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BUSINESS BULLETIN 81/1999

Monday 1 November 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 29 October 1999

 

 

S1W-2252 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to support financially the establishment of the Scottish National Speedway School of Excellence as currently proposed in West Lothian.

 

S1W-2253 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1791 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 26 October 1999, from which budget the additional 0.8 million compensation paid in 1998-1999 was provided.

 

S1W-2254 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve the treatment of heart disease among women.

 

S1W-2255 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer in men and to promote good practice in this area.

 

S1W-2256 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1794 by Lord Hardie on 26 October 1999, whether, where there is a statutory requirement to publish a statutory instrument, failure to do so provides a reasonable excuse in defence of any person accused of non-compliance with any such statutory instrument.

 

S1W-2257 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the sources of funding are of the 16.3 million costs for the proposed Scottish University for Industry.

 

S1W-2258 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual operating costs are of the proposed Scottish University for Industry.

 

S1W-2259 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proposed salaries are of the Chairman and other Directors of the proposed Scottish University for Industry.

 

S1W-2260 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will launch a marketing campaign aimed at small and medium size businesses to highlight the potential benefits of the Scottish University for Industry.

 

S1W-2261 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult with interested bodies as to how the Scottish University for Industry will add value to existing provision and how adequate performance measurement mechanisms will be instituted.

 

S1W-2262 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review existing legislation on child pornography in the light of the increase in the availability of such material via the internet and other sources and in particular whether it will act on Lord Cullen’s expressed concerns about restrictions on the length of sentences available in cases involving child pornography by increasing the sentences which may be imposed in such cases.

 

S1W-2263 George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Scottish National Heritage (SNH) has paid farmers on Islay under the two goose management schemes of the last three years, and how much SNH will be paying this year.

 

S1W-2264 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has revised its estimate of the cost of upgrading the A77 given the recent price increases in asphalt and bitumen.

 

S1W-2265 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs on 28 October 1999, whether it will reconsider its decision not to make a Ministerial statement to the Parliament following each meeting of the EC Fisheries Council.

 

S1W-2266 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to address the comprehensive needs of business; what action it intends to take to encourage greater integration of business support services between the public and private sectors, and what plans it has to look at the current business support structure.

 

S1W-2267 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to emulate the Small Business Service operational in other parts of the United Kingdom and what measures it intends to implement to encourage more effective and efficient partnerships between the various business support organisations such as chambers of commerce, enterprise trusts, local councils and LECs.

 

S1W-2268 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive which projects have been aided under the Trunk Road Cycling Initiatives in the last five years, and how much was spent on each project.

 

S1W-2269 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of vehicular traffic on the A76 Dumfries-Cumnock section, A75 Dumfries-Stranraer section and A77 Stranraer-Girvan section is HGV traffic, and what is the average percentage for all Scottish roads.

 

S1W-2270 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many student grant applications to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland in 1998 were turned down because of late submission which would have otherwise been valid.

 

S1W-2271 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the Prime Minister on 25 October 1999 that the function of issuing warrants for the interception of communications or interference with property for national security purposes is to be transferred from the Secretary of State for Scotland to the Home Secretary, (a) what operational implications this will have for Scottish police forces and the Scottish criminal justice system and (b) what consultation took place with it, Scottish police forces and the Crown Office on this transfer of functions.

 

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