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B: Business Programme
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Business Bulletin No. 111/2002

Friday 19 July 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged from 11 to 18 July 2002

  

 

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

S1W-27551 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authority environmental services departments have sufficient powers to address any nuisance caused to residents by neighbours running a business from home.

S1W-27552 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the powers available to local authority environmental services departments to address any nuisance caused to residents by neighbours running a business from home.

S1W-27553 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the report from the expert group established in December 2001 to examine the merits or otherwise of a system of financial and other support for people who have been harmed by health service treatment where the NHS was not at fault.

S1W-27554 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many and (b) what percentage of ambulances responding to emergency calls do not have a trained paramedic on board, broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-27555 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has asked the European Union for the Glasgow housing stock transfer proposals to be exempted from EU laws on competition, public procurement, monopolies and state aid.

S1W-27556 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26146 by Ms Margaret Curran on 10 June 2002, when it expects to be in a position to respond fully.

S1W-27557 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to make up any shortfall in investment in the event that there is insufficient funding from private sources to fund Glasgow Housing Associationís investment programme.

S1W-27558 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparation it has made in the event that a re-ballot of tenants on the Glasgow housing stock transfer proposal is required.

S1W-27559 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings of the Sustainable Development Forum have taken place to the present date.

S1W-27560 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers and responsibilities local authorities and other agencies have in respect of commercial cockle harvesting.

S1W-27561 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how legislation and regulations on commercial and cockle harvesting differ from equivalent legislation and regulations in England.

S1W-27562 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to alter legislation and regulations on commercial cockle harvesting.

S1W-27563 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has investigated the possibility of using needle fasciotomy as a treatment for Dupuytrenís Contracture.

S1W-27564 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to section 50, paragraphs 5 (a) and (b) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill, what impact the threshold of ownership of at least three quarters of units in the development in respect of sections 27 and 32 of the Bill will have on those resident in a shared equity complex.

S1W-27565 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce any additional charges for the collection of domestic waste.

S1W-27566 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapes were reported in each of the last five years and how many such cases resulted in prosecution broken down by (a) police force and (b) procurator fiscal area.

S1W-27567 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26920 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 July 2002, who made the representations, what the details of each were and what action it plans to take in respect of the representations.

S1W-27568 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of children being involved in prostitution have been made to each police force in each of the last three years.

S1W-27569 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26919 by Cathy Jamieson on 31 July 2002, whether it has any plans to carry out research into links between child abuse and prostitution.

S1W-27570 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26576 by Cathy Jamieson on 2 July 2002, what resources are available to support vulnerable young people who have been involved in the sex industry.

S1W-27571 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Environment and Rural Development will next meet representatives of the Scottish White Fish Producersí Association.

S1W-27572 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in measuring the incidence of rough sleeping.

S1W-27573 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26873 by Malcolm Chisholm on 9 July 2002, what action it will take to address the increases in median waiting times for an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon.

S1W-27574 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out any research into (a) the level of malnutrition amongst patients admitted to hospital and (b) whether such patients receive proper nutritional care following admission.

S1W-27575 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialists work in nutrition in each hospital in Lanarkshire and how long each has been in post.

S1W-27576 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines and legislation are in place in order to ensure that every hospital has a specialist working in nutrition.

S1W-27577Δ Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the Royal Society Inquiry into Infectious Diseases in Livestock will be published.

S1W-27578 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current arrangements are for monitoring wastewater treatment plants and whether there are any plans to review these arrangements.

S1W-27579 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is currently being considered to address the recurring odour problems relating to Seafield wastewater treatment works.

S1W-27580 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what systems are in place to ensure the involvement of local communities in the monitoring of wastewater treatment plants on a regular basis.

S1W-27581 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring systems are in place regarding odour problems and associated health risks through the spread of airborne particles from wastewater treatment plants.

S1W-27582 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive how local communities are involved in decisions relating to the development of wastewater treatment plants.

S1W-27583 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to tackle the backlog of outstanding asbestos compensation claims and to reduce any further delays for victims and their families.

