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Business Bulletin No. 150/2004

Monday 25 October 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged from 18 to 22 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-11538 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9060 by Nicol Stephen on 29 June 2004, what the purpose was of requesting a business case outlining the importance of four bridges, including Lochwinnoch Bridge, in key locations in the area.

S2W-11539 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9060 by Nicol Stephen on 29 June 2004, what analysis and conclusions were drawn from the business case.

S2W-11540 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9635 by Mr Tom McCabe on 10 August 2004, whether it now has information on how many detoxification beds for alcohol misusers are available in each NHS board area.

S2W-11541 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what grant funding exists for tourism development.

S2W-11542 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when visitscotland.com is expected to become profitable.

S2W-11543 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what penalties are applied when visitscotland.com is shown to be carrying information that is (a) obsolete, (b) incorrect and (c) materially incomplete.

S2W-11544 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements there are to allow local events to be listed on visitscotland.com.

S2W-11545 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what economic contribution is derived from tourism in each area of Scotland.

S2W-11546 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support an increase in Scottish tourism by 50% within 10 years.

S2W-11547 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on who was consulted prior to the decision to establish a new Health and Safety Committee for Scotland in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive.

S2W-11548 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what powers the new Health and Safety Committee for Scotland will have and how often it will meet.

S2W-11549 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it will have in selecting and appointing the new Health and Safety Committee for Scotland and what information it has on how this will be done.

S2W-11550 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to fund the provision of CD portable oxygen cylinders for patients who clinically require an oxygen flow rate of eight litres per minute in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran area.

S2W-11551 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it funds the provision of CD portable oxygen cylinders for patients who clinically require an oxygen flow rate of eight litres per minute in any NHS board area and, if so, in which areas.

S2W-11552 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10364 by Mr Tom McCabe on 30 September 2004, what national awareness campaigns it will introduce to support the voluntary proof-of-age scheme, as referred to in the Partnership Agreement.

S2W-11553 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the analysis of the responses to the consultation document on children’s oral health will be published.

S2W-11554 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals on the sex offenders’ register are resident in Scotland.

S2W-11555 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7415 by Mr Frank McAveety on 4 May 2004, whether a steering group on implementing the Action Plan for Scottish Youth Football has been established; if so, who is on it, when it was set up, when it has met, what the agreed outcomes have been to date, who was invited to sit on it and what the criteria were for membership and, if it has not been set up, what the reasons are.

S2W-11556 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the specialist environmental prosecutors, announced on 9 February 2004, will begin work and whether it will publish their names and office addresses.

S2W-11557 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alleged offences against protected wildlife have been reported to procurators fiscal in each year since 1999 and, of these, how many have proceeded to prosecution and how many have resulted in a conviction.

S2W-11558 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alleged offences under the Food and Environmental Protection Act 1985 have been reported to procurators fiscal in each year since 1999, and, of these, how many have proceeded to prosecution and how many have resulted in a conviction.

S2W-11559 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full and part-time wildlife crime officers are employed by Scottish police forces and, of these, how many are civilian employees.

S2W-11560 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to consult interested parties regarding the proposed Quality and Standards III investment programme for Scottish Water.

S2W-11561 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency regarding the proposed Quality and Standards III investment programme for Scottish Water and whether this includes advice about compatibility with the EU Water Framework Directive.

S2W-11562 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received from Scottish Natural Heritage regarding the proposed Quality and Standards III investment programme for Scottish Water.

S2W-11563 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive who were invited to its consultation seminars regarding the proposed Quality and Standards III investment programme for Scottish Water.

S2W-11564 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that its decisions regarding the proposed Quality and Standards III investment programme for Scottish Water are consistent with its sustainable development principles, in particular with the "polluter pays" principle.

S2W-11565 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for the installation of a central heating system, from application to completion of all measures, under its central heating programme and whether it considers such a timescale to be acceptable.

S2W-11566 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the west coast ferry routes currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne will now be tendered separately or as a single package.

S2W-11567 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10941 by Cathy Jamieson on 13 October 2004, whether it will publish the Scottish Prison Service’s analysis that led to its conclusion regarding the public interest test.

S2W-11568 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10909 by Mr Tom McCabe on 12 October 2004, what role it plays over the appointment of directors of Partnerships UK that is appropriate to its shareholding.

S2W-11569 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how the dropping of the broadband target, as referred to in Annex B to Draft Budget 2005-06, is consistent with the commitment by the Deputy First Minister on 16 September 2004 "to ensure that every community in Scotland will have access to, and make effective use of, broadband services" by the end of 2005 (Official Report c 10227).

