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Business Bulletin No. 76 / 2003

Tuesday 27th May 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Tuesday 22nd May 2003

  

Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 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-342 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase public sector employment as a proportion of the total employment market in West Lothian.

S2W-344 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has following the conclusions of the two reports on the "Miss X" case regarding the professional and personal practice and culture of the social work department of Scottish Borders Council and issues regarding the accountability of those involved.

S2W-363 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to locate the medical records of haemophiliacs infected with hepatitis C and whether a public inquiry will be held into this matter.

S2W-364 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Presiding Officer what the current situation is regarding the Parliament’s mail service and what the timescale is for renewal and implementation of the mail contracts.

S2W-365 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to the construction of a tram system in Edinburgh; from which budget the money has been allocated; over what period the money will be available; what organisation will be responsible for the construction of the system, and how that organisation will be held publicly accountable.

S2W-366 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with New Edinburgh Ltd about the delay in the opening of the rail station at Edinburgh Park and what reasons have been given for the delay.

S2W-367 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a review of how Network Rail, the Strategic Rail Authority, ScotRail and the City of Edinburgh Council have acted in respect of the construction of the rail station at Edinburgh Park.

S2W-368 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social enterprises were created in each year since 1999.

S2W-369 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been provided by (a) each NHS board, (b) each local authority, (c) Communities Scotland, (d) each local enterprise company, (e) Scottish Natural Heritage, (f) the Scottish Arts Council, (g) sportscotland and (h) the Unemployed Voluntary Action Fund to support the creation of social enterprises in each year since 1999.

S2W-370 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be allocated to create urban regeneration companies as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-371 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to ensure that obligations for the maintenance of common ground are adequately highlighted prior to the sale of a property.

S2W-372 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information housing developers are obliged to provide to potential buyers regarding the conditions, recommendations and considerations under which planning permission was granted and whether any action will be taken to ensure that such disclosure takes place.

S2W-373 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information housing developers are obliged to provide to potential buyers regarding negotiations with local authorities and commitments made by the developer and the local authority for the ongoing maintenance of common ground and the adoption of roads and whether any action will be taken to ensure that such matters are adequately highlighted to potential buyers.

S2W-374 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been diagnosed with the group of conditions known as foetal anti-convulsant syndrome.

S2W-375 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what policy or guidance there is concerning the provision of educational and health support to children with foetal anti-convulsant syndrome.

S2W-376 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the cleanliness of motorways to ensure compliance by operating companies with the standards laid down in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the associated code of practice.

S2W-377 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent operating companies have met, or not met, the agreed standards for cleanliness of motorways, broken down by company and area.

S2W-378 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether approval by the Health Technology Board for Scotland for the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is subject to the ruling on this matter by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and, if so, what plans there are to ensure that an adequately funded clinical study is undertaken, so that PDT will be available to sufferers of wet AMD affected by the restriction imposed by NICE.

S2W-379 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support retailers who ask for proof of age from young people attempting to purchase alcohol or tobacco, given reports from the British Retail Consortium and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers that retailers face an increased risk of vandalism and physical violence when doing so.

S2W-380 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support Dundee as the location for the Scottish Water customer management centre in line with its policy of dispersing civil service jobs.

S2W-381 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that free school meals are available to the children of people claiming tax credits.

S2W-382 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many residents of private and voluntary sector care homes have funded their care by means of selling their homes in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-383 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Strategic Rail Authority and what issues were discussed.

S2W-384 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sums spent by Transport Initiatives Edinburgh in respect of administration and running costs for development of transport systems in Edinburgh will be met from any funds allocated by the Executive to it and, if so, from what date any such costs will be met.

S2W-386 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when details of the 1.5 million allocated to support post offices in deprived urban areas will be available.

S2W-387 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received from the Royal Mail Group plc or Her Majesty’s Government on how many post offices in Scotland have closed to date under the network reinvention programme and, of these, how many were in (a) rural, (b) urban and (c) deprived urban areas.

S2W-388 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in increasing the provision of other services in post office premises, with a view to keeping local post offices open and contributing to the local community.

S2W-389 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will explain and expand on the meaning of "supporting", as used in the statement "supporting the construction of the Borders Rail Line" in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-390 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will explain and expand on the meaning of "re-opening", as used in the statements "re-opening the Kincardine - Alloa - Stirling rail link" and "re-opening the Airdrie to Bathgate railway" in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-391 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will explain and expand on the meaning of "constructing", as used in the statement "constructing the Larkhall to Milngavie line" in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-392 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that no elderly person residing in a Church of Scotland care home becomes homeless as result of the church’s current financial situation.

S2W-393 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether elderly people in Church of Scotland care homes that are closed will be required to move outside of their communities and away from support networks.

S2W-394 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Church of Scotland regarding its financial situation.

S2W-395 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be made available for local authorities to introduce 20 mph speed zones around schools and what consultation local authorities will carry out in respect of such zones.

S2W-396 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost of abolishing prescription charges would be to the NHS.

S2W-397 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has given, and will give in the future, for the development of park and ride sites around Edinburgh.

S2W-398 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is good practice to submit sensitive planning applications for ministerial decision during an election period.

S2W-399 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the future of Meggetland playing fields, Edinburgh.

S2W-401 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sportscotland, as a statutory consultee, has agreed to development of Meggetland playing fields, Edinburgh.

S2W-402 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances the student loan debt of a student would be written off.

S2W-403 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many student loans debts have been written off and what the total cash value was of the deleted debt in each of the last five years.

S2W-404 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether paediatric in-patient services at Monklands Hospital will resume and, if so, when.

S2W-405 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Lanarkshire NHS Board has informed it of the permanent closure of in-patient paediatric services at Monklands Hospital; if so, when, and what response it has made.

S2W-406 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24363 by Malcolm Chisholm on 16 April 2002, whether the standard of consultation referred to has been met by Lanarkshire Primary Care NHS Trust in relation to paediatric in-patient services at Monklands Hospital.

S2W-407 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider any proposals to make statutory provision for the funding of approved day centres.

S2W-408 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for reinstating consultant-led maternity services at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S2W-409 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies have been born en route from the west Dunbartonshire area to the (a) Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley and (b) Queen Mother Hospital, Glasgow in each of the last five years.

S2W-410 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the decision was made to downgrade the accident and emergency services at the Vale of Leven Hospital; who was consulted on this downgrading, and whether local MSPs were informed and, if so, when.

S2W-411 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what public transport provision is in place to enable patients and families from the west Dunbartonshire area to travel to the maternity services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

 

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