S1W-27584 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that people with schizophrenia in (a) Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and (b) the Western Isles have access to new and more effective drugs, given that these areas have among the lowest percentage shares of atypical antipsychotic prescriptions.

S1W-27585 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive of whom the Scottish delegation to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development will be composed; on what criteria the delegates were chosen, and, for any civil servants involved, what the grade and department is of each delegate.

S1W-27586 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparatory work it has carried out or commissioned in respect of the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.

S1W-27587 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what its objectives are with regard to its attendance at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.

S1W-27588 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make any formal submission to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development and, if so, when such a submission will be published.

S1W-27589 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) EU bodies regarding its objectives for the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.

S1W-27590 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish delegation to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development will be (a) travelling to and (b) accommodated in Johannesburg.

S1W-27591 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish delegation at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development will pursue its own objectives separately or act as part of the UK delegation.

S1W-27592 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total estimated cost will be of the attendance of the Scottish delegation at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development and, in particular, whether it will give the costs of (a) accommodation, (b) travel from accommodation to the summit, (c) travel to South Africa, (d) accreditation, (e) subsistence, (f) entertainment and (g) other items.

S1W-27593 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been arranged for the Scottish delegation and individual members of the delegation during its stay in South Africa for the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.

S1W-27594 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparatory meetings for the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development it has attended; on what dates it attended any such meetings; of whom its delegation to such meetings was composed; on what criteria delegates were chosen, and, for any civil servants involved, what each delegateís grade and department was.

S1W-27595 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the United Nationsí initiatives (a) 101 ways to sustainable development, (b) sustainable development visions for the twenty-first century, (c) childrenís Agenda 21 posters and (d) national progression targets.

S1W-27596 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to modify its sustainable development policies in the light of the conclusions of the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.

S1W-27597 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages teaching about sustainable development in the school curriculum.

S1W-27598 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation to protect biodiversity.

S1W-27599 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve wetland conservation.

S1W-27600 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve flood management.

S1W-27601 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans it has in the event that the current investigations find that the Glasgow housing stock transfer is in breach of EU law.

S1W-27602 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had about the Partners Against Railway Crime initiative and what resources are being made available to promote awareness of the dangers of railway crime.

S1W-27603 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Strategic Rail Authority and what issues were discussed.

S1W-27604 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to addressing the issue of railway crime within the school curriculum at both primary and secondary school level.

S1W-27605 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to work in partnership with Her Majestyís Government, local authorities and other relevant bodies to promote safety across the rail network.

S1W-27606 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any disclosures made by Mr Peter McMahon to media in respect of the former First Minister constitute breaches of confidentiality; if so, which specific disclosures so constitute breaches of confidentiality; what the reasons are for not taking action against any such breaches; whether, had any such breaches been made by a former civil servant rather than by a former special adviser, it would have treated them differently, and, in particular, whether action would have been taken in such a case.

S1W-27607 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether parent seagulls that make swooping attacks on people in order to protect their young constitute a danger to human safety; whether it will give advice to local authorities that action should be taken under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in order to reduce and seek to eliminate any such danger, and, in the light of the death of Mr Wilfred Roby reported in The Times on 6 July 2002, whether it will now take action in relation to any potential risk to human life.

S1W-27608 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farmers have received an estimated total subsidy payment for food produce in excess of Ä300,000 at current exchange rates in each of the last 10 years.

S1W-27609 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the circumstances under which primary schools should lose a teacher following a decrease in the school roll; whether such reductions in teacher complement should not take effect over a period of one year but over a longer period, and what guidance it will give to local authorities on this matter.

S1W-27610 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual budget will be for the first three years of operation of (a) the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and (b) the Cairngorms National Park.

S1W-27611 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted by Her Majestyís Government about any impact of reclassifying cannabis on (a) education, (b) health, (c) social work, (d) police work and (e) the criminal prosecution system.

S1W-27612 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it envisages will be released as a result of the reclassification of cannabis in respect of (a) the police, (b) the procurator fiscal service, (c) the courts, (d) the Scottish Prison Service and (e) criminal justice social work services.

