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BUSINESS BULLETIN 109/1999 

Friday 10 December 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 9 December 1999

 

 

Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 December 1999

 

S1W-3131 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has requested a report from Inverclyde council on the impact of the recent flooding in the area.

 

S1W-3132 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has requested a report from West of Scotland Water outlining how it plans to provide a permanent solution to the recurring problem of flooding in Inverclyde.

 

S1W-3133 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to assess the impact recent flooding in Inverclyde has had on local businesses and schools.

 

S1W-3134 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to calculate the expense incurred by the police, fire and ambulance services as a result of the recent flooding in Inverclyde.

 

S1W-3135 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to calculate the impact on the business of official bodies, such as courts and tribunals, of recent floods in Inverclyde.

 

S1W-3136 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Legal Aid Board will report on its pilot project to increase the number of repayment months in contributions of 500 or over.

 

S1W-3137 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-303 by Henry McLeish on 29 July 1999, whether it will provide updated information on the number of companies which have taken on young people under the employment option of the New Deal for Young People and what percentage of trading businesses this figure represents.

 

S1W-3138 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-302 by Henry McLeish on 29 July 1999, whether it will provide updated information on how many young people who have obtained employment through the New Deal Gateway have been taken on by employers who are not receiving a New Deal subsidy and what percentage of those taken on under the employment option this represents.

 

S1W-3139 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-304 by Henry McLeish on 29 July 1999, whether it will provide updated information on the number of people who have joined the employment option of the New Deal for Young People to date; how many have left the option; of these, how many moved into unsubsidised jobs, and whether any information on the number of young people retained by the employer who took them on after completion of the six month period is now available.

 

S1W-3140 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-300 by Henry McLeish on 29 July 1999, whether it will provide updated information on the number of people who have joined the New Deal for Young People and on the expenditure incurred on this programme to date.

 

S1W-3141 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1030 by Henry McLeish on 6 September 1999, whether it will provide an updated breakdown of expenditure to date on each New Deal programme other than the New Deal for Young People.

 

S1W-3142 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-878 by Henry McLeish on 31 August 1999, whether it will provide updated information on the number of people in each unit of delivery currently enrolled in each of the following New Deal options: (a) full-time education and training, (b) voluntary sector and (c) environmental task force.

 

S1W-3143 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1032 by Henry McLeish on 6 September 1999, whether it will provide updated destination statistics for the New Deal for Young People and other New Deal Programmes.

 

S1W-3144 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1036 by Henry McLeish on 6 September 1999, whether it will provide updated information on the number of young people who have secured sustained employment through the New Deal.

 

S1W-3145 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed South Lanarkshire Council’s direct labour organisation in the last three months.

 

S1W-3146 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed North Lanarkshire Council’s direct labour organisation in the last three months.

 

S1W-3147 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed East Ayrshire Council’s direct labour organisation in the last three months.

 

S1W-3148 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates have been made of the number of vehicles which have crossed the Kincardine Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge in each of the last two years and how many vehicles each bridge was originally designed to carry each year.

 

S1W-3149 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers and interpreters for deaf people there are at present in Scotland.

 

S1W-3150 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools for deaf people there are in Scotland.

 

S1W-3151 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cochlea implants have been carried out in the years 1997-98 and 1998-99 broken down by age.

 

S1W-3152 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give the reason for its interpretation of Section 7a of EU council directive 91/492 which lays down the health conditions for the production and placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs.

 

S1W-3153 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give its interpretation of Section 7a of EU council directive 91/492 which lays down the health conditions for the production and placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs.

 

S1W-3154 Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for setting the level of amnesic shellfish poisoning in scallops at 20 micrograms of domoic acid per gram using the High Performance Liquid Chromatography method.

 

S1W-3155 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2605 by Henry McLeish on 30 November 1999, what percentage of forecast Regional Selective Assistance expenditure is already committed in each year from 1999-2000 to 2002-03.

