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Business Bulletin No. 122 / 2003

Friday 19th September 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Thursday 18th 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-2742 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken in response to the recommendation in the report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, Mobile Phones and Health, that clearly-defined physical exclusion zones be established around base station antennas that delineate areas within which exposure guidelines may be exceeded.

S2W-2752 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have partnership arrangements with the voluntary sector for the provision of pre-school nursery and play provision.

S2W-2753 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1792 by Ross Finnie on 27 August 2003, what the definitions are of large urban areas, other urban areas, accessible small towns, remote small towns, accessible rural areas and remote rural areas.

S2W-2754 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

S2W-2755 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is encouraging the involvement of pupils in the preparation of school development plans, as referred to in the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000.

S2W-2756 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many leukaemia patients, and those with other blood-related diseases, there are in Scotland who require blood stem cell or bone marrow transplants.

S2W-2757 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides to enable blood donors to also register as potential bone marrow donors.

S2W-2758 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioner households were considered to be in fuel poverty in each year since 1997.

S2W-2759 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the level of action being taken to tackle fuel poverty.

S2W-2760 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners lived below Her Majesty's Government's designated poverty level, broken down by (a) gender and (b) age, in each year since 1997, expressed also as a percentage of the total pensioner population.

S2W-2761 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support capacity building for youth work in Glasgow.

S2W-2762 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the development of national standards to assist in the monitoring of youth projects.

S2W-2763 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much GDP per person in employment will have to grow to achieve the same level as the UK average by 2006.

S2W-2764 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it measures the impact on the forestry and forest products sectors of the economy of all proposed measures that will potentially add costs to those sectors, including additional measures regarding certification, the designation of forest areas as sites of special scientific interest and measures in other areas that may restrict economic activity, and what consultation there is with bodies representing such sectors about such measures in advance of their implementation.

S2W-2765 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to implement target 16 of objective 10 of the Environment and Rural Development chapter of its Draft Budget 2004-05 in order to support the development of new products, markets and infrastructure and to enable the full potential of Scotland's timber resource to be realised; what budget line will be utilised for this purpose; how much of the budget of (a) its Environment and Rural Development Department, (b) the Forestry Commission and (c) Forest Enterprise will be spent (i) this year and (ii) in each of the next two years to achieve this target, and what proportion of each of these organisation's budgets this expenditure represents.

S2W-2766 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government regarding the introduction of regional pay bargaining for the public sector.

S2W-2767 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for (a) GDP growth and (b) GDP per head of population for each of the next five years.

S2W-2768 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much GDP will have to grow between 2003 and 2006 to achieve the same level per head as the UK average by 2006.

S2W-2769 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much (a) business research start-up rates, (b) business research and development expenditure, (c) manufacturing capital expenditure, (d) business investment per employee and (e) employment rates will have to grow to achieve the same rate as the UK average by 2006.

S2W-2770 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is using to assess the effectiveness of its efforts to reduce social deprivation; what targets it has set for each of these measures, and what action it is taking to achieve them, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-2771 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is using to assess the effectiveness of its efforts to encourage a culture of enterprise; what targets it has set for each of these measures, and what action it is taking to achieve them, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-2772 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is using to assess the effectiveness of its efforts to promote Scotland as a good place to live and work; what targets it has set for each of these measures, and what action it is taking to achieve them, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-2773 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is using to assess performance on its key economic aim of improving Scotland’s skills base, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-2774 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is using to measure the success of the economy; what targets it has set for each of these measures, and what the actual performance has been for each measure in each of the last three years.

S2W-2775 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are being made and what procedure is being followed to advertise, interview, shortlist and appoint a new chair for the board of Scottish Enterprise.

S2W-2776 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive with reference to The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland, how it measures the rate of new business formation; how many new businesses have been formed in each area of Scotland in each of the last three years, and what its targets are for new business formation rates in each of the next three years.

S2W-2777 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland, how it measures better equipping our children for the demands of the global economy, what progress it has made towards achieving this goal, and what percentage of children are now "better equipped" than in 2000 and in what way, broken down by age group.

S2W-2778 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development of Scotland, how it measures the enhancement of productivity in enterprises; what progress it has made towards achieving its stated goal of enhancing productivity throughout all Scottish enterprises, and what percentage of enterprises have experienced an improvement in their productivity in each of the last three years.

S2W-2779 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland, how it measures quality of life, what progress it has made towards achieving its stated goal of raising the quality of life for all the people in Scotland, and what percentage of people have had their quality of life improved in each of the last three years.

S2W-2780 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2346 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 9 September 2003, which local authorities are considering whole housing stock transfer.

S2W-2781 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2346 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 9 September 2003, whether the target of 70,000 houses to be transferred to community ownership includes partial stock transfer.

S2W-2782 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has had into the establishment of regional inflation indicators by Her Majesty’s Government.

S2W-2783 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will rescind the Conservation of Seals (Scotland) Order 2002, given that the outbreak of phocine distemper virus in seal is now over.

S2W-2784 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to include energy debt in its debt arrangement scheme.

S2W-2785 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake an assessment of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's five economic tests regarding the impact that UK membership of the euro would have on the Scottish economy.

S2W-2786 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact UK entry to the euro would have on the competitive position of Scotland's financial services industry.

S2W-2787 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact UK entry to the euro would have on the levels of growth, employment and investment in Scotland.

S2W-2788 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it submitted any evidence or had any research input into the Chancellor of the Exchequer's assessment of the five economic tests for UK membership of the euro, and, if so, whether it will made copies of its submission, available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-2789 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence there is to support the statement in chapter 4 of its Scottish Economic Report September 2003, that, in general terms, the implications for Scotland of UK membership of the euro are similar to those for the UK as a whole.

S2W-2790 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, available an assessment of the impact of UK membership of the euro on the housing market in Scotland.

S2W-2791 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, available an assessment of whether there is sufficient flexibility within the Scottish economy to deal with issues arising from any asymmetric economic shocks resulting from UK membership of the euro.

S2W-2792 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, an assessment of the likely impact of UK membership of the euro on foreign investment into Scotland.

S2W-2793Δ Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to be held in Brussels on 29 and 30 September 2003.

S2W-2794Δ Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what its performance in answering ministerial correspondence was in the second quarter of 2003.

S2W-2795 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will bring forward any proposed changes to the planning system.

S2W-2796 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of housing investment has been in each of the last 10 years, showing year on year percentage changes and broken down by local authority area.

S2W-2797 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average age of (a) private and (b) local authority housing stock is in each local authority area.

S2W-2798 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rural home ownership grants have been awarded in each local authority area for each year since the scheme was created and what the average cost is of administering individual applications for such grants.

S2W-2799 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that people are not priced out of their local housing markets due to increasing house prices.

S2W-2800 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assistance has been, or will be, made available to local authorities towards the costs of conducting housing needs assessments.

S2W-2801 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to identify, and invest in, areas vulnerable to flooding and coastal erosion.

S2W-2803 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what canal restoration projects will not be able to proceed in light of the statement in British Waterways Annual Report 2002-03 that "funding is insufficient to meet the aspirations of the policy paper, Scotland's Canals - an asset for the future".

S2W-2804 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Scotland as a prime food destination in western Europe in light of the current position of Taste of Scotland in respect of possible bankruptcy.

S2W-2805 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2050 by Allan Wilson on 11 September 2003, when it will receive the results of the further full survey, commenced on 3 September 2003, of the containment measures put in place by Her Majesty's Government to deal with the live cluster bombs dropped in Luce Bay, Wigtownshire, in 1999 and whether it will publish the results of such a survey.

 

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