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Business Bulletin No. 41 / 2004

Friday 5th March 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Thursday 4th March 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-6715 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5577 by Ms Margaret Curran on 27 February 2004, what sources of funding are available for the urgent repair of places of worship where, for religious reasons, congregations or denominational bodies have reservations about applying for lottery funding.

S2W-6716 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what policies there are to protect carers providing long-term care from having respite care withdrawn without adequate and equitable alternative provision.

S2W-6717 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many spot checks officials from its Environment and Rural Affairs Department have made on agricultural employers in the last 12 months to assess levels of compliance with agricultural wages legislation.

S2W-6718 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many infringements of agricultural wages legislation have been recorded by its Environment and Rural Affairs Department in the last 12 months.

S2W-6719 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000, what account was taken of the seasonal nature of food processing plants dealing with (a) agricultural produce, (b) horticultural produce and (c) pelagic fish species.

S2W-6720 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000, what discussions were held with representative bodies of seafood processors prior to the drafting of the regulations and whether the issue of seasonality was raised during these discussions.

S2W-6721 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000, whether it is appropriate for pelagic fish processing factories that operate for around six months of the year to meet the full cost of a Scottish Environment Protection Agency licence/permit and the cost of annual renewals of that licence/permit.

S2W-6722 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Her Majesty's Government and Ofgem in respect of the impact of the establishment of a competitive market for three-rate electricity customers using remotely-controlled electricity meters.

S2W-6723 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money is allocated to each further education college to address social inclusion.

S2W-6724 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce pilot schemes for low income debtors who are unlikely to have sufficient surplus income to make repayments under the Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004, as recommended in the report by Citizens Advice Scotland, On the Cards: the Debt Crisis Facing Scottish CAB Clients.

S2W-6725 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that there will be sufficient provision of high quality money advice and how such provision will be reviewed to guarantee that resources are made available to meet demand.

S2W-6726 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to credit unions to enable them to give low income households access to cheap credit.

S2W-6727 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive why the powers conferred under section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 have never been exercised.

S2W-6728 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 will be implemented.

S2W-6729 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce an advertising campaign to promote the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 and, if so, how such a campaign will be implemented.

S2W-6731 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5375 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 21 January 2004, when it will now make, and announce, a decision on the supermarket retail development planning application at the Westway Retail Park, Arbroath.

S2W-6732 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce confirmation of the Montrose Bridge scheme, as required under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

S2W-6733 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for delay in dealing with the Montrose Bridge scheme and what outstanding issues remain to be resolved.

S2W-6734 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made, or plans to make, to ensure that funding is secured for the promised upgrade of the west coast mainline north of Crewe.

S2W-6735 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants working for it, or the former Scottish Office, on grade B1 and above have been dismissed in each of the last 10 years, broken down by ground for dismissal.

S2W-6736 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) type, (b) age and (c) technological quality is of each item of (i) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and (ii) computerised tomography (CT) scanning equipment in each NHS board area and what the Scottish standard is for such equipment in each such category.

S2W-6737 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women had an income of (i) up to 5,000, (ii) 5,001 - 7,500, (iii) 7,501 - 10,000, (iv) 10,001 - 15,000, (v) 15,001 - 20,000, (vi) 20,001 - 30,000, (vii) 30,001 - 35,000, (viii) 35,001 - 40,000 and (ix) 40,001 and over, in each of the last six years for which information is available.

S2W-6738 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many men in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Inverness, (e) Dundee and (f) Stirling had an income of (i) up to 5,000 (ii) 5,001 - 7,500, (iii) 7,501 - 10,000, (iv) 10,001 - 15,000, (v) 15,001 - 20,000, (vi) 20,001 - 30,000, (vii) 30,001 - 35,000, (viii) 35,001 - 40,000 and (ix) 40,001 and over in each of the last six years for which information is available.

S2W-6739 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Inverness, (e) Dundee and (f) Stirling had an income of (i) up to 5,000 (ii) 5,001 - 7,500, (iii) 7,501 - 10,000, (iv) 10,001 - 15,000, (v) 15,001 - 20,000, (vi) 20,001 - 30,000, (vii) 30,001 - 35,000, (viii) 35,001 - 40,000 and (ix) 40,001 and over in each of the last six years for which information is available.

S2W-6740 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 65-year-olds had an income of (a) up to 5,000 (b) 5,001 - 7,500, (c) 7,501 - 10,000, (d) 10,001 - 15,000, (e) 15,001 - 20,000, (f) 20,001 - 30,000, (g) 30,001 - 35,000, (h) 35,001 - 40,000 and (i) 40,001 and over in each of the last six years for which information is available.

S2W-6741 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to raise awareness of the fast track scheme for social work students, as announced on 12 February 2004.

S2W-6742 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students are studying for a degree in social work, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6743 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has monitored GPs' out-of-hours call-out rates since the start of the NHS 24 service.

S2W-6744 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is per call from members of the public to NHS 24.

S2W-6745 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made, or will make, an assessment of whether any patients have been directed by NHS 24 to inappropriate or inaccessible treatment centres.

S2W-6746 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs it has incurred on parking fines in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-6747 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to promote Scotland as a cruise liner destination; what steps are being taken to market theme cruises in particular; which organisations are responsible for each such promotion and marketing activity; what mechanisms are available to deliver such activities; what the role of Cruise Scotland is in relation to such activities, and what funding will be provided to Cruise Scotland or any other appropriate body for these purposes.

S2W-6748 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it provides to those wishing to access the pensioner credit scheme, in light of the impact of the scheme on services it provides to pensioners.

S2W-6749 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has with regard to the uptake of the pensioner credit scheme, in light of the impact of the scheme on services it provides to pensioners.

S2W-6750 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government with regard to the complexity of the application form for the pensioner credit scheme, in light of the impact of the scheme on services the Executive provides to pensioners.

S2W-6751 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when decisions will be made with regard to bids for the Rural Challenge Fund for 2004-05 and when it will announce the successful applicants.

 

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