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Business Bulletin No. 141 / 2003

Tuesday 28th October 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Monday 27th 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-3643 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government on the social inclusion implications for those in Scotland who do not receive a good analogue signal and who have recently had ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 free-to-view services withdrawn from their digital service; whether it has made representations to BBC Scotland about this issue, and whether it will take any steps to protect the interests of those viewers, mostly in remote rural locations, who do not have access to an analogue signal, rely for television viewing on a digital signal and who have been disadvantaged following the withdrawal by the BBC from them of these free-to-view services.

S2W-3644 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make any representations to Scottish Screen that no more funding should be provided for the documentary about the Holyrood project.

S2W-3645 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what housing debt remained after the transfer of local authority housing stock in (a) Scottish Borders Council, (b) Dumfries and Galloway Council and (c) Glasgow City Council and what proportion of such housing debt has subsequently been redeemed in each local authority, in each case specifying which costs were met by (i) HM Treasury and (ii) the Executive.

S2W-3646 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the breakage costs associated with any redemption of residual debt resulting from the transfer of local authority housing stock were in (a) Scottish Borders Council, (b) Dumfries and Galloway Council and (c) Glasgow City Council and what the estimated servicing costs of any such residual debt in each local authority will be in each of the next three years, in each case specifying which costs were or will be met by (i) HM Treasury and (ii) the Executive.

S2W-3647 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the recommendations of the report An Institute for the Languages of Scotland in relation to the commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to "introduce a national language strategy to guide the development and support of Scotland's languages, including British Sign Language and ethnic community languages".

S2W-3648 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2724 by Tavish Scott on 1 October 2003, what the average council tax bill is for a two-adult household where no discounts are applicable.

S2W-3649 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2724 by Tavish Scott on 1 October 2003, how many households are in receipt of a 50% discount because they qualify as second homes.

S2W-3650 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2724 by Tavish Scott on 1 October 2003, how many households are in receipt of the single occupier discount of 25%.

S2W-3651 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what scientific progress has been made in the last 12 months in support of decoupling the management of cod from other white fish stocks in the North Sea.

S2W-3652 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when research began within the Fisheries Research Service regarding causes of fluctuating cod stocks in the North Sea and what additional funds the Executive has made available for such research.

S2W-3653 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students are enrolled at each Scottish Agricultural College campus, expressed also as whole-time equivalents.

S2W-3654 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to undertake any research into economic migration between the EU accession states and Scotland and what assessment has been made of the impact of such migration within an EU of 25 states on emigration and immigration figures for Scotland.

S2W-3655 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when a nationwide concessionary fares scheme will be operational, as referred to in paragraph 19 of its consultation paper Scotland's Transport - Proposals for a New Approach to Transport in Scotland.

S2W-3656 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will evaluate whether local authorities meet community needs in respect of transport issues, as referred to in paragraph 22 of its consultation paper Scotland's Transport - Proposals for a New Approach to Transport in Scotland.

S2W-3657 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how tests for resource use and energy consumption as key indicators of progress in the development of transport on a sustainable basis, as referred to in paragraph 24 of its consultation paper Scotland's Transport - Proposals for a New Approach to Transport in Scotland, are being applied with regard to the business case for the reinstatement of the Borders railway.

S2W-3658 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by the independent review into local government finance.

S2W-3659 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how individuals and representative groups, including groups representing pensioners, will have an input into the independent review into local government finance.

S2W-3660 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to allow local authorities to cap council tax rises for pensioners or introduce exemptions from council tax, similar to such proposals by Her Majesty's Government.

S2W-3661 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to support and fund volunteering within further and higher education institutions through providing funding strategies similar to those currently implemented in England through the Higher Education Funding Council.

S2W-3662 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1500 by Malcolm Chisholm on 19 August 2003, whether the responses to the consultation paper on the reform of the NHS complaints procedure have now been published and, if so, whether they are publicly available and whether the Minister's response to that consultation paper has been made and, if so, whether it is publicly available.

 

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