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Business Bulletin No. 131 / 2003

Thursday 2nd October 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Wednesday 1st October 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-3014 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive in what capacity the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning attended the Berlin Conference of European Ministers in charge of higher education on 18 and 19 September 2003.

S2W-3015 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning received any guarantees at the Berlin Conference of European Ministers in charge of higher education on 18 and 19 September 2003 on the importance of recognising national frameworks.

S2W-3016 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning signed the Berlin Communiqué at the Berlin Conference of European Ministers in charge of higher education on 18 and 19 September 2003.

S2W-3017 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons it has learned from other higher education systems in Europe as a result of the Bologna process.

S2W-3018 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be financial implications for higher education institutions as a result of reforms through the Bologna process.

S2W-3019 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statement in the general report of the Bologna follow-up seminar in Athens that "it is clear that tuition fees can form severe access thresholds" and whether it will review its graduate endowment scheme accordingly.

S2W-3020 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Bologna process will affect its lifelong learning provision.

S2W-3021 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be financial implications for further education colleges as a result of its participation in the Bologna process.

S2W-3022 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the approximately 4.5 million final tranche of the Arbuthnott settlement will be paid to NHS Highland.

S2W-3023 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its 2.125 million investment in the Marine Energy Test Centre, off Orkney, will enable Ocean Power Delivery Ltd’s Pelamis wave energy project to be ready for commercial application on schedule.

S2W-3024 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of market incentives it is offering to renewable energy firms for projects such as Ocean Power Delivery Ltd’s Pelamis project to make commercial application of their research in Scotland.

S2W-3025 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the levels of market incentive for wave energy projects such as Ocean Power Delivery Ltd’s Pelamis project being offered by other countries such as Portugal.

S2W-3026 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fuel costs for each police force have been in each year since 1997.

S2W-3027 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fuel costs for ambulance services in each health board area have been in each year since 1997.

S2W-3028 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fuel costs for each fire brigade have been in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-3029 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage organic farming.

S2W-3030 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage businesses to locate in Clydesdale, given its strategic location for access to the M74.

S2W-3031 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the provision of physical education in schools.

S2W-3032 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of primary school teachers employed in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 were (i) male and (ii) female.

S2W-3033 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent progress has been made with the Larkhall to Milngavie rail link.

S2W-3034 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the political activities, over the past five years or in the five years prior to appointment, of each member of the (a) Fife NHS Board, (b) newly-formed NHS Fife Acute Care Division board and (c) newly-formed NHS Fife Primary Care Division board.

S2W-3035 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Altmark Trans bus company case will enable the Scottish Executive to adhere to EC state aid rules without putting the Caledonian MacBrayne network out to competitive tender.

S2W-3036 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2044 by Hugh Henry on 8 September 2003, when the Scottish Law Commission will complete its review of the operation of the land register and whether it has any plans to amend the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979.

S2W-3037 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many senior citizens are in hospital due to a lack of places available in care homes.

S2W-3038 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in determining the true cost of providing residential and nursing home care.

S2W-3039 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research into the number of care home places required to meet future demand and, if so, how many places will be required.

S2W-3040 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the number of care home places available will meet future demand.

S2W-3041 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government or the European Commission with regard to the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Altmark on the Trans bus company case and what its position is on any such discussions and the implications of the judgement with regard to (a) overall transport policy, (b) lifeline transport routes in the Highlands and Islands and (c) the tendering process for Caledonian MacBrayne routes.

S2W-3042 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial provision it is making for future years to ensure that the implications of the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Altmark Trans bus company case allow it to ensure the preservation of lifeline routes in the Highlands and Islands, including the Gourock to Dunoon public service obligation.

S2W-3043 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Altmark Trans bus company case and what discussions it has had with Caledonian MacBrayne and other transport providers regarding the judgement.

S2W-3044 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought any independent legal opinion regarding the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Altmark Trans bus company case and its impact on the Gourock to Dunoon public service obligation and, if so, whether it will publish that opinion.

S2W-3045 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought any independent legal opinion regarding the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Altmark Trans bus company case and its impact on the provision of broadband in remote areas of Scotland.

S2W-3046 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2202 by Malcolm Chisholm on 24 September 2003, what role the police will play in respect of the operation of the decontamination units; whether such police will be armed, and what instructions they will be given.

S2W-3047 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it envisages a role for community councils within local planning forums, as referred to in Your Place, Your Plan, and what the nature of that role will be.

S2W-3048 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating systems have been installed in private sector properties in the (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area since the commencement of the central heating installation programme.

S2W-3049 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown by postcode of the number of central heating systems installed in private sector properties in the Dumbarton constituency since the commencement of the central heating installation programme.

S2W-3050 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Eaga Partnership is charging pensioners 40 to lodge an appeal against a decision to refuse an application for the installation of central heating under the central heating installation programme and, if so, what its position is on the matter.

S2W-3051 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what role Strathclyde Passenger Transport will have in Transport Scotland.

S2W-3052 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to the re-regulation of buses.

S2W-3053 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the use of Forestry Commission land for the erection of wind farms.

S2W-3054 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to ensure that Scotland is covered by clause 17 of the Sexual Offences Bill, currently being considered by the UK Parliament.

S2W-3055 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve access to Edinburgh Airport and the site of the new Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters at Gogarburn; what information, including costing, is available regarding an access route to the sites from the M8 east of the M9 exit, and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

 

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