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Business Bulletin No. 170/2004

Monday 22 November 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 17 November 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-12356 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish a transitional fund to help local authorities who are adversely affected by the allocation of the Supporting People grant and, if so, what criteria will be used to disburse the funding.

S2W-12377 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the assurance given by the Deputy Minister for Education and Young People during Stage 3 consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill on 1 April 2004 (Official Report c 7342), what action has been taken regarding the consultation to ensure that all childcare and child welfare legislation is consistent on the issue of children’s rights.

S2W-12378 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in each of the last five years.

S2W-12379 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been prosecuted for attempting to pervert the course of justice in each of the last five years.

S2W-12380 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to the British Association for Immediate Care Scotland to provide emergency medical care.

S2W-12381 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will develop the role of the British Association for Immediate Care Scotland in providing emergency medical care.

S2W-12382 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students are in initial teacher training places, broken down by year group and including postgraduates.

S2W-12383 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many postgraduate students will be required to take up teaching courses over the next three years to achieve its target of reducing class sizes in (a) Primary 1 and (b) S1 and S2 mathematics and English.

S2W-12384 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools provide free fruit for all pupils, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-12385 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how the provision of free fruit in schools is funded.

S2W-12386 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports to procurators fiscal were marked "no proceedings" due to a lack of evidence in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-12387 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals were charged with a crime in each of the last five years, broken down by police board area.

S2W-12388 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals were prosecuted for a crime in each of the last five years, broken down by police board area.

S2W-12389 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11167 by Mr Andy Kerr on 8 November 2004, what discussions it has had with, and communications it has received from, the Health and Safety Executive regarding Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

S2W-12391 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken any action to encourage the transfer of Safeway’s contract for carriage of goods by rail to Somerfield PLC to ensure that there is less supermarket traffic on the roads in the north of Scotland.

S2W-12392 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Somerfield PLC is being actively encouraged to deliver supplies to its existing stores in Dingwall, Alness and Invergordon by rail as well as to its recently-acquired Safeway Compact stores in Wick and Thurso.

S2W-12393 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods and types of music have been chosen by local authorities as part of the roll-out of its youth music initiative.

S2W-12394 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation it is carrying out of the delivery of its youth music initiative in schools.

S2W-12395 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what feedback it has had from local authorities on the roll-out of its youth music initiative.

S2W-12396 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2F-1212 on flouridation of water by Mr Jack McConnell on 18 November 2004, whether it intends to cease funding the British Fluoridation Society.

S2W-12397 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any research has been carried out to establish whether Dunoon, Helensburgh and Largs are cancer "hot spots".

S2W-12398 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) carers and (b) people being cared for there are in each local authority area.

S2W-12399 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all local authorities are implementing their legal duties in relation to carers, as set out in the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-12400 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many assessments of (a) ability to provide care and (b) needs have been carried out in each local authority area under the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-12401 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people accessed direct payments to secure the provision of community care services under the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-12402 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the legislation on assessment of carers and direct payments is being adhered to by all local authorities.

S2W-12403 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposal to reconfigure local mental health services in the Lomond area should properly be considered as part of NHS Argyll and Clyde’s Clinical Strategy and therefore be subject to ministerial approval.

S2W-12404 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the optimal model of service delivery for mental health provision.

S2W-12405 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the per capita cost is of delivering mental health services in (a) NHS Argyll and Clyde, (b) NHS Greater Glasgow and (c) the Lomond division of NHS Argyll and Clyde.

S2W-12406 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients in the Lomond division of NHS Argyll and Clyde used (a) community mental health services, (b) in-patient services at the Christie Ward of the Vale of Leven Hospital and (c) in-patient services elsewhere, in each year since 1999.

S2W-12407 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to NHS Argyll and Clyde for mental health services in each year since 1999.

S2W-12408 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been spent by NHS Argyll and Clyde on mental health services in each year since 1999, broken down by operating division.

S2W-12409 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding NHS Argyll and Clyde has allocated for the provision of community mental health teams in the Lomond area and when such funding was allocated.

S2W-12410 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Expert Group on Prostitution will report.

S2W-12411Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to be held in Brussels on 22 and 23 November 2004.

S2W-12412 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the comprehensive internal examination of procedure and policy for Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service staff in respect of death will be published.

S2W-12413 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median number of days has been in 2004 to wait for in-patient treatment in the NHS Argyll and Clyde area.

S2W-12414 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time medical staff there were in the NHS Argyll and Clyde area in 2003.

S2W-12415 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the clinical criteria for NHS-funded infertility treatment will be reviewed and whether any such review will be subject to public consultation.

S2W-12416 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the upper age limit for women to access NHS-funded infertility treatment will be revised and, if so, whether that age limit will be set at the point of treatment rather than at the point of diagnosis.

S2W-12417 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations it received from the 2003 consensus conference on the Scottish Programme for Clinical Effectiveness in Reproductive Health regarding the upper age limit for female access to NHS-funded infertility treatment.

S2W-12418 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations it received from the 2003 consensus conference on the Scottish Programme for Clinical Effectiveness in Reproductive Health regarding the length of waiting times for NHS-funded infertility treatment.

S2W-12419 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that women approaching the upper age limit for NHS-funded infertility treatment are not excluded from treatment due to the length of waiting times.

S2W-12420 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to monitor and reduce waiting times for NHS-funded infertility treatment between the point of diagnosis and the beginning of the first cycle of treatment.

