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BUSINESS BULLETIN 100/1999

Friday 26 November 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 25 November 1999

 

S1W-2733 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with the view expressed by Shetland Health Board in recent evidence to the Health and Community Care Committee that there should be a new national policy on prescribing beta interferon and, if so, what plans it has to introduce such a policy.
 
 

S1W-2771 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the effects that the proposed privatisation of the National Air Traffic Service will have on Scotland.
 
 

S1W-2772 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual budget is for research into renewable energy and what these funds are spent on.
 
 

S1W-2773 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the Sex Offenders Act 1997 in relation to those prosecuted and convicted abroad of committing sex offences and, if so, who will lead such a review, which groups or individuals will be consulted and will the review be open to submissions from members of the public.
 
 

S1W-2774 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the distribution of beta interferon and end "post code medicine".
 
 

S1W-2775 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries there have been on construction sites in each year from 1995 to 1998.
 
 

S1W-2776 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to investigate the funding of the Business Learning Zone at Central College of Commerce in Glasgow and, if so, whether it will provide further details.
 
 

S1W-2777 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it acceptable for a college or university to use monies from student fees to fund facilities that are not primarily for the use of students.
 
 

S1W-2778 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients in Scotland have had lung transplants since the service began in the NHS.
 
 

S1W-2779 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialist surgeons in Scotland are capable of performing lung transplants.
 
 

S1W-2780 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to fund a lung transplant service.
 
 

S1W-2781 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is per patient to health boards for lung transplants, including travel and sustenance costs to hospitals in England.
 
 

S1W-2782 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on its response to the recent report Edinburgh and Glasgow: Competitiveness and Cohesion.

S1W-2783 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been received in Scotland from the Common Agricultural Policy in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.
 
 

S1W-2784 Ben Wallace: To ask the Presiding Officer under what statutory authority the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body can meet an MSP’s legal expenses.
 
 

S1W-2785 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the current funding arrangements for Scottish police pensions.
 
 

S1W-2786 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine the possibility of Ashcraig Secondary School, a special secondary school for children with a physical impairment, being considered for Public Private Partnership Funding.
 
 

S1W-2787 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2468 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 24 November 1999, under what specific budget headings savings will be identified in order to find the 2.1 million to fund its rescue package for Scottish Opera.
 
 

S1W-2788 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it intends to give to the "Scottish Dig" at Saqqara in Egypt, given Scotland’s rich tradition in Egyptology.
 
 

S1W-2789 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are directly employed in quarrying and quarry production in each of the former Regional Council unit areas in Scotland.
 
 

S1W-2790 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made or will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the impact in Scotland of the proposed aggregates tax.
 
 

S1W-2791 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it estimates an aggregates tax of 2 per tonne will have in Scotland on (a) the economic viability of small and medium sized quarries (b) the number of people in Scotland employed directly in quarrying and quarry production and (c) on number of transport and other jobs indirectly supported by the quarrying industry.
 
 

S1W-2792 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment on the impact which closure of smaller quarries in rural Scotland would have in terms of the incidence of larger trucks travelling by road from central Scotland to remote locations.
 
 

S1W-2793 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the conclusions of the Quarry Products Association commissioned report The Case for no Aggregates Tax in Scotland, in particular as regards the cost to quarries of administering the tax, the impact on the environment, recycling, potential job losses, and potentially increased road maintenance costs for local authorities.
 
 

S1W-2794 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out any consultation to determine the impact of an aggregates tax on jobs, roads and the environment in Scotland and, in particular, whether it will consult local authorities as to cost implications of any additional traffic and road maintenance costs arising from rural quarry closures.
 
 

S1W-2795 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment on the human health implications of organophosphates will be published.
 
 

S1W-2796 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total number of personnel employed by the Scottish Prison Service in each year from 1979 until 1999 and the projected number of personnel in all future years for which figures are available.
 
 

S1W-2797 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total number of prisons in Scotland in each year from 1979 until 1999 and the projected number of prisons in future years.
 
 

S1W-2798 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify, in 1999 prices, the total amount of funding available to prisons in Scotland in each year from 1979 to 1999, the amount of funding to be made available in all future years for which figures are available, and the percentage increase or decrease in funding both year on year and over the entire period.
 
 

S1W-2799 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total prison population in Scotland in each year from 1979 until 1999, the projected prison population in all future years for which figures are available and the increase or decrease in the prison population both year on year and over the entire period.
 
 

S1W-2800 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total number of prison places available in Scotland in each year from 1979 until 1999 and the projected number of prison places available in all future years for which figures are available and the percentage increase or decrease both year on year and over the entire period.
 
 

S1W-2801 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reduce Scotland’s prison population, and if so, to what number and over what timescale.
 
 

S1W-2802 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive from what areas of the Scottish Prison Service budget the 13 million "underspend" originated, and whether it will list the estimated savings in each individual case.
 
 

S1W-2803 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how the 13 million saved from the Scottish Prison Service budget will be utilised.
 
 

S1W-2804 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when the conclusions of the "urgent option appraisal" into the future of Low Moss Prison, Bishopbriggs will be announced.
 
 

S1W-2805 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on removing the French ban on Scottish beef.
 
 

S1W-2806 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the steering group was established to implement the recommendations of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland, as announced by Jim Wallace on 20 July 1999.
 
 

S1W-2807 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place of the steering group to implement the recommendations of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland.
 

S1W-2808 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a letter from the Chhokar Family Justice Campaign requesting a meeting with the Minister for Justice and, if so, when a reply was sent to them.


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