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Business Bulletin No. 73/2003

Tuesday 20th May 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Monday 19th May 2003

  

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

S2W-177 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether children who have attended a nursery attached to a primary school should be transferred to that school or another school on reaching primary school age.

S2W-218 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set a target for economic growth in 2003-04 and 2004-05 and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-223 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons have been learned in promoting economic development in 2002-03 and what new and remedial measures arising from any such lessons are now being taken.

S2W-240 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the implications of the judgement by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Fawcett versus McRoberts that it is acceptable within the law for a Scottish child to be taken to reside in the United States of America by a parent with residence rights and without the consent of a parent with contact rights or Scottish court approval.

S2W-241 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the judgement by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Fawcett versus McRoberts contravenes section 2(3) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and, if so, what steps it is taking to protect the interests of Scottish children and parents with contact rights.

S2W-242 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the situation of Scottish parents whose children have been abducted to the United States of America and for whom no legal aid support can be offered to defend court actions initiated there.

S2W-243 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to secure the interest of Scottish parents in circumstances such as the repeated process of appeal used by the appellant in the case of Fawcett versus McRoberts in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which created substantial demands on pro-bono representation in the United States of America.

S2W-244 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) births, (b) births outside marriage, (c) births to teenagers, (d) marriages, (e) civil marriages, (f) divorces and (g) deaths broken down by gender there were in each year since 2000 and what the average (i) age at first marriage and (ii) length of marriage at divorce was in each year

S2W-245 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to learn from Ireland's approach to the economic development of towns and cities of its west coast area in order to help the Highlands and Islands and other rural and deprived areas.

S2W-246 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct Scottish Water to review its harmonisation of business water rate charges, given the impact that such harmonisation has had on businesses in the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-247 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions it has reached as a result of its consultation on Towards Better Oral Health in Children and whether it is minded to add fluoride to the public water supply.

S2W-248 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used for the siting, placement of, and distance between motorway lighting columns, in particular, on the M8; whether there has been any reduction in the number of such columns and, if so, what reduction, and whether any action is to be taken on this matter and, if so, by whom.

S2W-249 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how, by whom, and according to what criteria motorway lighting columns are checked and what monitoring of compliance with these criteria is carried out and by whom.

S2W-250 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what road construction proposals have been announced since 1999; how many objections or representations were received in respect of each proposal, and whether a public inquiry was initiated as a result of any such objections or representations.

S2W-251 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable and timescales are for the construction and opening of each agreed and proposed new road scheme.

S2W-252 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of usage of the rail station at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport has been in each month since 1999 and what plans there are to increase the capacity or frequency of this rail service.

S2W-253 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken, or remain to be taken, as a result of the most recent activity analysis undertaken by the police service.

S2W-254 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was received from the Strategic Rail Authority for (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 and what percentage this represents of the authority's total budget in each year.

S2W-255 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which projects received funding from the Strategic Rail Authority for (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 and how much each project received.

S2W-256 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether support from the interim route development fund for an air link between Scotland and Shannon Airport has been rejected and, what the reasons are for the position on this matter and whether the route qualified for support and, if so, on what criteria.

S2W-257 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will create a permanent rather than interim route development fund; if so, what the timetable for the fund's operation will be and whether any changes to the fund, in particular in the structure, qualification and funding available, will be proposed.

S2W-258 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what routes have been given aid under the interim route development fund since the fund was established; what the purpose of each application to the fund was, and what sums were awarded in each case.

S2W-259 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to educate teachers on, and support them in, managing the use of medicines by pupils during school hours and during supervised extra-curricular activities.

S2W-260 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it has published regarding the storage of pupil's medicines and first aid medicines in schools.

S2W-262 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support NHS boards in providing free return-to-practice training for (a) nurses, (b) pharmacists, (c) doctors, (d) dentists, (e) biochemists and (f) staff in other professions allied to medicine in order to increase staffing levels in the NHS.

S2W-263 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to GPs, dentists and pharmacists to ensure that their premises comply with new disabilities legislation.

S2W-264 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to the roll-out of broadband services to smaller rural exchanges.

S2W-265 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to minimise any loss to national lottery grant awards in Scotland following the announcement that lottery funding will be used to support the Olympic bid in respect of London.

S2W-266 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the development of sub-sea renewable energy manufacturing capability.

S2W-267 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the intermediate technology institute in Aberdeen will commence activity and where it will be based.

S2W-268 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prevent any double accounting in the packaging waste recovery note scheme.

S2W-269 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's application of the packaging waste recovery and packaging waste export recovery note schemes is different from that of the Environment Agency and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S2W-270 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to issue operational guidance in respect of the packaging waste recovery note scheme; whether it consults or liaises with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) when issuing any such guidance, and whether the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency follows directions issued by the Executive, DEFRA or the Environment Agency in respect of administering the scheme.

S2W-271 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sufficient funding is in place to administer the packaging waste recovery note scheme.

S2W-272 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has sufficient staff to administer the packaging waste recovery note scheme.

S2W-273 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in discussions with Her Majesty's Government about financial assistance for people infected with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment.

S2W-274 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are deployed and how many such officers were deployed (a) one year ago and (b) two years ago per head of population in the (i) Falkirk, (ii) Stirling and (iii) Clackmannanshire local authority area.

S2W-275 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consultants were hired to deal with the implementation of the interim route development fund; if so, which consultants were hired and by whom; what the cost of each consultancy was in terms of fees and tendering process, and what specification was imposed in the agreed contract

S2W-276 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will lodge a Sewel motion in respect of the Disabled People (Duties of Public Authorities) Bill seeking the consent of the Scottish Parliament for the United Kingdom Parliament to (a) legislate in a devolved area and (b) transfer powers to the Executive in respect of this matter, before the conclusion of the bill's Second Reading in the House of Commons.

S2W-277 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34716 by Mr Jim Wallace on 25 March 2003, what the timetable is for extending the remit of the Security Industry Authority to Scotland.

S2W-278 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which operators of public private partnership schools will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-279 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which operators of private prisons will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-280 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine which operators of public private partnership hospitals will be designated as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-281 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether designation of operators of existing public private partnership schools as public authorities under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 would constitute either a discriminatory change of law or a specific change of law, as defined in the Scottish Schools Standard PPP Contract.

S2W-282 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether including existing public private partnership schools in schedule 1A of the Race Relations Act 1976 by an order under section 71(5) of the act would constitute either a discriminatory change of law or a specific change of law, as defined in the Scottish Schools Standard PPP Contract

S2W-283 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether designating HM Prison Kilmarnock as a public authority under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 would constitute prison legislation altering the costs incurred by the contractor in fulfilling its obligations under the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Ltd for the Design, Construction, Managing and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock and therefore require a variation of price under section 33 of the minute of agreement.

S2W-284 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether including HM Prison Kilmarnock in schedule 1A of the Race Relations Act 1976 by an order under section 71(5) of the act would constitute prison legislation altering the costs incurred by the contractor in fulfilling its obligations under the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Ltd for the Design, Construction, Managing and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock and therefore require a variation of price under section 33 of the minute of agreement.

S2W-285 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that the contracts for all existing public private partnerships projects, including those made by public authorities other than by it, are available to the Parliament subject to deletion of matters that are commercially confidential.

S2W-286 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27403 by Mr Jim Wallace on 2 August 2002, whether it has received any further notices under paragraph 6.8 of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Ltd for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock and, if so, what the date was of any such notice.

 

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