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Business Bulletin No. 150/2002

Friday 25 October 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged from 18 to 24 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-30762 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accreditations for the European Council meeting in Brussels on 24 and 25 October 2002 it has applied for.

S1W-30773 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orders for parental co-operation have been made under section 45(1) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-30774 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) actions for recovery of security there have been and (b) persons have been imprisoned under section 45(3) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court district.

S1W-30775 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, with which local authorities it has held discussions on a pilot of specialist children's hearings to fast-track persistent offenders under 16 years old, as referred to in point one of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-30776 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when the cross-departmental consideration of improving the effectiveness of restriction of liberty, anti-social behaviour and community service orders for persistent offenders can be expected, as referred to in point three of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-30777 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when it will make its announcement on the "Safer Scotland" police campaign on high visibility policing, covering youth disorder, to increase visibility and provide community re-assurance, as referred to in point four of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-30778 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when the audit of current front-line services that will inform future funding decisions will be completed, as referred to in point five of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-30779 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when it will publish its scoping paper on a national application of a system of cautions/warnings and a detailed exploration of restorative cautions approach, perhaps through piloting, as referred to in point six of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime2002.

S1W-30780 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when it will conclude consideration of the proposals for the redevelopment of the secure accommodation estate, as referred to in point seven of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-30781 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the effectiveness sub-group's report and recommendations, as referred to in point eight of the ten point action plan set out in Scotland's Action Programme to Reduce Youth Crime 2002.

S1W-30782 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30105 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, why the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service liaison officer member of the Youth Justice Steering Group is still to be confirmed.

S1W-30783 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29174 by Mr Jim Wallace on 25 September 2002, what investigation the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice has made into the role and influence of the Speculative Society; when any such investigation took place, and what evidence was considered and from whom.

S1W-30784 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that the judiciary conducts itself in a properly impartial manner.

S1W-30785 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is confident that there is no link between membership of the Speculative Society and the handling of Skye Bridge cases that have been heard in the Supreme Court.

S1W-30786 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of risperidone and olanzapine is currently being trialled on children that do not suffer from schizophrenia and in which NHS board areas any such trials are being carried out.

S1W-30787 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs has to be approved separately for use by adults and children.

S1W-30788 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive which anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs are currently approved for use in children and what trials were carried out before this approval was given.

S1W-30789 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any studies being conducted with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in children in Scotland.

S1W-30790 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29187 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 October 2002, whether any external evaluation of police training programmes for the investigation of rape and sexual assaults has taken place, who carried out any such evaluation, and what the outcome was.

S1W-30791 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation is made of training programmes for the investigation of rape and sexual assaults provided by individual police forces; when any such evaluations were carried out in each force; who carried out the evaluation, and what the outcome was.

S1W-30792 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29010 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 October 2002, whether it will detail the changes in the national recording of complaints against the police that were introduced in 2001 and how such complaints are defined.

S1W-30793 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the process is for a verbal complaint to be made against the police.

S1W-30794 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the existing law is on prostitution and what powers police forces have to enforce the law on soliciting, kerb crawling and prostitution.

S1W-30795 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the law relating to prostitution has been proven to be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of preventing the violation of human rights of (a) residents living in areas where the law does not deter prostitution and (b) women and children working in prostitution.

S1W-30796 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether existing law is effective with regard to determining soliciting, kerb crawling and prostitution and whether it has any plans to (a) review the law and (b) support the police in its enforcement.

S1W-30797 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on ad hoc or temporary procurator fiscal deputes in each sheriff court in the Lothian and Borders sheriffdom in each year since 1997.

S1W-30798 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with (a) procurators fiscal and (b) sheriffs or their representatives about using civilian staff for court security and prisoner handling at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

S1W-30799 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any restriction under the concessionary travel scheme prohibiting a person travelling free within their area and then purchasing a ticket that allows them to travel on the same bus for an on-going journey outwith their local area.

S1W-30800 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is no Scottish School Leavers Survey available that takes account of Higher grade passes after 1995 and whether such surveys (a) have been carried out and, if so, whether it will publish the results and (b) are planned and, if so, for what years.

S1W-30801 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was allocated through the Warm Deal scheme to each local authority in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.

S1W-30802 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings will be achieved in each year through Scottish Enterprise's business transformation project.

S1W-30803 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each parcel of land with buildings on it or consisting of part of a building owned by the Scottish Prison Service.

S1W-30804 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29432 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 September 2002, what precisely is meant by "broadly equivalent costs".

S1W-30805 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29432 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 September 2002, whether it will detail each type of cost incurred in monitoring contracts for the operation of conventionally funded capital projects.

