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Section E : Written questions lodged
Section F : Motions and Amendments
Section G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
Section H : New Documents
Section K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 104 / 2003

Monday 4th August 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged from 28th July to 1st August 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-1611 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Presiding Officer what the overspend on the new Parliament building has been in each year since 1999 and which budget sub-head has met this overspend.

S2W-1690 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce civil partnerships.

S2W-1691 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce legislation to establish the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

S2W-1692 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when Education (Public Records) (Scotland) Regulations, to be made under section 4 of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Educational Records) (Scotland) Act 2002, will come into effect.

S2W-1693 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the minutes of any meetings of its Cabinet at which the relocation of the Scottish Natural Heritage headquarters was discussed and any Cabinet memoranda and papers that explain the reasoning behind the decision to relocate the headquarters to Inverness.

S2W-1694 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-915 by Nicol Stephen on 21 July 2003, whether it has any estimates of the capital cost of each transport infrastructure project and, if so, what these estimates are, and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

S2W-1695 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to regulate work undertaken by utility companies on trunk and non-trunk roads and what the likely timescale is for the implementation of any such plans.

S2W-1696 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reach a decision on the options submitted by NHS boards proposing the closure of consultant-led maternity units.

S2W-1697 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reach a decision on the option submitted by Argyll and Clyde NHS Board, if the option of centralising maternity services is agreed on 29 July 2003 at the meeting at Dykebar Hospital.

S2W-1698 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what proportion of, drink-driving cases reported to procurators fiscal have been prosecuted.

S2W-1699 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines exist to ensure that items of food and drink identified by dieticians as being unhealthy for patients who have undergone particular clinical procedures, or have certain medical conditions, are not accessible to such patients in NHS hospitals.

S2W-1700 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what nutritional standards there are for food served in care homes, hospitals, day centres and prisons.

S2W-1701 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7260 by Mr Jack McConnell on 4 October 2000, how many documents it published in August 2000 and, of these, how many bore the heading "Making it Work Together", and how much each document cost to produce.

S2W-1702 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to support the availability of healthy food of good quality for vulnerable people.

S2W-1703 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-34889 and S2W-111 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 31 March and 21 July 2003 respectively, which sheriff court districts were not included in the data provided in the answer to question S1W-34889 because of the upgrading of the computer system in Glasgow.

S2W-1704 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-236 by Jim Wallace on 19 June 2003, how the 2 million to encourage articulation between the further and higher education sectors will be used.

S2W-1705 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how any reduction in NHS waiting lists in Scotland compares to any reduction in NHS waiting lists in England and Wales.

S2W-1706 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the rise in the number of people experiencing waiting times of 26 weeks or more and 52 weeks or more in clinics in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area over the last three years.

S2W-1707 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is to reduce NHS waiting times.

S2W-1708 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations exist in respect of the late payment of business rates.

S2W-1709 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses have been allocated extra time to pay their business rates for 2002-03 and what the average length of additional time allowed was for such payment.

S2W-1710 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how any shortfall in income from business rates for 2002-03 was made up.

S2W-1711 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it is considering providing in regard to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s waste management and recycling PPP project and what conditions it will place on the awarding of any such funds.

S2W-1712 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now expects to make its final decision regarding Dumfries and Galloway Council’s waste management and recycling PPP project.

S2W-1713 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any outstanding planning issues in regard to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s waste management and recycling PPP project and, if so, what the nature of these issues is and when they will be resolved.

S2W-1714 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its contract with eTourism Ltd contains performance criteria to cover the technical integrity of visitscotland.com.

S2W-1715 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-704 by Mr Tom McCabe on 27 June 2003, when the information sought on psychiatric specialist posts will be provided and placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-1716 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive for how long farmers contracted to grow GM oilseed rape during Her Majesty's Government's field-scale evaluation (FSE) programme are legally required to prevent any GM material from entering the supply chain and whether, in the case of tenanted land involved in the FSE trials, any such legal obligation is binding on a landlord and successor tenants in the event of the original farmer ceasing to be the tenant.

