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BUSINESS BULLETIN 69/1999

Wednesday 6 October 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 5 October 1999

 

 

S1W-1669 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will consider for the new Parliament building a commemorative wall or other suitable tribute to the founders of Scottish democracy, including lawyer Thomas Muir, John Baird, Andrew Hardie and James Wilson.

 

S1W-1805 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many annual general meetings of the governing bodies of Registered Social Landlords were inquorate, in the last year for which information is available.

 

S1W-1809 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to ensure payment is made immediately to the 60 students at the Galashiels Heriot-Watt campus who have not yet received their loan cheques.

 

S1W-1818 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidance to local authorities on the granting of consent to the withdrawal of children from school under section 35 (1) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.

 

S1W-1819 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will estimate the per capita funding for infertility care provided to each Health Board in Scotland.

 

S1W-1820 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to mark the border between England and Scotland in an appropriate manner and, if so, whether it will co-operate with Scottish Borders Tourist Board in doing so.

 

S1W-1821 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive to list the bodies and office holders, as defined in Section 21 (2) of the Public Finance and Accountability Bill, which have an annual expenditure of more than 250,000 and derive less than half their income from public funds.

 

S1W-1822 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to list the location and size of sites in Scotland currently used for the production of genetically modified foods, and when consent was given for trials in each site.

 

S1W-1823 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any measures it is considering to increase exclusion zones around genetically modified field crops.

 

S1W-1824 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government with regard to the implications for Scotland of the proposed agreement between Her Majesty’s Government and the Food and Drink Federation on energy reduction measures, as an alternative to energy taxation, and whether any such representations related to the Food and Drink Federation’s request for a year’s delay before entering into any such agreement.

 

S1W-1825 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the reference laboratories working group consulted formally with the advisory committee on the microbiological safety of food before coming to a decision that there was no current justification for the continuation of a reference laboratory service for campylobacter in Scotland.

 

S1W-1826 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the reference laboratories working group consulted any campylobacter experts inside or outside Scotland before coming to a decision that there was no current justification for the continuation of a reference laboratory service for campylobacter in Scotland.

 

S1W-1827 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when the user survey which it conducted with the Aberdeen reference laboratory on the usefulness of typing campylobacters was conducted, when the results of the survey will be published and whether the reference laboratories working group discussed the results of the survey before coming to a decision that there was no current justification for the continuation of a reference laboratory service for campylobacter in Scotland.

 

S1W-1828 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the turnaround time for specimens in the E coli laboratory at Foresterhill in the current financial year and how this compares with the target turnaround time.

 

S1W-1829 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the membership of the reference laboratories working group.

 

S1W-1830 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of disparities between the different Sheriff courts in Scotland in terms of (a) conviction rates and (b) sentences imposed in the Sheriff summary court.

 

S1W-1831 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the advice and information given to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and their carers.

 

S1W-1832 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to respond to the need for more respite care for sufferers from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

S1W-1833 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support plans to establish a passenger and freight rail link to Glasgow Airport in order to reduce road congestion in the Greater Glasgow area.

 

S1W-1834 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to ensure the continued existence of the Greater Easterhouse Council of Voluntary Organisations (GECVO).

 

S1W-1835 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide improved resources for the training and employment of British Sign Language interpreters.

 

S1W-1836 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding is planned for road infrastructure on Mull, and when the most recent analysis of the quality of roads on the island took place.

 

S1W-1837 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail the number of telecommunication masts installed in the past two years by local authority area.

 

S1W-1838 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive which fixed assets are to be disposed of this year to realise a profit of 6.4 million, and what fixed assets are being disposed of at a loss of 8.3 million in 2001-02, as set out in appendix 1 of the Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust – Trust Implementation Plan (1999-2004).

 

S1W-1839 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust – Trust Implementation Plan (1999 – 2004), what severe financial pressures were inherited by the Trust; what financial pressures were inherited from the former Angus NHS Trust; Perth & Kinross NHS Trust and Dundee Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, what service developments will require to be deferred, and how will patient care provision will be effected.

 

S1W-1840 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the number and percentage of staffed beds currently classed as high technology beds at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, and Stracathro Hospital, Angus.

 

S1W-1841 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the current cost per patient of providing a high technology bed and the average cost of an ordinary or low technology bed.

 

S1W-1842 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail capital expenditure at Stracathro Hospital, Angus over the last ten years.

 

S1W-1843 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive when the former Angus NHS Trust first discovered that 14 out of 16 hospital buildings had a high risk of legionella, whether staff and patients who were in areas of high legionella risk were made aware of this and, if not, why not.

 

S1W-1844 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much capital expenditure there has been at Brechin Infirmary, Arbroath Infirmary, Forfar Infirmary, and Montrose Royal Infirmary, Angus, over the past five years.

 

S1W-1845 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the rationale behind the priorities given to the New Opportunities Fund relating to the distribution of its cancer programme.

 

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