S1W-27613 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes in drug treatment policy it plans in the light of the reclassification of cannabis.

S1W-27614 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to redirect any resources of the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency following the reclassification of cannabis.

S1W-27615 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its advice is to police forces on enforcing the law in respect of possession of cannabis.

S1W-27616 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give any new advice to judges on sentencing in the light of the reclassification of cannabis.

S1W-27617 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is given to procurators fiscal with regard to the prosecution of those accused of possession of cannabis and whether any new advice on this matter will be given in the light of the reclassification of cannabis.

S1W-27618 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will change its drug strategy in the light of findings by the Effective Interventions Unit that school-based programmes are "generally ineffective in reducing drug use".

S1W-27619 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve drug treatment services for young people in rural areas.

S1W-27620 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers below the rank of inspector retired in each of the last three years and how many such officers (a) had completed thirty years or more service and (b) retired on grounds of ill health.

S1W-27621 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of police officers who have retired in each of the last three years on grounds of ill health suffered from (a) stress or mental illness, (b) injuries incurred while on duty and (c) physical injuries not caused as a result of assault or accident at work.

S1W-27622 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fines were recovered by civil diligence following the procedure under section 221 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995; what proportion this represents of the total number of all fines imposed; what the average value of fine recovered by civil diligence was following the procedure under section 221 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995; what the total value was of fines recovered under section 221 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, and what proportion this represents of the total value of all fines imposed, all in total and broken down by sheriff court in each of the last three years.

S1W-27623 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will respond to Scottish Environment Linkís 10 point action plan in its steering groupís review on the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

S1W-27624 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it plans to set in respect of the reduction, composting and reuse of waste.

S1W-27625 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the National Waste Strategy, whether waste may be moved from an area of poor recycling to an area of high recycling.

S1W-27626 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the National Waste Strategy, what plans there are for best practice in waste management to be adopted nationwide.

S1W-27627 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the National Waste Strategy, whether local authorities will be allowed to take waste from outside Scotland and how the costs of dealing with any such imported waste will be funded.

S1W-27628 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the National Waste Strategy, what the deadline is for production of local area plans on waste development and what penalties will be imposed if such plans are not produced on time.

S1W-27629 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the local area plans on waste development have reached.

S1W-27630 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it has had in the Governmentís working group on non-gas areas in order to raise the issue of fuel poverty in Scotlandís rural areas.

S1W-27631 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority will have responsibility over car parks, public toilets, roadside viewing points and lay-bys and signage within the park boundaries.

S1W-27632 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what value of fiscal fines accepted as an alternative to prosecution under section 302 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 is presently outstanding, in total and broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-27633 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what value of fiscal fines accepted as an alternative to prosecution under section 302 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 was outstanding on 31 March 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, in total and broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-27634 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what value of district court fines is presently outstanding, in total and broken down by district court.

S1W-27635 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what value of district court fines was outstanding on 31 March 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, in total and broken down by district court.

S1W-27636 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what value of sheriff court fines is presently outstanding, in total and broken down by sheriff court.

S1W-27637 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what value of sheriff court fines was outstanding on 31 March 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, in total and broken down by sheriff court.

S1W-27638 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the remarks made in the Sunday Times on 5 May 2002 attributed to Susan Stewart, First Secretary for Scottish Affairs in the British Embassy in Washington DC, reflect its official policy pertaining to the Gaelic language.

S1W-27639 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Prime Ministerís statement at Prime Ministerís Questions, in respect of the abolition of tuition fees, that "under the Scottish experiment, people do pay in the end - indeed, everyone pays." (Official Report, House of Commons, 10 July 2002; Vol 388, c 877) and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-27640 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-5139 by Hugh Henry on 9 May 2002, whether the Deputy Minister for Social Justice was able to assess outstanding planning applications in Ayrshire within the timescale of 11 to 12 May given in the answer.

S1W-27641 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion there has been with PPP bidders for the A77 upgrade with respect to the provision of a business retail park in north Kilmarnock.

