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Business Bulletin No. 2/2004

Tuesday 6 January 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 5 January 2004

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-5207 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what modelling has been done on the impact, under the reformed Common Agricultural Policy, of basing the single payment on hybrids of area-based and historic approaches and how the results of any such modelling can be publicly accessed in order to inform responses to the second question on the single payment scheme in the consultation paper CAP Reform: Opportunities for Scotland.

S2W-5208 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what data it has showing how funding would be redistributed across regions and agricultural sectors under single payments based on hybrids of area-based and historic approaches following Common Agricultural Policy reform.

S2W-5209 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to ensure that the general public, in addition to farmers and crofters, is encouraged and enabled to contribute to the Common Agricultural Policy reform consultation process.

S2W-5210 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve protection for private rented sector tenants against any landlords who retain deposits unfairly.

S2W-5211 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address overcrowding in prisons in light of the Chief Inspector of Prisons’ comments in his annual report for 2002-03 on its impact on improving prison conditions, safety and the ability to address offending behaviour.

S2W-5212 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how private prison provision compares to public provision in its impact on reducing offending.

S2W-5213 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3188 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 November 2003, when it will end slopping out in prisons.

S2W-5214 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the prison population is at its highest recorded level.

S2W-5215 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage it has reached in planning new prisons.

S2W-5216 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4417 by Nicol Stephen on 10 December 2003, how it has responded to the representations that it has received on re-regulating the bus industry.

S2W-5217 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4159 by Lewis Macdonald on 5 December 2003, how much additional capacity of wind-generated electricity can be transmitted using the existing national grid structure in Scotland.

S2W-5218 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has in relation to the 62% of anti-social behaviour orders that result in a perceived improvement in behaviour.

S2W-5219 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research there is that proves any beneficial effects of parenting orders.

S2W-5220 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure that pupils travelling from Hurlford, Mauchline, Catrine, Auckinleck and Cumnock to the proposed amalgamated St Joseph’s and St Conval’s secondary school site have access to all out-of-school activities.

S2W-5221 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure the safety of pupils travelling from Hurlford, Mauchline, Catrine, Auckinleck and Cumnock to the proposed amalgamated St Joseph’s and St Conval’s secondary school site.

S2W-5222 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a shortage of orthoptists.

S2W-5223 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received on the need for an orthoptic school.

S2W-5224 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis any decision is taken regarding support for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

S2W-5225 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the provision of aids and adaptations for blind people, specifically with regard to guide dogs and white canes.

S2W-5226 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34924 by Colin Boyd QC on 18 March 2000, what progress is being made with the cataloguing by the National Archives of Scotland of relevant material regarding the shooting at Dunblane School and whether a decision has been made by the Lord Advocate on whether any further papers are to be made publicly available.

S2W-5227 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many eviction orders were granted in the quarter ending 30 June 2003.

S2W-5228 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many evictions were carried out in respect of (a) Scottish Borders Housing Association, (b) Glasgow Housing Association and (c) Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership property in the quarter ending 30 June 2003.

S2W-5229 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for determining payments under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme for claimants in Scotland.

S2W-5230 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what amount it has budgeted for the Scottish Entente Cordiale centenary celebrations in 2004.

S2W-5231 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what events are planned for the Scottish Entente Cordiale centenary celebrations in 2004.

S2W-5232 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) will make a detailed response to the report by the Auditor General, The 2002-03 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, (SE/2003/346) and, in particular, (a) when the report was made public and by what means, (b) whether the SPCB will give details of the 290 items that were unreconciled which totalled some £5.3 million, (c) why properly authorised standing financial instructions set by the Principal Accountable Officer in agreement with the SPCB and its Advisory Audit Board are not yet in place, (d) why staff below Head of Finance level were able to write off debts and, if this practice has now been altered, whether a review of such debts has been, or will be, undertaken and whether the SPCB is satisfied that such debts should have been written off and (e) why the cash balance as at 31 March 2003 was £20 million and whether any financial loss either to the Parliament or to the Scottish Consolidated Fund may have arisen as a result of premature draw down of funds from the consolidated fund.

S2W-5233 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been, and will be, taken to provide aid to Iran to help address the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

S2W-5234 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many medical laboratory scientific officers (biomedical scientists) are employed by each NHS board, broken down by grade.

