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BUSINESS BULLETIN 72/1999

Thursday 14 October 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged between 8 October and 13 October 1999

 

 
 

S1W-1412 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the estimated costs in real and cash terms in each year from the launch going forward of the Scotland House office in Brussels in capital, running and staff costs and from which budget line the funding for this will be provided.

 

S1W-1432 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-741 by the Minister for Rural Affairs on 7 September 1999, what safeguards are in place to ensure that genetically modified crops are ‘quarantined’ so that they cannot affect more traditional crops, whether by cross-pollination or any other means.

 

S1W-1753 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether under agricultural legislation, the following animal classes are classified as working animals and whether the construction of any housing for them is subject to dimensions for a permitted development: (a) Hunting Horses (b) Clydesdale Horses (c) Shire Horses (d) Shetland Ponies (e) Highland Ponies (f) Eriskay Ponies (g) agricultural animals working on the land or food production (h) designated rare breeds close to extinction and (I) dogs used on the land for herding and hunting.

 

S1W-1936 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local farmers were consulted before the decision was taken to designate the Ythan catchment and estuary in Aberdeenshire as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) as required by the EC Nitrates Directive.

 

S1W-1937 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the plans to increase provision of new computers and other information technology for primary and secondary schools including details of any plans for the North East of Scotland; whether it intends to provide full-time computer technicians at each school and whether it intends to provide information technology training for all teachers.

 

S1W-1938 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to submit views on the Biosafety Protocol to Her Majesty’s Government.

 

S1W-1939 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average length of time taken to process an application for a freight facilities grant.

 

S1W-1940 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether freight facilities grants will be extended to shipping and, if so, whether additional money will be made available for this purpose.

 

S1W-1941 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the grants paid in relation to freight facilities over the last three years, the amounts paid and to whom they were paid.

 

S1W-1942 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it will take to ensure that Scottish companies are aware of the availability of freight facilities grants.

 

S1W-1943 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail (a) the current transport modal split for employees travelling to work at Victoria Quay, (b) the modal split for journeys by staff and the Executive between Victoria Quay and the Parliament and return, (c) the average cost of each modal form and (d) the number of journeys of each modal form made by the Executive.

 

S1W-1944 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the number of incidents of nuclear emissions or leaks investigated or noted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) over the last five years, the dates on which they occurred and the actions taken by SEPA in each case.

 

S1W-1945 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail (a) the amount of nuclear waste stored in Scotland on a monthly basis over the last three years, (b) the locations of such waste and (c) the procedures for monitoring the storage of the waste, including the nature and frequency of checks as part of the monitoring procedures.

 

S1W-1946 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the costs of expanding the M8 to a six lane highway between Edinburgh and Glasgow and of dedicating the additional lane to HGV and public transport.

 

S1W-1947 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what enquiries have been made of Scottish local authorities with regard to weight restrictions that are currently in force on bridges and what additional budget will be made available to local authorities to meet requirements to upgrade these bridges.

 

S1W-1948 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the recent reports that a number of French producers were feeding their pigs and poultry on sewage, what action it intends to take to ensure that the meat from any animals fed in this way does not reach the Scottish consumer.

 

S1W-1949 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-765 by Susan Deacon on 8 September 1999, what future plans does it have to consult local people about the creation of a secure unit at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow.

 

S1W-1950 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to prevent private firms from setting up accident and emergency units in Scotland.

 

S1W-1952 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital investment will be made by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust and Tayside Primary Care NHS Trust in Angus in the current financial year.

 

S1W-1953 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what policy Historic Scotland has on charging for entry to religious sites, given that entry to Glasgow Cathedral is free whilst an entry fee is being proposed for Iona Abbey.

 

S1W-1954 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether they consider the current measures taken by Scottish Natural Heritage to control the wild mink population in the Western Isles are adequate, in particular to prevent depredation of crofters’ livestock and, if not, what steps it will take in this matter.

 

S1W-1955 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the stores at Ratho and Glenrothes which store rendered BSE material are full and, if so, where does it intend to store new material being engendered and which company is being given the responsibility of storing it.

 

S1W-1956 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to bring forward legislation following the report on the spreading of waste on land published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and what timescale is it working to.

 

S1W-1957 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how is condensate, produced during the rendering process of BSE material, collected and disposed of and who is responsible for its disposal.

 

S1W-1958 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of offences were referred to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Agency from Procurators Fiscal in Scotland in the last three years for which information is available broken down by Procurator Fiscal area, and what were the offences.

 

S1W-1959 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the funding and future operation of the Scottish Football Museum has been made secure by the rescue package on offer to Hampden Football Stadium.

 

S1W-1960 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the operation of Hampden Football Stadium is now financially and managerially secure.

 

S1W-1961 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish interim and full reports from the consultants employed by the co-funders of Hampden Football Stadium’s redevelopment.

 

S1W-1962 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is being paid by each of the co-funders to the rescue package on offer to Hampden Football Stadium, and to provide details of any conditions relating to the current or future operational arrangements which have been attached to the rescue package.

