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Business Bulletin No. 21 / 2004

Monday 2nd February 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Friday 30th 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-5882 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, and what percentage, of money collected from tolls on the Erskine Bridge was diverted to matters not directly concerned with the management of the bridge in each of the last three years.

S2W-5883 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the operating costs of the Erskine Bridge were in each of the last three years.

S2W-5884 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of collecting the Erskine Bridge tolls was in each of the last three years.

S2W-5885 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs are payable annually to APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd for the collection of tolls at the Erskine Bridge and what percentage of tolls collected is received by the company as a fee.

S2W-5886 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the 13,712,663 accumulated surplus identified in the Erskine Bridge accounts for 2000-01 is consistent with section 4(2) of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 1968.

S2W-5887 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual costs are to its Development Department of monitoring the implementation of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 1968 and the Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 2001.

S2W-5888 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were paid to Amey Highways Ltd for the management and operation of the Erskine Bridge last year and what costs were paid to local authorities for maintenance and upkeep of those access roads to the bridge for which they are responsible.

S2W-5889 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive which companies received payments for the provision of services in relation to the Erskine Bridge in each of the last three years.

S2W-5890 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what long-term expenditure is projected for maintenance of the Erskine Bridge.

S2W-5891 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it estimates that total expenditure on maintenance of the Erskine Bridge will total more that 1.1 billion over the next 90 years.

S2W-5892 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in respect of any review of Erskine Bridge tolls.

S2W-5893 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been undertaken to examine the impact of the elimination of Erskine Bridge tolls on congestion on other Clyde crossings.

S2W-5894 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3403 by Mr Andy Kerr on 8 December 2003, how many of the working groups that took place in each of the years referred to had devolved matters on their agenda.

S2W-5895 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor the use of biosolids in the restoration of former opencast sites.

S2W-5896 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding for general medical services for (a) cash-limited and (b) non-cash-limited expenditure was allocated to each NHS board in (i) the current year and (ii) each of the last three years, expressed also per capita, giving any projected or actual overspends and underspends in each case.

S2W-5897 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to create a centralised database of zoological collections and, if so, whether such a database will be updated annually in order to measure the numbers and species of animals held in these collections, including their conservation status and the level of threat of extinction posed to species.

S2W-5898 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when the study into the impact of EU enlargement on Scotland, referred to by the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services at the meeting of the European Committee on 4 March 2003, was completed; what the key findings of the study were, and to whom it was made available.

S2W-5899 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5641 by Malcolm Chisholm on 28 January 2004, which NHS boards currently collect data on psychological and non-drug therapies and what measures are being put in place to ensure the collection of such data by NHS boards.

S2W-5900 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retirements from local authorities were due to ill-health and how many retirements there were in total from local authorities in each year since 1996.

S2W-5901 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retirements from the civil service were due to ill-health and how many retirements there were in total from the civil service in each year since 1996.

S2W-5902 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of sick days taken per annum is for civil servants.

S2W-5903 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure the availability of good quality affordable housing for public sector workers, broken down by local authority.

S2W-5904 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions have been reached by its fly-tipping forum.

S2W-5905 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities should accept responsibility for dealing with material disposed of illegally on private land and, if so, whether it will make provision for this in future legislation.

S2W-5906 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek to amend the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill to address the issue of fly-tipping.

S2W-5907Δ Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report by the working group on off-sales in the community will be published.

S2W-5908 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive why its published documents often do not contain a date of publication and whether steps are being taken to ensure that all publications include either a date of publication or dated ministerial forward.

S2W-5909 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Fire Service has purchased private cars from public funds for the use of senior management and, if so, (a) how many it has purchased, broken down by brigade area and (b) whether this expenditure is justified and what action it will take in respect of the matter.

S2W-5910 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an investigation into the reasons for the number of headstones at graves in cemeteries around Ayrshire that have been deemed unsafe by local authorities in the last few months, resulting in relatives of deceased people having to pay charges of around 100 to local authorities to have the headstones made safe.

