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Business Bulletin No. 144/2003

Friday 31 October 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 30 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-3742 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether progress on palliative care will form a specific part of the next accountability reviews of NHS boards.

S2W-3743 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have developed palliative care strategies arising from the establishment of palliative care networks.

S2W-3744 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were detained in HM Prison Cornton Vale on 29 October 2003 (a) in total and (b) serving (i) custodial sentences for non-payment of fines and (ii) sentences of (1) between seven days and three months, (2) between three and six months, (3) between six months and two years, (4) between two and five years and (5) over five years.

S2W-3745 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has regarding any increase in the use of coaches for public transport as a result of changes brought in by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the cost implications of any such increase; what financial assistance will be made available to coach operators in respect of any such increase in usage; what effect any such change may have on fares; what assistance will be made available to local authorities for infrastructure improvements at bus stations and stops to facilitate disabled access to coaches, and what steps can be taken by local authorities to provide such infrastructure improvements on trunk roads.

S2W-3747 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place in respect of applications to build wind farms; whether such measures include impact assessments on social and economic criteria, and how many jobs are currently involved in building wind farms.

S2W-3748 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken into the possibility of job creation in connection with the development of alternative energy.

S2W-3749 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many turbines and blades have been produced in Scotland for Scottish and UK-based wind farms in each of the last five years and how these figures compare with exports of turbines and blades to other EU countries developing wind farms.

S2W-3750 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications it is currently considering for the establishment of (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-3751 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the age at which a vehicle being used as (a) a taxi and (b) a private hire vehicle requires an MOT certificate.

S2W-3752 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive to what standard vehicles used as (a) taxis and (b) private hire vehicles are currently tested, excluding MOT certification.

S2W-3753 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities carry out their own (a) tests and (b) MOT certification on (i) taxis and (ii) private hire vehicles.

S2W-3754 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what qualifications are required of those conducting tests, excluding MOT certification, on taxis and private hire vehicles.

S2W-3755 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many spare paths exist for freight trains each week on the Nith Valley line.

S2W-3756 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what constraints there are with regard to the resumption of rail freight services to (a) Stranraer and (b) Cameron Bridge.

S2W-3757 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will appoint a senior official to co-ordinate the public procurement of Scottish produce as part of its healthy eating campaign.

S2W-3758 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-588 by Ross Finnie on 9 October 2003, whether any of the area formerly known as Rosyth Royal Naval Dockyard, purchased by Babcock Rosyth Defence Limited in 1997, still has Crown immunity in respect of planning purposes and any other purposes as defined in the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.

S2W-3759 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-411 by Ross Finnie on 18 September 2003, what the outcome was of discussions with Her Majesty's Government following the Ministry of Defence's announcement on 11 September 2003 regarding the decommissioning and storage of nuclear submarines in Scotland.

S2W-3760 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the prescription of stoma appliances is currently under review and, if so, what aspects of the provision of such appliances are being reviewed and what options are under consideration.

S2W-3761 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has made available for the provision of childcare in the current financial year and what proportion of this funding is ring-fenced, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-3762 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects local authorities to work in partnership with the voluntary sector in the provision of childcare.

S2W-3763 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31164 by Allan Wilson on 14 November 2002, what progress has been made on improving access for anglers to rivers and lochs.

S2W-3767 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Ebixa (memantine) is being routinely prescribed for the treatment of moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease.

S2W-3768 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to section 16 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill, how many police officers of or above the rank of Superintendent are on duty on an average Friday or Saturday night within the "A" Division of Lothian and Borders Police.

S2W-3769 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2135 by Ross Finnie on 3 September 2003, how many dairy herds were recorded in (a) Kintyre, (b) Isle of Gigha and (c) Isle of Islay in 2003 to date.

S2W-3770 Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-2135 by Ross Finnie on 3 September 2003, how many dairy cows were recorded in (a) Kintyre, (b) Isle of Gigha and (c) Isle of Islay in 2003 to date.

S2W-3771 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what submissions it has received and what proposals it has regarding the rail service to Dunbar in respect of both the East Coast Mainline and the Scotrail franchise.

S2W-3772 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Superfast Ferries with regard to providing a pet passport scheme for the Rosyth ferry port.

 

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