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BUSINESS BULLETIN 75/1999

Thursday 21 October 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 20 October 1999

 

 

S1W-2062 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to commission independent research into the accuracy of the assessment system used for Scottish Vocational Qualifications.

 

S1W-2063 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require Scottish Enterprise to introduce a greater choice of fundable qualifications in mainstream programmes such as Skillseekers and Training for Work.

 

S1W-2064 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive why knowledge based high quality vocational educational programmes such as HNCs are not recognised as fundable qualifications instead of SVQs in programmes such as Skillseekers.

 

S1W-2065 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any research has been conducted into employer preferences for types of vocational qualifications and, if so, whether that research shows that many employers consider that standard educational qualifications and vocational education qualifications at Higher National levels are of superior value to S/NVQs.

 

S1W-2066 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive upon what research evidence the target of 20000 Modern Apprenticeships for Scotland is based.

 

S1W-2067 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its target of 20000 Modern Apprenticeships created by 2003 reflects the number of entrants or the number completing the scheme and, if it is the target for completion, what is the target for entrants.

 

S1W-2068 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, of the 20000 Modern Apprenticeships which it intends to create, what the target is for successful completion, and by when.

 

S1W-2069 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, of the 20000 Modern Apprentices which it intends to create, what is the breakdown of targets by industrial sector.

 

S1W-2070 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have entered Modern Apprenticeships and how many have completed Modern Apprenticeships.

 

S1W-2071 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1665 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 October 1999, whether it will define the area referred to as "part of this area is out with the sea area covered by the Scottish Adjacent Boundaries Order".

 

S1W-2072 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty’s Government in connection with the re-introduction of a grant scheme for improving the safety of fishing vessels or whether it intends to introduce a separate Scottish scheme.

 

S1W-2073 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a formal system for accrediting quality work experience activities and to relate such a system to University and College Admissions Service points.

 

S1W-2074 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment will meet with Railtrack and the train operators to discuss safety on the Scottish rail network.

 

S1W-2075 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the remaining 40 million Home Energy Efficiency Scheme budget over the next two years will be allocated to Scotland.

 

S1W-2076 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when the more in-depth review of fuel poverty and energy efficiency envisaged when the warm deal was introduced will take place.

 

S1W-2077 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the legal obligations of local authorities in relation to providing for the education needs of autistic children of all ages.

 

S1W-2078 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive why the rate of disbursement of budget per hectare of agricultural land for agri-enviroment schemes is nearly 50% below that of England.

 

S1W-2079 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that all local authorities within Scotland are purchasing British foodstuffs, where there is a choice, for use within their catering operations.

 

S1W-2080 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is per sign of providing local authorities with speed activated signs to deter speeding drivers as currently provided to Dumfries and Galloway council.

 

S1W-2081 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the third Annual Report of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency will be published.

 

S1W-2082 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bodies which do not fall under Section 21 (2) (a) of the Public Finance and Accountability Bill received an income of more than 100,000 last financial year and received less than 50% of their income from public funds as defined in Section 21(5) of that Bill.

 

S1W-2083 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive to list from 1990 the annual nephrops quotas in the North Sea for vessels of 10m or under including the tonnage initially agreed and any additions agreed thereto.

 

S1W-2084 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports future higher education students seeking scholarship or sponsorship income.

 

S1W-2085 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what length of notice was given to prawn fishermen in the under 10m fleet before the recent prohibition was introduced in nephrops fisheries on 12 October.

 

S1W-2086 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1558 by Donald Dewar on 15 September 1999, what criteria will be used to determine the relative weight given to the objectives of efficiency and closeness to the community each time the dispersal of civil service jobs is being considered.

 

S1W-2087 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1558 by Donald Dewar on 15 September 1999, what stage investigations into the dispersal of civil service jobs are at; what departments are investigating civil service job dispersal; how many jobs are being considered for dispersal, by department and at what grades, and what locations in the Highlands and Islands other than Inverness are being considered.

 

S1W-2088 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1558 by Donald Dewar on 15 September 1999, what consultation with councils, community councils and local communities has been or will be carried out on the subject of civil servant job dispersal and what steps will be taken to ensure transparency of the decision making process on this issue.

 

S1W-2089 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1044 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 14 October 1999, whether it will ask the Department of Media, Culture and Sport to ensure that analogue transmissions will not be switched off until blanket digital coverage within the Highlands & Islands is achieved.

 

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