S2W-11570 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the dropping of the broadband target, as referred to in Annex B to Draft Budget 2005-06, are for the procurement process for ensuring that telephone exchanges not covered in the list of exchanges which BT is prepared to enable for broadband are so enabled.

S2W-11571 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will fulfil the commitment made by the Deputy First Minister on 16 September 2004 to ensure that exchanges not enabled for broadband by BT are enabled in a supplier-neutral and manner-neutral way (Official Report c 10227).

S2W-11572 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many broadband connections have been made as a direct result of its pathfinder project.

S2W-11573 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the commitment made on 16 September 2004 by the Deputy First Minister to ensure that all of Scotland is broadband enabled by the end of 2005 (Official Report c 10227) should be regarded as one of its targets.

S2W-11574 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-6753 and S1W-26795 by Susan Deacon on 25 May 2000 and Malcolm Chisholm on 28 June 2002, how many ambulances and ambulance personnel operated in (a) Angus and (b) each NHS board area in each year since 2000.

S2W-11575 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the response times of ambulances despatched in each of the three emergency categories A, B and C in response to 999 calls in (a) Angus and (b) Tayside NHS board area for each year since 2000.

S2W-11576 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea that the cod fishery should be closed.

S2W-11577 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive against which "measurable milestones" it will assess improvements to the trunk road network, as referred to in Transport target 3 of Draft Budget 2005-06.

S2W-11578 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to measure progress towards Enterprise and Lifelong Learning targets 1 to 3 in Draft Budget 2005-06.

S2W-11579 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how often it will publish progress reports on meeting Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Targets 1 to 3 in Draft Budget 2005-06.

S2W-11580 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new and improved homes were completed for social rent and low-cost home ownership in the financial years (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04, broken down into homes provided by housing associations for rent, housing associations for low-cost home ownership, private developers and individuals and homes improved.

S2W-11581 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new and improved homes for social rent and low-cost home ownership approved with funding from Communities Scotland were completed in the financial years (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.

S2W-11582 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10827 by Johann Lamont on 13 October 2004, when information for the two years to 2003 regarding the percentage improvement in energy efficiency will be available.

S2W-11583 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding the implications for the Executive of the introduction of child trust funds.

S2W-11584 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the answer to question S2W-10400 by Malcolm Chisholm on 4 October 2004, showing that two children have died from whooping cough in Scotland since 1990, is consistent with the statement in the Sunday Herald on 22 August 2004 by public health official Dr Syed Ahmed that, of 100 babies who are hospitalised annually with a severe form of whooping cough, "about 10% die and most are under four or five months."

S2W-11585 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-10952 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, whether there will now be a reduction in the monies paid to Kilmarnock Prison Services Ltd and, if so, by how much.

S2W-11586 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11075 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, whether the overheads of the police and the Scottish Prison Service will be reduced by these amounts as a result of the Reliance contract.

S2W-11587 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11075 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, what the breakdown of staff costs was between police forces.

S2W-11588 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11075 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, why the risk adjustment for the development of the new service was included in the Public Sector Comparator rather than in the costing for the contracting-out of the service.

S2W-11589 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10926 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, how the costs which are not readily quantifiable were accounted for in the Reliance contract.

S2W-11590 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many certificates it has issued to Reliance personnel under section 114 and Schedule 6 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

S2W-11591 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11075 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, whether the budgets for the police and for the prison service will be reduced by these amounts to take account of reduced responsibilities.

S2W-11592 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11075 by Cathy Jamieson on 19 October 2004, why the annual value for the public sector comparator is different from the figure which would be arrived at if the "net present value over seven years" was divided by seven.

S2W-11593 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the allocation of £4.5 million two years ago for three PET scanners in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh has resulted in these scanners being available for patient use.

S2W-11594 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Housing Improvement Task Force’s proposed shared equity home ownership scheme will be put in place.

S2W-11595 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it differentiates between shared equity and shared ownership schemes.

S2W-11596 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how communal repairs will be charged under shared equity home ownership schemes

S2W-11597 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to carry out MMR vaccination programmes in schools as part of an "extended-day" schools scheme, as reported in The Sunday Times on 17 October 2004.

S2W-11598 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health workers have at any time in the last year entered schools and administered MMR vaccinations to children without written parental consent and, if so, which schools.

S2W-11599 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local rail services between Edinburgh, Dunbar and Berwick will be established during the current ScotRail franchise.

S2W-11600 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local rail services between Dundee and Arbroath will be improved under the current ScotRail franchise.

