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Business Bulletin No. 167 / 2003

Thursday 4th December

Section E : Written questions lodged on Wednesday 3rd December 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-4598 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the change in the method of benefit payments, what representations it will make to the Department for Work and Pensions regarding provisions in place to assist those with a visual impairment or learning difficulties who cannot key in pin numbers and wish to maintain their independence and what practical measures it can take, within its responsibilities, to assist such people.

S2W-4599Δ Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with its review of the location of its Edinburgh-based executive agency, Accountant in Bankruptcy.

S2W-4600 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3539 by Cathy Jamieson on 18 November 2003, when the review will now report and whether the Executive will consider removing control over forensic services from police forces to a national forensic service.

S2W-4601 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to ensure that the introduction of non-numeric fingerprinting is done professionally and can meet international standards of quality and judicial reliability.

S2W-4602 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it, and its agencies, use to determine whether legal aid should be provided for defendants requesting independent assessment of fingerprinting evidence presented by the Scottish Criminal Record Office.

S2W-4603 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it announced that it was no longer seeking independent external checks of fingerprint evidence provided by the Scottish Criminal Record Office; who was involved in the decision, and what criteria were taken into account.

S2W-4604 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used for assessing grant applications under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.

S2W-4605 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations received grants for 2002-03 under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 for the provision of services to disabled persons, stating the level of grant awarded.

S2W-4606 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is provided to voluntary organisations applying for grants under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.

S2W-4607 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities regarding job evaluation implementation.

S2W-4608 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision there is in the contract to operate HM Prison Kilmarnock for the transfer of prisoners from a public sector prison to the prison.

S2W-4609 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made when prisoners who have caused damage to public property in public sector prisons are transferred to HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S2W-4610 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons have been learned from the experience of HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S2W-4611 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what examination and accreditation of healthcare facilities is undertaken at HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S2W-4612 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it provides to HM Prison Kilmarnock regarding the employment of staff.

S2W-4613 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients from rural areas who are fit to travel alone will be reimbursed for the cost of an escort travelling with them to hospital to receive information regarding a possible cancer diagnosis.

S2W-4614 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from North Ayrshire Council or Amey Highways Ltd in relation to amending the signage on the A78 trunk road at West Kilbride in accordance with the result of the referendum held by North Ayrshire Council on 1 May 2003; if so, when such representations were received, and what the Executive's position is in respect of amending trunk road signage to conform to the option supported by the people of West Kilbride in the referendum.

S2W-4615 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what groups or individuals it consults prior to publication of information literature for use by the public.

S2W-4616 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Water regarding waste water and sewage disposal at Campbeltown.

S2W-4617 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that Scottish Water addresses ongoing issues with Campbeltown's sewage system following repeated flooding in the town.

S2W-4620 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3412 by Cathy Jamieson on 12 November 2003, on what basis the quality assurance manager of the bureau confirmed the identification.

S2W-4622 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question, S2W-3509 by Colin Boyd QC on 14 November 2003, what the justification is of the Lord Advocate's satisfaction with the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) Scottish Fingerprinting Service and its adoption of an appropriate quality assurance management system when, in the recent case of Mark Sinclair at the High Court in Ayr, the SCRO fingerprint evidence that was to have been presented to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service was not presented.

S2W-4623 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3454 by Colin Boyd QC on 12 November 2003, whether it will now record incidents when Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) fingerprint evidence is challenged and record, and publish, the number of cases where SCRO fingerprinting evidence has not been used by the Crown Office or Procurator Fiscal Service because of any unreliability.

S2W-4624 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider removing control over fingerprinting services from the police to a national fingerprint service.

S2W-4625 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultants who work in NHS hospitals are funded by charitable trusts.

S2W-4626 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding allocated to its cancer plan is from national lottery funding.

S2W-4627 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the balance of funding review group.

S2W-4628 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the annual running expenditure by the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be presented on the basis of where it is spent rather than on a pro-rata basis in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4629 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the procurement expenditure by the Ministry Of Defence will be presented showing where it is paid rather than on a pro-rata basis in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4630 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the presentation of the Scottish share of UK income tax liability was based on payments to income tax collection offices in Scotland or as a proportionate share of total receipts from the UK in last year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report.