S2W-5911 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dedicated diagnostic sleep beds there are and where they are located.

S2W-5912 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, with reference to the report from the Expert Advisory Group on Infertility Services in Scotland, Evidence & Equity, published in April 1999, it will review the eligibility criteria for assisted contraception.

S2W-5913 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, with reference to page 4, paragraph 8, of the report from the Expert Advisory Group on Infertility Services in Scotland, Evidence & Equity, published in April 1999, infertility due to cancer treatment would be an appropriate diagnosed cause.

S2W-5914 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4132 by Cathy Jamieson on 26 November 2003, what its position is in respect of the statement in the report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons on HM Prison Inverness that "two members of staff had recently been required to attend a central belt Court to give evidence that a prisoner had grown a beard" and what action it is taking to address such situations.

S2W-5915 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to explore with companies such as Calor Gas Ltd the possibilities of operating a scheme such as the Staywarm scheme run by Powergen so that rural householders who are unable to access natural gas can benefit from similar easy payment schemes.

S2W-5916 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government with regard to ensuring that adequate measures are in place to prevent the H5N1 bird flu virus entering Scotland.

S2W-5917 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Presiding Officer whether textphone facilities will be made available in all members' offices in the new Scottish Parliament building.

S2W-5918 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many audiologists are employed by each NHS board.

S2W-5919 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it received a copy of the final written warning from the European Commission on alleged non-compliance with the EU Birds Directive, as referred to in the commission's press release of 29 January 2004.

S2W-5920 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce legislative proposals to address the alleged non-compliance with the EU Birds Directive, referred to in the European Commission's press release of 29 January 2004.

S2W-5921 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the matters on which the UK is alleged not to comply with the EU Birds Directive, referred to in the European Commission's press release of 29 January 2004, relate to Scotland and, if so, whether it will list them.

S2W-5922 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to conduct a review of the legislation relating to game birds in order to address alleged non-compliance with the EU Birds Directive, referred to in the European Commission's press release of 29 January 2004; if so, what its timetable for such a review will be and whether as a result of any such review it will consider bringing forward legislative proposals to address any inadequacies in current legislation.

S2W-5924 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure the availability of good quality affordable housing in each local authority area for those on low incomes.

S2W-5925 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23350 by Malcolm Chisholm on 21 March 2002, how many patients are currently on the waiting list for a first appointment at the Sleep Centre in Edinburgh; how, in relation to the answer, it defines "clinical priority", and what the average waiting time is for a first appointment for those defined as being (a) a "clinical priority" and (b) "routine".

S2W-5926 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23351 by Malcolm Chisholm on 19 March 2002, what funding was provided by NHS Lothian for sleep disorder services in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04 and what additional funding was provided to other NHS boards for referrals to the Sleep Centre in each year since 2001-02, broken down by board.

S2W-5927 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-23349 by Malcolm Chisholm on 19 March 2002, how many patients currently receive continuous positive airway pressure therapy for sleep apnoea.

S2W-5928 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to introduce guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, in light of the finding of the report endorsed by the British Sleep Society, Dead Tired, that there are 84 sleep disorders.

S2W-5929 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken into the (a) scale (b) effects and (c) cost of sleep disorders, in light of the recommendations of the report endorsed by the British Sleep Society, Dead Tired.

S2W-5930 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the finding of the report endorsed by the British Sleep Society, Dead Tired, whether it considers that a total 20 minutes teaching per student on sleep disorders is satisfactory and, if not, what steps it will take to ensure that a greater amount of teaching time is given to such disorders.

S2W-5931 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private sleep units there are and how many patients are registered with them.

S2W-5932 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households contain two adults with combined earnings between 43,000 and 45,000.

S2W-5933 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households with two adults with combined earnings of between 43,000 and 45,000 live in council tax band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F and (g) G and H homes, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of such households.

 

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