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Business Bulletin No. 83 / 2003

Thursday 5th June 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 4th June 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-627 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact exposure to passive smoking has on the health of (a) children and (b) adults.

S2W-628 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much national lottery funding has been allocated in total and per head of population in each postcode area of Glasgow.

S2W-629 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much national lottery funding has been allocated in total and per head of population to non-national organisations in each postcode area of Glasgow.

S2W-630 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage has made any application for the introduction of the beaver; what information it has received about opposition to any such action from the National Farmers' Union Scotland, the Scottish Crofting Foundation and the Scottish Landowners' Federation; whether the introduction of the beaver will have adverse consequences and, if so, what its position is in respect of such consequences, and whether it will reject any such application.

S2W-631 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to (a) it and (b) Scottish Natural Heritage has been of all work carried out in relation to the consideration and submission of any application in respect of the introduction of the beaver and what assessment it has made of value for money in respect of such costs.

S2W-632 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is planned in respect of common factoring schemes, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-633 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median waiting time has been for a first out-patient appointment with a consultant dermatologist in (a) Scotland as a whole and (b) each NHS board in each year since 1997.

S2W-634 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital beds were available for dermatological problems in (a) Scotland as a whole and (b) each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S2W-635 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many whole-time equivalent dermatologists are employed by each NHS board and how many there were employed in each of the last five years.

S2W-636 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that more effective action is taken by Scottish Power plc in respect of Longannet Power Station and by BP plc in respect of the petrochemical complex at Grangemouth with regard to reducing toxic pollution.

S2W-637 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how parents can access reports by HM Inspectorate of Education.

S2W-638 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to increase the level of average gross weekly earnings in the Scottish Borders Council area from 346.20, as referred to in Scottish Economic Statistics 2003, to the national average.

S2W-639 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to increase the level of average gross weekly earnings in the East Lothian Council area from 399.60, as referred to in Scottish Economic Statistics 2003, to the national average.

S2W-640 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34524 by Iain Gray on 19 March 2003, how many business start-ups there were in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 in the Scottish Borders Council area and what percentage of such start-ups in each year for which such figures are available were still in business after (i) one year, (ii) two years and (iii) three years.

S2W-641 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34524 by Iain Gray on 19 March 2003, how many business start-ups there were in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 in the East Lothian Council area and what percentage of such start-ups in each year for which such figures are available were still in business after (i) one year, (ii) two years and (iii) three years.

S2W-642 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for developing and implementing a rail freight strategy.

S2W-643 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive which minister is responsible for the operation of the (a) Scottish Public Pensions Agency and (b) Police Pensions Regulations 1987; which minister can seek a referral, or re-referral, to a medical authority in respect of the regulations, in particular in respect of Part H; on what grounds such a referral, or re-referral, can be made to a (i) medical referee and (ii) police board, and whether any new regulations will amend these referral rights.

S2W-644 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed tram network in Edinburgh will be within the ambit of the concessionary fares scheme as it currently operates; if not, whether the scheme will be amended to include the tram network and, if so, when and by whom any such amendment will be made, and what public consultation will take place on the matter.

S2W-645 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for the timescale within which repairs such as those required in Scotstoun, Glasgow, are carried out of action taken by Scottish Water to reduce its operating costs.

S2W-646 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-247 by Malcolm Chisholm on 4 June 2003, whether it will place copies of the responses it has received to Towards Better Oral Health in Children, other than those submitted on a confidential basis, in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and whether it will publish an analysis of the responses showing how many (a) support and (b) oppose adding fluoride to the water supply.

S2W-647 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding agreed for affordable house building in the Highlands and Islands will keep pace with inflation.

S2W-648 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate will consider the prosecution of Scottish Power plc following the meeting between the Deputy Crown Agent and Mr Alex Davidson on 30 May 2003 to discuss his complaint against the company.

S2W-649 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost to Scottish Water is of the outpouring of water from broken pipes in Earl Street and Dumbarton Road in Scotstoun, Glasgow.

 

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