BB Home

Contents
Announcements
A: Daily Business
B: Business Programme
C: Committee Agendas
D: Oral questions
E: Written questions
F: Motions and Amendments
G: Bills
H: New Documents
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

 

Business Bulletin No. 19/2003

Thursday 30 January 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 29 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-33520 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what economic analysis has been, or will be, undertaken of the impact on local government finances of building new schools through public private partnership rather than through government borrowing.

S1W-33521 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in negotiating with private dental practices in Caithness to support provision of NHS dental services.

S1W-33522 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving the recruitment of disabled people into the civil service in each year since 1996.

S1W-33523 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving the recruitment of specialists into the civil service in each year since 1996.

S1W-33524 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to assist in the setting up, and expansion of, direct payment services for disabled people.

S1W-33525 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the procedure for withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy and what the legal position would be if such a policy was pursued.

S1W-33526 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-29129 on 26 September 2002, whether the legal advice referred to is still applicable and how disclosure of the documents identified could prejudice such action.

S1W-33527 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-29131 on 26 September 2002, when Shepherd and Wedderburn WS was first invited to provide legal advice on prospects of recovery of losses from Flour City International Inc and on what date, or dates, advice was provided by Shepherd and Wedderburn WS on this matter.

S1W-33528 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether Shepherd and Wedderburn WS has been invited to provide legal advice on whether any or all of the losses relating to Flour City International Inc can be recovered from (a) the Construction Manager or (b) any other member of the Holyrood Project Team.

S1W-33529 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-26071 on 30 May 2002, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will now state which of the companies on the short leet (a) did not submit a tender bid and (b) submitted a bid that did not comply with the tender documentation, and why each such bid did not comply.

S1W-33530 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-26072 on 30 May 2002, whether, prior to the award of the second interim contract to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd (FCAM) in January 2001, the (a) design team, (b) architects, (c) cost consultant, (d) structural engineers and (e) service engineer (i) requested an analysis of, or report on, or any other information in respect of, the tender or revised tender submitted by FCAM, (ii) expressed any view in respect of FCAM and, in particular, the company's ability to fulfil any obligations incurred in relation to the granting of a works package or contract to it, (iii) made any other comments in relation to FCAM; whether, in each case, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will place copies of any such documentation in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), and whether it will place in SPICe any analysis and/or report that, as referred to in the answer to question S1W-26072, was previously commercially confidential, and, if it will not, what the reasons are for the position on this matter and, in particular, any reasons why such information remains commercially confidential.

S1W-33531 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer when the management team of the Holyrood project, or any of its members, first (a) became aware of the contents of the accounts of Flour City International Inc in respect of the quarter ending 31 July 2001 and (b) communicated to (i) the Holyrood Progress Group and (ii) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body any information in respect of the contents of those accounts.

S1W-33532 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to paragraph 17 of The 2001/02 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body by the Auditor General for Scotland, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will give an up-to-date estimate of the total direct additional costs arising after termination of the contract with Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd; in particular, whether current estimates of these costs exceed 3.85 million, and whether there is any allowance for consequential costs associated with the impact of delay in completion of the cladding and windows package and, if so, whether full details of any such allowance will be provided.

S1W-33533 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer what the total cost of bomb proofing in relation to the Holyrood project has been, broken down by works package; what the original estimate of this cost was in respect of each package; whether any provision for bomb proofing was made in each contract when it was awarded and, if so, whether details of each such provision will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, and what the reasons are for any extra costs incurred in each case.

S1W-33534 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any schools and hospitals in the area of the new Parliament building at Holyrood should be bomb proofed to the same standards as the new Parliament building and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-33535 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33022 by Ross Finnie on 28 January 2003, how the 15% figure in respect of possible future decommissioning was calculated.

S1W-33536 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive from which budgets the 50 million fisheries aid package was taken and whether it will give a breakdown of this package.

S1W-33537 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have (a) had proceedings taken against them for and (b) received (i) an adjudication or (ii) a criminal conviction for violence at HM Prison Kilmarnock in each quarter since the prison came into operation.