S1W-30806 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29432 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 September 2002, what information it has on the costs of monitoring contracts for the operation of conventionally funded capital projects.

S1W-30807 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what instructions it has issued to Audit Scotland with regard to resolution S1M-3375 on the acute services review, passed by the Parliament on 12 September 2002.

S1W-30808 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average multiple sclerosis sufferers that meet the Association of British Neurologists' criteria for disease-modifying drugs have to wait currently to receive prescriptions for such drugs in each NHS board area.

S1W-30809 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, what its estimate is of the costs of education to the Scottish Prison Service in the three years prior to April 2000 (a) in total and (b) for each prison.

S1W-30810 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, on what basis it made its assessment of best value of the new contractual arrangements for education in Scottish Prison Service prisons.

S1W-30811 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, why the cost of education at HM Prison Barlinnie fell between 2000-01 and 2001-02.

S1W-30812 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, why the cost of education at HM Prison Edinburgh rose by approximately 49% between 2000-01 and 2001-02.

S1W-30813 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, why the cost of education at HM Prison Polmont rose by approximately 54% between 2000-01 and 2001-02.

S1W-30814 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the cost of bidding for PFI and PPP contracts with (a) the Executive and (b) other public authorities.

S1W-30815 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still plans to establish a national database of good practice in community safety and, if so, what progress has been made in doing so.

S1W-30816 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30093 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, in what way disclosing whether the premium paid to the authority in the event that a private prison cannot find insurance at a commercial price is greater than the premium previously paid to a private provider for the same insurance might prejudice future negotiations with providers of a new prison.

S1W-30817 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the reletting of the rail franchise in Scotland, what consideration it has given to the introduction of rail services that stop at Laurencekirk station and what the outcome was of any such consideration.

S1W-30818 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) ScotRail, (b) the Strategic Rail Authority, (c) North East Scotland Transport Partnership and (d) Railtrack or its successor body about the reopening of Laurencekirk station.

S1W-30819 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any specific individual member of staff based in its European office in Scotland House, Brussels, has responsibility for press and media activity and, if so, what that person's remit is.

S1W-30820 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-29278, S1W-29279, S1W-29280, S1W-29281 and S1W-29282 on 11 October 2002, why the information in those answers was provided by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service and not by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice.

S1W-30821 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding will be required for (a) establishing the proposed Robin Rigg Wind Farm and (b) the continuing operation of the wind farm over its lifetime.

S1W-30822 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of what percentage of (a) reported incidences of and (b) total prosecutions for vandalism prosecutions were successful in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) sheriffdom and (ii) police force area.

S1W-30823 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of what percentage of (a) reported incidences of and (b) total prosecutions for drug-related crime prosecutions were successful in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) sheriffdom and (ii) police force area.

S1W-30824 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of what percentage of (a) reported incidences of and (b) total prosecutions for muggings prosecutions were successful in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) sheriffdom and (ii) police force area.

S1W-30825 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of what percentage of (a) reported incidences of and (b) total prosecutions for assault prosecutions were successful in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) sheriffdom and (ii) police force area.

S1W-30826 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of what percentage of (a) reported incidences of and (b) total prosecutions for burglary prosecutions were successful in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) sheriffdom and (ii) police force area.

S1W-30827 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when, in the consultation process for the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill prior to the Bill's publication, the acquisition of adjacent salmon fishings was proposed to be subject to the crofting community right to buy.

S1W-30828 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when salmon fishing owners were consulted about the proposed inclusion of salmon fishings in the crofting community right to buy contained in Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-30829 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive why salmon fishings are the only non-croft land to be included in the crofting community right to buy contained in Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-30830 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will lodge an amendment to the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill that would enable crofting communities to buy salmon fishings on croft land and not on adjacent land and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-30831 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive why salmon fishings were defined as "eligible croft land" in the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill as introduced after being defined as "eligible additional land" in the draft Bill.

S1W-30832 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive why there will be no public hearings on the exercise of the crofting community right to buy contained in the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, given practices under standard compulsory purchase legislation.

S1W-30833 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive why no test of necessity forms part of the crofting community right to buy contained in the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, given practices under standard compulsory purchase legislation.

S1W-30834 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the estimate of one application per year to exercise the crofting community right to buy contained in the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, as referred to in paragraph 324 of the Explanatory Notes to the Bill, how many such applications it estimates will contain a salmon fishing on adjacent land as one of the subjects of the application.

S1W-30835 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to decisions in respect of applications under section 70 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, whether Scottish Ministers are an independent and impartial tribunal for the purposes of article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

S1W-30836 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends section 71(2) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill to qualify the meaning of "the public interest" contained in article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights.

