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Business Bulletin No. 29/2003

Thursday 13 February 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 12 February 2003

  

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

S1W-33952 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Presiding Officer what minimum notice periods must be complied with prior to surrendering the leases for the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall and other buildings in the parliamentary estate.

S1W-33953 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation is, or will be, implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with regard to the provision of rail infrastructure; what funding has been allocated towards the cost of implementing such requirements; what action it plans to take on the matter, and what the timescale for any such action is.

S1W-33954 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff have been employed by VisitScotland and what the staff costs have been in each year since 1999, broken down by department and salary band.

S1W-33955 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33304 by Lewis Macdonald on 5 February 2003, whether the figure of 1.4 million lorry miles removed from roads was an estimated figure; if so, on what basis the figure was calculated and what the actual number of miles removed from roads has been.

S1W-33956 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff (a) were recruited by and (b) left VisitScotland in each month since June 2002, broken down by department and salary band.

S1W-33957 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the recent announcements by the Strategic Rail Authority will have on the service provided currently, and due to be provided in the future, on the east coast main line.

S1W-33958 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the recent announcements by the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) will have on any construction of rail links to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports; what funding the SRA has indicated that it will provide for such projects, and when any such funding will be made available.

S1W-33959 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund or support an action for judicial review against the Strategic Rail Authority in relation to its recent announcements on cuts in expenditure; if so, to what extent; which aspects of the decisions will be reviewed, and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S1W-33960 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent under the modern facilities at stations scheme, broken down by project and date of expenditure, since the inception of the scheme; how much remains to be spent, and what future projects are planned, broken down by date and cost.

S1W-33961 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has called for a report into the circumstances in which a person on the sex offenders' register was employed at Castle Douglas swimming pool.

S1W-33962 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what research was undertaken to ensure best value in encouraging growth in the credit union and community banking movement.

S1W-33963 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be available for schemes funded by the Better Neighbourhood Services Fund when that fund ends.

S1W-33964 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive in which performance quarters the maximum limit of 5% of contract price for performance revenue deductions, as referred to in the second paragraph of Schedule F to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock, has been applied since operation of HM Prison Kilmarnock began and what the performance revenue deduction would have been in each case had there been no such maximum limit.

S1W-33965 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to paragraph 20 of The 2001/02 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body by the Auditor General for Scotland, in respect of which aspects of awarding and managing the Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd contract the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body did not obtain its own legal advice and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S1W-33966 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to paragraph 22 of The 2001/02 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body by the Auditor General for Scotland, why Holyrood project management did not obtain advice from the Parliament’s legal directorate prior to issuing the interim contracts to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd.

S1W-33967 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to paragraph 22 of The 2001/02 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body by the Auditor General for Scotland, when the request for a parent company guarantee under the second interim contract issued to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd in January 2001 was first made; what legal advice it has received about whether such a request could be made on demand, and why the request was not made at the outset.

S1W-33968 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to paragraph 25 of The 2001/02 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body by the Auditor General for Scotland, from whom Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd (FCAM) sought an advance payment of 2 million; who made the request on behalf of FCAM; by whom it was received on behalf of the construction managers, and whether the construction managers advised (a) any other member of the Holyrood project team, (b) the Holyrood Progress Group and (c) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body that the request had been made and, if so, whether they did so before the second interim contract was awarded and on what date such information was first conveyed by the construction managers.

S1W-33969Δ Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing plans for an accessible online pollution inventory.

S1W-33970 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how the mortality rates per 100,000 population from coronary heart disease in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency compare with the Scottish average in each year from 1996 to 2001.

S1W-33971 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sector skills councils are currently in place and how many will be in place by the end of (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

S1W-33972 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken in respect of employment sectors that are not covered by sectors skills councils.

S1W-33973 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Sector Skills Development Agency has the experience and expertise to provide the services previously provided by other bodies such as Sector Skills Alliance Scotland and, if not, how long it will take to develop the necessary expertise.