S1W-33538 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-32815 and S1W-32816 by Hugh Henry on 13 January 2003, whether there has been any case where an incident at HM Prison Kilmarnock has been recorded as a serious assault for the purposes of the Scottish Prison Service’s key performance indicators, but where performance points have not accrued to the prison because an adjudication or criminal conviction has not been secured.

S1W-33539 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-33093 and S1W-32973 by Cathy Jamieson and Mr Jim Wallace on 22 and 20 January 2003 respectively, how it was able to state the percentage of inmates that have mental problems and the number that are in receipt of prescribed psychiatric medication at HM Prison Polmont but not at other young offender institutions.

S1W-33540 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-32797 and S1W-32400 by Patricia Ferguson and Mr Jim Wallace on 21 and 20 January 2003 respectively, how the answer to S1W-32400 which states that legal advice was obtained is consistent with the answer to S1W-32797 which states that by long-standing convention its general policy is that it does not disclose whether it has taken legal advice.

S1W-33541 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32797 by Patricia Ferguson on 21 January 2003, why it is its policy not to reveal whether it has taken legal advice.

S1W-33542 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many confirmed cases of meningococcal infection there have been in each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S1W-33543 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32798 by Patricia Ferguson on 14 January 2003, what aspects of the (a) Sexual Offences and (b) Local Government bills currently before the UK Parliament will require a Sewel motion.

S1W-33544 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the Civil Aviation Authority regarding the economic impact on travellers and the cost of flights from Scotland as a result of the increased landing charges at Heathrow Airport.

S1W-33545 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of the (a) funding and (b) timetable to complete the modern transport system for Aberdeen.

S1W-33546 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable to complete the Aberdeen western peripheral route is; whether it will give a breakdown of how much funding is required for the project, and what percentage of the funding is expected to be provided by (a) it and (b) the North East of Scotland Transport Partnership.

S1W-33547 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for investigating cases of alleged catching and keeping of signal crayfish without an appropriate licence.

S1W-33548 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage NHS boards to allow patients access to their own records.

S1W-33549 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any action has been taken against NHS boards that have failed to give timeous access to patients' records in cases of complaint or alleged negligence.

S1W-33550 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance is available to owner-occupier pensioners residing in blocks of flats owned by local authorities to participate in the installation of improved secure entry systems by the managing housing association.

S1W-33551 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance is available to owner occupiers with disabilities residing in blocks of flats owned by local authorities to participate in the installation of improved secure entry systems by the managing housing association.

S1W-33552 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31675 by Allan Wilson on 28 November 2002, whether it has now made any representations to the Association of British Insurers regarding the flood damage to domestic and business properties in Moray during the period 15 to 18 November 2002.

S1W-33553 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31653 by Allan Wilson on 27 November 2002, how the balance of the 5.2 million has been allocated to support flood risk-related initiatives.

S1W-33554 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the ad hoc committee of Ministers on Flooding has had with the European Commission regarding flood alleviation assistance available through flexibility in the Common Agricultural Policy and European Structural Funds.

S1W-33555 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions its officials have met members of Moray Council since November 2002 to discuss flood alleviation schemes; who attended each meeting, and whether any budget for such schemes has been set.

S1W-33556 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget it has allocated to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in each year since 1999-2000.

S1W-33557 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total number of (a) employees and (b) outside appointments of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was at the most recent date for which figures are available.

S1W-33558Δ Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the farm income figures for 2002.

S1W-33559Δ Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the law officers have reviewed prosecution policy for causing death by dangerous driving and, if so, what the results are of the review.

S1W-33560 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider funding a fire station in Alness.

S1W-33561 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to any threat to local and migratory birds from reduction in availability of native cockles following unregulated harvesting by fishermen.

S1W-33563Δ Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue final codes of practice on covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources under section 24 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000.

S1W-33564Δ Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to issue guidance on the roles and responsibilities of incident control teams.

S1W-33565Δ Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made regarding the introduction of action programmes for farmers in nitrate vulnerable zones.

 

Top