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Business Bulletin No. 145/2004

Wednesday 6 October 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 5 October 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-11184 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were incurred as a result of the redrawing of plans for the arts factory in Easterhouse, and any other related work, in order to base the National Theatre there.

S2W-11185 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have applied for the post of chair of the Scottish Arts Council and when the successful candidate will be announced.

S2W-11186 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects autologous chondrocyte implantation to be approved as a standard clinical practice.

S2W-11187 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision there is for articular cartilage regeneration procedures in the NHS.

S2W-11188 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether joint replacement treatments should be available to women under 60.

S2W-11189 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has in the ethical approval of clinical procedures.

S2W-11190 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Enterprise’s decision to proceed with Project ATLAS was supported by a business case and, if so, what proportion of the level of utilisation assumed in the business case for the telecommunications trading exchange and the link to London has been achieved to date.

S2W-11191 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of any concerns among Scottish-based telecommunications companies about Project ATLAS, steps will be taken to consult fully with the industry and ensure their support before embarking on a second procurement exercise for the business park network.

S2W-11192 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) MRI and (b) CT scanners there are, broken down by NHS board area and expressed also per head of population.

S2W-11193 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS sites have facilities to provide nuclear medicine, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11194 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) whole-time-equivalent radiologists and (b) radiologists are trained to administer nuclear medicine, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11195 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS patients have received treatment with nuclear medicine in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11196 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the minimum age requirement is for each geriatric ward within an acute hospital where such an age requirement exists, broken down by acute hospital.

S2W-11197 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public meetings have been held regarding the reorganisation of hospital services in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11198 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to increase the number of (a) pre-registration house officer, (b) senior house officer, (c) specialist registrar and (d) consultant posts.

S2W-11199 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time is that a patient with an availability status code has to wait for in-patient/daycase treatment, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-11200 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time is that a patient with an availability status code has to wait for in-patient/daycase treatment, broken down by speciality.

S2W-11201 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish Scottish Community Care Statistics 2003, as referred to in the Statistics Release, Home Care Services Scotland, 2003.

S2W-11202 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many care homes there were for (a) older people, (b) physically disabled people, (c) adults with mental health problems, (d) adults with learning disabilities and (e) adults in other client groups in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000, broken down by care home sector.

S2W-11203 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places there were in care homes for (a) older people, (b) physically disabled people, (c) adults with mental health problems, (d) adults with learning disabilities and (e) adults in other client groups in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000, broken down by care home sector.

S2W-11204 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many residents there were in care homes for (a) older people, (b) physically disabled people, (c) adults with mental health problems, (d) adults with learning disabilities and (e) adults in other client groups in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000, broken down by care home sector.

S2W-11205 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for patients whose priority is classed as urgent rather than routine, broken down by speciality.

S2W-11206 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive in which specialities availability status code 3 has been given in the last year.

S2W-11207 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many incidences patients have been given availability status code 9 on a waiting list, broken down by (a) NHS board area and (b) speciality affected.

S2W-11208 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive why there was a delay in appointing a chairperson to the Scottish Health Council from October 2003, as referred to in A New Public Involvement Structure for NHSScotland.

S2W-11209 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of prisoners was incarcerated for a period of less than six months in each year since 1999.

S2W-11210 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many UK fast-stream civil servants have joined the Scottish civil service in each year since 1999; whether it has any plans to adopt an equivalent scheme of its own and, if so, what this scheme will be.

S2W-11211 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Enterprise has clearly defined what services it expects to be delivered under Project ATLAS’s business park network and the level of demand for those services and whether it has considered the impact of the network on Scottish-based operators who are already providing advanced broadband services to customers in such business parks.

S2W-11212 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many actions have been raised under the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 in each year since it came into force, broken down by sheriff court.

S2W-11213 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, prisoners were employed at the time of the imposition of their sentence.

S2W-11214 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it has implemented, either independently or in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Government, to enhance the opportunities of employment for people aged 55 and over.

S2W-11215 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it has implemented, either independently or in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Government, to increase awareness of pensions by young people.

S2W-11216 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10766 by Mr Andy Kerr on 1 October 2004, whether it will provide a breakdown of all transfers and loans by grade and specify whether such transfers and loans were to or from a UK department located within or outwith Scotland.

S2W-11217 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proceeding to appoint a preferred bidder in any PPP scheme on the basis of one, two or three competitive bids (a) is within the regulations governing PPP schemes, (b) is within the guidance it has issued on PPP schemes and (c) achieves best value.

S2W-11218 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives to local authorities in relation to the minimum number of competitive bids required before selecting a preferred bidder for any PPP scheme.

S2W-11219 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what approaches were made by Renfrewshire Council before 2 September 2004 concerning the authority’s proposal to review the overall scope of the Renfrewshire Schools PPP involving only one bidder.

S2W-11220 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice Renfrewshire Council (a) sought from and (b) was given by the Executive with regard to EU procurement law before 2 September 2004, following any advice from the council’s specialist PPP legal advisers arising from the proposed change in scope of the Renfrewshire Schools PPP scheme.

S2W-11221 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what approaches have been made by Renfrewshire Council arising from the authority’s proposal to remove 12 schools from the Renfrewshire Schools PPP scheme and to seek refurbishment of these schools via (a) the prudential borrowing regime, (b) additional borrowing consent or (c) any other appropriate method of finance and what the outcomes were of any such approaches.

S2W-11222 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) revenue and (b) capital support will be provided to local authorities under the prudential borrowing scheme.

S2W-11223 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage MSPs to develop contact and relationships with senior civil servants similar to those that have been developed with heads and leading officials in non-departmental public bodies; if so, how it intends to do so, and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-11224 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the school developments in target 6 of the Education and Young People section of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008 will be (a) PPP and (b) public sector-led.

S2W-11225 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in seeking to maintain part-time nursery provision as referred to in the Education and Young People section of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008, it will investigate the possibility of providing full-time early years education for every three and four-year-old.

S2W-11226 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will change the rules pertaining to the Schools Fund to allow the fund to be used to support prudential borrowing where that borrowing relates to the school estate.

S2W-11227 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give the breakdown between support for the Schools Fund and support for PPP in the spending plans in the Education and Young People section of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008.

S2W-11228 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the percentage of the specific grants figure given in table 5.01 of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008 which relates to the estimated drawdown of school PPP payments for each of the years in the spending proposals.

S2W-11229 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what new health policy it will pursue following the change in ministerial personnel.

S2W-11231 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures the Scottish Ambulance Service takes with regard to the safety of ambulance crews, particularly in relation to single-crewed ambulances, and whether such measures offer protection for the safety of staff in single-crewed ambulances, in particular female staff.

S2W-11232 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff work on the responsibilities carried by each minister in its cabinet and what the budget is for each area of ministerial responsibility.

S2W-11233Δ Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a 112.5 megawatt wind-powered generating station at Farr near Tomatin in the Highlands.

S2W-11234Δ Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a 98 megawatt wind-powered generating station at Braes of Doune near Dunblane.

 

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