members are of the National Advisory Forum who will assist in taking forward the recommendations arising from the Scottish Charity Law Review and when the Forum last met.

S1W-24451 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the training grants available to Alcohol Focus Scotland to meet the increased demand for counsellors arising from its Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems

S1W-24452 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) financial and (b) non-financial assistance it has made available in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency in order to support lip-reading skills since the implementation of its policy on this issue and which organisations or other bodies received any such assistance.

S1W-24453 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23429 by Malcolm Chisholm on 22 March 2002, with which providers of lip-reading skills training it consulted prior to the implementation of its policy.

S1W-24454 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to meet with representatives of Consignia plc to discuss how their restructuring proposals will affect Scotland.

S1W-24455 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to meet with trade union representatives to discuss any concerns over the recently announced restructuring proposals by Consignia plc.

S1W-24456 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to minimise the impact of the recently announced restructuring plans by Consignia plc on jobs and services in Scotland.

S1W-24457 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to ensure effective liaison between it, the Scotland Office and Her Majesty’s Government to minimise the impact of the recently announced restructuring proposals by Consignia plc on jobs and services in Scotland.

 

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