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Business Bulletin No. 145/2002

Tuesday 8 October 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 7 October 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-30313 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28916 by Ross Finnie on 25 September 2002, why the reasons contained in that answer do not also apply to the absolute right to buy salmon fishings contained in Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-30314 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended disposal routes are for GM oilseed rape crop trial plants following harvesting and why plants grown at these trials need to be disposed of by these methods.

S1W-30315 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive who has monitoring responsibilities to ensure that GM crop trial plants are disposed of appropriately.

S1W-30316 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Bayer AG in regard to the disposal of the GM crop plants grown at Munlochy in the Black Isle.

S1W-30317 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive who was responsible for drawing up any regulations and guidance for the disposal of harvested GM crops.

S1W-30318 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any regulations and guidance for the disposal of harvested GM crops.

S1W-30319 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the specific location was for the disposal of plants grown at the GM crop trial at Munlochy in the Black Isle.

S1W-30320 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Bayer AG about the disposal of plants grown at the GM crop trial at Munlochy in the Black Isle.

S1W-30321 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many landfill sites are licensed to accept plants harvested from GM crop trials.

S1W-30322 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what licensing conditions apply to operators contracted to transport plants from GM crop trials to disposal sites.

S1W-30323 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions apply to contractors or any other persons that carry out harvesting of plants grown at GM crop trials.

S1W-30324 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in regard to the harvesting and disposal of plants grown at the GM crop trial at Munlochy in the Black Isle.

S1W-30325 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the specific disposal routes and locations were for plants grown at GM crop trial sites other than Munlochy in the Black Isle.

S1W-30326 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail each document that the Deputy Minister for Education and Young People left after his recent meeting in the Parliament headquarters building and what importance it attaches to each document.

S1W-30327 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date, and by what process, the First Minister became aware that the Deputy Minister for Education and Young People had left documents after a recent meeting in the Parliament headquarters building.

S1W-30328 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any comments or annotations that may have been or were written on the folio of documents left by the Deputy Minister for Education and Young People after his recent meeting in the Parliament headquarters building and what importance it places on any such comments or annotations.

S1W-30329 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice has drawn from his visit to HM Prison Aberdeen.

S1W-30330 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28673 by Mr Jack McConnell on 24 September 2002, whether it will detail all the Deputy Minister for Justice's diary engagements since 1 June 2002.

S1W-30331 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-29304 on 30 September 2002, how many visitors there were to the public gallery in the chamber on each (a) Wednesday and (b) Thursday that the Parliament has met since 1 September 1999 and what the average number of visitors was on these days during the periods (i) 1 September to 31 December 1999, (ii) 1 January to 31 December 2000, (iii) 1 January to 31 December 2001 and (iv) 1 January to 30 June 2002.

S1W-30332 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend to sportscotland that it should, in consultation with the appropriate representative sport associations in Scotland and Ireland, seek to form an international federation that would permit an annual shinty/hurley fixture between Scotland and Ireland to be acknowledged and recognised as an international fixture.

S1W-30333 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the waste presently disposed of at Longman landfill site, which is due to be closed from April 2003, will be disposed of in a landfill site near Peterhead and, if so, what estimate has been made of the additional haulage traffic that will use the A96 and other trunk roads in order to complete the journey from Inverness to Peterhead.

S1W-30334 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the creation of a bypass on the A96 at Nairn and, if so, what steps it will take to achieve this.

S1W-30335 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on schools obtaining funding from the New Opportunities Fund PE and Sport in Schools; what steps it will take to ensure that all schools benefit from this fund, and what average funding it anticipates will be available for each school from the fund.

S1W-30336 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken, or will take, to ensure that one national insurance policy is obtained in order to provide cover for children participating in sport, recreational physical exercise and outdoor activity, including school excursions and foreign holidays, and whether the establishment of such a policy could effect savings for local authorities who are presently responsible for ensuring that such insurance cover exists.

S1W-30337 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when sportscotland will next meet the Scottish School Sports Federation.

S1W-30338 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still considering the establishment of a school sport alliance; what the reasons are for its position on this matter, and when it will make an announcement on the issue.

S1W-30339 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer what information has been obtained in respect of Flour City International Inc. as a result of the work carried out by Shepherd and Wedderburn WS and the agent in the USA in connection with that company; whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) will place any such information in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, and whether the SPCB has any information on whether Flour City International Inc. has any assets that might be attached in recovery of the losses resulting from the insolvency of Flour City Architectural (Metals) UK Ltd.