S1W-30837 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28090 by Ross Finnie on 26 August 2002, whether, in the light of that answer, the Minister for Environment and Rural Development will withdraw his statement that the essential requirement of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights is compensation (Official Report, Justice 2 Committee, 30 January 2002; c 995-6).

S1W-30838 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances a crofting community body will be able to dispose of land that it has acquired under Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S1W-30839 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any monies to East Ayrshire Council for the purpose of subsidising the wage costs of new staff members at HM Prison Kilmarnock and, if so, how much.

S1W-30840 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been involved in any discussions in which it was decided that East Ayrshire Council should subsidise the wage costs of new employees at HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S1W-30841 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much East Ayrshire Council has spent subsidising the wage costs of new staff at HM Prison Kilmarnock in each of the last three years.

S1W-30842 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new staff members at HM Prison Kilmarnock have had their wage costs subsidised by East Ayrshire Council in each of the last three years.

S1W-30843 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many criminal justice social workers there (a) currently are and (b) have been in each of the last five years and what their average annual wage is.

S1W-30844 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27534 by Lewis Macdonald on 8 August 2002, whether the original Invergarry-Kyle of Lochalsh Trunk Road (A87) Extension (Skye Bridge Crossing) Toll Order 1992 specified the maximum tolls chargeable for vehicles using the crossing.

S1W-30845 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive why it does not specify that a percentage of grants awarded under the Community Safety Partnership Award Programme must be spent on counteracting racist and homophobic crime and gender-based abuse given that it does specify that 18% of the grants awarded under the programme must be spent on drugs-related issues.

S1W-30846 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual cost will be of the fluoridation of the public water supply should the proposals contained in the consultation document Towards Better Oral Health in Children be adopted.

S1W-30847 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated capital cost will be of the plant that would be needed if the proposals to introduce the fluoridation of the public water supply contained in the consultation document Towards Better Oral Health in Children are adopted and how long will be needed for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the plant.

S1W-30848 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, if the fluoridation proposals for public water supply schemes outlined in the consultation document Towards Better Oral Health in Children are adopted, any public water supply schemes would be excluded from the proposals for technical reasons and, if so, which schemes would be so excluded.

S1W-30849 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive which body would be legally liable for any damage to the health of members of the public which may be caused by fluoridation of the public water supply, both in the case of accidental overdosing of the supply and as a result of any long-term effects of the specified dose.

S1W-30850 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any clinical trials have taken place on the effects of fluorine compounds dispensed to the general public through public water supplies.

S1W-30851 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether fluoride is a medicinal product and, if so, whether it has a product licence.

S1W-30852 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses have located in the Clydesdale constituency in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.

S1W-30853 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to increase housing ownership opportunities for young local families in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in the last three years.

S1W-30854 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to increase access to social housing for local people in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in the last three years.

S1W-30855 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to assess the impact of technical conservation measures on fish stocks and whether the results of any such assessment have been taken into account when negotiating fisheries management options in Europe.

S1W-30856 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual recurrent grant was for St Mary's Episcopal Primary School, Dunblane, in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.

S1W-30857 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether armed forces personnel expected to stand in during the Fire Brigades Union strike will have access to the existing fire service engines in Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Fife.

S1W-30858 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its decision to exclude housing from its proposed system of local prudential indicators for capital expenditure for local authorities.

S1W-30859 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each local authority area have applied for central heating through the EAGA Partnership (Scotland).

S1W-30860 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is in each local authority area from application to installation of central heating through the EAGA Partnership (Scotland) for those who meet the priority criteria.

S1W-30861 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is in each local authority area from application to installation of central heating through the EAGA Partnership (Scotland) for those who do not meet the priority criteria.

S1W-30862 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contractors in each local authority area are involved in installation of central heating through the EAGA Partnership (Scotland).

S1W-30863 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "Learn to Let Go" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30864 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "National Debate on Education" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30865 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "Do a Little-Change a lot" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30866 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "National Grid for Learning (Scotland)" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30867 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "Know the Score" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30868 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "M74 Completion" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30869 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "Funding for Learners" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30870 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "Property Pages" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30871 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its "Children's Hearings" website has had (a) in total and (b) each month and how these figures compare to pre-launch projections.

S1W-30872 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the figures on vacancies in local authority social work services in Statistical Bulletin SWK/S/2002/24, what the figures are for vacancies and percentage vacancies specifically for social workers in each local authority area.

S1W-30873 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the figures on vacancies in local authority social work services in Statistical Bulletin SWK/S/2002/24, what the figures are for vacancies and percentage vacancies specifically for social workers working with children and families in each local authority area.