S2W-12421 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what immediate action it will take to decrease levels of infertility.

S2W-12422 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether provisions of the Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004 will permit Scottish Ministers to exercise certain powers of the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive set out in the Transport Act 1968 and the Railways Act 1993.

S2W-12423 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to publish a second edition of Faclair na Pàrlamaid, the Gaelic Parliamentary Dictionary.

*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A’ dh’ fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba, dè tha e a’ dèanamh gus darna clò-bhualadh de dh’Fhaclair na Pàrlamaid, am faclair pàrlamaideach Gàidhlig, fhoillseachadh.*

S2W-12424 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill, for example by publishing an English to Gaelic dictionary, initiating a Gaelic translation course or offering golden handshakes to Gaelic teachers.

* The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A’ dh’ fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba, dè na ceumannan pragtaigeach a tha e a’ gabhail, mar eisimpleir, le bhith foillseachadh faclair Beurla gu Gàidhlig, cùrsa eadar-theangachaidh Gàidhlig a thòiseachadh; no a bhith a’ tairgse fàiltean òra do thidsearan Gàidhlig, gus taic a thoirt do dh’ obrachadh Bile na Gàidhlig (Alba).*

S2W-12425 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11033 by Mr Andy Kerr on 8 November 2004, how many allied health professionals were occupational therapists in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-12426 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS employees’ salaries will be reduced as a result of rebanding under Agenda for Change.

S2W-12427 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental practices have closed in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-12428 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients have been deregistered in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-12429 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests to reopen railway stations are under consideration and where such stations are located.

S2W-12430 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many proposals for additional railway track are being considered and for which areas.

S2W-12431 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11684 by Mr Tom McCabe on 8 November 2004, how much funding was allocated to each local authority under the quality of life fund in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.

S2W-12432 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11759 by Rhona Brankin on 9 November 2004, what the number of carers over 18 is in each local authority area represented as a percentage of the local authority population.

S2W-12433 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11806 by Mr Tom McCabe on 10 November 2004, what mechanisms are being used to keep businesses informed of procurement and sponsorship opportunities.

S2W-12434 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and is currently having, with National Grid Transco before setting renewable targets.

S2W-12435 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has established the maximum level of wind generation capacity as a percentage of total available generation capacity that will allow the operators of the grid system to guarantee security of supply at existing levels.

S2W-12436 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of spinning reserve it has calculated in setting renewable generation targets to guarantee security of supply at existing levels.

S2W-12437 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings in CO2 emissions it has calculated in setting renewable generation targets and whether it has taken account of spinning reserve emissions.

S2W-12438 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any calculations it has carried out in respect of the saving of CO2 emissions as a consequence of the 2010 and 2020 renewable energy targets.

S2W-12439 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has carried out, in setting renewable generation targets, into the current circumstances surrounding wind generation in Denmark and Germany.

S2W-12440 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the intention expressed in the Explanatory Memorandum of the Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004 "That the devolution of legislative competence to the Scottish Parliament, via this instrument, will enable the Scottish Parliament to transfer the relevant rail functions to the Scottish Ministers" is adequately reflected in the wording of the draft instrument which provides for all functions of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive under Part II of the Transport Act 1998 and sections 32 to 36 of the Railways Act 1993 to be transferred to the Scottish Ministers.

S2W-12441 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what development grant aid is provided to sports organisations, showing the level of grant provided and the organisations in receipt of the grant.

S2W-12442 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation took place prior to the decision in respect of the location of the National Theatre; who was consulted, and whether it will publish the outcome of the consultation.

S2W-12443 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultants were used by the Scottish Arts Council and what level of expenditure was incurred on consultants in each of the last five years.

S2W-12444Δ Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Seeds (National List of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 will be made.

S2W-12445 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11897 by Ms Patricia Ferguson on 18 November 2004, which football clubs have benefited from, and what funding has been allocated under, the Building for Sport programme since inception.

S2W-12446 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what form its further consultation on the future of fire control rooms will take.

S2W-12447 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when its further consultation on the future of fire control rooms is expected to begin and conclude.

S2W-12448 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to enable the Parliament to consider the outcome of its further consultation on the future of fire control rooms.

S2W-12449 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria have been issued to local authorities regarding the standard of pitches to be included in PPP/PFI projects; what specific directions have been given with regard to synthetic/artificial turf; whether directions will be updated to ensure that pitches meet FIFA specified standards, and what information it has regarding artificial pitches laid through PPP/PFI projects and whether such pitches meet new FIFA standards.

S2W-12450 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many parliamentary counsel it has employed in each year since 1999 and what plans it has to recruit more counsel.

S2W-12451 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions are permitted under section 14 of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 which would otherwise be an offence under the Act.

S2W-12452 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance there is, or is planned, regarding the use of powered vehicles to drive deer.

S2W-12453 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the duration is of the transport long-term investment plan, referred to on page 107 of Draft Budget 2005-06, and where details of this plan are published.

S2W-12454 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants have been made to local authorities under the Integrated Transport Fund in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05 to date.

S2W-12455 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11878 by Ross Finnie on 15 November 2004, why nuclear sites are monitored by their owners instead of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA); why information about the numbers of staff involved in monitoring and cleaning up is not held centrally and where such information is held, who pays for the clean-up of contaminated land immediately outside the Hunterston A site; what the current status is of the contaminated land inside the Hunterston A site, and what the current status is of SEPA’s investigation regarding contaminated land outside the Hunterston A site.

 

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