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Business Bulletin No. 75 / 2004

Wednesday 5th May 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Tuesday 4th May 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-7935 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it received any requests to support Tartan Day 2004 in Paris; when any such requests were received, and what response it made.

* The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A dh' fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba an d' fhuair e iarrtas sam bith ag iarraidh air taic a thoirt do Latha a' Bhreacain 2004 ann am Paris; cuine a fhuaireadh iarrtas sam bith a chaidh a dhèanamh, agus dè an fhreagairt a bha aige.

S2W-7936 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what requests it received seeking its support for events outwith Scotland requesting Scottish participation in each year from 1999 to 2004.

* The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A dh' fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba dè na h-iarrtasan a fhuair e ag iarraidh a thaic airson thachartasan taobh a-muigh na h-Alba, is iad a' sireadh compàirteachadh Albannach, gach bliadhna bho 1999 gu 2004.

S2W-7975 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what plans it has to acknowledge and celebrate the centenary of Norway's independence in 2005.

S2W-7976 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how often the power to advance well-being under Part 3 of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 has been used by each local authority.

S2W-7977 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a tram link or a heavy rail link to Edinburgh Airport is its higher priority and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-7978 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what best practices it is learning from the Department for Education and Skills' Early Support Pilot Programme and how these are informing processes and services in Scotland.

S2W-7979 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will make available for a Scottish equivalent of the Department for Education and Skills' Early Support Pilot Programme.

S2W-7980 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialised social workers there are for deaf and hard of hearing people, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-7981 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements in training in deaf awareness for social workers there will be when single shared assessment is fully implemented and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 comes into force.

S2W-7982 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage and recruit more specialised social workers for deaf and hard of hearing people.

S2W-7983 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the achievements have been of Scotland's presidency of the Group of Regions with Legislative Powers.

S2W-7984 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to restructure the higher and further education sector and, if so, what plans there are and what the timescale for implementation of such plans will be.

S2W-7985 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) paramedics and (b) technicians are employed by each NHS board.

S2W-7986 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its initiatives require police officers to be diverted from front-line policing.

S2W-7987 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 5.1 million programme to put new high-tech heart machines in every front-line ambulance will be ring-fenced for use in ambulances in Glasgow.

S2W-7988 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many front-line ambulances there are, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-7989 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on external consultancy in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-7990 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spent on external consultancy in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-7991 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost per year is of treating eligible patients with photodynamic therapy who have wet age-related macular degeneration with pure classic or predominately classic lesions.

S2W-7992 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS treatment centres have the facilities to treat people with age-related macular degeneration with photodynamic therapy.

S2W-7993 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retinal specialists there are who are expert in administrating photodynamic therapy for patients with age-related macular degeneration, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-7994 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review how NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) issues guidance relevant to Scotland following a National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisal, given that NICE guidance provides the NHS implications of cost and further research for England and Wales and there is no further publication offered by NHS QIS giving such costs for Scotland.

S2W-7995 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instruct NHS Quality Improvement Scotland to issue separate publications on National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidance that show clearly the implications to the NHS in Scotland of costs and recommendations for further research.

S2W-7996 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the incorporation of the Health Technology Board for Scotland into NHS Quality Improvement Scotland has affected the target of achieving 25 health technology assessments by December 2006.

S2W-7997 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in implementing the commitment of its Health Department to explore, with the Common Services Agency, the creation of a combined community and hospital medicines utilisation database, as referred to in The Right Medicine: A Strategy for Pharmaceutical Care in Scotland.

S2W-7998 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the privately-funded photodynamic therapy treatment centres for age-related macular degeneration will carry out NHS work.

S2W-7999 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the delay in implementing the National Institute of Clinical Excellence's Technology Appraisal No.68 in September 2003 on guidance on the use of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration will extend to Scotland.

S2W-8000 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all primary care trusts are able to implement the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland guidance on photodynamic therapy for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

S2W-8001 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive why the statute of limitation on debt recovery after six years does not apply in Scotland.

S2W-8002 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have not made budget allocations for the treatment of photodynamic therapy for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

S2W-8003 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what information can be made available about the monitoring of the performance of NHS boards in providing photodynamic therapy for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

S2W-8004 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recruit retinal specialist staff trained in the administering of the new photodynamic therapy treatment for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

S2W-8005 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to ensure that all NHS boards make budget allocations so that there is no "postcode" treatment for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

S2W-8006 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7447 by Allan Wilson on 21 April 2004, what the terms of reference are of the working group on large animal veterinary services.