S1W-30340 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer what hourly rate or rates are charged by Shepherd and Wedderburn WS for the legal services it is providing to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) in connection with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Limited and Flour City International Inc.; whether there is any contract between the SPCB and Shepherd and Wedderburn WS, and whether the contract for these legal services was put out to tender.

S1W-30341 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any pre-tender questionnaire was completed by Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Limited before the award of the contract for cladding in the MSP block at the new Parliament building; if so, what information it disclosed in relation to work which it had completed; whether any references were obtained from the companies by whom Flour City had been instructed to carry out work, as disclosed in any such pre-tender questionnaire, and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-30342 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the drawings and design work supplied by Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Limited have been used without adaptation or change by the companies that have been awarded the relevant works packages in connection with the new Parliament building and whether there have been additional costs incurred by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in relation to any further work on these drawings and design work and, if so, what these extra costs have been.

S1W-30343 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer what the estimated cost is of the legal services provided by Shepherd and Wedderburn WS in connection with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd and Flour City International Inc. since the last invoice of 3 April 2002.

S1W-30344 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many visits each minister and junior minister plans to make to each parliamentary constituency between now and 1 May 2003.

S1W-30345 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any feasibility studies have been carried out regarding the e-tail venture in relation to the joint proposal by Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire, William Bowden Developments Ltd and Corus to develop the former steelworks site at Ravenscraig.

S1W-30346 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the decision to proceed with the proposed e-tail venture at the former steelworks site at Ravenscraig is based on any research evidence of success from other comparative sites internationally.

S1W-30347 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what data is available to indicate that the proposed e-tail venture at the former steelworks site at Ravenscraig would be a success.

S1W-30348 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available on what (a) economic and (b) social impact the proposed e-tail venture at the former steel works site at Ravenscraig would have in and on the Clydesdale area.

S1W-30349 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to support the rural economy in the Clydesdale area in relation to competition from the proposed e-tail venture at the former steelworks site at Ravenscraig.

S1W-30350Δ Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish Closing the Opportunity Gap, as referred to by the Minister for Social Justice in her speech at the Scottish Centre for Research on Social Justice on 13 September 2002.

S1W-30351 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any specific small institution funding could be made available to the Heriot-Watt University Scottish Borders campus in relation to its textile, clothing and fashion courses.

S1W-30352 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the "marriage of the thistle and the rose" in 2003.

S1W-30353 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to continue funding for the Scottish Teacher Release Scheme should funding for that scheme expire, and what its position is on the need to ensure that teachers who participate in the scheme can continue to be released from their duties in order to ensure that children are able to participate in their chosen sport.

S1W-30354 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any regional selective assistance or any other public support given to IBM was made conditional upon use being made of the new Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-30355 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vehicles in the government car service have been converted to liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or bought with LPG facilities; how many days the vehicles were inoperable during such conversion, and which facilities it uses for re-fuelling.

S1W-30356 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of the government car service in each month since May 1999; detailing the fuel, vehicle purchase or leasing and staff costs and the cost of conversion of any cars to liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or purchase of cars with LPG facilities.

S1W-30357 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget was (a) allocated and (b) spent by (i) Scottish Enterprise and (ii) Highlands and Islands Enterprise in each year since 1997 and how many staff were employed in the tourism section of each in each quarter of each year since 1997.

S1W-30358 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Screen, the Scottish Arts Council or any other cultural organisation provided any funding or assistance towards the cost of the film "Sweet Sixteen"; if so, what funding or assistance each organisation provided; whether any of these organisations made any representations to it regarding any cultural opportunities that showing the film to as wide an audience as possible may bring, and whether it made any representations to the British Board of Film Classification as a result.

S1W-30359 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any local authorities have informed it that they plan to overrule the British Board of Film Classification and the 18 classification awarded to the film "Sweet Sixteen".

S1W-30360 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assurances have been given in respect of congestion charging for a journey from Juniper Green or Baberton Mains onto the bypass to leave Edinburgh or travel around Edinburgh; if so, what these assurances were, who made them and to whom they were made, and whether it will detail any other assurances made in respect of congestion charges in the Edinburgh area.

S1W-30361Δ Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the reports of the Lord Advocate's Child Witness Support Implementation Group.

 

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