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BUSINESS BULLETIN 98/1999

Wednesday 24 November 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 23 November 1999

 

 

S1W-2608 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value is of any compensatory savings required by local authorities to achieve the Executive’s guideline for the year 2000-01 of absorbing a 3% pay award for local authority employees and what the separate figure is for teachers’ pay.
 
 

S1W-2609 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the capital programme allocation and expenditure for local authorities for each of the last three financial years, the current financial year and the next three financial years.
 
 

S1W-2621 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has told East Dunbartonshire Council to cut its planned expenditure for 2000-01 and whether it has considered the potential impact of such a reduction in expenditure on local service provision and council jobs.
 
 

S1W-2622 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, if East Dunbartonshire Council limits the increase in its council tax rates for 2000-01 to the level recommended by the Executive, it will be allowed to set a budget above the Executive’s expenditure guidelines.
 
 

S1W-2716 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-871 by Iain Gray on 15 October 1999, whether it is yet in a position to make an announcement on its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care.
 
 

S1W-2717 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Railtrack about their engineering practices on the West Coast Main Line with a view to facilitating an early morning rail service from Lockerbie to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
 
 

S1W-2718 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposed Land Reform Bill will include provisions exempting voluntary groups, community groups and charities from paying any fee in return for accessing information on land ownership and whether it will clarify the current effect of, and future effect this Bill may have on, section 25 of the Land Registers (Scotland) Act 1868 as amended by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 in this regard.
 
 

S1W-2719 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that existing levels of local service provision in East Dunbartonshire are maintained and, in particular, whether these plans include the release of additional funds to East Dunbartonshire Council.
 
 

S1W-2720 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what response East Dunbartonshire residents and councillors who contacted the Executive about the council’s budget situation received and what plans it has to meet with East Dunbartonshire’s new administration to discuss the budget situation.
 
 

S1W-2721 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop a strategy for carers in Scotland.
 
 

S1W-2722 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies and organisations approved the final proposal to the European Commission in respect of the rural stewardship scheme.
 
 

S1W-2723 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1886 by Mr Jim Wallace on 20 October 1999, when the content of the 2001 census will be finally determined.
 
 

S1W-2724 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the report from the Scottish Executive to the European Commission on the proposed rural stewardship scheme and, if not, why not.
 
 

S1W-2725 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to issue guidance to Health Boards on the development of self-treatment plans for asthma sufferers and, if so, when.
 
 

S1W-2726 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to issue guidance to education authorities on the provision of facilities for young asthma sufferers to access to medication at school and, if so, when.
 
 

S1W-2727 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to fund research into the causes of asthma and its care and what plans it has to lower the rising incidence of asthma.
 
 

S1W-2728 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it has had with the major supermarket chains to discuss Scottish agricultural produce and the promotion of Scottish produce, with whom it met, who represented it, when these meetings took place and whether the issue of supermarkets’ profit margins on Scottish agricultural produce was discussed.
 
 

S1W-2734 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive to list the health board areas which provide funding for beta interferon prescribing and, further to the answer to question S1W-496 by Susan Deacon on 22 July 1999, whether figures for the number of patients currently receiving treatment using beta interferon are held by individual health boards and, if so, whether it will make arrangements to compile and publish these figures from 1995 to date.
 
 

S1W-2735 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates being in a position to issue substantive answers to parliamentary questions S1W-657 and S1W-658, lodged on 22 July, how many substantive answers to parliamentary questions by all MSPs remain outstanding from those lodged before the end of July, August and September and whether parliamentary questions S1W-657 and S1W-658 are the longest standing parliamentary questions still to be given substantive answers.
 
 

S1W-2736 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1785 by Sarah Boyack on 16 November 1999, when it will award a research contract that includes an assessment of the potential impact of road charging on the rate of traffic accidents and the number of resultant injuries and fatalities.
 
 

S1W-2737 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S1W-1790 by Sarah Boyack on 16 November 1999, when it will award a research contract that includes an assessment of the economic impact of road charging and workplace parking charges on Scotland’s towns and cities.
 
 

S1W-2738 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a revised estimate of the cost of the independent committee of inquiry into student finance.
 
 

S1W-2739 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the forms, record sheets and any other paperwork, by fisheries sector, issued by its Rural Affairs Department and its predecessor departments which owners of fishing vessels are required to complete in order to comply with legislation and what plans it has to review any ‘red tape’ in the Fisheries industry.
 
 

S1W-2740 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the forms, record sheets and any other paperwork, by agricultural sector, issued by its Rural Affairs Department and its predecessor departments which farmers are required to complete in order to comply with legislation or in order to apply for subsidies and grants.
 
 

S1W-2741 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all existing and proposed regulations relating to capacity penalties, engine power, quotas and licences, and related matters, in respect of the sea fisheries sector.
 
 

S1W-2742 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the concerns expressed by the Ness District Fishing Board in their submissions to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency dated 29 October 1998 have been investigated prior to the commencement of any development work at Urquhart Castle.
 
 

S1W-2743 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive why Historic Scotland’s application to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for consent to discharge sewage into Loch Ness was not made prior to its application for planning permission for the proposed visitor centre at Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness.
 
 

S1W-2744 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of independence as the Scottish Health technology assessment centre has to select its own subjects for investigation.
 
 

S1W-2745 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether decisions on whether a drug or procedure is affordable in the NHS in Scotland are, and will continue to be, taken by the Executive rather than the Scottish Health Technology Assessment Centre.
 
 

S1W-2746 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S1W-346 by Susan Deacon on 12 July 1999, what its current plans are for the introduction of a ban on tobacco advertising.


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