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Business Bulletin No. 105/2003

Monday 11 August 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged from 4 to 8 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S2W-1810 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Galas and Events on the Trunk Road Network: Draft Guidance to Organisers is being implemented in Dumfries and Galloway only and, if so, what the reasons are for this position.

S2W-1811 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation initiated the production of Galas and Events on the Trunk Road Network: Draft Guidance to Organisers.

S2W-1812 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reimburse Dumfries and Galloway Council, or the organisers of galas and events in Dumfries and Galloway, for the costs incurred in implementing Galas and Events on the Trunk Road Network: Draft Guidance to Organisers in respect of the closure of trunk roads.

S2W-1813 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27752 by Iain Gray on 15 August 2002, what the current status is of the Rethinking Construction Panel and the Core Industry Group.

S2W-1814 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current status is of the Modernising Construction initiative and how this initiative will relate to the recent formation of Construction Excellence as a UK body.

S2W-1815 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding to instal defibrillators in shopping malls and supermarkets in line with the action taken by Her Majesty's Government and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-1816 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether hypertrophic cardiomyopathy will be made a notifiable disease so that all cases must be identified and statistics of its incidence produced.

S2W-1817 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) junior, (b) staff and (c) registrar grade NHS accident and emergency doctors have been (i) recruited and (ii) employed in each NHS board area in each of last three years.

S2W-1818 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there have been for (a) junior, (b) staff and (c) registrar grade NHS accident and emergency doctors in each NHS board area in each of the last three years.

S2W-1819 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any communications from any organisation regarding the effect that the withdrawal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 may have on non-fully-mutual housing co-operatives and, if so, from which organisations such communications have been received.

S2W-1820 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered non-fully-mutual housing co-operatives there are.

S2W-1821 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-fully-mutual housing co-operatives have applied to alter their status to become a housing association or a fully-mutual housing co-operative since 1 May 1999 and, of these, how many have made such a change, giving dates of application and change of status in each case.

S2W-1822 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many housing associations and co-operatives received grants under section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 and what the total cash value of such grants was in each year.

S2W-1823 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to supporting single sellers' surveys for house purchases and sales.

S2W-1824 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when its commitment to allow the provision of digital hearing aids and support on a routine basis where they are the most clinically effective option will be delivered, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1825 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action against NHS boards that do not meet its objective of providing digital hearing aids and support on a routine basis where they are the most clinically effective option, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1826 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding the proposed traffic management bill.

S2W-1827 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its role is in (a) granting, (b) funding and (c) monitoring public service obligation tenders and services.

S2W-1828 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on the implementation of its nursing bank arrangements to reduce the use of agency nurses, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1829 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish a national NHS agency to reduce the use of agency and bank nurses and, if so, when it will be established.

S2W-1830 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted by Her Majesty's Government about the economic and social impact of any proposed reduction in Scotland's six remaining infantry regiments and, in particular, whether Her Majesty's Government has had any discussions with the Executive about the future of the Highlanders Regiment.

S2W-1831 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff are involved in maritime issues, broken down by department, division, branch and remit.

S2W-1832 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will create opportunities for new products manufactured from waste, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1833 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in increasing, and encouraging the enforcement of, penalties in respect of litter, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1834 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist local authorities to meet the target in A Partnership for a Better Scotland of recycling 25% of waste by 2006.

S2W-1835 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on proposals to allow registered social landlords to self-certify houses in multiple occupation and when it will report on these proposals.

S2W-1836 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when regional advisory committees will be established following the recent Common Fisheries Policy review.

S2W-1837 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the number of donated human organs and whether it is considering the introduction of an opt-out system to increase such donations.

S2W-1838 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that it will not consider adopting the powers currently being considered for adoption by the Department for Transport as part of a proposed traffic management bill until a full assessment of any impact that the bill would have on the telecommunications industry and the roll-out of broadband has been undertaken.

S2W-1839 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has in negotiations at European Union and European Commission level on maritime issues and what meetings it has attended on such issues with the (a) European Union, (b) European Commission and (c) International Maritime Organisation, detailing its role at, and the nature of, such meetings.

