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BUSINESS BULLETIN 38/1999

Friday 6 August 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged between 30 July and 5 August 1999

 

S1W-749 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had contact or intends to have contact with the International Children’s Parliament.

 

S1W-750 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the resources allocated for health promotion within each health board area.

 

S1W-751 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there are disparities between the budgets of each health board area for health promotion work.

 

S1W-752 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the volume of green-house gas emissions that have been produced in Scotland (a) as a whole and (b) from each economic sector, in each of the last 10 years.

 

S1W-753 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the targets that have been set for Scotland to reduce greenhouse gases, and how progress towards these targets will be monitored in relation to Scotland’s contribution to UK targets.

 

S1W-754 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facilities are available to patients in the Tayside area, the location of the facilities, how long the facilities have been in place, and how the current provision compares to the provision of MRI facilities in the periods 1996-1997 and 1997-1998.

 

S1W-755 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the amount of public funding for learning disability services in Scotland in each of the past five years divided between the health service, local authorities and the voluntary sector.

 

S1W-756 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the Scottish Premier League’s decision to restrict entry to the Scottish Premier Division by refusing to allow teams promoted from Division 1 to enter into temporary ground sharing arrangements, what action it plans in order to assist those clubs who will be disadvantaged by this ruling, in particular Falkirk F.C.

 

S1W-757 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-355 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 15 July, what is the ratio of pupils to computers with access to the internet in these 1204 primary and 320 secondary schools.

 

S1W-758 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-355 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 15 July, by what date will all primary and secondary schools have access to the internet.

 

S1W-759 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-415 by Susan Deacon on 20 July, whether the current local outpatient waiting time guarantees for a first outpatient appointment following a general medical practitioner referral, are minimum, maximum or average times.

 

S1W-760 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was allocated in 1995-1996 and 1996-1997 to the following bodies: Health Boards, Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, Health Education Board for Scotland, National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, and State Hospital.

 

S1W-761 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve safety on the A82.

 

S1W-763 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any sex offenders or paedophiles will be placed within the proposed secure unit at Stobhill hospital.

 

S1W-764 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the minutes of meetings held between its officials and Greater Glasgow Health Board regarding the proposed secure unit at Stobhill hospital.

 

S1W-765 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the consultations held with communities in Glasgow regarding a proposed secure unit, prior to Stobhill being selected.

 

S1W-766 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive why Greater Glasgow Health Board have not consulted the local community in Springburn and the surrounding areas on the proposal to build a secure unit at Stobhill, prior to lodging a planning application.

 

S1W-767 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the membership of the Glasgow North Area Trust and whether any members reside within the Glasgow Springburn constituency.

 

S1W-768 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees it can give that offenders who are placed within the proposed secure unit at Stobhill will not escape and thereby pose a threat to the safety of the community.

 

S1W-769 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the remuneration payments made to members of the Greater Glasgow Health Board in the current financial year and in each of the past five financial years.

 

S1W-770 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the remuneration payments made to members of the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust in the current financial year and in each of the past five financial years.

 

S1W-771 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the appropriate Scottish Minister will visit the proposed site for the secure unit at Stobhill hospital in order to discuss with the local community their concerns regarding the unit.

 

S1W-772 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the job description and salary, for the current financial year, of the Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow Health Board.

 

S1W-773 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the job description and salary, for the current financial year, of the Director of Commissioning for Greater Glasgow Health Board.

 

S1W-774 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW1-292 by Susan Deacon on 29 July 1999, whether any discussions took place with representatives of motoring and insurance organisations in regard to the increase in charges under the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 and, if so, to provide details of those discussions.

 

S1W-775 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW1-292 by Susan Deacon on 29 July 1999, to specify the projected income from charges under the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 and to which budget such income will be allocated.

 

S1W-776 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-90 by Susan Deacon on 30 June, to explain why it cannot arrange for the waiting times for those seeking a first out patient appointment, including a breakdown by specialist area, to be published on a quarterly basis.

 

S1W-777 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners living in local authority accommodation in Scotland (a) meet their rent without any payment from the DSS and (b) have all or part of their rent paid by the DSS, and to specify the total value of this assistance.

