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Business Bulletin No. 149/2003

Friday 7 November 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 6 November 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-3896 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why 54,704 of the 68,380 cases referred to the Children's Hearing system from 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 were withdrawn, as referred to in The Annual Report of the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals.

S2W-3903 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the original estimated cost of the new IT programmes for the Scottish Courts Service proposed by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service; whether the service will secure best value in the use of funds for the IT programmes; when the new programmes will be introduced, and whether they will be run, initially, in conjunction with any other systems.

S2W-3904 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service keeps, and will continue to keep, manual records of those cases where the 110-day rule, and any replacement of that rule, applies.

S2W-3905 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Child Health Support Group and NHS boards in implementing the recommendations of the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme’s report on the mental health needs on children and young people.

S2W-3906 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to (a) NHS boards and (b) local authorities in respect of the mental health needs of children and young people.

S2W-3907 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional support is being offered to (a) NHS boards and (b) local authorities to implement the recommendations of the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme’s report on the mental health needs of children and young people.

S2W-3908 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what key performance indicators are set for the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) as a whole and how the SPS has performed against such indicators.

S2W-3909 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how performance indicators for the Scottish Prison Service are set.

S2W-3910 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which key performance indicators for the Scottish Prison Service are outcome-based.

S2W-3911 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the key performance indicators for the Scottish Prison Service in order to reflect the need to focus on rehabilitation as well as incarceration and recognise the value of qualitative measures over quantitative measures.

S2W-3912 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it evaluates rehabilitation programmes delivered by the Scottish Prison Service, in particular the cognitive skills programme, and the impact of such programmes on re-offending rates.

S2W-3913 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how Concorde will be conveyed to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune and within what timescale.

S2W-3914 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce regulation of membership of council committees on a similar basis to England and Wales where proportionality is a requirement.

S2W-3915 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients in Inverness will be consulted regarding the introduction of NHS 24.

S2W-3916 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes were recorded in (a) Scotland and (b) the City of Edinburgh Council area in each year from 1990 to 2000.

S2W-3917 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were employed in (a) Scotland and (b) the City of Edinburgh Council area in each year from 1990 to 2000.

S2W-3918 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to license the operational bases of taxi companies.

S2W-3919 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish annual reports on the performance of youth justice teams against national standards, as recommended in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3920 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the approximately 25% of cases that did not receive a continuous service for children on supervision, as referred to in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3921 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that all young adults on probation have action plans as required in the national objectives and standards for social work services in the criminal justice system, as recommended in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3922 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to provide accurate information about the quantity and quality of services prescribed by Children’s Hearings.

S2W-3923 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the time taken for police reports to reach the Children’s Reporter, given that Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report indicates that two police forces had no such data available and that 28% of cases recorded by the Central Scotland police force met the 14-day prescribed period.

S2W-3924 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1912 by Malcolm Chisholm on 20 October 2003, what issues it expects to be covered in the report to ministers; who will be responsible for drawing up the report, and what information it has on the timescales, including any key milestones, to which NHS Argyll and Clyde and NHS Greater Glasgow are working in preparing the report.

S2W-3925 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for drug rehabilitation treatment in each local authority area.

S2W-3926 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many residential places are available for alcohol-dependent patients seeking treatment facilities for detoxification in each local authority area.

S2W-3927 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for the treatment of alcohol-dependent patients in each local authority area.

S2W-3928 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide specialist mental health services in residential settings and young offenders institutions, as referred to in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3929 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to submit social care and police reports to the Reporter, as referred to in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3930 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to assess accurately the number of children on supervision who are not receiving the service prescribed by the Children’s Hearing System.

S2W-3931 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that all local authorities implement the statutory requirement to provide care plans for all children on supervision.

S2W-3932 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set standards for the frequency of contact with children on supervision, as recommended in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3933 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the quality of current records for children on supervision, as recommended in Audit Scotland’s report Dealing with offending by young people – A follow-up report.

S2W-3934 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3050 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 29 October 2003, how many appeals by pensioners against the decision of a specialist surveyor have been (a) lodged and (b) upheld, since the establishment of the central heating installation programme.

