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Business Bulletin No. 10/2004

Friday 16 January 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 15 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-5503 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which funding streams in each of its departments have been considered as appropriate funding sources to support and promote breastfeeding.

S2W-5505 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many test centres currently issue MOT certificates for taxis, broken down by local authority area, and whether it provides any advice to local authorities in respect of the number of centres in each area and their operation.

S2W-5506 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has made on behalf of the Executive to the European Commission to highlight the issues facing the Scottish retail sector in implementing the Animal By-Product Regulation, EC 1774/2002.

S2W-5507 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken legal advice on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' interpretation of the Animal By-Product Regulation, EC 1774/2002, that raw meat and fish products are excluded from the transitional arrangements for the scheme, and if so, whether that advice will be published.

S2W-5508 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government in respect of addressing any shortage of qualified HGV drivers in Scotland, in light of the impact of any such shortage on the economy.

S2W-5509 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what requirements each local authority currently places on registered taxis as a result of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and what percentage of taxis must be wheelchair-compliant and by what date.

S2W-5510 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been provided for "dial-a-ride" taxi or bus services in Fife in each year since 1996-97, broken down by organisation receiving the funding and the purpose of the funding.

S2W-5511 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction and advice was given to Fife Council regarding the introduction of the Yellow Taxibus service operating principally between Dunfermline and Edinburgh.

S2W-5512 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure greater standards of safety in school transport by drawing up a phased timetable, with appropriate targets, to ensure that all buses contracted by local education authorities to carry children between school and home and on school trips are fitted with seatbelts.

S2W-5513 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent by the Scottish Arts Council on literature in each year since 1997, expressed also as a percentage of total Arts Council expenditure in each year.

S2W-5514 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics it has on the number of disabled people in (a) rural Scotland and (b) Scotland.

S2W-5515 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on literature by the Scottish Enterprise Creative Industries cluster team in each year since its inception and how much will be spent on literature by the team in each year to 2006.

S2W-5516 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct payment applications have been submitted in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) local authority area.

S2W-5517 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct payment applications, submitted in each year since 1997, have been successful, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) local authority area.

S2W-5518 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct payment applications for a person with mental illness have been received in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) local authority area.

S2W-5519 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct payment applications for people with mental illness have been successful in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) local authority area.

S2W-5520 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value of direct payments has been in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-5521 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many residential care homes dedicated to mental health patients have been closed in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) NHS board area and (b) reason for closure.

S2W-5522 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average weekly cost is per resident with a mental illness in a residential care unit operated by (a) a local authority (b) the private sector and (c) the voluntary sector.

S2W-5523 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternatives are offered to people with mental illness where the local authority does not provide day centres specifically for such people.

S2W-5525 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-1058 and S2W-2070 by Tavish Scott and Mr Andy Kerr on 28 July and 5 September 2003 respectively, what recent dealings it has had with the Nordic Council of Ministers; what involvement it will have with the council in 2004, and whether it will seek full or associate membership of the council in 2004.

S2W-5526 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any information in respect of any loss of (a) urban green space and (b) playing fields, broken down by relevant local authority area, in each year since 1999 and, if not, whether it has any plans to collect such information.

S2W-5527 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) public libraries and (b) community centres currently have broadband, broken down by local authority.

S2W-5528 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it, or any organisation acting on its behalf, will take to promote (a) Scotland and (b) the new direct air links to Scotland at the Swedish International Travel and Tourism Fair in March 2004, and what funding will be allocated for this purpose.

S2W-5529 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on local authorities commencing collection of next year's council tax in April 2004 rather than May 2004.

S2W-5530 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction it has given to Scottish Water regarding its policy for providing grant assistance to (a) individuals and (b) developers towards the cost of water pumps in rural areas.

S2W-5531 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction it has given to Scottish Water regarding the adoption by Scottish Water of water pumps and associated mains serving water consumers in rural areas.

S2W-5532 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider reducing the speed limit on the A99 as it passes through Thrumpster.

S2W-5533 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish a response to the Equal Opportunities Committee's Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies, published on 21 June 2001.

S2W-5534 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for a Nurse Executive not being appointed as a representative of the nursing profession to the board of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, given the commitment by the Minister for Health and Community Care at the RCN Scotland Conference that nurses should be represented at the highest level of all NHS bodies.

S2W-5535 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines broadband, in the context of provision to schools; how many, and what percentage of, (a) primary and (b) secondary schools currently have broadband; what targets it has set in respect of the provision of broadband in schools, and when it will meet such targets.

S2W-5537 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4782 by Euan Robson on 13 January 2004, whether the income threshold for qualification for free school meals of £13,230 is a combined parental income threshold and therefore a household income limit.

S2W-5538 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4782 by Euan Robson on 13 January 2004, whether it considers that a household income of £13,230 represents a poverty or low income threshold.

S2W-5539 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was for an appointment with a dermatologist and to obtain a biopsy in each NHS board area in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-5540 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish a full response to the Public Health Institute of Scotland's Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Needs Assessment Report.

 

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