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BUSINESS BULLETIN 115/1999

Monday 20 December 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 17 December 1999

 

 

S1W-3401 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the local authority funding shortfalls identified by COSLA "will all require to be absorbed by councils either by further reductions in services, staffing levels or alternatively, increases in council tax", as stated by COSLA in convention item 4 on 10 December 1999, and, if not, why not.

 

S1W-3402 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how capital spending by Scottish local authorities in 2000-01, excluding PFI projects, compares to local authority capital spending in 1990-91 (in current prices) and, if its assessment differs from COSLA’s statement in convention item 4 on 10 December that "ten years ago, the Government limited capital spend by Scottish councils to some 700 million at current prices; next year the level of expenditure, excluding PFI, which has been authorised by the Executive is almost half the amount", whether it will explain how it arrived at its figure.

 

S1W-3403 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2718 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 December 1999, in relation to the figure of 34 million quoted as the operating expenses in 1998-99 of the Register of Scotland Executive Agency, what is the level of revenue raised from the charges levied against voluntary groups, community groups and charities for access to information with regard to land ownership.

 

S1W-3404 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2718 by Mr Jim Wallace on 7 December 1999, how that answer can be reconciled with section 25 the Land Registers (Scotland) Act 1868, as amended by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979.

 

S1W-3427 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when and how it first became aware of the French Prime Minister’s recently publicised views on Scottish beef in relation to the current ban on beef imports by France.

 

S1W-3428 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what direct discussions and communications it has had with the French Government to persuade it to lift the current ban on beef exports to France.

 

S1W-3429 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Her Majesty’s Government informed the First Minister or the Scottish Rural Affairs Minister at any point prior to 14 December 1999, of the French Government’s views on an exemption of Scottish beef from the current ban on UK beef imports to France.

 

S1W-3430 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Register of Members’ Interests on the Scottish Parliament web site is updated contemporaneously with the register held in the chamber office.

 

S1W-3431 David Mundell: To ask the Presiding Officer what is the legal status of the Register of Members’ Interests which appears on the Scottish Parliament web site.

 

S1W-3432 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available the technical specifications of computers which qualify for the computers for teachers scheme.

 

S1W-3433 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total deficit faced by the National Stadium plc and Queens Park FC in connection with the redevelopment of Hampden Park National Stadium is.

 

S1W-3434 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive who within the National Stadium project team agreed to increased specifications for the National Stadium, additional works which were not part of the original project and the staging of the 1999 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.

 

S1W-3435 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will have any role, as a funding partner, in preparing or approving the Scottish Football Association’s business plan for the National Stadium at Hampden.

 

S1W-3436 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much rent the Scottish Football Association will pay to Queen’s Park FC annually in respect of the National Stadium.

 

S1W-3437 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the agreement of the various funding partners involved in the redevelopment of Hampden was sought prior to increased specifications, additional works and the staging of the 1999 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden being agreed to and, if not, why not.

 

S1W-3438 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will identify the specific departmental budgets which have underspent in 1999-2000, enabling savings to be spent on rescue packages for Scottish Opera and Hampden.

 

S1W-3439 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the statement to the Parliament on its rescue package for the National Stadium at Hampden, it will now publish excerpts of the consultant’s financial and technical assessment of the project, leaving out only the commercially sensitive sections.

 

S1W-3440 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the event that Fife Health Board and the Acute Services Trust fail to reach agreement on the Business Plan for Acute Services in Fife, what mechanisms exist to enable a successful conclusion to be reached.

 

S1W-3441 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the closure of the secondary school at Tomintoul, which only affects one pupil this year, will remain financially advantageous next year, when ten pupils will be affected.

 

S1W-3442 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the functions of the Secretary of State’s (Electricity) Fisheries Committee have been taken over by another body, and if so what is that body, what is its remit, who sits on it, when did it last meet and when will its report, if any, be published.

 

S1W-3443 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the functions of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel of Economic Consultants have been taken over by another body, and if so what is that body, what is its remit, who sits on it, when did it last meet and when will its report, if any, be published.

 

S1W-3444 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the functions of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Group on Sustainable Development have been taken over by another body, and if so what is that body, what is its remit, who sits on it, when did it last meet and when will its report, if any, be published.

 

S1W-3445 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be an opportunity for the Parliament and interested agencies and individuals to suggest amendments to the draft census Order in Council either before or once laid before the Parliament and if so, what format will this take and over what period of time.

 

S1W-3446 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial and other assistance it intends to make available to allow high quality cycle training to be delivered and to enable local authorities to implement its guidance document Safer Routes To School.

 

S1W-3447 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1557 by Sam Galbraith on 28 September 1999, whether it intends to introduce a new statutory basis for funding family mediation and marriage support services, following the consultation on The Scottish Office document Improving Scottish Family Law.

 

S1W-3448 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the December European Community Fisheries Council meeting.

 

S1W-3449 Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2971 by Peter Peacock on 17 December 1999, whether it had received any written representations from Cathy Craigie MSP on the subject of school closures in Cumbernauld before 2 December 1999 and, if so, how many.

 

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