S2W-1840 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) pensioners and (b) children in (i) Scotland and (ii) each parliamentary constituency have lived in households with an income below half the UK average in each year since 1999.

S2W-1841 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, or intends to take, to reduce the incidence of ragwort poisoning on roadside verges.

S2W-1842 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on local authority housing, including repairs and new build, in each local authority area in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-01, (e) 2001-02 and (f) 2002-03.

S2W-1843 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in discussions with Her Majesty's Government regarding the Executive's proposed compensation scheme for patients infected through contaminated blood products.

S2W-1844 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposed compensation scheme for patients infected through contaminated blood products will include patients infected with cytomegalovirus.

S2W-1845 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the position of non-fully-mutual housing co-operatives in relation to the withdrawal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988.

S2W-1846 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the working group established to examine the implications for housing associations of the withdrawal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 considered the particular circumstances of non-fully-mutual housing co-operatives.

S2W-1847 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the non-fully-mutual housing co-operative model for registered social landlords.

S2W-1848 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make particular provision in respect of non-fully-mutual housing co-operatives in light of the withdrawal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988.

S2W-1849 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much council tax was collected by each local authority in each of the last five years and what percentage this represented of council tax due.

S2W-1850 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the facilities used by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) at the Kings Buildings campus of the University of Edinburgh can only be sold to Edinburgh University; if so, under what terms, and whether the buildings will be valued independently of the SAC and the university.

S2W-1851 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will maintain the present year's Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments at the total of 63 million paid out last year; what representations it has received on this issue, and whether it will make an announcement on the matter.

S2W-1852 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1113 by Malcolm Chisholm on 17 July 2003 and for each of the drugs granted UK marketing authorisations since 1 June 2002, which drugs have been given approval by the Scottish Medicines Consortium and, of these, how many were given approval for use (a) in all and (b) in certain circumstances.

S2W-1853 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1113 by Malcolm Chisholm on 17 July 2003, whether any NHS boards have procedures in place for introducing new drugs granted UK marketing authorisation into their formularies other than by receiving advice from the Scottish Medicines Consortium and, if so, what each such procedure involves.

S2W-1854 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue its proposed new guidance in relation to the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry.

S2W-1855 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been received by the NHS from the pharmaceutical industry in each year since 1999.

S2W-1856 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is mainstreaming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality issues into its activities and those of its agencies and how the effectiveness of such mainstreaming is measured and monitored.

S2W-1857 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each of its departments (a) spent in 2002-03 and (b) plans to spend in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05 on advertising and marketing, broken down by month and media type.

S2W-1858 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make any representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the allocation of responsibilities between Her Majesty's Government and it in respect of immigration matters and their impact on the Executive's responsibilities.

S2W-1859 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Presiding Officer what powers the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has to amend, withhold or remove a staff member's entitlement to pension benefits from Civil Service pension funds; to which pension funds these powers apply, and in what circumstances such powers would be exercised.

S2W-1860 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to amend, withhold or remove a civil servant's entitlement to pension benefits from Civil Service pension funds; to which pension funds these powers apply, and in what circumstances such powers would be exercised.

S2W-1861 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has any plans to compensate any staff whose personal pension payments and arrangements have been adversely affected by the decision to withdraw from the direct debit scheme and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-1862 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has any plans to apologise formally to any staff, whose personal pension payments and arrangements have been adversely affected by the decision to withdraw from the direct debit scheme, in respect of the decision on this matter and any lack of consultation.

S2W-1863 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, which pension providers (a) responded and (b) did not respond to the correspondence sent to them relating to the ending of the direct debit scheme.

S2W-1864 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, what the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body considers its responsibility to be in relation to the communication of matters, and decisions that it takes, directly affecting staff employed by MSPs and what methods of communication are in place to ensure that such staff are appropriately informed of, and consulted on, such matters and decisions.

S2W-1865 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, what steps the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is taking to address the issues relating to its inability to meet its obligations in relation to compliance with Occupational Pensions Regulator regulations in order that the reintroduction of the direct debit scheme can be considered.