S2W-5235 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether information on the number, grade and age of staff in the NHS is gathered, broken down by profession and NHS board, to assist in workforce planning and, if so, by whom.

S2W-5236 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any advanced practitioner posts in biomedical sciences have been created in the NHS and, if so, how many such posts were created and where they are located.

S2W-5237 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to create advanced practitioner posts in biomedical sciences in the NHS and, if so, how such plans will be achieved.

S2W-5238 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are in the NHS to address the impact of the European Working Time Directive on out-of-normal hours working in laboratories and who has been consulted on any such plans.

S2W-5239 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any locum, bank or agency medical laboratory scientific officers (biomedical scientists) have been employed in NHS laboratories in each of the last three years and, if so, how many such staff have been employed and in which locations.

S2W-5240 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to eliminate or reduce NHS reliance on agency staff.

S2W-5241 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy objectives are for the further education sector set out in order of priority, detailing the reasons behind each objective.

S2W-5242 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to rationalise the further education sector and, if so, what the criteria would be for any such rationalisation.

S2W-5243 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are of its plans to merge the higher and further education funding councils for the number and range of further education colleges.

S2W-5244 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households currently has access to a broadband internet connection.

S2W-5245 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what support the public sector is providing to ensure that broadband internet services are available to households in remote and rural areas.

S2W-5246 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is utilising European structural funds for the development of broadband services.

S2W-5247 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the rules governing the consideration of applications to sportscotland for capital funding under the Lottery Fund have altered and, if so, when such alteration was made; whether the maximum capital limit for any single application under the sports facilities programme has been, or will be, altered under such rules and, if so, what the alterations were; what representations the Executive has made to Her Majesty’s Government in connection with any such change, and whether such representations will be made public.

S2W-5248 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether members of the Holyrood Progress Group will offer to give evidence to the Holyrood Inquiry and whether non-MSP members of the group will provide a statement or precognition of their evidence to the Holyrood Inquiry.

S2W-5249 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether there is any impediment to Lord Fraser of Carmyllie calling as witnesses to the Holyrood Inquiry the Auditor General for Scotland and employees of Audit Scotland who carried out work in relation to the report on the Holyrood building project in September 2000 and the investigation into the Flour City contract.

S2W-5250 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of use is of restriction of liberty orders across Scotland.

S2W-5251 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of use is by Dumbarton Sheriff Court of restriction of liberty orders as a disposal.

S2W-5252 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the use of a restriction of liberty order.

S2W-5253 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive to what offences restriction of liberty orders have been applied.

S2W-5254 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to re-examine the rules and regulations in relation to exemptions from jury service.

S2W-5255 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce rules and regulations in relation to the exemption of students from jury service.

S2W-5256 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what standards customers should expect of Scottish Water in relation to repairing burst water pipes.

S2W-5257 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average response time is for Scottish Water attending to a burst pipe in (a) Scotland (b) Renfrewshire and (c) Inverclyde.

S2W-5258 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average completion time is for Scottish Water to repair a burst pipe in (a) Scotland, (b) Renfrewshire and (c) Inverclyde.

S2W-5260 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4498 by Ross Finnie on 10 December 2003, whether it will now comment on the Water Customer Consultation Panel’s report Affordability of Water and Sewerage Charges for Low Income Households and specifically on the recommendations that the Executive’s current water and sewerage charges reduction scheme, due to expire in April 2004, should be extended in scale, scope and time, that Scottish Water should consider assuming responsibility for collecting water and sewerage charges and that the policy of selective household metering should be pursued with more vigour across the country.

S2W-5261 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements are scheduled to take place to the A90 on the sections from Balmedie to Tipperty and Ellon to Peterhead over the next 10 years.

S2W-5262 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the next stage of its consultation on regulations to improve the quality and standard of private water supplies; how long the consultation period will be, and when it expects to publish the results of the consultation process.

S2W-5263 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the replacement of fishery protection vessels for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for the next five years.

S2W-5264 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget is available to the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for the replacement of fishery protection vessels.

S2W-5265 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether electronic tagging restriction of liberty orders as an alternative to custody have been effective in reducing crime.

S2W-5266 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether community service orders as an alternative to custody have been effective in reducing crime.

S2W-5267 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of a restriction of liberty order.

 

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