S2W-1717 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the fully-developed proposals and draft road orders for the proposed on-line upgrade of the A80.

S2W-1718 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the budget for the proposed on-line upgrade of the A80 will deal specifically with any groundworks difficulties, or old mine workings, on the proposed route.

S2W-1719 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many domestic dwellings will have to be demolished as a result of the on-line upgrade of the A80.

S2W-1720 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the environmental impact statement on the proposed on-line upgrade of the A80.

S2W-1721 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a comparator, based on any real or hypothetical alternative route, in its environmental impact statement relating to the proposed on-line upgrade of the A80.

S2W-1722 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many towns are currently bisected by a motorway, or have proposals for such a scheme at any stage of development.

S2W-1723 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation to address the issue of sexual grooming, similar to clause 17 of the Sexual Offenders Bill currently before the UK Parliament.

S2W-1724 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide additional funds so that South Lanarkshire Council does not close Craighead special needs school in Hamilton, in light of its commitment to the provision of special needs schools, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-1725 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to provide a mediation and tribunal service, give parents and carers a greater say in the education and support provision for their child and introduce flexibility to make sure that a child’s education takes place in a setting and with support that best meets their needs, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1726 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will bring forward legislation to end "bureaucratic hurdles" faced by children with additional support for learning needs, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1727 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage diversity and permit local authorities to fund specialist schools, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1728 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that gifted children have the opportunity to fulfil their talents, with appropriate access to national initiatives giving support in drama, music, sport or academic pursuits, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1729 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive which areas of healthcare policy are not addressed in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1730 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding assistance for the Peterhead economy following the downgrading of RAF Buchan and the decommissioning of fishing vessels based at Peterhead.

S2W-1731 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for reducing the risk factors associated with strokes and, in particular, in respect of atrial fibrillation, raised cholesterol and high blood pressure.

S2W-1732 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in each of the last three years.

S2W-1733 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients are receiving (a) warfarin and (b) aspirin on prescription and how many of these patients have atrial fibrillation.

S2W-1734 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to set scientifically-based maximum safety limits for food supplement preparations.

S2W-1735 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce hearing screening for newborn babies in every NHS board area.

S2W-1736 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all public service staff interfacing with the public have access to deaf awareness training and, if not, what plans it has to introduce such training.

S2W-1737 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been provided to each NHS board for the treatment of patients who were residents of another NHS board area in each year since 1999.

S2W-1738 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34474 by Malcolm Chisholm on 13 March 2003, how often arrangements have been made by each NHS board for the funding of out-of-area treatment for patients and what plans it has to review these arrangements in order to meet waiting time guarantees.

S2W-1739 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33751 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 February 2003, what plans it has to review the status of Yorkhill Hospital NHS Trust following the proposed abolition of NHS trusts.

S2W-1740 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were treated in each NHS board area from the true waiting list in each quarter since June 1999.

S2W-1741 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new patients were added to the true waiting list in each NHS board area in each quarter since June 1999.

S2W-1742 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new patients were added to the deferred waiting list in each NHS board area in each quarter since June 1999.

S2W-1743 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients from the deferred waiting list were treated in each NHS board area in each quarter since June 1999.

S2W-1744 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what the responsibilities of the (a) Care Commission, (b) local firemaster and (c) registered care or nursing home manager are in determining the pipe size and water hydrant pressure requirements in care and nursing homes.

S2W-1745 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the National Farmers’ Union Scotland urging that the Executive make payments of interest on IACS payments to farmers whose set-aside land has been down to grass and whether it will ensure that Scottish farmers are treated in the same way as farmers in England and Wales in respect of such payments.

S2W-1746 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of housing homeless people in (a) bed and breakfast accommodation, (b) local authority-owned property, (c) hostels and (d) other temporary accommodation has been in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority.