S2W-1866 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, how many staff have been affected by the decision of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to withdraw from the direct debit scheme.

S2W-1867 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the answers to questions S2W-1566, S2W-1567, S2W-1568 and S2W-1569 by Duncan McNeil on 6 August 2003, what steps the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body took to inform MSPs, as employers, of the impact its decision to withdraw from the direct debit scheme would have on their staffs' pension payments.

S2W-1868 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33964 by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 February 2003, whether the maximum limit of 5% of contract price for performance revenue deduction, as referred to in the second paragraph of Schedule F to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock, has been applied in the first two quarters of 2003.

S2W-1869 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-34453 and S2W-50 by Mr Jim Wallace on 24 February and Cathy Jamieson on 5 June 2003 respectively, what the quarterly baseline total, as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule F of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock, was in the first quarter of the performance year 2003-04.

S2W-1870 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-31154 and S1W-33899 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 November 2002 and 18 February 2003 respectively, what performance-related revenue deductions were incurred under the contract to operate HM Prison Kilmarnock by the prison's operator in the quarters January to March and April to June 2003.

S2W-1871 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-25983 and S1W-32815 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 May 2002 and 13 January 2003 respectively, what information it has on the investigation by the police and whether the operators of HM Prison Kilmarnock are likely to accrue performance points in respect of that incident.

S2W-1872 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown by prison of the figures contained in the table in Appendix 6 of the Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03.

S2W-1873 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides for adults with learning disabilities who wish to remain in their own home.

S2W-1874 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what support local authorities are statutorily required to provide for adults with learning disabilities who wish to remain in their own home.

S2W-1875 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it expects local authorities to provide for adults with learning difficulties who wish to remain in their own home.

S2W-1876 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will alter the support provision for adults with learning difficulties who wish to remain in their own home.

S2W-1877 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure continuing support for people with learning disabilities whose carers are (a) 65 or over and (b) 70 or over.

S2W-1878 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to alter the balance in spending on learning disability services and, in particular, whether it will move the emphasis of such spending away from hospitals.

S2W-1879 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards the foundation of a Scottish centre for learning disability, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1880 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards elimination of long-stay hospital places, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1881 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards the provision of specialist healthcare, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1882 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards providing less formal day care, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1883 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards providing more day opportunities in education, leisure and employment, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1884 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards ensuring that there is an increasing range of employment opportunities, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1885 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards ensuring that more children are educated in mainstream schools, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1886 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards ensuring the provision of mainstream health services, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1887 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards ensuring the provision of mainstream social care services, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1888 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards ensuring the provision of mainstream education services, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1889 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards ensuring the provision of mainstream employment services, as referred to in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1890 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to measure progress for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1891 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned a quality of life survey for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1892 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it is undertaking into the needs of people with learning disabilities.

S2W-1893 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that best practice in dealing with people with learning disabilities is shared amongst local authorities.

S2W-1894 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Audit Scotland's assessment in Moving to Mainstream: The inclusion of people with special educational needs in mainstream schools, whether mainstreaming does not work for every pupil with special educational needs; whether parents of children with special educational needs should have the option of their child not being mainstreamed, and whether this option exists for such parents.

S2W-1895 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many male prisoners have been sexually assaulted in each prison in each of the last five years.

S2W-1896 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in relation to the role of open source software in public sector IT procurement and what guidance it issues to public bodies on this matter.

S2W-1897 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on Microsoft software licenses in each of the last three financial years.

S2W-1898 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Presiding Officer how much the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body has spent on Microsoft software licences for the Parliament's IT systems.

S2W-1899 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the principles of open source are included in the teaching of IT and programming and, if so, how these principles are included.

S2W-1900 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the use of proprietary and non-proprietary document formats where such documents are to be made publicly available and what guidance it issues to public bodies on this matter.

S2W-1901 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines are in place on the preparation, form and publication of Care Commission reports.

S2W-1902 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had sight of the Care Commission's inspection report on Glenview Young People's Unit, Galashiels.

S2W-1903 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive where the Care Commission report on Glenview Young People's Unit, Galashiels, dated 29 May 2003, can be accessed.

