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Business Bulletin No. 114/2003

Tuesday 9 September 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 8 September 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-2453 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1857 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 September 2003, whether it will provide a monthly breakdown of advertising and marketing spending for each of its departments.

S2W-2454 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government to ensure that people receiving benefits, pensions and tax credits (a) can still collect them and (b) have a range of current accounts available at the Post Office in order to maintain strong local communities.

S2W-2455 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-387 by Allan Wilson on 9 June 2003, what monitoring arrangements are in place regarding the impact on its social inclusion policies of closures of local post offices under the Urban Network Reinvention Programme.

S2W-2456 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many safety camera sites in the Scottish Borders comply with the conditions of the safety camera scheme; whether the conditions of the scheme are mandatory, and what variation of these conditions it will make so that speed cameras can be sited on the entry to, and egress from, Borders towns and villages where local people indicate that this would resolve their concerns over speeding by through traffic.

S2W-2457 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information technology pilot schemes are currently in operation within the NHS; what the nature of such schemes is; what the timescale for such schemes is, and what evaluations of them (a) have taken place and (b) will take place, specifying approximate timescales

S2W-2458 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions, criteria and planning implications must be met for the creation of a harbour; what action it or local authorities can take to prevent the creation of artificial or fixed harbours; what regulations can be put in place following the creation of any such harbour, and what consideration is given to the effect upon adjacent harbours when granting authorisation for the creation of a harbour.

S2W-2459 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-476 by Cathy Jamieson on 30 May 2003, what roles the proposed new prisons at Addiewell and Low Moss will play and how many prisoner places will be provided in each.

S2W-2460 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places in each of the proposed new prisons at Addiewell and Low Moss will be (a) suitable for and (b) intended for (i) prisoners being held on remand prior to conviction, (ii) prisoners serving sentences under 4 years (short-term prisoners), (iii) prisoners serving sentences of 4 years and over (long-term prisoners), (iv) short-term prisoners whose crime has meant they have been placed on the sexual offenders register, (v) long-term prisoners whose crime has meant that they have been placed on the sexual offenders' register and what proportion of each category will be top end prisoners moved to these prisons immediately prior to their release.

S2W-2461 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff it expects to be employed in each of the proposed new prisons at Addiewell and Low Moss.

S2W-2462 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure that offending is reduced after prisoners are released from the proposed new prisons at (a) Addiewell and (b) Low Moss; how many prison staff at each prison will participate in Scottish Prison Service training programmes, and in which programmes they will be trained.

S2W-2463 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will implement a national free off-peak concessionary travel scheme for older people and people with disabilities.

S2W-2464 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposals of Renfrewshire Council to reduce the number of promoted posts for teachers accord with the McCrone agreement.

S2W-2465 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding Renfrewshire Council's proposed restructuring of promoted posts for teachers.

S2W-2466 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the establishment of a task force to review advertising and recruitment of staff in the NHS, having regard to any relevant EU directives.

S2W-2467 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community councils have appealed to the Sheriff Court against local planning decisions in each of the last five years.

S2W-2468 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Scottish Enterprise concerning the promotion of return freight business from mainland Europe to Scotland.

S2W-2469 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on promoting to local education authorities and head teachers use of the Rosyth to Zeebruge Ferry for school trips.

S2W-2470 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many conferences have been organised by Scottish Enterprise to promote freight transport from Rosyth to Zeebruge and vice versa.

S2W-2471 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W- 2296 by Mr Andy Kerr on 4 September 2003, whether it will provide financial support to assist local authorities with any costs incurred by them due to compliance with the Euro Preparations Guidance, issued by HM Treasury in June 2003.

S2W-2472 Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department for Trade and Industry in relation to the security of electricity supply over the winter months.

S2W-2473 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Home Office regarding the closure of the immigration office in Govan and whether it was consulted over the closure.

S2W-2474 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on the strategic roads review and whether it will provide an indicative list of projects in the Ayrshire area being considered for inclusion.

S2W-2475Δ Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the annual report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner will be laid before the Parliament.

S2W-2476 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how the percentage fall in carbon emissions between 1990 and 2000 compares with the percentage fall in the United Kingdom as a whole.

S2W-2477 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of carbon emissions was in 1990 in Scotland and what information it has on how this compares with the United Kingdom as a whole.

S2W-2478 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of energy was generated by nuclear power plants in (a) 1990 and (b) 2000 and what information it has on how this compared with the rest of the United Kingdom.

S2W-2479 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) total output of electricity generated and (b) total level of electricity consumed for each of the years 1990 to 2000.

S2W-2480 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many careless driving offences have involved a fatality since statistics on careless driving were disaggregated to allow this information to be gathered.

S2W-2481 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1857 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 September 2003, how much each of its departments spent on advertising in 2002-03, broken down by campaign.

S2W-2482 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it can take against Consort Healthcare in respect of any failure to adequately maintain electrical generators and electricity supplies to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S2W-2483 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive why projects under the Transforming Waste Scotland Programme are precluded from generating revenue that could sustain their viability.

S2W-2484 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Forward Scotland will produce revised guidelines and clear criteria on how applications under the Transforming Waste Scotland programme are judged.

 

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