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Business Bulletin No. 93/2002

Friday 7 June 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 6 June 2002

  

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

S1W-26466 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the 65 notified cases affecting trunk roads and special roads, as listed in Table 6 of the 2001 Fourth Annual Report of the Planning Audit Unit, were called in by Ministers for determination; what the outcome was in each case, and what steps it takes in cases cleared back to local authorities for determination to ensure that consents are refused or conditioned in order to reflect the consultation responses given by it on matters affecting trunk roads and special trunk roads.

S1W-26467 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12749 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 21 February 2001, whether it has completed its consideration of how best to make information available as referred to in respect of paragraph 75 of National Planning Policy Guidelines No.1 (revised 2000) and, if so, how the information will be made available.

S1W-26468 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to question S1W-26446 lodged on 5 June 2002, whether any public benefit may be obtained from any value accrued to the owners of salmon fishings, sporting rights and mineral rights as a result of any increase in the market value of their holdings arising as a consequence of the wider market in such assets following the introduction of a right to buy under Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-26469 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary question to S1O-5268 by Nicol Stephen on 30 May 2002, what discussions it has had with local authorities over additional intake into the teacher induction scheme and which local authorities have indicated a willingness to take on student teachers as probationers earlier in the year.

S1W-26470 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any instances where information which would not normally be published for reasons of confidentiality under the Code of Practice on Access to Scottish Executive Information has been published on the grounds that the public interest outweighed the harm or prejudice, or risk or reasonable expectation of harm or prejudice, as specified in Part II thereof and, if so, whether it will detail such instances.

S1W-26471 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is bound by any code of practice on access to information and whether it voluntarily follows any policy similar to that set out in Part II of the Code of Practice Access to Scottish Executive Information where information which would not normally be published may be published in view of the public interest.

S1W-26472 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received, or assessment has been made by it or on its behalf, of the environmental benefits of the introduction of "plastax" for certain types of plastic bags following the introduction of such a scheme in the Republic of Ireland in March 2002 and, in the light of such information or assessments regarding any environmental benefits, what support it has given to encourage and promote the provision of paper bags by supermarkets and their use by consumers.

S1W-26473 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the overtime budget for each police force was in each of the last three years and this year to date (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the overall wage budget for each force.

S1W-26474 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was, showing any consultancy costs separately, of the Scottish Police Activity Analysis 2001 to (a) it and (b) each police force.

S1W-26475 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown by police force of the 1.4 million allocated to forces following the terrorist attacks in the United States of America on 11 September 2001.

S1W-26476 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any additional funding has been given to Fife Constabulary to meet any additional expense of providing security for His Royal Highness Prince William at the University of St Andrews and, if so, how much.

S1W-26477 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been admitted to hospital as a result of (a) alcohol and (b) drug abuse in each of the last five years and this year to date, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-26478 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when each of the ministerial visits to drug agencies in the Grampian area in May and June 2002 were originally arranged.

S1W-26479 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings, and on what dates, the Minister for Rural Development has had with European Commissioner Franz Fischler to discuss the Common Fisheries Policy.

S1W-26480 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all specific correspondence it has had with Her Majesty’s Government in connection with the new 10% supplementary charge to the existing corporation tax on oil and gas company profits announced in the UK Budget 2002 and its impact on the Scottish economy.

S1W-26481 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Presiding Officer what lessons the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body can best learn from the Parliament’s recent visit to Aberdeen and whether it will detail any consultation which will be held on this matter.

S1W-26482 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been done to examine the effects on human health from genetically modified crops.

S1W-26483 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to form managed clinical networks to link patient care for people with epilepsy.

S1W-26484 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the managed clinical networks for epilepsy services will be available to all.

S1W-26485 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on advertising by media type in each department of (a) the Scottish Office in each year from 1991-92 to 1999-2000 and (b) the Scottish Executive in each year from 1999-2000 to 2001-02.

S1W-26486 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much advertising expenditure by media type is planned for each month in each of its departments in 2002-03.

S1W-26487 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive which revisions to the target allocation percentages within the Arbuthnott formula (updated in November 2001) were due to (a) changing level of population, (b) changes to the age and sex of the population, (c) changes to the level of deprivation (from the deprivation index, updated in October 2001) and (d) greater consideration of rural and remote access within each NHS board area.

S1W-26488 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the advertisement for an agri-environment officer funded in part by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, whether it will identify all posts in its establishment which are part-funded by non-Executive bodies and whether it will publish its guidelines for the creation and filling of posts which are jointly funded with lobbying groups, pressure groups and other external bodies.

S1W-26489 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses were started and completed in each of the last 10 years and what the estimated starts and completions will be in the current year, broken down into houses for rent, shared ownership or other forms of low cost home ownership, and where grant funding was provided by Scottish Homes or Communities Scotland or directly by it through new housing partnerships or any other initiatives.

S1W-26490 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for the completion or conversion of affordable houses for rent through registered social landlords in the current and future years.

S1W-26491 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many affordable houses for rent it calculates will be needed over the next decade to (a) meet the needs of emerging and concealed households and (b) replace below tolerable standard stock and other stock liable to be closed, demolished or taken out of use.

S1W-26492 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Presiding Officer how many posters and postcards advertising the Parliament website were sent out to organisations such as churches, halls and recreation centres in the north-east prior to the Parliament’s visit to Aberdeen and what the total cost of this was.

S1W-26493 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria define accessibility to "global connections" as referred to in the Digital Scotland Task Force Report.