S2W-1904 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Care Commission report on Glenview Young People's Unit Galashiels, dated 29 May 2003, differs from the commission's report dated 3 March 2003.

S2W-1905 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures the Care Commission follows when it has made an inspection of a young people's residential unit.

S2W-1906 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many assaults on (a) staff and (b) other young people and incidents involving (i) staff and (ii) other young people were recorded in young people's residential units in each year from 1999-2000 to 2002-03, in total and broken down by residential unit.

S2W-1907 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics it has on the incidence of staff long-term sickness in young people's residential units.

S2W-1908 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the conditions for staff and young people at Glenview Young People's Unit, Galashiels, in light of recent inspection reports.

S2W-1909 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to intervene following any critical inspection report by the Care Commission.

S2W-1910 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Borders Council has at any time expressed any concerns, or made any representations, concerning Glenview Young People's Unit, Galashiels.

S2W-1911 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to attract consultants to the NHS from other parts of the UK and abroad in each year since May 1997; what success it has had in attracting such consultants, and in what disciplines it has attracted them.

S2W-1912 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the process and timescale will be for ministerial consideration of the decision by Argyll and Clyde NHS Board on 29 July 2003 to reorganise maternity services.

S2W-1913 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will identify the 'risks', as referred to by executive directors at the Argyll and Clyde NHS Board meeting on 29 July 2003 in the context of justification of the siting of consultant-led maternity services at Paisley as an alternative to enabling women to access consultant-led services in Glasgow, particularly in the Queen Mother Hospital, and whether such 'risks' are clinical or administrative

S2W-1914 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings were held by Argyll and Clyde NHS Board with Greater Glasgow NHS Board in relation to the review of maternity services; what the names and designations were of those present at the meetings; what issues were discussed, and what specific conclusions were agreed by both boards.

S2W-1915 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects NHS boards to work across administrative boundaries in the delivery of services, in the interest of patients, and, if so, how it monitors compliance with this approach.

S2W-1916 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what influence local communities and patients have in any consultation with local health boards and in what circumstances, if an overwhelming view is expressed by a local community, that view can be ignored.

S2W-1917 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its decision on the outline business case put forward by Forth Valley NHS Board for the selection of the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert, as the site of the proposed new acute hospital for Forth Valley.

S2W-1918 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the repayment of loans granted by Scottish Enterprise to businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S2W-1919 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for prosecution of businesses that default on loans granted by Scottish Enterprise to businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S2W-1920 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct Scottish Enterprise to stop the prosecution of businesses that default on the repayment of loans granted by Scottish Enterprise to businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

S2W-1921 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the terms of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 apply to the children of asylum seekers.

S2W-1922 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the terms of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 are overridden by the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

S2W-1923 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it first received the report of the Nicholson Committee on licensing; whether it previously received the report in draft and, if so, on what date or dates, and when the report will now be published.

S2W-1924 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to reform licensing laws and, in particular, whether it will simplify the number and types of licence and alter the frequency of meetings of licensing boards from quarterly to a less frequent schedule.

S2W-1925 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care has had, and continues to have, with Dungavel House immigration removal centre.

S2W-1926 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement the Social Work Services Inspectorate has had, and continues to have, with Dungavel House immigration removal centre.

S2W-1927 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33601 by Ms Margaret Curran on 11 February 2003, whether the Home Secretary has yet consulted it regarding the siting of accommodation centres in Scotland.

S2W-1928 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents there were that resulted in death or injury to cyclists in the last three years in each police force area, broken down into accidents that resulted in (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) slight injuries, expressed as a ratio to population in each area.

S2W-1929 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent in each of the last three years on promoting road safety, specifically amongst (a) motorists, (b) cyclists, (c) motorcyclists and (d) pedestrians.

S2W-1930 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated for cycle routes by each local authority in each of the last three years, expressed also on a per capita basis.

S2W-1931 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to promote cycling, and what budgets have been allocated for this purpose, in each of the last four years and what further steps and budget allocations are planned in the next three years.

