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Business Bulletin No. 177/2003

Thursday 18 December 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 17 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-5006 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will play in implementing the objectives and principles of Part II of the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages, with particular reference to Scots and Gaelic.

*The member has provided the following translation:

A dh’ fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba dè an t-àite a bhios aige ann a bhith a’ toirt gu buil nan amasan agus nam prionnsabalan ann am Pàirt II de Chùmhnant Eòrpach nam Mion-chànainean, gu h-àraid a thaobh Scots agus Gàidhlig.*

S2W-5085 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor the use of biosolids in the restoration of former landfill sites.

S2W-5086 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental impact assessment is made of the use of biosolids on land.

S2W-5087 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken to assess the impact on human and animal health of the spreading of biosolid materials.

S2W-5088 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken to assess the impact of spreading biosolid materials on watercourses.

S2W-5089 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4238 by Ross Finnie on 3 December 2003, whether the situation, whereby Scottish Water and the Water Industry Commissioner agree on a charging scheme but ministers do not seek a detailed assessment of the impact on customers, is consistent with ministers being accountable for matters within their portfolio.

S2W-5090 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether there was any audit exercise in relation to the Holyrood project after the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body took responsibility for it and prior to the establishment of Audit Scotland.

S2W-5091 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there was any audit exercise in relation to the Holyrood project prior to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body taking responsibility for the project.

S2W-5092Δ George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 17, 18 and 19 December 2003.

S2W-5093 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been for evasion of duty on Scotch whisky in each of the last five years.

S2W-5094 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S2O-615 by Tavish Scott on 9 October 2003, when it announced the criteria underpinning its relocation policy including the criterion that socio-economic factors are to account for some 50 per cent of the analysis in relation to a decision on a particular relocation.

S2W-5095 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S2O-615 by Tavish Scott on 9 October 2003, given that socio-economic factors account for some 50 per cent of the analysis in relation to a decision on a particular relocation, what other factors are considered and how they are weighted.

S2W-5096 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S2O-615 by Tavish Scott on 9 October 2003, what criteria it uses when considering relocation proposals.

S2W-5097 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimated costs are for the relocation of the headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage from Edinburgh to Inverness.

S2W-5098 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated staffing levels will be for the headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed also as a percentage of current staffing levels.

S2W-5099 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many members of staff currently employed in the headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage it estimates will be employed there in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed also as percentage of current staffing levels.

S2W-5100 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase the number of training places for speech and language therapists.

S2W-5101 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address any reduction in the number of experienced speech and language therapists employed in the public sector.

S2W-5102 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many speech and language therapist posts were vacant in each of the last five years.

S2W-5103 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-4605 by Mr Tom McCabe on 15 December 2003, whether it will list the specific organisations that have 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-5104 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30714 by Mr Andy Kerr on 11 November 2002, how many people have been employed in its Environment and Rural Affairs Department in 2002 and 2003.

S2W-5105 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30714 by Mr Andy Kerr on 11 November 2002, how much has been spent on staff costs in its Environment and Rural Affairs Department in 2002-03 and 2003-04 to date and what percentage of the department’s total budget staff costs represented in each year from 1999-2000 to 2002-03.

S2W-5106 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of staff and staff costs within its Environment and Rural Affairs Department will decrease over the next three years as a result of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and, if so, by how much in each case.

S2W-5107 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current arrangements are for the appointment of new Justices of the Peace.

S2W-5108 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any revised guidelines for the appointment of Justices of the Peace have been issued to Justice of the Peace Advisory Committees in the last year.

S2W-5109 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it employs the precautionary principle with regard to the disposal of human sewage.

S2W-5110 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it employs the proximity principle with regard to the disposal of human sewage.

S2W-5111 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is in each NHS board area for access to a DEXA scan.

S2W-5112 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact of downgrading the Belford Hospital in Fort William from an acute hospital on the travel costs of patients receiving elective treatment; what estimate has been made by NHS Highland of any additional travel costs incurred as a result, and what factors were taken into account when calculating such additional costs.

S2W-5113 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a scheme of national bus, rail and ferry concessionary travel for older people, as it plans for younger people in accordance with the Transport Act 1985 and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-5115 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has spent on concessionary travel fares in each year since 1995.

S2W-5116 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the pensioner population has been in each local authority in each year since 1995.

S2W-5117 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many free trips were made under the local concessionary travel scheme in each concessionary scheme area in each year of the scheme to date and how these figures compare with its estimates of the number of trips prior to delivery of the scheme.

S2W-5118 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it currently ensures that claims for journeys made under its local concessionary travel scheme are accurate.

S2W-5121 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to stop the practice of senior citizens having to leave Scottish Citylink buses at Harthill to wait for another bus without shelter, when travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow under its current concessionary travel scheme.

S2W-5122 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-4666 and S2W-4682 by Malcolm Chisholm on 16 December 2003, what the drop-out rate of midwifery students has been in each of the last three years and what the reasons have been for these rates.

S2W-5123 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the proposed abolition of the Yorkhill NHS Trust will be for clinical governance by Royal Hospital for Sick Children management and staff.

S2W-5124 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for the shortfall in funding of Strathclyde Transport Authority’s local concessionary scheme given that the original allocation took account of the share of the population of retirement age.

S2W-5125 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4604 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 12 December 2003, whether it will publish the guidance used by its Health Department’s Directorate of Service Policy and Planning to assess the funding application made by the Seagull Trust in 2002.

S2W-5126 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to carry out its next national noise survey.

S2W-5127Δ Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when an announcement will be made on the relocation of VisitScotland.

S2W-5128 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the proposed abolition of the Yorkhill NHS Trust will be for budgetary control by Royal Hospital for Sick Children management.

 

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