S2W-3935 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3050 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 29 October 2003, whether the £40 charge towards the cost of another inspection of their central heating system acts as a disincentive to pensioners lodging legitimate appeals against the decision of specialist surveyors.

S2W-3936 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, any assessment of financial impacts on transport of the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, in particular any consequences the Act may have in relation to providing access to buses for wheelchair users.

S2W-3937 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has of employment in the equine industry, broken down by sector.

S2W-3938 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has of revenue turnover in the equine industry in the last year.

S2W-3939 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received with regard to passports for horses.

S2W-3940 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to seek a review of the classification of the horse to the category of agricultural animal for tax purposes.

S2W-3941 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has of the number of small businesses associated with the equine industry.

S2W-3942 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend the remit and powers of the Caledonian MacBrayne Users Committee to include passengers of Symril Line and Superfast Ferries.

S2W-3943 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for not calling in for determination planning application 03/765/DC relating to the proposed development at 66 Great George Street and 62 Cecil Street, Glasgow.

S2W-3944 Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the environmental factors that were taken into account when the Dounreay area was ruled out by NIREX in the 1980s as a possible site for long-term nuclear waste storage.

S2W-3945 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP training places there have been in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-3946Δ 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 17 November 2003.

S2W-3947 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that local government elections are not held on the same day as Scottish Parliament elections to avoid the possible complication of two differing systems of election being used on the same day.

S2W-3948 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3183 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 October 2003, how the remaining £3.592 million of the "Miscellaneous" section of the Other Enterprise and Lifelong Learning budget in the Draft Budget 2004-05 will be spent and what the corresponding figures are for 2004-05 and 2005-06.

S2W-3949 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many medical students (a) began training, (b) completed their studies and (c) entered the medical profession in each of the last two academic years.

S2W-3950 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-382 by Mr Tom McCabe on 9 June 2003, whether it is aware of any person who has sold their property in order to fund their care in a local authority care home.

S2W-3951 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S20-673 by Margaret Curran on 6 November 2003, how many sites were provided by local authorities for gypsies and travelling people in (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990 and (d) 2000.

S2W-3952 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the staffing establishment of NHS 24 is adequate.

S2W-3953 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the staffing level of all NHS 24 units matches planned establishment and, if not, in which units it does not match planned establishments.

S2W-3954 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of unfilled vacancies has been in each month since the establishment of NHS 24, broken down by unit.

S2W-3955 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has about staff turnover at NHS 24.

S2W-3956 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of employment of NHS 24 nurses has been since its inception.

S2W-3957 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS 24 staff have left their jobs since its inception, expressed also as a proportion of the overall staffing complement.

S2W-3958 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many callers have waited for more than 10 minutes to complete an enquiry to NHS 24.

S2W-3959 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time is for a nurse to obtain information, give advice and complete a call made to NHS 24.

S2W-3960 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support Scottish involvement in UK Trade and Investment and the British Council’s proposal to open a British music industry office in New York.

S2W-3961 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors and nurses are currently excluded from work through suspension in each NHS board.

S2W-3962 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been to each NHS board as a result of the absence of any doctors and nurses excluded from work through suspension in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 to date.

S2W-3963 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether partial-birth abortion is practiced in Scotland and, if so, how many have been performed by the NHS in each of the last five years.

S2W-3964 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-926 by Mr Tom McCabe on 15 July 2003, whether the estimated cost of free NHS dental examinations is based on the recommended six-monthly check-up and whether the estimated cost of free NHS sight tests is based on the recommended biennial sight test.

S2W-3966 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of construction was of the (a) Erskine Bridge, (b) Forth Road Bridge and (c) Tay Bridge.

S2W-3967 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been collected in tolls from the (a) Erskine Bridge, (b) Forth Road Bridge and (c) Tay Bridge in each year since construction.

S2W-3968 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what toll is payable on the (a) Skye Bridge, (b) Erskine Bridge, (c) Forth Road Bridge and (d) Tay Bridge.

S2W-3969 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any debt remains to be paid on the (a) Erskine Bridge, (b) Forth Road Bridge and (c) Tay Bridge.

S2W-3970 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on maintenance of the (a) Skye Bridge, (b) Erskine Bridge, (c) Forth Road Bridge and (d) Tay Bridge in each year since construction.

 

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