S1W-33974 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the targets are for installations under its central heating installation programme in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency for (i) all households and (ii) pensioners’ homes.

S1W-33975 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to address any shortage of NHS dentists in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency.

S1W-33976 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33579 by Ms Margaret Curran on 6 February 2003, how many empty local authority houses have been brought back into use under the Empty Homes Initiative.

S1W-33977 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing The Scottish Executive’s Central Heating Programme and the Warm Deal: Annual Report 2001/02.

S1W-33978 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are employed in the construction industry under the modern apprenticeship scheme in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency.

S1W-33979 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to update its policy on planning agreements between developers and local authorities made under section 50 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972 and set out in Scottish Office Development Department Circular 12/1996.

S1W-33980 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in introducing regulations for the body-piercing industry.

S1W-33981 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28163 by Ross Finnie on 30 August 2002, what action it is taking to reduce littering and flytipping.

S1W-33982 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27797 by Iain Gray on 19 August 2002, when it will publish the feasibility study undertaken by Paisley Enterprise Research Centre on establishing a National Centre for Women’s Enterprise.

S1W-33983 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27798 by Iain Gray on 19 August 2002, whether it will establish a national centre for women’s enterprise to promote new businesses run by women and disseminate best practice.

S1W-33984 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any input into the Department of Trade and Industry’s Women’s Enterprise Strategic Framework due to be published shortly and how it intends to respond to the recommendations in this report.

S1W-33985 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a strategy for promoting businesses run by women.

S1W-33986 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24446 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 16 April 2002, what percentage of microcredit loans for start-up businesses go to women.

S1W-33987 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to tackle hate crime against people with learning disabilities.

S1W-33988 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is measuring the level and type of hate crime against people with learning disabilities and whether it has any performance targets in this area.

S1W-33989 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether police forces are receiving any specialised diversity and hate crime related training.

S1W-33990 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationer police officers there have been in each police force in each of the last five financial years and in the current financial year to date.

S1W-33991 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it is making to ensure that any future publication of school league tables or examination performance results gives a more detailed assessment of the relative performance of schools by including factors other than examination results.

S1W-33992 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33538 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 February 2003, in how many cases a serious assault has occurred in HM Prison Kilmarnock but no performance points have accrued to the prison operators, showing for each such case whether (a) no charges were brought in relation to the assault, (b) charges were dropped by the prosecution or (c) no conviction was obtained despite prosecution.

S1W-33993Δ Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive when additional results from the 2001 Census will be published.

S1W-33994 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will wait until the implementation of the new EU bathing water directive in 2006 before it designates any further beaches as official bathing beaches.

S1W-33995 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reconvene the Bathing Waters Review Panel to designate further beaches as official bathing beaches and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-33996 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Broughty Ferry beach is the best candidate for becoming a new designated bathing beach.

S1W-33997 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to assist Broughty Ferry beach in securing yellow flag status this year and what bearing being designated an officially designated bathing beach would have on securing such status.

S1W-33998 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications have been referred to its Inquiry Reporters Unit in each year since 1999 in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency.

S1W-33999 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, who or what body, will represent the collective interests of sectors skills councils.

S1W-34000 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded convictions there have been for drug trafficking in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years.

S1W-34001 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to cocaine and crack cocaine addicts in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency.

S1W-34002 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) pensioners’ homes in postcode areas covering the (i) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (ii) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency are estimated to be eligible for free central heating under its Central Heating Installation Programme.

S1W-34003 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) pensioners’ homes in postcode areas covering (i) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (ii) Kilmarnock and Loudoun parliamentary constituency have (1) benefited in 2001-02 and (2) are expected to benefit in 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 under its Central Heating Installation Programme.

S1W-34004 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33400 by Des McNulty on 5 February 2003, how many of the planning permission appeals in each category were in the (a) Hamilton North and Bellshill and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudon parliamentary constituency.

 

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