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BUSINESS BULLETIN 114/1999

Friday 17 December 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 16 December 1999

 

 

S1W-3076 Dr Winnie Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government asking it to establish an independent body to look at technical evidence relating to the Piper Alpha disaster.

 

S1W-3360 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the number of civil servants in its Rural Affairs Department and, if so, by how many.

 

S1W-3361 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give statistics relating to absenteeism caused by stress related illnesses among teaching staff in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools by local authority area for each of the last five years.

 

S1W-3362 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it had (a) the authority and (b) the necessary funds to introduce a safety improvement grant scheme for fishing vessels as from 1 July 1999 to replace the scheme ended by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in May 1999.

 

S1W-3363 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide statistics relating to awards granted to organisations based in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow for the purposes of tackling poverty expressed on a per capita basis for each of the last five years.

 

S1W-3364 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to consider and respond to the findings of Deprivation amongst affluence: social exclusion in the City of Aberdeen by Professor Thomas Lange of the Centre of Public Policy and Management at the Robert Gordon University.

 

S1W-3365 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the water commissioner’s recommendations on charges, when it will make public its response and what plans it has to consult the Parliament before finally setting the charges.

 

S1W-3366 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) the United Kingdom’s and (b) the EU’s fishing entitlement is allocated to Scottish registered and owned fishing vessels.

 

S1W-3367 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre any correspondence or communication between The Scotland Office and/or The Scottish Executive and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the subject of the Scottish fisheries zone.

 

S1W-3368 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place, prior to 1 July 1999, between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and The Scottish Office on the definition of the Scottish fisheries zone and whether, at any stage, MAFF suggested alternative boundaries other than that finally agreed and, if so, what were their co-ordinates.

 

S1W-3369 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by Mr Jack McConnell on local government finance on 8 December 1999, whether it will estimate the share in respect of each council of the 15 million held back from the total allocations and indicate whether the 15 million will affect councils’ indicative spending guidelines.

 

S1W-3370 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by Mr Jack McConnell on local government finance on 8 December 1999, whether it will publicise the criteria for allocating the 15 million held back from the total allocation for discussion between the Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities and the Deputy Minister for Local Government and indicate whether councils in rural areas will be eligible for any part of the allocation.

 

S1W-3371 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by Mr Jack McConnell on local government finance on 8 December 1999, whether indicative spending guidelines will operate in 2000-01 in the same way as they did in 1999-2000 and whether it will outline the action it proposes to take, if any, in relation to councils which propose expenditure above guidelines or council tax increases above 5%.

 

S1W-3372 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by Mr Jack McConnell on local government finance on 8 December 1999, whether the 15 million held back from the total allocations will be given as specific grant to the successful councils and treated as an increase in the said councils’ indicative spending guidelines.

 

S1W-3373 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the holding of the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden in May 1999, an event previously not budgeted for, resulted in extra expenditure being incurred during the redevelopment project.

 

S1W-3374 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Ministers or their representatives have ever attended any meetings with The National Stadium plc, the main contractor or any other parties about the progress of Hampden redevelopment project and, if so, whether it will provide details of who attended any such meetings and when.

 

S1W-3375 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive which public bodies have contributed financially to the Hampden redevelopment project and how much each body contributed.

 

S1W-3376 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the former financial director of the Hampden redevelopment project received any public funds as part of his leaving settlement and, if so, what sum.

 

S1W-3377 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any employee or board member of The National Stadium plc will receive financial settlements from the public purse if the Scottish Executive’s rescue package is accepted.

 

S1W-3378 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its rescue package will ensure that Hampden’s new lecture theatre will be completed, and whether the lecture theatre’s proposed operation would have contributed a profit to the stadium’s business plan.

 

S1W-3379 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its rescue plan for the Hampden rebuilding project will ensure that the sub-contractors employed during the project will be paid by the main contractor.

 

S1W-3380 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to address problems arising from the fact that people in parts of rural Clydesdale will have a three and a half hour round bus trip to get to hospital appointments once local hospital services are largely centralised in Wishaw.

 

S1W-3381 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the provision of police air support on a national basis and, if so, what are its conclusions.

