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Business Bulletin No. 178 / 2003

Friday 19 December 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on 18 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-5059 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4175 by Ross Finnie on 5 December 2003, what the annual average increase in water and sewerage charges for domestic customers has been in the last five years, expressed also as a percentage; whether it has evaluated the impact of the increase of such bills on low-income households, and how those on low and fixed incomes can meet increased charges without falling further into poverty.

S2W-5114 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the delivery of its proposed national concessionary travel scheme for older people is estimated to cost and how this estimate was calculated.

S2W-5119 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will undertake a review of the funding formula, and practice of bus operators, under its local concessionary travel scheme and whether the findings of the review will be taken into account when developing its national concessionary travel scheme.

S2W-5120 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S2F-412 by Mr Jack McConnell on 4 December 2003, what steps it is taking to ensure the delivery of quality bus services and the implementation of quality bus contracts.

S2W-5129 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what performance points were accrued by the operating company of HM Prison Kilmarnock, broken down for each heading and subsection in Schedule F to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock, for the quarter July to September 2003.

S2W-5130 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the granting of planning permission for wind farms is dependent on the provision of access to the transmission network.

S2W-5131 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities can refuse planning permission for wind farms on the basis that the developer does not have access to the transmission network.

S2W-5132 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which existing power stations will still be operational in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020.

S2W-5133 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed 60% non-renewable energy will be produced beyond 2020.

S2W-5134 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have a mental health problem, broken down by age, gender and prison.

S2W-5135 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3472 by Malcolm Chisholm on 12 November 2003, why information on psychological intervention or other non-drug therapies, in respect of (a) severe and enduring mental illness, (b) attention deficit hyperkenetic disorder, (c) depression and (d) dementia, is not held centrally.

S2W-5136 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to issue guidance to local authorities for recording complaints received by them regarding noise and, if so, when such guidance will be issued.

S2W-5137 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to develop a national noise strategy to ensure a consistent approach to noise management and, if so, when the strategy will be developed.

S2W-5138 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the outstanding council tax bills from 1997-98 has been written off by local authorities.

S2W-5139 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special constables there have been in Grampian police force in each year since 1995.

S2W-5140 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Environment and Rural Development will reply to the letter of 17 October 2003 from Alex Salmond MP regarding decommissioning offers.

S2W-5141 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis the draft report on the "Miss X" case was returned to the Chief Inspector of Social Work Services by Scottish Borders Council on 5 November 2003 and when it anticipates that the report will be publicly issued.

S2W-5142 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4278 by Allan Wilson on 5 December 2003, whether it has the power to specify threshold levels for small commercial waste oil burners under the Waste Incineration (Scotland) Regulations 2003, as has been exercised by Her Majesty's Government under the equivalent regulations in England and Wales.

S2W-5143 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has decided not to set a threshold in relation to small commercial waste oil burners under the Waste Incineration (Scotland) Regulations 2003, as has been set by Her Majesty's Government, and whether it has any plans to review its interpretation of the regulations to reflect the position in England and Wales.

S2W-5144 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive why, under the Waste Incineration (Scotland) Regulations 2003, small waste oil burners of the same size can be used to heat homes but not offices or workshops.

S2W-5145 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4279 by Allan Wilson on 5 December 2003, whether it has undertaken any research into the efficiency and safety of sophisticated small commercial waste oil burners used in the United States of America.

S2W-5146 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigation it made into modern small waste oil burner technology before making the Waste Incineration (Scotland) Regulations 2003.

S2W-5147 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address any concerns that research and development into the effective use of small commercial waste oil burners, with particular reference to the use of waste vegetable oil, will cease as a result of the Waste Incineration (Scotland) Regulations 2003.

S2W-5148 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to deal with any skills gaps in the construction industry.

S2W-5149 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is currently capacity within the NHS to allow every individual access to a local GP.

S2W-5150 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to deal with any shortage of anaesthetists within the NHS.

S2W-5151 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the postponement of discussions on the European Constitution until March 2004 will have on matters for which it has responsibility.

S2W-5152 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Prison Service will fulfil its commitment, made to the Upperton Residents' Association, to repair the seven street lights in Longriggend.

S2W-5153 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what obligations in respect of roads and lighting maintenance the Scottish Prison Service transferred as part of the sale of land and property at the former HM Prison Longriggend.

S2W-5154 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Scottish Prison Service has to upgrade the sewerage plant at Longriggend to ensure that it is of an acceptable standard for Scottish Water and what the time scale is for any such plans.

S2W-5155 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the outstanding council tax bills from 1998-99 has been written off by local authorities.

S2W-5156 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the outstanding council tax bills from 1999-2000 has been written off by local authorities.

S2W-5157 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the outstanding council tax bills from 2000-01 has been written off by local authorities.

S2W-5158 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the outstanding council tax bills from 2001-2002 has been written off by local authorities.

S2W-5159 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the outstanding council tax bills from 2002-2003 has been written off by local authorities.

S2W-5160 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to speed the transfer of regulatory powers of the Crown Estate Commission to local authorities.

S2W-5161 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had since 1999 with the Crown Estate Commission regarding the subjects it has selected for research funded by the commission into seabed, inshore and foreshore matters.

S2W-5162 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the level of rents to be paid to the Crown Estate Commission for the installation and maintenance of underwater power cables to carry electricity from (a) Shetland, (b) the Western Isles and (c) Orkney to the mainland grid.

S2W-5163 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to seek the diversion for use in Scotland of current Crown Estate Commission income raised from Scottish sources.

S2W-5164 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with the Crown Estate Commission concerning the role of udal law in giving a right of access for potential users in Shetland and Orkney to the sea area above the low water mark.

S2W-5165 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to its news release SEc356/2003 on 8 December 2003 and its financial inclusion strategy, what level of interest is considered to be 'extortionate' in relation to the Department of Trade and Industry scheme to crack down on money lenders and what level is considered to be acceptable for the purpose of loans.

S2W-5166 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive when funding will be available from Communities Scotland for sub-post offices within the Kirkcaldy parliamentary constituency for capital improvements to their businesses.

 

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