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Business Bulletin No. 99 / 2003

Friday 27th June 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 26th 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-1148 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rate of water leakage from Scottish Water’s water mains pipes is and what information it has on what the leakage rates are for (a) English and (b) Welsh water companies.

S2W-1149 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what modelling has been undertaken to quantify cost savings that could be made if significant reductions in water leakage from mains pipes were made.

S2W-1150 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what attempts Scottish Water has made to reduce water leakage from mains pipes.

S2W-1151 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much water would be saved per day if Scottish Water reduced its water leakage levels from mains pipes to the average of (a) English and (b) Welsh water companies.

S2W-1152 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of Scottish Water’s planned new investment would not be required if it reduced its water leakage levels from mains pipes to the average of (a) English and (b) Welsh water companies.

S2W-1153 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reduction in running costs would be if Scottish Water reduced its water leakage levels from mains pipes to the average of (a) English and (b) Welsh water companies.

S2W-1166 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water is making adequate progress towards achieving the efficiency savings identified in the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland’s Strategic Review of Charges 2002-06.

S2W-1167 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken by Scottish Water in the next two years to meet the revenue cap identified in the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland’s Strategic Review of Charges 2002-06.

S2W-1168 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how Scottish Water compares with (a) English and (b) Welsh water companies in respect of operational efficiency.

S2W-1169 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what planned major infrastructure projects have been delayed because of Scottish Water having been unable to provide an adequate service to the site of the project and when water and sewerage services will be provided on these sites, broken down by structure plan area.

S2W-1170 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions Scottish Water has had with local authorities and Scottish Enterprise to identify key development sites where the provision of water and sewerage services is a crucial precondition for those projects being taken forward and which sites have been discussed.

S2W-1171 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the development of any hospitals, or additional hospital facilities, has been delayed owing to an inadequate provision of water and sewerage services.

S2W-1172 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new areas have gained access to broadband technology facilities over the last year, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S2W-1173 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it will introduce as part of workforce planning within the NHS in order to enable equal access across Scotland to free eye and dental checks for all, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1174 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposed assessment of the reasons for the shortfall in the number of dentists, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, will create the need for a new workforce plan for dentistry, updated from the plan produced in February 2002.

S2W-1175 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what post-marketing research is available on the efficacy of, and any adverse reactions to, ReFacto, a synthetic Factor VIII product.

S2W-1176 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome was of the negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy.

S2W-1177Δ Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the location of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and what plans it has to take forward the charity law agenda.

S2W-1178Δ Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on exclusion from, and violence and disruptive behaviour in, schools.

S2W-1179Δ Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome was of the Common Agricultural Policy reform negotiations at the Agriculture Council on 25 and 26 June 2003.

S2W-1180 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the establishment of the expert group on prostitution.

S2W-1181 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on light pollution.

S2W-1182 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is given to local authorities regarding the installation or replacement of street lights and reducing light pollution.

S2W-1183 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce unnecessary night lighting such as decorative flood lighting, shop lights, lighting on advertising boards and sports floodlighting.

S2W-1184 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation to control light pollution.

S2W-1185 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out into light pollution and its effects.

S2W-1186 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in response to representations made in January 2003 on the condition of Glen Diomhan National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Arran.

S2W-1187 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department for Work and Pensions about the reasons for not paying attendance allowance to self-funding residents in care homes who would receive the allowance if resident in their own homes.

S2W-1188 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it has had in Scottish Water's proposals for a sewage treatment plant at Millport, Isle of Cumbrae; what its position is on the amount of local concern in respect of the level of consultation undertaken by Scottish Water on the matter and in relation to the accuracy of certain aspects of the case presented by Scottish Water to North Ayrshire Council with regard to its planning application, and whether the Executive would be prepared to call in this planning application in order to ensure that every aspect of the application can be investigated and the public of the Isle of Cumbrae can have confidence in the decision reached.

S2W-1189 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the school infrastructure within the Inverclyde Council area is of an acceptable standard to provide a modern and congenial environment for children and staff.

S2W-1190 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the negotiations between local authority assessors and members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors are now complete; if so, whether hotels in Scotland have been assessed at higher valuations than hotels in England and, if so, by how much.

S2W-1191 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the revised disciplinary framework for teachers agreed by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers on 27 February 2003 is being uniformly applied by education authorities.

S2W-1192 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the application of the revised disciplinary framework for teachers agreed by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers on 27 February 2003.