 

S1W-3382 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2723 on 7 December 1999, when the draft census Order in Council is to be laid before the Parliament.

 

S1W-3383 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the written Parliamentary Questions lodged prior to 1 October 1999 which had not received a substantive reply by 15 December 1999, including the date of their submission, the author of each question, their party affiliation where applicable, the Ministers responsible for responding, why no reply has yet been given and when members can expect a reply in each instance.

 

S1W-3384 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Parliamentary questions were answered by each Minister up to and including 15 December 1999 and what the average time taken by each Minister to give a substantive answer to written questions was.

 

S1W-3385 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional staff it has recruited specifically to answer written Parliamentary questions and what the estimated cost of employing any such staff was in financial year 1999-2000.

 

S1W-3386 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that colleges of further education publish disability statements, similar to those required in England and Wales.

 

S1W-3387 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will update its web page on public appointments www.scotland.gov.uk/pubappt/publicbodies.asp.

 

S1W-3388 Mr Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has completed its consideration of the plan for the Objective 3 Scottish Operational Programme.

 

S1W-3389 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2766 by Susan Deacon on 8 December 1999, whether it will specify a maximum time period in days, weeks or months which it considers acceptable for a person to wait, following a GP referral, for a clinic appointment for the fitting of a hearing aid.

 

S1W-3390 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-2224 and S1W-2867 by Mr Frank McAveety on 25 November 1999 and 14 December 1999 respectively, whether it considers that Stirling Council acted lawfully in relation to the co-option of individuals to council committees against the advice of its monitoring officer.

 

S1W-3391 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what practice has been followed in both the Justice Department and the Lord Advocate’s Office regarding the copying of depatmental correspondence to any of the Special Advisers; to which Special Advisers such correspondence has been copied, and whether those arrangements have been altered in any way within the last thirty days.

 

S1W-3392 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve services for sufferers from multiple sclerosis.

 

S1W-3393 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the use of beta interferon in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

 

S1W-3394 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase public awareness of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and the needs of its victims.

 

S1W-3395 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Mr John Rafferty is to be paid approximately 20,000 out of public or Labour Party funds and whether he breached the Civil Service Code.

 

S1W-3396 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the rule of "reasonableness" will still pertain with regard to eviction orders issued by sheriff courts to local authorities under the new Social Tenancy Agreements.

 

S1W-3397 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why its announcement on spending figures for individual local authorities in 2000-01 was given in response to a written parliamentary question rather than in the Parliament.

 

S1W-3398 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why Glasgow City Council’s grant aided expenditure and aggregate external finance figures for 2000-01 have increased by less than the local authority average percentage increase for that year.

 

S1W-3399 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the 6.5 million special deprivation allowance for 2000-01 is included in grant aided expenditure figures for that year rather than being "top –sliced" as indicated by the Minister for Finance in his statement to the Parliament on 8 December.

 

S1W-3400 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the figures on local authority revenue spending shortfalls for 2000-01 detailed by CoSLA in convention item 4 approved on 10 December 1999 and, if not, why not.

 

S1W-3405 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is in real terms to the national health service and the economy, through sick leave, benefit payments or in other ways of the condition myalgic encephalomyelitis.

 

S1W-3406 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was spent on research into the causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis in the last five years for which figures are available and what is the projected funding for the next five financial years or those years for which figures are available.

 

S1W-3407 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage safe routes to school initiatives.

 

S1W-3408 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage home zones initiatives.

 

S1W-3409 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the cervical cancer screening programme to women over the age of 60 and to reduce the number of deaths from cervical cancer through such routine screening.

 

S1W-3410 Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to modify the papillomavirus screening programme so as to increase detection rates for cervical diseases and whether it plans to introduce liquid based cytology as a method for testing.

 

S1W-3411 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the results of the finance consultation based on Spending Plans for Scotland .

 

S1W-3412 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future of Best Value Task Forces for Scottish local authorities.

 

S1W-3413 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken a view on information provided by Perth and Kinross and City of Edinburgh Councils about the financial problems in their direct labour organisations and direct services organisations.

 

S1W-3414 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a study into the economic and social impact which Her Majesty's Government’s proposals regarding the payment of benefits will have on rural sub post offices and consequently on rural areas generally.

 

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