S1W-30874 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to any proposed policy of non-cooperation by GPs in relation to additional workloads arising from the Adults Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

S1W-30875 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies, other than the research for the "Foolsspeed" campaign, it has commissioned from Strathclyde University's Centre for Social Marketing.

S1W-30876 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies, other than the evaluation of the "Know the Score" campaign, it has commissioned from Lambda Research and Consultancy Ltd.

S1W-30877 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of the study into the 'Foolsspeed' campaign undertaken by Strathclyde University's Centre for Social Marketing.

S1W-30878 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of the study into the "Know the Score" campaign undertaken by Lambda Research and Consultancy Ltd.

S1W-30879 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to allowing patients living in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen access to trials in experimental treatment and randomised controlled trials in the treatment of malignant brain tumours.

S1W-30880 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to the establishment of a Scottish neuro-oncology network that can allow and encourage patients to have access to national and international clinical trials in the treatment of malignant brain tumours and what is being done to facilitate such a development.

S1W-30881 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what local authorities will be charged for the use of Green Goddesses and military service personnel during the forthcoming fire service strike days.

S1W-30882 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing a code of practice to respond to situations in the NHS such as the failure of the freezer tanks holding sperm samples at Western General Hospital in July 2001.

S1W-30883 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support has been offered to the people affected by the failure of the freezer tanks holding sperm samples at the Western General Hospital n July 2001.

S1W-30884 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the training provided to general practitioners and community psychiatrists regarding the diagnosis and treatment of anorexia nervosa.

S1W-30885 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether debts relating to water charges have the same status as council tax debts in the debt collection process and, if so, what the justification is for debts for water charges taking priority over other debts such as those for electricity, gas or rent.

S1W-30886 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvement schemes it anticipates will start on the A75 between Dumfries and Stranraer from now to 2010; whether each scheme is confirmed or projected, and what the planned or projected start date of each scheme is.

S1W-30887 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss with bus operators the introduction of a fund similar to the Kick Start scheme in New Zealand in order to give short-term help to specific increased levels of bus services with incentives to bus operators to deliver increased use of such services.

S1W-30888 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many male, long-term sex offenders who had offended over four years or more were in custody on average in each of the last five years.

S1W-30889 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29804 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 7 October 2002, what timescale has been set for considering the inclusion of support tights in the Scottish Drug Tariff.

S1W-30890 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many scientists are employed by the Fisheries Research Service and, of these posts, how many are dedicated to working on white fish stock assessments and related issues.

S1W-30891 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the excess winter mortality figures have been in each year since 1997 to date, broken down by (a) region, (b) age and (c) gender.

S1W-30892 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dog kennels have been registered to permit exports of animals overseas under EU Directive 1992/65 EEC.

S1W-30893 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive in which five years from 1992-93 to 2001-02 spending on new and improved social housing was highest and what the average spending level on new and improved housing was for these years.

S1W-30894 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive in which five years from 1992-93 to 2001-02 spending on new and improved social housing was lowest.

S1W-30895 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what events the (a) First Minister and (b) Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning have attended in support of the Friends of Scotland initiative.

S1W-30896 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff provide support to Friends of Scotland initiative activities.

S1W-30897 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it has spent to date on promoting the Friends of Scotland initiative.

S1W-30898 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it has spent to date on activities relating to the Friends of Scotland initiative.

S1W-30899 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with The Scotland Office regarding the provision of financial support for the Friends of Scotland initiative.

S1W-30900 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Development Department from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-30901 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Education Department from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-30902 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-30903 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Health Department from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-30904 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Justice Department from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-30905 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which, and what percentage, of its publications produced by the Finance and Central Services Department from May 1999 to June 2002 refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau service for advice and assistance and whether Citizens Advice Scotland is made aware of such referrals prior to publication.

S1W-30906 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28419 by Mr Andy Kerr on 11 September 2002, whether it will publish evidence and/or statistics on the effectiveness of the "Learn to Let Go" advertising campaign and whether it will place a copy of the evidence and/or statistics in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-30907 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were convicted of speeding in each of the last four years, broken down by speed limit exceeded and showing the average fine incurred by people exceeding each speed limit.

S1W-30908 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27072 by Malcolm Chisholm on 10 July 2002, whether it has now completed its review of the costs of care for those in residential accommodation and, if so, when it will be published.

S1W-30909 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the results of the review of the costs of care for those in residential accommodation incorporate water charges and, if so, what the basis is of the calculation of those water charges.

S1W-30913 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any input into the assessment of performance of Senior Civil Servants and, if so, how this is achieved.

 

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