S1W-27642 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now confirm to Ayr United Football Club its consent for a new stadium at Heathfield as recommended by the public inquiry reporters.

S1W-27643 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majestyís Government regarding the economic impact of any delay to the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick and, in particular, to seek an assurance that any discussions Her Majestyís Government has with European bodies on the Single European Sky Project will not result in any delay or jeopardy to the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick.

S1W-27644 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26614 by Mr Frank McAveety on 2 July 2002, whether guidance issued to local authorities on 8 December 1999, in addition to confirming that community care plans should be used to report on the use of resources, also requires local authorities to consult local carers' organisations on the use of these resources and how this aspect of the Carers' Strategy is being monitored.

S1W-27645 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26613 by Mr Frank McAveety on 2 July 2002, whether local outcome agreements with individual councils are already in place, giving the position for each local authority.

S1W-27646 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, whether any monies indicated as underspends have been (a) reallocated to other projects or priorities or (b) re-absorbed into central funds.

S1W-27647 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, how the spending of social inclusion partnerships is monitored.

S1W-27648 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, what auditing procedures it has put in place in respect of social inclusion partnership accounts.

S1W-27649 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, what auditing system it used to gather the information for that answer.

S1W-27650 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, how the underspend or overspend was calculated in each case.

S1W-27651 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any estimate of the increase in visitorsí spending which may result should the Inverness Highland bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2008 be successful.

S1W-27652 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a new Childrenís Science Centre should be established within the Highlands and, if so, what work requires to be done in order to investigate the feasibility of such an initiative; whether there will be a feasibility plan and, if so, whether The Highland Council will be responsible for arranging the plan, and what the cost would be and whether the Scottish Executive would fund the cost.

S1W-27653 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26897 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 July 2002, whether it will give a breakdown of each prisonís performance in relation to each of the targets referred to.

S1W-27654 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26897 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 July 2002, what is meant in each case where the standard set is said to have been "partially achieved".

S1W-27655 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial or other penalties have been incurred by Medacs under its contract to supply general practitioners to the Scottish Prison Service in each of the last three years.

S1W-27656 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive which targets in the report Standards of Health Care of Prisoners were not met by health care providers in each of the last three years, broken down by provider and prison, where such data is available.

S1W-27657 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the increase in the prescription of Ritalin to children in the last five years.

S1W-27658 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate research carried out in the United States of America concerning the drug Meclizine.

S1W-27659 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out any medical trials involving the use of the drug Meclizine.

S1W-27660 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the original answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, why the information given in that answer was incorrect.

S1W-27662 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24724 by Ms Margaret Curran on 2 May 2002, whether the monies indicated as underspends remain available for each social inclusion partnership to spend and, if so, whether it expects the monies in each case to be spent in the financial year 2002-2003 in addition to the monies allocated to each partnership for that year.

S1W-27663 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses are currently employed by the NHS in Scotland, broken down by gender and SRN, SEN, RMN or other qualification.

S1W-27664 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses were in training in the NHS in Scotland in each of the years from 1997 to 2002 for SRN, SEN, RMN or other qualifications, broken down by gender and year of study.

S1W-27665 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses currently employed by the NHS in Scotland will reach their normal retirement age in each year from 2003 to 2012, broken down by gender and SRN, SEN, RMN or other qualification.

S1W-27666 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the staff currently employed by the NHS in Scotland by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27667 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the staff currently employed by the Forestry Commission by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27668 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the staff it currently employs by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27669 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the staff currently employed by the Scottish Prison Service by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27670 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of staff currently employed by local government by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27671 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of staff currently employed by police forces by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27672 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide a breakdown of staff it currently employs by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27673 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of staff currently employed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority by gender, ethnic origin, disability and grade.

S1W-27674 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were recruited by the NHS in Scotland in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27675 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were recruited by the Forestry Commission in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27676 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff it recruited in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27677 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were recruited by the Scottish Prison Service in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27678 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were recruited by local government in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27679 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were recruited by police forces in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27680 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Presiding Officer how many staff were recruited by and on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in each year from 1999 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27681 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were recruited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by gender, ethnic origin and disability.