S2W-1932 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent average waiting times are for out-patient appointments for neurology in each NHS board area.

S2W-1933 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it offers any financial support for research on multiple sclerosis and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-1934 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a policy on the provision of respite care for non-elderly disabled people.

S2W-1935 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the balance is between it and Her Majesty's Government in the funding of research into the causes of, and potential cures or relief of pain for, multiple sclerosis.

S2W-1936 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will take action to make payments to those suffering from HIV and hepatitis C through blood transfusions.

S2W-1937 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funds will be made available to ensure that every secondary school is equipped with a swimming pool, following the statement by the First Minister on 7 August 2003 in news release SEfm145/2003 on the provision of opportunities for everyone, regardless of their age, or ability, to participate in sport.

S2W-1938 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) gynaecologists, (b) obstetricians and (c) paediatricians have qualified as consultants in the NHS in each year since 1995.

S2W-1939 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors in each of the last two years have been studying to become consultants in the NHS in (a) gynaecology, (b) obstetrics and (c) paediatrics.

S2W-1940 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors it estimates will become consultants in (a) gynaecology, (b) obstetrics and (c) paediatrics in each of the next five years.

S2W-1941 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the maternity services review was in each NHS board in respect of (a) designing and carrying out the review and (b) the consultation process, broken down into expenditure categories such as salaries and transport.

S2W-1942 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what data it, or any other organisation, collects on the extent of fly-tipping, including the annual frequency of fly-tipping incidents and the cost of clearing up.

S2W-1943 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what data it, or any other organisation, collects on the extent of fly-tipping on agricultural land and its cost to farmers and public funds.

S2W-1944 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions for fly-tipping there were in each of the last five years.

S2W-1945 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive when the evaluation process into the local government elections held on 1 May 2003 will be completed and published.

S2W-1946 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether electoral law was fully complied with in the local authority elections, and Scottish parliamentary elections in respect of matters within its responsibility, on 1 May 2003; whether any reports of malpractice and maladministration have been received concerning the elections and, what sanctions, or reprimands, it would impose on a returning officer if a returning officer had been negligent in carrying out his or her statutory duties.

S2W-1947 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what payments have been, or will be, made by (a) it and (b) local authorities to returning officers for executing their statutory duties at the local authority and Scottish parliamentary elections held on 1 May 2003.

S2W-1948 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the costs, broken down by category, incurred by each returning officer for executing their statutory duties during the local authority and Scottish parliamentary elections on 1 May 2003.

S2W-1949 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority will spend on local access forums under the Land Reform Act (Scotland) 2003 in 2003-04.

S2W-1950 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide local authorities with additional funding to support local access forums.

S2W-1951 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive on which road locations in Angus fatal and serious road accidents have been recorded since 1999.

S2W-1952 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans it has made for maintaining lifeline services to those communities and islands serviced by Caledonian MacBrayne in the event of a strike by the company's employees.

S2W-1953 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated what extra costs will be incurred by tourist operators in the Highlands and Islands in the event of a strike by employees of Caledonian MacBrayne.

S2W-1954 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help tourists and local residents stranded in the event of a strike by employees of Caledonian MacBrayne.

S2W-1955 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fixed speed cameras are currently deployed, and were deployed in each of the last five years.

S2W-1956 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence has been published in the last 10 years showing the impact of the deployment of fixed speed cameras on accident rates.

S2W-1957 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual cost is of installing and operating a fixed speed camera.

S2W-1958 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what revenue was generated from fines for speeding imposed as a result of the evidence of fixed speed cameras in each of the last five years.

S2W-1959 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost will be to local authorities of implementing the recommendations in Local Authorities Euro Preparations Guidance, issued by HM Treasury in June 2003.

S2W-1960 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any ministers or deputy ministers have written to the Home Office regarding the impact on their responsibilities of issues relating to (a) asylum seekers in general or (b) individual asylum seekers since May 1999.

S2W-1961 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the three renewing local democracy working groups, referred to in its new release SEFD247/2003 on 10 July 2003, have been established; who the members are of each group; what the timescale is for the operation of each group, and what the budget is for their running costs.

 

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