 

S1W-3156 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2607 by Henry McLeish on 30 November 1999, what was the (a) mean and (b) median average amount of Regional Selective Assistance provided to projects in Scotland, as a percentage of the total cost of all assisted projects, in each of the last three years.

 

S1W-3157 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2610 by Mr Jack McConnell on 1 December 1999, what estimate is made in the Scottish Executive’s forecast budgets for local authorities for the current and each of the next two financial years for (a) pay awards and (b) redundancy costs.

 

S1W-3158 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1208 by Mr Jack McConnell on 29 November 1999, what was (a) the budgeted and (b) the actual cost of acquiring Scotland House.

 

S1W-3159 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the remits of all Executive staff employed within Scotland House in Brussels.

 

S1W-3160 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a list of all public appointments it makes, including judicial appointments, and which minister is responsible for making each appointment.

 

S1W-3161 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its ministers have met the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

 

S1W-3162 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2607 by Henry McLeish on 30 November 1999, what is the normal margin of error, in percentage terms, used in Regional Selective Assistance calculations.

 

S1W-3163 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive who represents it on the Scottish Committee of the British Council; to whom that representative reports, and what mechanism is in place for its input to the work of the Council to be subject to scrutiny by the Parliament.

 

S1W-3164 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish joint working arrangements with the other parliaments and assemblies within the British Isles.

 

S1W-3165 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the eight new hospitals as referred to in Making it Work Together – A Programme for Government and their starting and projected completion dates.

 

S1W-3166 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been released for patient care due to the reduction in the number of NHS Trusts.

 

S1W-3167 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost to the NHS in (a) Scotland and (b) the former Grampian region was in each of the last four years was for methadone prescriptions.

 

S1W-3168 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public appointments made by Her Majesty’s Government it is consulted about and what is the procedure for agreeing such appointments.

 

S1W-3169 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to require Local Enterprise Company board members to be accredited by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

 

S1W-3170 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the current amount of council tax arrears in each local authority in Scotland.

 

S1W-3171 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-891 by Sarah Boyack on 24 August 1999, whether it will publish the outcomes and outputs achieved as a result of the grants awarded in each year from 1996-97 to 1999-2000 to the Scottish Raptor Study Groups.

 

S1W-3172 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made or intends to make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the systems used to measure and monitor the proportion of money distributed via the National Lottery which is allocated to Scottish projects.

 

S1W-3173 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1734 by Iain Gray on 3 December 1999, whether it will specify the number of beds currently blocked in each of the health board areas for which figures are available.

 

S1W-3174 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1208 by Mr Jack McConnell on 29 November 1999, whether it will provide a breakdown of the budgeted and actual costs incurred by Scotland Europa in relation to Scotland House.

 

S1W-3175 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Ministers fully reimburse the Consolidated Fund for any journeys taken in their Ministerial vehicles when visiting their constituencies or attending party political events.

 

S1W-3176 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to facilitate earlier diagnosis of asthma within Scotland.

 

S1W-3177 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many asthmatics were diagnosed per year over the last three years, categorised by health board area.

 

S1W-3178 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce private funding into the higher education sector over the length of this Parliamentary session and, if it has no such plans, what alternative plans it has to ensure adequate funding for this sector.

 

S1W-3179 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits to the Scottish economy it anticipates as a result of the recent visit to Prague by the Minister for Finance.

 

S1W-3180 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Food Standards Agency office in Aberdeen will open.

 

S1W-3181 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding a reduction in the cost to road hauliers of excise duty in order to assist Scottish firms’ trading position.

 

S1W-3182 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive with regard to European Union Structured Fund support for fishing communities, how much will be available to each Scottish region and who will decide the final amounts allocated to each region.

 

S1W-3183 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any rationing of drugs on the grounds of cost within the Scottish health service and, if so, which drugs come into this category.

 

S1W-3184 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have asked for more funding for next year than they were initially allocated; how much these authorities have asked for, and what response has been given to each one.

 

S1W-3185 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is to be paid to Mr John Rafferty in the light of the termination of his contract as Special Adviser to the First Minister.

 

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