S1W-27682 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what policies it has in relation to criminal investigations by the police of fraud relating to tribunals operating in Scotland.

S1W-27683 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to adopt similar proposals to those made in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regionsís planning Green Paper, Planning: Delivering a Fundamental Change.

S1W-27684 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Veterinary Products Committee has had any incidents reported of poisoning during the 1989-90 trial of Nuvan 500/Aquaguard.

S1W-27685 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26231 by Ms Margaret Curran on 6 June 2002, what the implications of the amended Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill are for its devolved responsibilities.

S1W-27686 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26834 by Ms Margaret Curran on 11 July 2002, what the devolved matters are which may be affected by the implementation of the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill.

S1W-27687 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26834 by Ms Margaret Curran on 11 July 2002, whether the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill as amended in the House of Commons Standing Committee B will be consistent with the approach taken in Scotland to any devolved matters which may be affected by the implementation of the bill.

S1W-27688 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any organisations external to it, including professional bodies and interest groups, have requested to meet Ministers to discuss the devolved implications of the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill and, if so, how many such meetings have taken place or are scheduled to take place.

S1W-27689 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments made by Malcolm Wicks MP in the House of Commons Standing Committee B on 11 July 2002 (afternoon), (Official Report, House of Commons, Standing Committee B, c 101), whether the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill as amended in the House of Commons Standing Committee B will "mesh" with the Executiveís strategy on antisocial behaviour.

S1W-27690 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments made by Malcolm Wicks MP in the House of Commons Standing Committee B on 11 July 2002 (afternoon), (Official Report, House of Commons, Standing Committee B, c 101), whether the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill as amended in the House of Commons Standing Committee B will (a) act as a deterrent to antisocial behaviour and (b) lead to an increase in evictions for rent arrears.

S1W-27691 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recommendations made in the final report of the Homelessness Task Force, as supported by the Parliament, will form the basis of the Homelessness Bill when it is introduced.

S1W-27692 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to propose legislation to ensure that its strategy on antisocial behaviour "meshes" with the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Bill.

S1W-27693 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it would have on social justice should Her Majestyís Government legislate so that benefits entitlement is linked to behaviour.

S1W-27694 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24451 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 26 April 2002, what the timescale will be for consideration of increasing training grants to Alcohol Focus Scotland to meet the increased demand for counsellors arising from its Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-27695 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether active consideration is being given as part of the spending review to allocating increased funding to implement its Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-27696 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is already in place to ensure implementation of its Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-27697 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that three year funding arrangements are in place for local councils on alcohol in order that delivery of its Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems is secured.

S1W-27698 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase, or encourage an increase of, funding for local councils on alcohol to ensure that delivery of its Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems is secured.

S1W-27699 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to designate more of Scotlandís beaches as bathing beaches.

S1W-27700 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the revised European Directive on Bathing Waters will have and what action will be required by the Executive to meet its terms.

S1W-27701 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment is already committed and planned to improve the quality of Scotlandís beaches.

S1W-27702 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive where responsibility lies for the erection of signage on beaches advising members of the public of bathing quality.

S1W-27703 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued guidance to local authorities on the erection of signage on beaches advising members of the public of bathing quality.

S1W-27704 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it has the power to compel local authorities to erect signage on beaches advising members of the public of bathing quality, given some of the potential health hazards associated with poor water quality.

S1W-27705 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or any other agency measures incidents of illness caused by bathing at beaches where there is poor water quality.

S1W-27706 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities should provide full information on water quality for beaches in their area.

S1W-27707 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is in relation to the maximum payment of subsidies under the common agricultural policy; whether such payment should be restricted to 300,000 euros and, if not, what that sum should be.

S1W-27708 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there should be a minimum sum payable under the common agricultural policy by way of subsidies to any one farm unit and, if so, what that amount should be.

