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Business Bulletin No. 2/2003

Tuesday 7 January 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 6 January 2003

  

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

S1W-32868 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the written evidence on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill given by the Scottish Gamekeepers' Association (SGA) to the Justice 2 Committee for its meeting on 3 December 2002 that many SGA members do not bother to apply for *wildlife* licences has been referred to the police for investigation.

S1W-32880 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-17603 by Mr Jack McConnell on 14 September 2001, what progress is being made in assessing the need for swimming facilities for pupils and what action arising from the review of swimming provision may result in the provision of such facilities to children in Aberdeenshire.

S1W-32881 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24884 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 July 2002, whether it will update the table on the support that it provides to local government for implementing its initiatives to include a breakdown of the 2003-04 figures.

S1W-32882Δ Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the policy and financial management review of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

S1W-32883 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31558 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 December 2002, what weight is attached to (a) delivery of results, (b) continuous improvement and (c) relative performance in the performance management of its senior civil servants.

S1W-32884 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31558 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 December 2002, by what process the delivery of results is judged in the performance management system operating in the senior civil service.

S1W-32885 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31558 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 December 2002, whether 360-degree appraisals are used in the performance management of its senior civil servants and whether such appraisals are used elsewhere in the civil service.

S1W-32886 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31557 by Mr Andy Kerr on 6 December 2002, how many (a) top tranche performers were awarded 3% of their salary as opposed to the fixed sum of 3,000 and (b) middle tranche performers were awarded 3% of their salary as opposed to the fixed sum of 2,000 and what the total value of the payments were in each category.

S1W-32887 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the performance management system for senior civil servants is likely to be reviewed and what input it will have to any such review.

S1W-32888 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to deal with alcohol problems in (a) young people and (b) all other age groups.

S1W-32889 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it collects statistics on alcohol-related accidents from accident and emergency units.

S1W-32890 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to take forward its campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of excess alcohol consumption, How much is too much?.

S1W-32891 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop guidelines for alcohol education as part of the school curriculum to support the implementation of the Plan for Action on alcohol problems.

S1W-32892 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to announce funding to improve service provision consistent with the Plan for Action on alcohol problems.

S1W-32893 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that there is an adequate supply of trained alcohol counsellors to support the implementation of the Plan for Action on alcohol problems.

S1W-32894 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32551 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 January 2003, how many of the 49 public bodies have been (a) abolished and (b) declassified since May 1999.

S1W-32895 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32551 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 January 2003, how many public bodies there are in Scotland.

S1W-32896 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the medical director at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow in relation to recruiting at least five clinical oncologists at the centre.

S1W-32897 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive for how long the effort limitation measures agreed at the EU Fisheries Council in December will be in place.

S1W-32898 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis it stated in its press release SEen278/2002 that fishermen in cod-related fisheries will be able to fish for 15 days per month, given that Annex XVII to regulation 2341/2002 states that the number of days in which vessels in such fisheries may be absent from port is nine.

S1W-32899 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from credit unions on the proposed European directive on consumer credit.

S1W-32900 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has held any discussions with Her Majesty's Government with regard to amendments to the proposed European directive on consumer credit.

S1W-32901 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of a central services organisation for credit unions and what action it can take to help realise such a project.

S1W-32902 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to tackle financial exclusion.

S1W-32903 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of basic bank accounts opened since such accounts were introduced and what steps it can take in conjunction with banks to encourage a greater uptake and range of services for people on low incomes.

S1W-32904 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage provision of low cost insurance products for those on low incomes.

S1W-32905 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered any successor arrangements in respect of the Scottish Credit Union Partnership.

S1W-32907 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cities Review will be published.

S1W-32908 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will launch the healthy eating campaign and the national standards for school meals.

S1W-32909 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether pregnant women are advised of any risks from flu vaccines containing thimerosal.

S1W-32910 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which vaccines available on the NHS contain thimerosal.

S1W-32911 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research there is on any links between flu vaccines containing thimerosal and Alzheimer's disease.

S1W-32912 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31190 by Malcolm Chisholm on 13 November 2002, when thimerosal will be eradicated from all vaccines in Scotland.

S1W-32913 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children abused through prostitution are currently under the care of social work services.

S1W-32914 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will establish appropriate accommodation, such as places of safety, for vulnerable children including children abused through prostitution.

S1W-32915 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes in 2001 involved the use of firearms.

S1W-32916 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many firearm licence certificates were issued for 2001.

S1W-32917 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23704 by Mr Jim Wallace on 18 March 2002, why information on the seizure of illegal firearms is not held centrally and what information is available to gauge the extent of illegal firearm possession.

S1W-32918 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive who represents Scotland on the Firearms Consultative Committee.

S1W-32919 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what auditing is done of neuroleptic and similar class drugs prescribed to children in private residential care homes.

S1W-32920 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children in private residential care homes have been prescribed Ritalin and similar class drugs in each of the last five years.

S1W-32921 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of inmates in young offenders institutions are prescribed Ritalin and/or other neuroleptic and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs.

S1W-32922 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of prisoners that have committed suicide in prison in each of the last five years have been on prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and neuroleptic drugs and/or Ritalin.

S1W-32923 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies are being conducted in prisons and other custodial and residential centres into the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and biomedical problems and violence and anti-social behaviour.

S1W-32924 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, since the decision to withdraw Lerwick's status as a high natural dispersion area, Scottish Water has made any assessment of the capital and running cost implications of the upgrading of the Lerwick waste water treatment plant and any resulting increased water charges to its business customers.

S1W-32925 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment was made of the volume and nature of current and future effluent discharges into Lerwick Harbour from Scottish Water and private outfall pipes prior to the decision to withdraw Lerwick's status as a high natural dispersion area.

S1W-32926 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact on businesses in Lerwick of the decision to withdraw the area's status as a high natural dispersion area.

S1W-32927 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the extent was of the water quality sampling that was carried out prior to the decision to withdraw Lerwick's status as a high natural dispersion area and what the sampling results were.

S1W-32928 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the basis was of its assessment of the morphology, hydrology and hydraulic conditions in Lerwick Harbour that lead to the withdrawal of Lerwick's status as a high natural dispersion area.

 

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