S2W-1747 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will implement its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared by all communities.

S2W-1748 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to meet its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to reduce the gap in unemployment rates between the worst 10% of areas and the Scottish average by 2006.

S2W-1749 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to meet its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to regenerate those communities that suffer from persistently high levels of unemployment.

S2W-1750 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many government jobs were dispersed to Greenock and Inverclyde from 1999 to 2003 to date and how many such jobs will be dispersed to these areas from now to 2006.

S2W-1751 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how businesses in Greenock and Inverclyde will benefit from its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to encourage business expansion through the continued use of Regional Selective Assistance, the Scottish Co-investment Fund and the new Business Start-Up Fund.

S2W-1752 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will focus its continued efforts, through Scottish Development International, to encourage inward investment on areas of persistently high unemployment, in line with its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1753 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how companies in Greenock and Inverclyde will be able to work with it to increase their investment in research and development, in line with its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1754 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits will accrue to the Greenock and Inverclyde economy from the fulfilling of its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to extend broadband connectivity to every area of Scotland.

S2W-1755 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether regenerating and making full use of the lower Clyde forms part of its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to realise the potential of Glasgow.

S2W-1756 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the eligibility criteria for student bursaries, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1757 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will increase the family income ceiling for student bursaries, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1758 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop partnerships between educational institutions and business in Greenock and Inverclyde, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1759 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will increase the number of modern apprenticeships and training opportunities that are available in Greenock and Inverclyde, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1760 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how Greenock and Inverclyde will benefit from the planned 16% increase in higher and further education funding by 2006, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1761 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the proposed merger of the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, will have on James Watt College, Greenock.

S2W-1762 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for the introduction of the improved Individual Learning Account scheme and Business Learning Accounts, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1763 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will operate pilot projects in Greenock and Inverclyde of any new initiatives as a result of its report Determined to Succeed: A Review of Enterprise in Education, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1764 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will achieve its goal of encouraging local authorities to give school pupils the opportunity to experience enterprise initiatives at first hand in Inverclyde, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1765 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed Lifelong Learning Forum will be established and what information is available on its role and structure, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1766 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide childcare support for those in work, training or education in Greenock and Inverclyde, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1767 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in implementing its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to ensure that the transport system meets the needs of business, transport users and the environment by extending public transport concessionary fare schemes, including a national free off-peak bus scheme for older people and people with disabilities; what meetings it has had, or plans to have, with key stakeholders, including bus operators and transport authorities, on this matter, and when such meetings will be concluded.

S2W-1768 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support establishment of a special EU designation for regions that are characterised by being mountainous, peripheral and sparsely populated and, if so, what steps it will take to campaign for such a designation.

S2W-1769 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that the Highlands and Islands will continue to receive regional development aid after the expiry of the existing budget and whether there have been any meetings between ministers and (a) European Commissioners and (b) European Commission officials since June 1999 on this issue and, if so, on what dates such meetings took place.

S2W-1770 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patient places are available with NHS registered dentists in each NHS board area.

S2W-1771 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that all NHS trusts and boards are complying with the Accounts Commission’s guidance on the use of bank and agency nursing staff.

S2W-1772 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all NHS trusts and boards have confirmed that they are complying with the Accounts Commission’s guidance on the expenditure on, and management of, agency nurses.

S2W-1773 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses have been employed by the NHS in each year since 1999-2000 and, of these, how many were (a) agency and (b) bank nurses.

S2W-1774 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of any interest lost as a result of late payments of business rates for 2002-03.

S2W-1775Δ Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Registrar General for Scotland will publish his Annual Report for 2002.

S2W-1776Δ Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult on the regulations and guidance to improve throughcare and aftercare services for young people who cease to be looked after by local authorities.

S2W-1777 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1214 by Mr Jack McConnell on 17 July 2003, by what means Lord Fraser will secure the co-operation of those witnesses whom he wishes to question in relation to the inquiry into the Holyrood building project if they refuse to co-operate and whether he will make public the names of any, or all, non-co-operative witnesses.