S2W-11601 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to re-establish passenger rail services to Grangemouth.

S2W-11602 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many very sheltered housing dwellings there were in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01, (d) 2001-02, (e) 2002-03 and (f) 2003-04 and how many it estimates that there will be by the end of 2004-05, broken down by local authority.

S2W-11603 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sheltered housing complexes were built by local authorities in each year since 1999.

S2W-11604 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new sheltered housing complexes were built by (a) social landlords other than local authorities and (b) private developers, broken down by local authority area, in each year since 1999.

S2W-11605 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties were converted into sheltered housing complexes by (a) social landlords other than local authorities and (b) private developers, broken down by local authority area, in each year since 1999.

S2W-11606 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties were converted into sheltered housing complexes by local authorities in each year since 1999.

S2W-11607 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were defined as living in fuel poverty in each of the last five years, expressed also as a percentage of the total population.

S2W-11608 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the central heating installation programme with a view to extending it beyond 2006.

S2W-11609 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S10-1660 by Sarah Boyack on 11 May 2000, whether it will introduce a water service charge discount scheme aligned to the existing council tax benefit scheme and, if it has no plans to introduce such a scheme, whether it is considering reducing the impact on the low-paid and those on benefits, as indicated in that answer.

S2W-11610 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-12196 by Peter Peacock on 12 January 2001, what information it has with regard to the take-up of council tax benefit and what representations it is making to Her Majesty’s Government on the matter.

S2W-11611 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by its Environment and Rural Affairs Department towards the cessation of the Over Thirty Months scheme.

S2W-11612 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will attract new entrants into the agricultural industry and what incentives are currently available for this purpose.

S2W-11613 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to measure the economic impact on the income of farmers of the rising cost of fuel, fertiliser and other expenses.

S2W-11614 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of grants it has paid for the growing of forestry and woodland, detailing the top 20 recipients and the amounts each received, in each of the last three years.

S2W-11615 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to develop biofuels and what funds it has allocated for this purpose.

S2W-11616 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to develop biomass and what funds it has allocated for this purpose.

S2W-11617 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) volume and (b) value was of fish caught in Scottish waters in each of the last three years.

S2W-11618 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive when the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords will be brought into effect.

S2W-11619 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what elements of accreditation are expected to be included in the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords.

S2W-11620 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new guidance on the work and role of the General Dental Council will be laid before the Parliament for approval and, if so, when.

S2W-11621 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to change its policy on when it will intervene on wind farm applications where there is substantial local opposition.

S2W-11622 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for consent to refuse to sell under section 69 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 it has (a) received and (b) granted in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-11623 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 50-metre competition-standard swimming pools there are in Scotland and where they are located.

S2W-11624 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of its regional sports development strategy, it has any plans to support the provision of 50-metre competition-standard swimming pools and, if so, where such pools would be located and how they would be supported.

S2W-11625 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive from what date clinicians were advised that they can prescribe the anti-TNF drugs, etanercept and Infliximab, whenever it is clinically appropriate in an individual case.

S2W-11626 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive from what date NHS Scotland was advised that funding for the anti-TNF drugs, etanercept and infliximab, should be made available to meet local clinical need.

S2W-11627 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place a copy of the franchise agreement and all contract documents granted by it in favour of First Group for the former ScotRail franchise in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-11628 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estmates local authorities have spent, or will spend, on concessionary fares from grant aided expenditure in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) in each of the next three financial years.

S2W-11629 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will break down the figure shown in table 8.02 of Draft Budget 2005-06 into (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads, detailing the total amount paid on each motorway and trunk road project for (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; how much it estimates it will spend on such projects in each case in 2004-05, and what plans it has for motorway and trunk road projects in (1) 2005-06, (2) 2006-07 and (3) 2007-08.

S2W-11630 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, further to the evidence given by the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services to the meeting of the Finance Committee on 13 January 2004 on figures supplied by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) indicating that the total cost estimated at that time of the relocation of the headquarters of SNH to Inverness would be around £22 million (Official Report c 788), it can now provide an updated estimate of the cost of relocation.

S2W-11631 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event that ministerial directions regarding the relocation of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are withdrawn and that the policy of relocation of the headquarters of SNH to Inverness does not go ahead, what legal liability there would be at this stage to make any payments to staff in respect of the relocation and, in particular, whether there would be any legal liability to the chosen preferred bidder, the Robertson Group and, if so, what its estimate would be of such costs to that company and any other general costs in the event that the relocation did not go ahead.

 

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