S2W-4631 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology that allocates Scotland's share of corporation tax revenues will take into account an estimate of Scotland's share of extra-regio territory in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4632 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will take into account an estimate of Scotland's share of the extra-regio territory when allocating Scotland's share of capital gains tax revenues and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4633 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has with regard to how the Inland Revenue calculates the Scottish portion of inheritance tax revenue in last year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report.

S2W-4634 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will take account of business VAT payments when allocating Scotland's VAT revenue and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4635 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will take into account interest on VAT paid and subsequently repaid to Scottish businesses and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4636 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report takes account of regional variations in fuel prices with particular reference to higher than average prices and mileages in the Highlands and Islands when calculating fuel duty revenue and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4637 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for calculating Scotland's share of fuel duty revenue in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will take account of VAT on sales.

S2W-4638 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for calculating Scotland's share of fuel duty revenue in last year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report was based on the site of delivery.

S2W-4639 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will show the allocation of Scotland's share of air passenger duty revenue based on the number of flights from or within Scotland and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4640 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will show the allocation of Scotland's share of insurance premium tax revenue based on information sought from insurance providers.

S2W-4641 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will show the allocation of Scotland's share of insurance premium tax revenue on the basis of which company sells the policy and where that company is headquartered and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4642 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will show the allocation of Scotland's share of landfill tax revenue on information sought from local authorities and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4643 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why it was unable to calculate an estimate of Scotland's landfill per head based on environmental data that indicated more landfill per head than the rest of the UK, as referred to in Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland 2000-2001.

S2W-4644 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology used to calculate Scottish revenues from other taxes and royalties will take into account an estimated Scottish share of the extra-regio territory in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report.

S2W-4645 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology used to calculate revenues from interest and dividend receipts to Scotland will take into account an estimated Scottish share of the extra-regio territory in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4646 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology used to calculate the revenues from the remainder of gross trading surplus and rent (excluding NTCC) to Scotland will take into account an estimated Scottish share of the extra-regio territory and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4647 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology used to calculate EU contributions to Scotland in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will take into account an estimated Scottish share of the extra-regio territory and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4648 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology used in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland to calculate Scotland's revenue from duty received on spirits, beer and wine will base the figure (a) on where the drinks are released from the bonded warehouse or (b) on which company pays the duty and where that company is headquartered and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4649 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology used in this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report to allocate Scotland's revenue from duty from cigarettes will base the figure (a) on where the products are released from bonded warehouses or (b) on which company pays the duty and where that company is headquartered and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-4650 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will allocate Scotland's share of the Climate Levy.

S2W-4651 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will allocate Scotland's share of the aggregates tax.

S2W-4652 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will allocate Scotland's share of revenue from TV licenses.

S2W-4653 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for this year's Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland report will allocate Scotland's share of revenue from court fines and on-the-spot fines.

S2W-4654 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has with regard to the locations within Scotland where the 1% sample of national insurance records were taken which were used as a basis for calculating Scotland's share of social security contributions, as referred to in Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland 2000-2001.

S2W-4655 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which assets were subject to non-trading capital consumption in 2000-01 in Scotland and what comparative information it has on the treatment of such assets in England and Wales.

S2W-4656 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the funding that will be lost in matched funding from the block grant when Objective 1 transitional money ends.

S2W-4657 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of funds allocated to promote sexual health was specifically targeted at (a) females and (b) males in each year since 1999.

S2W-4658 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was in each NHS board area for a first appointment with a consultant clinical psychologist in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03.

S2W-4659 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently waiting for a first appointment with a consultant clinical psychologist in each NHS board area.

S2W-4660 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was in each NHS board area from assessed and deemed ready for discharge to actual discharge in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03.

S2W-4661 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the duties of local authorities are regarding the care of older people.

S2W-4662 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are national targets for local authorities regarding the maximum period of time for which older people in hospital should wait (a) to be allocated a care manager and (b) for a care management assessment to be completed.

S2W-4663 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what future planning it is undertaking, or has undertaken, in respect of future health and social care needs of older people with high dependency levels.

S2W-4664 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places will be required for older people with high dependency levels in (a) nursing homes and (b) NHS continuing care beds in each of the next five years.

 

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