 

S1W-1963 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive from which budget and under which budget heading any contribution it is making to the rescue package on offer to Hampden Football Stadium is being made, and whether new money has been found for this purpose.

 

S1W-1964 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any contribution to the rescue package on offer to Hampden Football Stadium from sportscotland will come from its existing budget or from new money.

 

S1W-1965 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to ensure that lead solder is not used for domestic drinking water systems.

 

S1W-1966 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to evaluate how widespread the use of lead solder within domestic drinking water is.

 

S1W-1967 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to assist householders, particularly those on a low income, who wish to test their domestic drinking water systems to ensure that they are free from lead contamination.

 

S1W-1968 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to assist householders, particularly those on a low income, who wish to replace or repair domestic drinking water systems contaminated by lead solder.

 

S1W-1969 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish figures for 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 from the Student Loan Company and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, showing (a) how much was paid in grants and loans to students resident in Scotland, (b) how many students in each category of institution benefited, and (c) how many in each category paid (i) the whole tuition fee, (ii) part of the fee and (iii) none of the fee.

 

S1W-1970 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question number S1W-553 by Susan Deacon on 29 July 1999, what constitutes a "significant change of use of a hospital".

 

S1W-1971 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will appoint a practising class-room teacher to the Committee of Inquiry into Teachers’ Pay and Conditions of Service.

 

S1W-1972 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty’s Government to reduce the level of vehicle excise duty on lorries in order to bring it in line with the level of excise duty in other European Union countries.

 

S1W-1973 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the allocation of revenue raised through transport taxes to rail freight investment, and how much of that investment is made in Scotland.

 

S1W-1974 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to invest in rail infrastructure over this session of the Parliament and what proportion of this investment will be specifically allocated to health and safety initiatives.

 

S1W-1975 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to set targets for future improvements in rail safety and if so how these targets will be delivered.

 

S1W-1976 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the transfer of executive functions for railways, which body will ultimately be responsible for enforcing safety standards on Scotland’s railways and the penalties Railtrack and franchise operators face if they fail to meet safety standards.

 

S1W-1977 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has identified any distinctly Scottish issues relating to rail safety including the high number of single track lines and level crossings on many lines in Scotland.

 

S1W-1978 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, in real terms will be the new burdens for Scottish local authorities for the financial years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.

 

S1W-1979 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all new burdens imposed on Scottish local authorities for the financial years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 will be funded entirely from the Scottish Consolidated Fund and if not, what alternative sources of funding will be used.

 

S1W-1980 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has had with the fishing industry during the preparation of their proposals for submission to the European Union for the application of the Fisheries Instrument Financial Guidance funding and what has been the response to the consultation.

 

S1W-1981 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Bill, and whether the outcomes of such representations will be made public.

 

S1W-1982 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Parliament will have an opportunity to debate the proposed amendments to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 as contained within the Immigration and Asylum Bill.

 

S1W-1983 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding amendments to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 as specified under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Bill.

 

S1W-1984 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the command structure of Scottish police forces and the way in which officers are deployed between office duties and street duties.

 

S1W-1985 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will call for an enquiry into why Strathclyde police ‘E’ division took over one and a half hours to respond to a report of an alleged mugging on 19 September 1999 in Duke Street, Dennistoun.

 

S1W-1986 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what long term legal and financial responsibilities and costs to the public purse are involved when public sector services, such as joint police boards, fire boards, education authorities and local authorities, are given ownership of private sector telecommunication masts.

 

S1W-1987 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the projected deficits or surpluses in housing revenue accounts and general service budgets for the current financial year in each of Scotland’s local authorities and what percentage of budgeted expenditure do these variances represent.

 

S1W-1988 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact its expenditure plans, as announced by the Minister for Finance on 6 October 1999, will have on the rural affairs expenditure as set out in the previous budget forecasts in Serving Scotland’s Needs.

 

S1W-1989 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail how much each Scottish local authority spent on (a) internal and (b) external public relations consultants, advisors and lobbyists in the financial year 1998-99 or in the most recent financial year for which this information is available.

 

S1W-1990 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the implementation of a national careers advice service for Scotland along similar lines to the system to be adopted by the National Assembly for Wales.

 

S1W-1991 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the length of time it takes to process a traffic regulation order to change the speed limit on A, B and C roads and what plans it has to reduce this period.

 

S1W-1992 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions it has reached on the budget submissions from Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire and Perth and Kinross Councils.

 

S1W-1993 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will create a National Institute for Clinical Excellence in Scotland to serve the Scottish health service.

 

S1W-1994 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allow the flu drug ‘Relenza’ to be prescribed in Scotland.

 

S1W-1995 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the last 70 miles of the A9 ending in Thurso.

 

S1W-1996 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-318, by the Minister for Transport and the Environment on 14 July 1999, whether it will give details of how, in each year, the money given to the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) was spent, who the money in each year was paid to, what were the performance targets of the RSPB in each of these years and whether these targets were achieved.

 

S1W-1997 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive who appointed the Scottish Raptor Group and who are the board members.

 

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