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BUSINESS BULLETIN 85/1999

Friday 5 November 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 4 November 1999

 

 

 
 

S1W-2276 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2027 by Ross Finnie on 28 October 1999, why the priority areas for funding as announced on 1 October 1999 have been decided prior to the consultation process described in that answer.
 
 

S1W-2328 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in view of the estimate of 16-18 million of the number of cornrakes globally, Scottish National Heritage have funded or are to fund any projects involving cornrakes and, if so, whether it will provide full details of the funding provided or to be provided. 
 
 

S1W-2333 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the number of vehicle kilometres travelled on Scotland's roads, broken down by classification of 'built up' roads and 'non built up' roads, for each of the last five years.
 
 

S1W-2334 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-1812 and S1W-1875 by Sarah Boyack on 18 October and 20 October 1999 , whether it will undertake to collate the information requested centrally and make it publicly available and, if not, whether it will state the reasons why.
 
 

S1W-2335 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to give priority to the situations facing small and medium size enterprises in terms of technical and financial obstacles to the development and use of clean technology in relation to the environment.
 
 

S1W-2336 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its current policy is towards Scots domiciled persons who commit murders overseas and who are not subject to supervisory requirements when returned to Scotland.
 
 

S1W-2337 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the production tax which Crown Estate Commissioners impose on Scottish salmon farmers.
 
 

S1W-2338 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted by the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food about Her Majesty's Government's approach to the French ban on British beef.
 
 

S1W-2339 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many secondary schools and primary schools, broken down by local authority, have asbestos in their buildings.
 
 

S1W-2340 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken for the removal of asbestos from schools and to protect children, school staff and maintenance workers from asbestos in schools.
 
 

S1W-2341 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue a consultation paper on the provision of a scheme for rates relief for small businesses in relation to the rates revaluation to take effect on 1 April 2000, and whether it will include in such a paper the text of the schemes submitted by the Federation of Small Businesses and Forum of Private Business.
 
 

S1W-2342 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will obtain from the assessors and local authorities information that may be necessary in order to produce a scheme to provide relief from the burden of business rates for small businesses for the period 2000-05.
 
 

S1W-2343 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the burden of business rates falls disproportionately on smaller business in Scotland and, if so, what measures it is considering to tackle this issue.
 
 

S1W-2344 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order 1998 (SI 1998/46) to ensure that employment defined therein as 'customary' is not excluded from protection.
 
 

S1W-2345 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by John Home Robertson on 6 September 1999, what progress has been made in introducing the £3 million per annum support funding to the salmon farming industry being handled by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and when will the terms of the support scheme be made clear to salmon farmers.
 
 

S1W-2346 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Rural Affairs Department officials have visited Shetland, or plan to visit Shetland, to discuss with the Shetland salmon farmers practical means of simplifying or relaxing the Infectious Salmon Anaemia control measures.
 
 

S1W-2347 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1661 by John Home Robertson on 6 October 1999, what progress is being made in developing a vaccine against Infectious Salmon Anaemia and whether a timescale for its development, approval and introduction has been proposed.
 
 

S1W-2348 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement made by the then Scottish Agriculture Minister Lord Sewel on 23 March 1999, whether it plans to honour in full the commitments given at that time in respect of the Agricultural Business Improvement Scheme.
 
 

S1W-2349 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will comment on the outcome of the meeting on 1 November 1999 between the Reference Laboratory Working Group and representatives of Grampian Universities Hospitals NHS Trust.
 
 

S1W-2350 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what precise role community resource centres will have in the management of patients requiring secondary care in Angus.
 
 

S1W-2351 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of a current national recruitment problem of medical laboratory scientific officer staff and, if so, what measures are being taken to rectify it.
 
 

S1W-2352 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to alter the Scottish salmon fishing season from February until October to March until November in order to take account of climatic change over recent years altering the life cycle of Scottish salmon.
 
 

S1W-2353 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1854 by Ross Finnie on 20 October 1999, whether, for the purposes of the Food Labelling Regulations 1996, Scotland and not the UK is regarded as "the country of origin or provenance".
 
 

S1W-2354 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the total cost to date of the Ossian Project and what is the cost of the report by Deloitte & Touche.
 
 

S1W-2355 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider launching a public health campaign to help men better understand the treatments available for prostate cancer.
 
 

S1W-2356 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to ensure that all GPs in Scotland have access to the best possible information on the available treatments for prostate cancer.
 
 

S1W-2357 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money is currently being spent in Scotland on research into prostate cancer.
 
 

S1W-2358 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce new measures to assist small businesses to raise capital for either new or existing businesses.
 
 

S1W-2359 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the extension to small to medium businesses in Scotland which are not limited liability companies of benefits under the new enterprise management incentive scheme allowing tax relief on share options granted to key managers of small companies.
 
 

S1W-2360 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of grants and subsidies which have been paid to members of the Royal Family in relation to their land and estates in Scotland in the last five years.
 
 

S1W-2361 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will estimate the amount saved on prescription fraud since patients were required to provide evidence of entitlement to exemption from prescription charges in January 1998.
 
 

S1W-2362 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the establishment of a ferry service between Scotland and Europe from Rosyth.
 
 

S1W-2363 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to distribute the £40 million aid package for Scottish agriculture.
 
 

S1W-2364 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why no Scottish Minister or official Scottish representative attended the fifty strong UK delegation to the two day justice seminar in Tampere, Finland in view of Scotland's distinct and separate legal system.
 
 

S1W-2365 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors explain the 30% decrease in the value of manufactured drink exports in the year 1999 Q2 announced in News Release SE1161/1999, and what level of confidence it has in the accuracy of these figures.
 
 

S1W-2366 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will explain in detail how the method used to deflate the total manufactured export figures (for the latest four quarters compared to the previous four quarters) as published in its press release of 3 November, could transform a small cash term rise in total exports into one ten times as large in real prices.
 
 

S1W-2367 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive which Scottish based banks were invited to tender to the Scottish Executive in connection with the development and provision of its Government Procurement Card.
 
 

S1W-2376 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all public bodies and voluntary organisations whose representatives have (a) supported and (b) not supported the fuel duty escalator.
 
 

S1W-2377 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rate of hepatitis was in whole blood recipients at the time haemophilia treatment with blood products factors VIII and IX was introduced.
 
 

S1W-2378 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what action it is taking to limit the risk of disease exposure from blood products factors VIII and IX produced from large donor pools of up to 20,000 donors and (b) what consideration it gave to the risk from the imported blood and blood products which use blood from the paid donor clinics in the United States. 
 
 

S1W-2379 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there were any cases of undiagnosable hepatitis noticed in haemophiliacs in Scotland before 1987 and, if so, how many .
 
 

S1W-2380 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the current recorded death rate of haemophiliacs from hepatitis C and up to what date was that number last reviewed.
 
 

S1W-2381 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recent press reports that it has abandoned its plans to introduce road user charges are true; if so, whether the press was alerted to this change by an Executive spokesman or through other official means, and why this change in policy was not first announced in the Parliament in accordance with the way the original plans were announced.
 
 

S1W-2382 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the European Regional Development Fund money being made available through the special programme for the Highlands and Islands 2000-06 can competently be used to improve the area's transport infrastructure, including roads.
 
 

S1W-2383 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will (a) describe the term "accruing resources" as specified in its proposed amendment No. 6 to the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill and (b) list the description and amount of resources covered by this type in each year for which figures are available in constant prices.

 

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