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Business Bulletin No. 46/2004

Friday 12 March 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 11 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-6863 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of secondary schools have offered courses in modern studies at (a) S1 and S2, (b) standard grade, (c) higher grade and (d) advanced higher grade in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation :

A dh’ fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba cò mheud àrdsgoil anns a’ cheud a tha air cùrsaichean nuadh-eòlas a thoirt seachad (a) ann an S1 agus S2, (b) aig ìre na deuchainn ìre-chumanta, (c) aig ìre na deuchainn àrd-ìre agus (d) aig ìre na deuchainn àrd-ìre adhartaich, gach bliadhna bho 1999, a rèir sgìre ùghdarrais ionadail.*

S2W-6876 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated total cost is of the Holyrood Inquiry.

S2W-6877 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the announcement of funding for autism initiatives by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care on 3 March 2004, it will consider funding a one-stop shop for adults with autistic spectrum disorder and their family members in the Inverness area, given the incidence of autism in the Highland Council area as detailed in the September 2002 school census.

S2W-6878 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the announcement of funding for autism initiatives by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care on 3 March 2004, it will consider funding an initiative to carry out research into diet and autism by Autism Unravelled, Action Against Autism, Food and Behaviour Research, academics from the universities of Oxford and Stirling and the Rowett Research Institute.

S2W-6879 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fishing boats that catch whitefish have been based at (a) Whalsay and (b) Out Skerries in the Shetland Isles in each year since 1979.

S2W-6880 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its administration and associated departments’ total spending of £243.19 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £243.79 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £240.78 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6881 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its finance and public service portfolio’s spending of £8,110.72 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £8,290.38 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £8,503.95 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6882 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its environment and rural development portfolio’s total spending of £1,137.54 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £1,124.96 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £1,123.05 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6883 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its transport portfolio total spending of £1,174.52 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £1,218.89 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £1,313.78 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6884 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its communities portfolio’s total spending of £832.62 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £858.29 million (real terms( in 2004-05 and £860.20 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6885 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its enterprise and lifelong learning portfolio’s total spending of £2,351.29 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £2,404.24 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £2,438.17 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6886 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its health and community care portfolio’s total spending of £7,251.08 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £7,640.09 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £8,119.80 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6887 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its tourism culture and sport portfolio’s total spending of £206.06 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £227.30 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £252.59 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6888 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its education and young people portfolio’s total spending of £281.40 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £362.00 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £386.39 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6889 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s total spending of £87.90 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £87.59 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £88.04 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6890 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its justice portfolio’s total spending of £755.29 million (real terms) in 2003-04, £783.97 million (real terms) in 2004-05 and £792.52 million (real terms) in 2005-06, as detailed in the Draft Budget 2004-05, will be spent on staff costs.

S2W-6891 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-6071 by Malcolm Chisholm on 5 March 2004, what the reasons are for its decision not to arrange for clinical trials of the anti-dementia drug memantine (Exiba).

S2W-6892 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards (a) are and (b) are not meeting Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network guidelines that all patients who have experienced persistent inflammation of the joints for more than six to eight weeks and are receiving simple painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs are to be referred for specialist opinion and treatment within 12 weeks of the onset of treatment.

S2W-6893 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time has been for a patient to be referred for rheumatologist specialist opinion and treatment in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-6894 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether those Territorial Army (TA) soldiers who reside in Scotland and (a) live alone or (b) live with a spouse or partner are entitled to remission of liability for council tax for the period of their absence from home on duty abroad and what its position is on the matter and, if there is no such remission of liability, whether it will (i) make representations to the Ministry of Defence to meet the costs of such liability for council tax of TA soldiers on duty abroad and (ii) take any steps or measures to address this matter.

S2W-6895 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in implementing the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in the NHS, particularly in relation to deaf and hard of hearing people.

S2W-6896 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what deaf awareness training is available for (a) NHS staff, (b) medical undergraduates and (c) nursing undergraduates.

S2W-6897 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make funding available to improve access at Haymarket Station.

S2W-6898 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have to take action in respect of nightclubs operating racially discriminatory entry policies.

S2W-6899 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with Strathclyde Police in respect of any racially discriminatory entry policies operated by any Glasgow nightclubs.