S1W-26494 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25569 and S1W-26060 by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 and 30 May 2002 respectively, why the performance points accrued under measure 2.1(i) of Schedule F of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock are not a multiple of ten in the first two years, if all security breaches relate to areas to which Category B prisoners had access and therefore every breach incurred ten performance points.

S1W-26495 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25569 and S1W-26061 by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 and 30 May 2002 respectively, why the performance points accrued for year three under measure 2.2(a) of Schedule F of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock are shown as 235, when the sum of performance points for one serious injury assault at 50 points, four minor injury assaults at 20 points each (80 points total) and 30 no injury assaults at 5 points each (150 points total) is 280.

S1W-26496 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid in non-domestic rates for each prison in each of the last four years and how much it will pay in 2002-03.

S1W-26497 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the cost of non-domestic rates was included in the costing of the public sector comparator by PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Financial Review of the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review.

S1W-26498 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost at March 2001 prices to obtain the outline planning approval for the construction of the prison referred to in section 1.1.73 of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock.

S1W-26499 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to it at March 2001 prices was of the independent engineer engaged to monitor the progress of work on HM Prison Kilmarnock in accordance with section 11.4 of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock.

S1W-26500 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions there have been in each of the last five years under each of sections 47, 48(2), 49, 49A and 50(4) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995, broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-26501 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) interdicts and (b) non-harassment orders have been granted in each of the last five years under section 8 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-26502 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions there have been in each of the last five years under section 9 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-26503 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions there have been in each of the last five years under section 50A of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995, broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-26504 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of officers at each rank within (a) each police force and (b) the Scottish Crime Squad at 31 March 2002 was female.

S1W-26505 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of officers at each rank within (a) each police force and (b) the Scottish Crime Squad at 31 March 2002 was from ethnic minority groups.

S1W-26506 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers recruited into each rank within (a) each police force and (b) the Scottish Crime Squad from April 2001 to March 2002 were female.

S1W-26507 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers recruited into each rank within (a) each police force and (b) the Scottish Crime Squad from April 2001 to March 2002 were from ethnic minority groups.

S1W-26508 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26264 by Cathy Jamieson on 5 June 2002, whether it will name each member of the Working Group on Young Runaways and Children Abused through Prostitution.

S1W-26509 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific issues are being considered by the Working Group on Young Runaways and Children Abused through Prostitution.

S1W-26510 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26266 by Cathy Jamieson on 5 June 2002, which local authorities have taken steps to provide short-term refuges for children and whether it plans to issue guidance to local authorities on this matter.

S1W-26511 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any cetacean bycatch problems associated with Scottish pelagic trawlers fishing outside Scottish waters, including the English Channel and western approaches, and what the extent of any such problems is.

S1W-26512 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ever received any reports of any Scottish fishing vessels catching dolphins in the western approaches sea bass fishery.

S1W-26513 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any video footage taken by observers of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science of dolphins in nets on board Scottish pair trawlers.

S1W-26514 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, during a recent Sea Mammal Research Unit monitoring of cetacean bycatch by Scottish pair trawlers fishing for sea bass in the western approaches, 53 dolphins were taken in 12 hauls.

S1W-26515 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that Scottish fishing vessels adopt cetacean bycatch mitigation measures and what its timetable for such action is.

S1W-26517 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its news release SE5003/2001 of 10 December 2002, what difference the guidance to the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council on contract research staff and the 500,000 funding for human resource management have made.

S1W-26518 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a report from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council on contract research staff and, if so, what the key findings of the report are; what follow-up action is planned, and whether the report will be published.

S1W-26519 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities enforce penalties on improper use of parking bays for disabled people.

S1W-26520 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any duty on local authorities to enforce correct use of parking bays for disabled people.

S1W-26521 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to amend legislation in order to provide a simpler mechanism to allow enforcement of correct use of parking bays for disabled people.

S1W-26522 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why it classified the holiday on 3 June 2002 as a privilege holiday for its employees in respect of pay and allowances and what the financial savings as a result of this classification were.

S1W-26523Δ John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made on the designation of new Nitrate Vulnerable Zones following the recent consultation with stakeholders.

S1W-26524 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how the results of the current drug driving campaign will be assessed.

S1W-26525 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the provision of on-site health services for asylum seekers at any accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse and whether any such discussions have considered any continuing need for such services for those granted asylum after they have left the centre.

S1W-26526 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the provision of on-site education services for asylum seekers at any accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse and whether any such discussions have considered any continuing need for such services for children granted asylum after they have left the centre.

S1W-26527 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the provision of on-site social work services for asylum seekers at any accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse and whether any such discussions have considered any continuing need for such services for those granted asylum after they have left the centre.

S1W-26528 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the provision of transportation services for asylum seekers at any accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse.

S1W-26529 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the provision of housing services for asylum seekers once they have left any accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse.

S1W-26530 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the provision of employment services for asylum seekers once they have left any accommodation centre at RAF Turnhouse.

S1W-26531 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22628 by Mr Andy Kerr on 15 February 2002, when it, local authorities, the Electoral Commission and any other relevant parties will agree on the final proposals for e-voting.

S1W-26532 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21259 by Mr Andy Kerr on 21 January 2002, what the key modernising priorities for the public sector are.

S1W-26533 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics are available on the incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome.

S1W-26534 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to record the incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome.

S1W-26535 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to raise awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome.

S1W-26536 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what safe alcohol levels it recommends for pregnant women.

S1W-26537 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that every woman is made aware of the dangers of drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

S1W-26538 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs have been of publishing, printing and distributing each edition to date of its Active Communities newsletter and how many copies of each edition have been printed.

 

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