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BUSINESS BULLETIN 105/1999  

Monday 6 December 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 3 December 1999

 

 

S1W-2943 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide a dedicated acquired brain injury rehabilitation unit for children and teenagers in Scotland.

 

S1W-2944 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young men in Scotland currently suffer from Aspergers Syndrome, what resources exist at present for sufferers and whether it has any plans to increase provision of such resources.

 

S1W-2945 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle the problems of neighbour nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

 

S1W-2946 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection is available for home owners whose properties develop structural problems subsequent to purchase due to the use of defective building materials; and whether it has any plans to alter current liability.

 

S1W-2947 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what account it has taken of the potential requirement to move large numbers of prisoners from one prison to another in the event of a prison riot or disturbance.

 

S1W-2948 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it is making to ensure that more prisoners in Scottish prisons undertake rehabilitation in open prisons prior to their release.

 

S1W-2949 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to sell HMP Penninghame and HMP Dungavel further to their proposed closure.

 

S1W-2950 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Premier Prison Services regarding the sale of HMP Penninghame, HMP Dungavel and HMP Dumfries.

 

S1W-2951 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many empty prisoners’ places are maintained in reserve to house prisoners moved from one prison to another in the event of a prison riot.

 

S1W-2952 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 374 Scottish Prison Service posts to be cut will be operational staff, such as prison officers and governors, and how many will be administration staff.

 

S1W-2953 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish prisoners released from Scottish prisons in each of the last ten years have been returned to prison because of re-offending.

 

S1W-2954 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates being able to provide farmers and relevant agencies with the necessary guidance on the implementation of Agenda 2000 measures.

 

S1W-2955 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why guidance on how the new Agenda 2000 measures will be implemented has not yet been issued.

 

S1W-2956 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used in determining that Castlemilk and Dennistoun wards within the City of Glasgow should be awarded Objective 2 status and that Toryglen and Crosshill wards should have Objective 2 status removed.

 

S1W-2957 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that doctors should be allowed to refuse necessary medical treatment to a patient solely for the reason that the patient is pursuing litigation for industrial injury, and whether doctors can as a precondition of carrying out such treatment insist that the patient discontinues a legal action for recovery of damages for personal injuries.

 

S1W-2958 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the practice of declining medical treatment to a patient unless the patient discontinues legal action for the recovery of damages for personal injuries is an infringement of that patient’s human rights and in particular of the right to a fair and public hearing under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights as amended to include the provision of Protocol No.11.

 

S1W-2959 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether each of the proposed M8 Baillieston-Newhouse (both options), M80 Stepps-Haggs, M74 northern extension, A800, A876 Kincardine Bridge, A68 Dalkeith Bypass, A90 Balmedie to Tipperty and A985 Rosyth Bypass currently have full planning permission and other statutory consents.

 

S1W-2960 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has safeguarded the routes of each of the proposed M8 Baillieston-Newhouse (both options), M80 Stepps-Haggs, M74 northern extension, A8000, A876 Kincardine Bridge, A68 Dalkeith Bypass, A90 Balmedie to Tipperty and A985 Rosyth Bypass in the relevant structure and local plans.

 

S1W-2961 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event that the construction of the M74 northern extension and the upgrading of the A8000 proceeds, it intends that the completed roads will be trunk roads.

 

S1W-2962 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s statement on the Strategic Roads Review, when it will make an announcement of further corridor studies, and whether the announcement and implementation of such studies will be accelerated in the light of the Department of Transport, Environment and the Regions’ decision to accelerate parallel studies in England and Wales.

 

S1W-2963 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, further to the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s statement on the Strategic Roads Review, it will identify those multi-modal corridor studies which have already been (a) completed or (b) commissioned.

 

S1W-2964 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include the three Ayrshire local authorities in the "consultation with other authorities in the Wider Area" in relation to the proposed M74 northern extension.

 

S1W-2965 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ruled out tolling as a means of funding the M8 and M80 Schemes.

 

S1W-2966 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the decision not to refer the proposed M8 and M80 schemes to local authorities for further consideration indicates that, if these schemes are progressed, it will develop proposals itself for their procurement and funding.

 

S1W-2967 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive which bridges and tight bends on the A9 Helmsdale to Ord of Caithness route will be replaced or upgraded; what the estimated costs and timescales are for these works to be carried out, and what local consultation it intends to hold on its proposals.

 

S1W-2968 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when and how it will examine practical local options to improve road safety on the A9 Preston to Balfarg route, and what local consultations it intends to hold on its proposals.

 

S1W-2969 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends, in the event that the A876 Kincardine Bridge Scheme is progressed, to refer it to local authorities for their consideration, and whether it will invite them to consider the use of road tolls as a means of funding the scheme.

 

S1W-2970 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was invited to participate in the "Road Summit" held by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions on 29 November 1999, or whether it has been briefed subsequently on his proposals to accelerate major road projects in England and Wales.

 

S1W-2971 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many letters it had received from Cathy Craigie MSP on the issue of school closures in Cumbernauld before 2 December 1999.

 

S1W-2972 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates to be the timescale and cost of works on the A96 Keith to Fife trunk road to fulfil its commitment in The Strategic Roads Review – Scheme Decisions to a traffic calming regime and what local consultation it intends to hold on its proposals.

 

S1W-2973 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale it envisages for the multi–modal appraisals in each of the A68 Dalkeith bypass schemes in The Strategic Roads Review – Scheme Decisions.

 

S1W-2974 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the costs of the consultancy work outlined in the Strategic Roads Review in relation to the proposed A876 Kincardine Bridge Scheme.

 

S1W-2975 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, given the specific invitation in the Strategic Roads Review – Scheme Decisions to local authorities to consider congestion charges and motorway tolling in respect of the M74 northern extension, and the absence of any such invitation in relation to the A8000, it does not intend to allow the A8000 to be funded by tolling.

 

S1W-2976 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Prison Service with regard to any low levels of morale amongst prison officers.

 

S1W-2977 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2058 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 November 1999, whether it will detail the total number of civil servants employed (a) full time and (b) part time, broken down by department, between administrative and professional staff and by grade.

 

S1W-2978 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that a report was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise to analyse the potential economic benefits of completing the M74 northern extension and if so, whether it will publish the report.

 

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