S1W-27709 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on (a) the policy of modulation under the common agricultural policy and (b) the proposal by Franz Fischler of the EU Commission that there should be a further modulation of 20% and (c) what it considers should be the maximum percentage modulated each year.

S1W-27710 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the National Waiting Times Unit will monitor waiting times and lists for dental treatment and recommend actions.

S1W-27711 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the prior approval limit for dental treatment of £270 in order to bring it in line with the limit for the rest of the United Kingdom at £375.

S1W-27712 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase the provision of secondary dental services, orthodontics and oral surgery at the Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, in order to reduce waiting times elsewhere in Scotland.

S1W-27713 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended waiting time is for medical examinations of victims of crime, including rape.

S1W-27714 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all police forces have in place sufficient police surgeons to attend to victims of crime timeously.

S1W-27715 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of payment fees for police surgeons to (a) attend to victims of crime and (b) compile forensic evidence.

S1W-27716 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26780 by Hugh Henry on 11 July 2002, how many vacancies there were at 30 June 2002 in the Inverclyde Social Inclusion Partnership.

S1W-27717 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26780 by Hugh Henry on 11 July 2002, whether it has assessed the impact of high staff turnover on the Inverclyde Social Inclusion Partnership.

S1W-27718 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-26780, whether the turnover of staff in the Inverclyde Social Inclusion Partnership is below or above the national average for such organisations.

S1W-27719 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24669 by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 April 2002, how the rule of ownership of boundary divisions on an ad medium filum basis, which rule derives from a theoretical concept of inaedificatum cedit solo, can be ascribed on any common sense grounds to floors and ceilings where these form the divisions in terraced and flatted houses.

S1W-27720 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail disciplinary offences committed in HM Prisons Perth, Barlinnie, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Greenock, Glenochil and Kilmarnock for the last three years broken down for individual offences in the same way as in Appendix 6 of the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02.

S1W-27721 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19366 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 November 2001, whether it will give a breakdown of the table in Appendix 7 to the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 and the table in Appendix 6 of the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 on "breaches of discipline committed and punishments awarded in establishments " to show how many times disciplinary action was taken against prisoners in each prison, including HM Prison Kilmarnock, in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

S1W-27722 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when a review of the Home Loss Payments established under the Land Compensation (Scotland) Act 1973 will take place.

S1W-27723 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the release on bail of prisoners convicted of serious crimes including violence while their appeals against conviction are pending.

S1W-27725 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received in regard to any concerns about the release of convicted prisoners where appeals are pending.

S1W-27726 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements the Scottish Prison Service has made for providing Halal, Kosher or other religiously prescribed foods for prisoners.

S1W-27727 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were held in all prisons, broken down by religious affiliation, on the most recent date since 1 April 2001 for which figures are available.

S1W-27728 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has made for responding to requests made on ethical or moral grounds from prisoners held in prisons managed by the SPS or the privately operated prison for vegetarian, vegan or other special diets.

S1W-27729 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many canteens, restaurants or other similar facilities on its and its agenciesí premises regularly provide hot prepared meals for staff.

S1W-27730 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its and its agenciesí canteens, restaurants or similar facilities can provide Halal, Kosher, vegetarian, vegan or other special diet meals when given notice of any such requirement.

S1W-27731 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the arrangements made by the Scottish Prison Service for feeding prisoners differ in any respect between those on remand and those convicted.

S1W-27732 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide substantive answers to questions S1W-24637, S1W-24733 and S1W-25240 relating to prisons for which holding replies were provided on 25 April, 1 May and 3 May 2002 respectively.

S1W-27733 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Netherlands government made any payment to it when the buildings comprising HM Prison Zeist were returned.

S1W-27734 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any fixtures, fittings and equipment were removed from the buildings comprising HM Prison Zeist for reuse by the Scottish Prison Service prior to their return to the Netherlands government.

S1W-27735 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service design standards for cellblocks were applied to HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S1W-27736 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service design standards for cellblocks were taken into account in costing the buildings for new private prisons in the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review, detailing the reasons behind its position on the matter.

