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Business Bulletin No. 157/2003

Wednesday 19 November 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 18 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-4211 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund the ME Association following the closure of its Glasgow office and, if so, whether the funding will be ring-fenced for Scottish activities or whether it will allocate funding to an alternative charity that provides services to people with ME in Scotland.

S2W-4212 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has concerning redundancies following the closure of the ME Association’s Scottish office and whether Scottish Executive funds were used for any redundancy payments.

S2W-4216 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a new water charging structure for business users that rebalances the structure through reducing fixed standing charges whilst increasing volumetric charges.

S2W-4222 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with teaching unions regarding flexibility in the use of teachers as part of the primary/secondary interface.

S2W-4223 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reason is for replacing the mechanism for patients to receive independent advice from health councils with the use of agencies appointed through NHS boards.

S2W-4224 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Presiding Officer on how many occasions heating, plumbing or other similar contractors at the new Parliament building have removed fitting, piping and related fixtures and replaced them as a result of design changes and whether the cost of such work can be quantified.

S2W-4225 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to underpin and augment financial support for home-based respite care in north and west Sutherland.

S2W-4226 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in respect of any health risks from the installation of terrestrial trunked radio masts near schools.

S2W-4227 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to address issues relating to the pension rights of speech and language therapists after 2011 under the Agenda for Change.

S2W-4228 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address the potential for a reduction in the salary scale for speech and language therapists under the Agenda for Change.

S2W-4229 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address the increase in the working hours of speech and language therapists under the Agenda for Change.

S2W-4230 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether chief executives of NHS trusts are to be allowed to opt out of the Agenda for Change process and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-4231 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allow NHS records to be incorporated in UK identity cards.

S2W-4232 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce voluntary entitlement cards for its services and, if so, whether these will be different from any UK identity cards.

S2W-4233 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission regarding its investigation into subsidies received by Ryanair to use Charleroi Airport.

S2W-4234 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made the European Commission aware of the economic importance of Ryanair's Prestwick to Charleroi route to Ayrshire and Scotland as a whole.

S2W-4238 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was made aware of the range of potential increases arising out of new arrangements for water bills.

S2W-4239 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering any further measures to ease the consequences of increases in water bills for business customers.

S2W-4240 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much it expects non-domestic water and sewerage bills to decrease following the introduction of competition into the sector, as referred to in the draft Water Services (Scotland) Bill, and whether some bills to small businesses could increase as a result of competition.

S2W-4241 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been identified to deal with flooding affecting Clydebank; whether a range of options have been identified for this provision, and when decisions are likely to be taken to commit any necessary resources.

S2W-4242 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sections 31, 49 or 51 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 offer any scope to Scottish Water to take cognisance of whether the level of charges levied by the company would have a detrimental impact on the ability of small businesses to continue to operate and whether Scottish Water has authority and power under that act to enter into agreement with an individual or company with regard to determining the charges to be made for Scottish Water’s services irrespective of the level of charges agreed by the Scottish Executive.

S2W-4243 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for the inclusion of sections 31, 49 and 51 in the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-4244 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3072 by Malcolm Chisholm on 17 November 2003, whether it considers that such information should be provided to, and collated by, it in order for proper budgetary planning for equipment to take place.

 

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