S2W-6900 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the school roll is of each primary school in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S2W-6901 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the school roll is of each secondary school in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S2W-6902 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the pupil capacity is of each primary school in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S2W-6903 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the pupil capacity is of each secondary school in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S2W-6904 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions Scottish Natural Heritage has surveyed the raised bog at Aucheninnes Moss; what the nature and purpose of each site survey was; whether any survey contained a quantitative assessment of the extent of active bog vegetation, and whether such surveys contained a detailed assessment of the populations of Coenonympha tullia (Large Heath Butterfly), Matrioptera brachyptera (Bog Bush-Cricket) and Enteucha acetosae (Sorrel Pygmy Moth)

S2W-6905 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers (a) it, (b) Scottish Natural Heritage, (c) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and (d) Dumfries and Galloway Council have to intervene if monitoring shows that measures aimed at preserving populations of Coenonympha tullia (Large Heath Butterfly), Metrioptera brachyptera (Bog Bush-Cricket) and Enteucha acetosae (Sorrel Pygmy Moth) at Aucheninnes Moss are falling.

S2W-6906 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to assess and monitor the number of viable populations and sites of Coenonympha tullia (Large Heath Butterfly), Metrioptera brachyptera (Bog Bush-Cricket), Enteucha acetosae (Sorrel Pygmy Moth), either as a specific project or as part of a wider programme of biological recording, and when this work will be completed.

S2W-6907 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what account is taken of increases in water charges when care home charges are set.

S2W-6908 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the cost of installing sprinklers in care homes will be reflected in future care home charges or whether it will provide any financial assistance to care homes for their installation.

S2W-6909 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-6141 by Allan Wilson on 9 March 2004, what views and proposals it will be make to Scottish Water regarding the bonus scheme for directors and senior management.

S2W-6910 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards prescribe Subutex.

S2W-6911 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of smokers in each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S2W-6912 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of smokers who were under 16 in each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S2W-6913 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to each NHS board was of smoking-related illnesses in each of the last five years.

S2W-6914 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has in respect of the number of children being exposed to passive smoking in each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S2W-6915 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5903 by Ms Margaret Curran on 13 February 2004, whether there are any specific initiatives aimed at providing good quality affordable housing for public sector workers.

S2W-6916 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to offer urgent gastroenterological examination to children diagnosed with autism since 1990 and what treatments will be made available, given the identification, replication and ratification of a new, painful inflammatory bowel disease associated with autism.

S2W-6917 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the identification, replication and ratification of a new, painful inflammatory bowel disease associated with autism, how many autistic children have been (a) refused a colonoscopy and (b) offered laxatives as a treatment option for their bowel disease since 1990 at the (i) Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, (ii) Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow and (iii) Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

S2W-6918 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to identify, and discipline, gastroenterologists who have refused to examine and treat appropriately autistic children who have presented with obvious distressful bowel conditions since 1998.

S2W-6919 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a standard code of conduct is applied to all members of NHS boards.

S2W-6920 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms of the code of conduct agreed by NHS Argyll and Clyde on 8 March 2004 were and whether these terms differ from any standard code for NHS boards.

S2W-6921 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is consistent with the code of conduct of NHS Argyll and Clyde for elected councillors, who are members of the board, to meet the Minister for Health and Community Care as part of a local authority delegation.

S2W-6922 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1914 by Malcolm Chisholm on 3 September 2003, whether NHS Argyll and Clyde will respond as indicated.

S2W-6923 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3779 by Malcolm Chisholm on 21 November 2003, when local communities, elected members and clinicians will be involved in the process of considering the report from NHS Argyll and Clyde and NHS Greater Glasgow on the pattern of patient choice for consultant-led maternity units in their area.

S2W-6924 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the process of engagement between NHS Argyll and Clyde and NHS Greater Glasgow is in taking forward the clinical strategy for NHS Argyll and Clyde; what personnel are involved in the process; how many meetings have taken place between the two boards; what issues were discussed at such meetings, and what the outcomes were.

S2W-6925 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on patient transport from the Vale of Leven Hospital to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in particular how much has been spent by NHS Argyll and Clyde in transporting patients by taxi, following the changes to accident and emergency services, and what the average cost of an individual taxi journey has been during this period.

S2W-6926 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will continue to support local area destination marketing within the new VisitScotland structure.

S2W-6927Δ Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give details of any changes to student support for further and higher education students that will apply for the academic year 2004-05.

 

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