S1W-27737 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of the contract management section of the Finance and Business Services Directorate in the Scottish Prison Service in each of the last three financial years.

S1W-27738 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive on what occasions performance reviews were carried out for the HM Prison Kilmarnock contract and what the results were of any such reviews.

S1W-27739 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what objectives and risks were identified and what control strategy was determined for each significant risk at the risk management workshop mentioned at (iv) on page 47 of the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02.

S1W-27740 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints by prisoners there were in 2001-02, broken down by reason for the complaint and prison.

S1W-27741 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21189 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 January 2002, what the cost of social work services has been in (a) HM Prison Edinburgh, (b) HM Young Offenders Institution Glenochil, (c) HM Young Offenders Institution Dumfries and (d) HM Young Offenders Institution Polmont in 2001-02 and 2002-03 to the present date.

S1W-27742 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) total staff complement, (b) current number of staff in post, and (c) average number of staff required for prisoner escorts has been for each prison for each of the last three years.

S1W-27743 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, in regard to the new houseblock for HM Young Offenders Institute Polmont, (a) how many prisoner places it will have, (b) what additional facilities are to be included, (c) what the expected cost is, (d) what the expected completion date is and (e) whether any delay in completion is expected.

S1W-27744 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action it is taking to promote corporate social responsibility to businesses.

S1W-27745 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assist the small- and medium-sized enterprise sector in developing a commitment to corporate social responsibility and, if so, how.

S1W-27746 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned and published research on the benefits of corporate social responsibility to the business sector.

S1W-27747 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide input to Her Majestyís Governmentís response to the European Commissionís White Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility.

S1W-27748 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will build consideration of corporate social responsibility into its procurement policy and processes.

S1W-27749 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it measures the benefits achieved from policy and action on corporate social responsibility.

S1W-27750 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what the random mandatory drug testing results were for prisons broken down by (a) type of drug including cannabis, benzodiazepines, opiates, methadone, LSD, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine and temgesic, (b) headline and underlying figures, (c) month and (d) prison for 2000-01 and 2001-02.

S1W-27751 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to help the construction industry improve its productivity, competitiveness and value for clients.

S1W-27752 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the establishment of a Rethinking Construction Centre in line with the actions of other devolved governments in Wales and Northern Ireland.

S1W-27753 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to Construction Best Practice Clubs.

S1W-27754 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to embed the principles of the Rethinking Construction Initiative in housing investment in the socially rented sector, the schools PPP programme and the planning and building standards framework.

S1W-27755 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the potential savings in public procurement projects are that can be achieved by applying the key improvement targets, identified by Sir John Egan, which form the core of the Rethinking Construction Initiative.

S1W-27756 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it has received from individual respondents to its consultation on the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review.

S1W-27757 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it has received from respondents to its consultation on the Scottish Prison Service Estates Review with postal addresses in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency and of these responses how many expressed support (a) for the establishment of a new-build prison at the site of HM Prison Low Moss or (b) for an increase in the accommodation capacity for higher security category prisoners at the site of HM Prison Low Moss.

S1W-27758 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27087 by Mr Jim Wallace on 17 July 2002, whether it will list by title each official document relating to guidelines and legislation it has sent to each police force in the last three years, excluding e-mails, letters and circulars.

S1W-27759 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to making provision to bring persons acquitted of serious criminal charges before a second trial where compelling new evidence has become available after such an acquital.

S1W-27760 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to providing increased discretionary powers for sheriffs and judges to admit evidence of previous convictions of accused persons in solemn and summary criminal cases.

S1W-27761 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on codifying the law and practice relating to the admissibility of evidence in (a) criminal cases and (b) civil cases.

S1W-27762 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to take forward consideration of the recommendations arising from HM Treasuryís cross-cutting review of the voluntary sector due to report at the end of July 2002.

S1W-27763 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to establish a direct fund for voluntary sector organisations to help them overcome barriers to effective service delivery and modernise their infrastructure for the long term.

S1W-27764 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to refresh the Compact with the voluntary sector.

 

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