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BUSINESS BULLETIN 108/1999 

Thursday 9 December 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 8 December 1999

 

 

S1W-2979 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission research into the potential impact on the Scottish economy of the areas of serious traffic congestion on the trunk roads network identified in England and Wales by the Highways Agency.

 

S1W-2981 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the international organisations outwith the European Community or European Union (a) from which it receives regular correspondence; (b) which consult the Executive about their activities or proposals; (c) in whose activities members of the Executive have participated, and (d) about whose activities or proposals the Executive has been consulted by Her Majesty's Government.

 

S1W-3005 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to end excess cold-related deaths in Scotland.

 

S1W-3044 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not provided a substantive answer to question S1W-1414 further to the holding answer on 21 September 1999 and when it expects to do so.

 

S1W-3077 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government to ensure that Scottish banking and financial institutions will enforce the EU measures on money laundering (91/308/EEC, COM(1999) 352 Final).

 

S1W-3078 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-779 by Henry McLeish on 13 August 1999, whether it has made specific representations to Her Majesty's Government opposing their plans to have benefit payments moved from rural post offices to automated credit transfer and what assessment has it made or plans to make of any impact upon rural post offices such a move might have.

 

S1W-3079 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the method of administration that will be used for the fuel duty rebate and whether it will detail the powers, if any, that it has to alter the rate set.

 

S1W-3080 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many travellers there are in Scotland currently and what the source of any available statistics is.

 

S1W-3081 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official sites there are for travellers in Scotland and what the total number of pitches within these sites is.

 

S1W-3082 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government to develop a strategy for the development of renewable energy schemes in Scotland as part of the overall UK strategy to meet international obligations to reduce the burning of fossil fuels.

 

S1W-3083 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the cost benefit to Scotland of the development of renewable energy resources in terms of both savings in costs associated with dealing with climate change and benefits from the development of jobs.

 

S1W-3084 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to develop wavepower schemes in Scotland in order to generate electricity from wave power and create employment opportunities for Scotland’s engineering and construction industries.

 

S1W-3085 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has produced guidelines to achieve a balance between support for the development of wind farms and the protection of the natural environment and, if not, when such guidelines will be produced.

 

S1W-3086 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has produced guidelines to achieve a balance between support for the development of small hydroelectric schemes and the protection of the natural environment and, if not, when such guidelines will be produced.

 

S1W-3087 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current planning process as applied to applications for the development of wind farms and small hydroelectric schemes requires protection of the environment to be balanced against the interests of developers.

 

S1W-3088 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the upgrading of the electrical grid in Scotland in order to allow Scotland’s potential to generate electricity from renewable energy sources to be developed.

 

S1W-3089 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2648 by Jackie Baillie on 2 December 1999, what allowance was allocated to each authority during the determination of Revenue Support Grant levels for the next three financial years to provide match funding for bids under the Domestic Abuse Service Development Fund.

 

S1W-3090 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s reply to my letter of 5 October 1999 in which she states her support for the A8000 project announced in the Strategic Roads Review, whether it is actively supportive of all other projects referred to local authorities in The Strategic Roads Review – Scheme Decisions.

 

S1W-3091 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to amend the legal aid restrictions so that the receipt of incapacity benefit and other benefits is not taken into account when calculating income in applications for legal aid funding.

 

S1W-3092 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2302 by Henry McLeish on 16 November 1999, whether it will provide details of the numbers of continuing students over the age of 50 years who have retained their right to have their tuition fees paid in full in the academic year 1999-2000.

 

S1W-3093 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many victims of crime in Scotland have been waiting more than four years for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to settle their claim.

 

S1W-3094 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many victims of crime in Scotland have been waiting between three and four years for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to settle their claim.

 

S1W-3095 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many victims of crime in Scotland have been waiting between two and three years for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to settle their claim.

 

S1W-3096 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many victims of crime in Scotland have been waiting between one and two years for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to settle their claim.

 

S1W-3097 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many victims of crime in Scotland have been waiting up to one year for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to settle their claim.

 

S1W-3098 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the establishment of a Trade Union Learning Fund.

 

S1W-3099 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the labelling of meat products.

 

S1W-3100 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people been brought to court over false calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service in Scotland in the last year for which figures are available and whether it will consider increasing judicial punishment of such nuisance callers.