S2W-1778 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Communities Scotland invested in (a) urban and (b) rural housing in each year from 1996-97 to 2002-03 in real terms and what its planned investment is in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.

S2W-1779 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much private investment (a) housing associations or co-operatives for rented housing, (b) housing associations or co-operatives for low-cost home ownership and (c) other housing providers grant-funded by Communities Scotland attracted in real terms in each year from 1992-93 to 2002-03.

S2W-1780 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the administration costs of (a) Scottish Homes and (b) Communities Scotland have been in each year since 1998-99.

S2W-1781 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, births in 2002 were planned home births, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-1782 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women who planned home births were delivered in hospital in 2002 and, of these, how many women disagreed with the decision to give birth in hospital, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-1783 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planned home births were not possible in 2002 due to staff shortages or rotas, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-1784 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive which projects are receiving funding through the Supporting People scheme and how much funding each project has received.

S2W-1785 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been made available to each of the 22 projects it has approved for pipeline funding under the Supporting People scheme.

S2W-1786 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the 8 million for audiology services announced on 5 February 2003 will be spent on the introduction of digital hearing aids and whether this money will be ring-fenced.

S2W-1787 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-468 by Cathy Jamieson on 10 June 2003, how many prosecutions have taken place under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in each year since 1997 and how much was levied in fines.

S2W-1788 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15862 by Angus Mackay on 5 June 2001, how much of its material was sent for recycling in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 and what future targets for recycling its material it has set.

S2W-1789 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its water services bill.

S2W-1790 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the 250,000 announced on 25 July 2003 to tackle fly-tipping will be allocated to each local authority.

S2W-1791 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each of its departments spent on staff travel and accommodation in each year since 1999.

S2W-1792 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of households live in rural poverty and what measurements it uses to define rural poverty.

S2W-1793 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the amount of affordable housing available.

S2W-1794 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether salaried dentists may be appointed when there is no provision of NHS dental services within reasonable access in the Scottish Borders.

S2W-1795 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made for salaried dentists in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02, (d) 2002-03 and (e) 2003-04 to date and what percentage of these applications has been approved, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-1796 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what statutory duties NHS boards have to provide NHS dental services.

S2W-1797 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what remedies there are to patients who lose access to NHS dental services and are offered the option of purchasing dental services as private patients.

S2W-1798 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29466 by Malcolm Chisholm on 14 October 2002, how much of the 36 million for the modernisation and improvement of general practitioner and dental services was allocated to dental services and for what purposes this allocation was made.

S2W-1799 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend drug treatment and testing orders to cover alcohol misuse.

S2W-1800 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the misuse of alcohol is addressed in the new GP contracts.

S2W-1801 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive on which road locations in Aberdeenshire fatal and serious road accidents have been recorded in each year since 1999.

S2W-1802 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on the care of elderly people in 2002-03; of this, how much was spent on the care of elderly people specifically as a result of the introduction of free personal care and how much it estimates will be spent on such care in 2003-04 and any subsequent years for which it has made estimates.

S2W-1803 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend concessionary travel schemes for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

S2W-1804 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS 24 regarding specialist diabetic advice.

S2W-1805 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale it has set to implement the recommendations of the Scottish Transplant Group’s report An Organ Donation Strategy for Scotland and how it will evaluate the success of the strategy.

S2W-1806 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what body was appointed as external auditor to the Care Commission and what role that body will take in the external review into the operational procedures of the commission.

S2W-1807 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources and guidelines it has given to local authorities in respect of the provision of support for any service provider subject to a complaint investigation by the Care Commission.

S2W-1808 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers have been given to the Convener of the Care Commission under the terms of the Scheme of Delegation.

S2W-1809 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what reallocation of funds has been made, or spent, from funds earmarked for hosting the European Football Championships in 2008.

 

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