S2W-1193 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive which education authorities have not revised the details of their disciplinary procedures for teachers following the revised disciplinary framework agreed by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers on 27 February 2003.

S2W-1194 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor procedures used by education authorities in relation to disciplining, removing or transferring head teachers.

S2W-1195 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor breaches by education authorities in the spirit and practice of the revised disciplinary procedures for teachers agreed by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers on 27 February 2003.

S2W-1196 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor action taken by education authorities to protect promoted school staff from victimisation by their subordinates.

S2W-1198 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it is conducting into the spread of sea lice.

S2W-1199 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce regulations to combat the spread of sea lice.

S2W-1200 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the spread of sea lice is an important factor in determining the location of new fish farms.

S2W-1201 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received on the spread of sea lice as an important factor in determining the location of new fish farms.

S2W-1202 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that the spread of sea lice will threaten wild sea trout and salmon stocks and pose a risk to the tourism industry and jobs.

S2W-1203 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its criteria are for gathering statistics at local and national levels across the range of its responsibilities.

S2W-1204 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms exist for reviewing its criteria for gathering statistics at local and national levels across the range of its responsibilities.

S2W-1205 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the status is of the agreement between it and the Regional Government of Tuscany, announced in its news release SEfm196/2003 of 19 June 2003, and, in particular, whether there are any penalties associated with non-compliance with any provision of the agreement.

S2W-1206 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the practice of retaining organs from deceased children without the permission of their next of kin has ceased.

S2W-1207 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal provisions prevent or deter hospitals retaining organs without the permission of their next of kin in hospitals.

S2W-1208 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recommendations of the Review Group on the Retention of Organs at Post-Mortem have been implemented.

S2W-1209 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of organs retained in hospitals was brains in each of the last 10 years and what factors lead to the proportion being what it was.

S2W-1210 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) brains and (b) other organs were retained by hospitals in each of the last 12 months.

S2W-1211 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken by the NHS and hospitals in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area to ensure that any retained organs are given proper burials.

S2W-1212 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how long the proposed study of the pattern of services provided by voluntary organisations that support families in transition, as referred to in Parents and Children, will take from design to conclusion and whether, in order to facilitate as a matter of urgency the stable and adequate funding of voluntary organisations, it will initiate this study in advance of the introduction or passing of any family law bill, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1213 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals it has heard in respect of phone masts and how many such appeals have been upheld.

S2W-1214 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the investigation into the Holyrood building project, led by Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, will have the power to summon witnesses.

S2W-1215 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-651 by Allan Wilson on 18 June 2003, why the level of grant available for short rotation coppice under the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme is reduced in respect of land set aside as part of the Arable Area Payment Scheme.

S2W-1216 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the concerns of potential producers of short rotation coppice (SRC) in relation to the level of forestry commission grant available for SRC in Scotland being lower than that available in England for SRC when combined with funding under the Energy Crops Scheme.

S2W-1217 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether potential producers of short rotation coppice (SRC) are at a competitive disadvantage compared with potential producers in England owing to the level of forestry commission grant available in Scotland for SRC being lower than that available in England for SRC when combined with funding under the Energy Crop Scheme.

S2W-1218 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a scheme equivalent to the Energy Crops Scheme.

S2W-1219 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to separate support for short rotation coppice from the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme and treat it as an arable crop.

S2W-1220 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the development of biomass renewable energy crops has in its overall renewable energy strategy.

S2W-1221 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a reference group has been established to inform the consultation process for the draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill similar to the Mental Health Legislation Reference Group.

S2W-1222 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of co-ordinated support plans will be on children in special educational schools.

S2W-1223 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many records of needs have been opened since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-1224 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of opening records of needs in (a) each local authority area and (b) Scotland.

S2W-1225 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or instructions it has issued to GPs on publicising the availability of mercury-free injections for children and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-1226 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking directly, or indirectly, to publicise the availability of mercury-free injections for children and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-1227 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many live (a) sheep and lambs and (b) pigs were exported in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002 for (1) slaughter, (2) further fattening and (3) breeding, broken down by destination country.

S2W-1228 David McLetchie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether any IT system or other technology being installed in the new Holyrood building is wireless and, if so, to what extent.

S2W-1229 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government about the estimated loss of 20 million attendance allowance to self-funding care home residents in Scotland since the introduction of free personal care in 2002.

S2W-1230 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in respect of self-funding care home residents who are not entitled to attendance allowance in addition to free personal care, given that residents in their own homes are entitled to it.

 

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