 

S1W-3101 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer what the plans are for press and media accommodation in the Holyrood building and whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will ensure that the press and media have adequate access and facilities.

 

S1W-3102 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the work of careers services by encouraging more links between higher education and secondary school pupils in order to give a more informed choice about subjects and future jobs, as well as increasing pupil aspirations.

 

S1W-3103 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it will have into the meeting organised by the Department of Trade and Industry for 20 December 1999 to discuss the loss of jobs at the Barmac fabrication yards.

 

S1W-3104 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidance asserting that young people aged 16 to 18 years be referred routinely to Children’s Panel Hearings when their actions meet the criteria for such referrals.

 

S1W-3105 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to reconvene the Highlands and Islands Convention to discuss the loss of jobs at Barmac.

 

S1W-3106 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for treating people with alcohol and drug dependency.

 

S1W-3107 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to establishing a supporters – shareholders trust in order to allow football supporters to buy shares in their respective clubs.

 

S1W-3108 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many non-departmental public bodies there are in Scotland and what is the total sum of money available to them.

 

S1W-3110 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2711 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 December 1999, what level of detail is distinguished for projection numbers of prisoners in Scottish prisons.

 

S1W-3111 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2711 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 December 1999, on what basis estimates are made of the number of required places for (i) young offenders and (ii) women offenders in Scottish prisons.

 

S1W-3112 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what constraints, if any, are placed on health boards and NHS Trusts that prevent them establishing and running patient transport services.

 

S1W-3113 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider widening the testing procedures for scallops to allow queen scallops to be tested separately.

 

S1W-3114 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs of testing the gonads of shellfish are, as opposed to the cost of testing the whole fish and what is the estimated number of tests that can be done in one day using each testing procedure.

 

S1W-3115 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under section 7a of EU Council Directive 97/61, scallop white meat could be sold separately provided that it was tested for Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning and passed for human consumption.

 

S1W-3116 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the total number of people in Scotland employed in scallop farming.

 

S1W-3117 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the predicted number of business failures in the scallop industry as a result of the amnesic shellfish poisoning ban.

 

S1W-3118 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the predicted job losses are in scallop (a) fishing (b) farming (c) processing and (d) marketing as a result of the amnesic shellfish poisoning ban.

 

S1W-3119 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to reply to my letter of 3 July 1999 to the Minister for Health and Community Care regarding Mr W J Webber.

 

S1W-3120 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital allocation has been made, on the basis of need, to Argyll and Bute Council as the education element of the capital distribution formula in each of the past four years and for the next financial year.

 

S1W-3121 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average length of time taken in each police force area to deal with drug analysis by forensic laboratories in drug cases.

 

S1W-3122 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide additional resources to police forensic laboratories.

 

S1W-3123 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive whether blood products exported to other European countries in the mid 1980’s were tested for raised alanine aminotranferase (ALT) levels as an indicator of the presence of hepatitis and whether such a test was conducted on blood products given to patients.

 

S1W-3124 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue new guidance to local authorities on the interpretation of the Carers Act 1995 and Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991 when applied to young carers to ensure that they can ask for an assessment of their needs.

 

S1W-3125 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has evidence to support recent claims from organisations representing the elderly regarding the extent of discrimination in the NHS, and whether it will now initiate a full and comprehensive investigation.

 

S1W-3126 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish further bilateral concordats between departments of Her Majesty’s Government and UK agencies and their counterparts or contacts in the Scottish Executive.

 

S1W-3128 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the individual projects funded under the Rough Sleepers Initiative in each local authority area in each year from 1997-98 to 1999-2000, including an indication of the partner organisations involved in each project.

 

S1W-3129 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of its allocation for spending on both homelessness and rough sleeping for the years 1997-98 to 2001-02, what the priorities for the use of this spending were or are for each of these years and what targets were or will be used to assess the value of the spending.

 

S1W-3130 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of all funds alocated to local authorities or other agencies specifically to resolve homelessness (excluding the Rough Sleeper Initiative) for each year from 1997-98 to 2001-02, broken down by local authority or agency, how many additional homes for social rent it expects to be provided through these funds and what impact it expects this expenditure to have on the number of households that are registered homeless in Scotland.

 

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