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Business Bulletin No. 184/2004

Monday 13 December 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on 10 December 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-12963 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage increase will be from 2004-05 to 2005-06 in non-domestic rates paid by businesses whose rateable value increases by the Scottish average.

S2W-12965 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will promote Edinburgh as a destination following the restructuring of area tourist boards; what funding will be available for Edinburgh as a distinct and specific destination; what input there will be from local government and businesses in the city to any marketing of Edinburgh, and whether it is aware of any other capital city in Europe that does not have a dedicated marketing organisation and, if so, which city.

S2W-12966 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what definition of hardship is used to decide whether the Scottish Legal Aid Board will meet fees or expect deductions to be made from sums recovered in advice and assistance applications.

S2W-12967 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions armed response officers have attended incidents in each year since 1999, broken down by police force.

S2W-12968 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many armed response (a) vehicles and (b) officers there have been in each year since 1999, broken down by police force.

S2W-12969 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive why £745 million is referred to as the cash-saving target in Building a Better Scotland – Efficient Government, Securing Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity, if the target in that document over a three-year period is £1,732 million of savings.

S2W-12970 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive why the total cash savings identified on pages 20 to 27 of Building a Better Scotland – Efficient Government, Securing Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity amount to £627.7 million when "stand alone" savings of £1.7 billion are planned.

S2W-12971 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive why there are no individual costings for the five areas of reform contributing to the estimate for time-releasing savings of £300 million, as referred to in Building a Better Scotland – Efficient Government, Securing Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity.

S2W-12972 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how it envisages that planned savings, as referred to in Building a Better Scotland – Efficient Government, Securing Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity, will be reported to the Parliament.

S2W-12973 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms are of the planned review of financial planning systems, as referred to in Building a Better Scotland – Efficient Government, Securing Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity.

S2W-12974 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) prosecutions have been pursued and (b) convictions have been secured for offences relating to (i) environmental crime, (ii) breach of the peace and (iii) malicious damage in (1) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and (2) Cairngorms National Park.

S2W-12975 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ban the sale or use of swords and, if so, what exemptions there will be to any ban.

S2W-12976 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the achievement of sustainable schools is a priority under the Ambitious, Excellent Schools programme.

S2W-12977 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to schools and local authorities to enable them to embed the concept of sustainable schools in their procurement programmes.

S2W-12978 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure the recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of breast care nurses to ensure that the needs of patients are met.

S2W-12979 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider (a) recommending to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) that it reviews the guidance on the maximum caseloads for breast care nurses as part of its current update of guidance on breast cancer and (b) directing NHS boards to implement the SIGN guidance on maximum caseloads for breast care nurses.

S2W-12980 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support a review and update of the role of clinical nurse specialists in breast care in order to examine the new roles being undertaken by breast care nurses and the support, resources and training needed to undertake these new roles.

S2W-12981 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the conditions for a grant under its central heating programme to enable Eaga Partnership Ltd to authorise the installation of underfloor central heating, if this is considered to be the only viable option.

S2W-12982 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has had to the proposed UK Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill; under what circumstances it is envisaged that the Home Secretary will be able to direct chief constables in Scotland under the terms of the bill, and what representations it has made, or proposes to make, regarding section 25 of the bill.

S2W-12983 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive why the minimum grant "floor", which ensures that all local authorities receive a minimum guaranteed increase in AEF in each year, has been set at a lower level this year in comparison to previous years.

S2W-12984 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations took place with local authorities prior to the setting of this year’s minimum grant "floor", which ensures that all local authorities receive at least a minimum guaranteed increase in AEF each year.

S2W-12985 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects local authorities with minimum grant increases in AEF to fund existing services and new service improvements without an increase in council tax revenue.

S2W-12986 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the fact that Dundee City Council, Glasgow City Council and West Dunbartonshire Council received a minimum grant increase in AEF this year and have the highest levels of poverty and deprivation in Scotland, what action it is taking to ensure that these local authorities are able to address poverty and deprivation issues.

S2W-12987 Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive why funding for its Quality of Life initiative has been cut by £20 million.

S2W-12988Δ Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to consult key stakeholders in Scotland on the procedures for action on plant pests and the disclosure of site information following a pest outbreak.

S2W-12989 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on transitional funding for local tourism hubs.

S2W-12990 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support dairy farmers in obtaining value from bull calves.

 

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