S2W-8007 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7447 by Allan Wilson on 21 April 2004, what the names and backgrounds are of the members of the working group on large animal veterinary services.

S2W-8008 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place between it and Her Majesty's Government to discuss the draft European Constitution since the Prime Minister's announcement of a referendum; who attended each such meeting; what issues were discussed, and when and where each meeting took place.

S2W-8009 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what underspend there was in the (a) fishing vessel decommissioning and (b) transitional aid scheme in 2003 and how much has been paid out so far for the purposes of rates relief for onshore businesses affected by the 2002 fisheries agreement.

S2W-8010 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2F-849 by Mr Jack McConnell on 29 April 2004 (Official Report, c 7931-7932), how many meetings have been held to discuss the application forms; when and where such meetings took place; who chaired the meetings; who was invited to attend the meetings and who represented Scotland; whether there are any minutes of these meetings, and who was selected to draft the forms and why.

S2W-8011 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Skipton Trust will be configured and who will be appointed as its trustees and by what selection process.

S2W-8012 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance will be given to claimants in completing the forms for application to the Skipton Trust.

S2W-8013 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the General Medical Council was consulted with regard to the forms for application to the Skipton Trust.

S2W-8014 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what process will be established for representation at appeals when a claim is rejected by the Skipton Trust and whether assistance will be provided with such representation and, if so, what form this will take.

S2W-8015 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of those infected with hepatitis C through contaminated blood products have died since the publication of the Health and Community Care Committee's 17th Report 2001 (Session 1) Report on Hepatitis C (SP Paper 398).

S2W-8016 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what sums were awarded as compensation to motorists and other road users as a result of potholes and other defects on trunk roads, in each year since 1999.

S2W-8017 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what sums were awarded by each local authority as compensation to motorists and other road users as a result of potholes and other defects on local authority maintained roads and in each year since 1999.

S2W-8018 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the procedure is in circumstances where an accused person, having launched an appeal against sentence, has that appeal refused at the second sift stage.

S2W-8019 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7167 by Cathy Jamieson on 22 April 2004, whether it will give a breakdown of the 5,627 outstanding warrants into those for (a) murder, (b) rape or serious sexual assault, (c) assault to severe injury, (d) other indictable offences and (e) summary criminal matters.

S2W-8020 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government and what specific proposals it has made to ministers of Her Majesty's Government regarding its priorities for the proposed "Focal Points" meeting to be held in Dublin on 4 May 2004 and whether Scottish ministers will attend the General Affairs and External Relations Councils of 17 to 18 May and 14 to 15 June 2004.

S2W-8021Δ Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive when further guidance for inclusion in the child witness support pack will be issued.

S2W-8022 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are bound by Executive guidance when submitting PPP bids for school rebuilding projects.

S2W-8023 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what weight is given to the results of public consultations when considering PPP bids for school rebuilding projects.

S2W-8024 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any circumstances that would permit local authorities to disregard the results of surveys and public consultations undertaken to establish where the most need is in respect of the provision of new schools.

S2W-8025 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in each local authority area will be eligible for the education maintenance allowance in the academic years (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

S2W-8026 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been allocated in each local authority for the education maintenance allowance in each of the next five academic years.

S2W-8027 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been prescribed beta interferon or glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in each year since 1998, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-8028 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have waited to be assessed to determine if they would benefit from beta interferon or glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in each year since 1998, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-8029 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people publicly-funded to deal with, or counsel, drug misusers have been convicted of drugs-related offences in each of the last four years.

S2W-8030 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any proposals to require people publicly-funded to deal with, or counsel, drug misusers to be subject to random drug testing.

S2W-8032 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent attrition rate is for all nursing students, including the three year course, the shortened course for graduates and the integrated degree course combined.

S2W-8033 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will refund Aberdeenshire Council for any damage to the B979 road between Stonehaven and Maryculter resulting from the closure of the A90 at Muchalls Bridge and, if so, when.

S2W-8034 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when its programme of safety improvements at the A90 junctions at Laurencekirk will be completed and how much it will cost.

S2W-8035 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what extra resources it will allocate to Grampian Police to monitor and enforce the 40 mph speed limit for HGVs on all single carriageway roads within the force area.

S2W-8036 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is to see a GP, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-8037 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many outstanding claims there are for farm subsidies from previous years.

S2W-8038 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of outstanding disputed farm subsidy claims there have been in each of the last five years.

S2W-8039 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to end the district court system.

S2W-8040 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of hospital administration was for each year from 1995 to 2003, broken down by NHS board.

 

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