 

S1W-778 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the timetable for the Lord MacLean Committee on serious violent and sexual offenders, and the Millan Committee on the review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 to report, and in the light of the Noel Ruddle decision, whether the timetable will be brought forward with a view to enabling emergency legislation to permit the continued detention of persons who represent a danger to the public.

 

S1W-779 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the impact which the Department of Social Security’s decision to pay benefits by automated credit transfer from 2003 will have on the viability of many sub Post Offices in Scotland, particularly in rural areas.

 

S1W-780 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-586 by Mr Jack McConnell on 30 July, whether the advance planning and preparations for converting from Sterling to the Euro, and the changeover itself, will require local authorities to incur costs and, if so, what these costs are estimated to be and whether local authorities will be expected to meet these costs from their existing resources.

 

S1W-781 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any amendments to current legislation arising from the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights can have retrospective effect to permit the continued detention of patients currently in Carstairs State Hospital who may otherwise be released.

 

S1W-782 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the costs incurred as a result of the change of name from "The Scottish Office" to the "Scotland Office" will be met from its block grant and, if so, to provide a breakdown of these costs.

 

S1W-783 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the continued provision of accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

 

S1W-784 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail plans to progress the construction of a by-pass for Maybole.

 

S1W-785 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to expand development education as part of the curriculum in Scottish schools.

 

S1W-786 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide detailed figures of agricultural accidents in Scotland over the last 10 years.

 

S1W-787 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support research and development of wave energy technology as part of its commitment to promoting the use of renewable energy, and if so, how.

 

S1W-788 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to issue guidance to local authorities regarding charging policies for the provision of non-residential respite services for children with special needs.

 

S1W-789 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will act to ensure that "Fair Trade" goods are available in the Parliament’s catering outlets.

 

S1W-790 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will investigate the possibility of establishing a credit union for members and staff of the Scottish Parliament.

 

S1W-791 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that on 7 July 1999 the Fort William to Mallaig road was blocked for a period of approximately 4 hours and whether it intends to make an announcement with regard to the prioritisation of an upgrading programme of the trunk routes in Scotland.

 

S1W-792 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the administration of justice in civil actions by rendering the Court of Session competent to raise in the Sheriff Court some forms of civil action for which the Court of Session at present has exclusive jurisdiction, in particular whether jurisdiction will be granted to the Sheriff Court in respect of the following civil remedies: (i) declarators of nullity of marriage; (ii) for reduction of a decree of divorce; (iii) adjudication; (iv) the grant of a warrant for inhibition, and (v) reduction relation to questions of heritable right or title and recall of sequestration.

 

S1W-793 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Tourist Board has conducted research into whether there are any countries where there is in their national curricula inclusion of Scotland or Scottish history, whether it markets Scotland as a tourist destination in such countries, and if so, in which countries and what amount is spent.

 

S1W-794 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the level of profits made by the following companies which operate in Scotland: Railtrack; rolling stock companies; train operators and freight operators, and if so, what representations it will make.

 

S1W-795 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Tourist Board will make use of the coverage of the Parliament, and in particular the opening ceremony, as a means of promoting Scotland.

 

S1W-796 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it intends to give to the funding of area tourist boards, and whether it intends to increase the funding available for the present financial year and subsequent financial years and, if so, to specify the amount of the proposed increase.

 

S1W-797 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has examined the impact on the Scottish economy of the current level of taxation on hauliers and motorists, and if so, whether it will provide information on its findings.

 

S1W-798 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the best estimate of the number of patients currently in Carstairs State Hospital who suffer from the same mental disorder as Noel Ruddle.

 

S1W-799 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients currently in Carstairs State Hospital have initiated proceedings on the same basis as Noel Ruddle.

 

S1W-800 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government over the exclusion of Scottish beef from German markets and specifically whether it will request Her Majesty’s Government to take action against the German government in the European Courts and to seek financial compensation for Scotland’s beef industry for any loss sustained.

 

S1W-801 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister sees all papers prepared for other members of the Scottish Executive, and if not what criteria determine the papers which are copied to him.

 

S1W-803 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify, in the latest year for which figures are available and in each of the previous three years the number of (a) road accidents in Scotland which have caused the death of one or more people; (b) prosecutions for (i) causing death by dangerous driving; (ii) causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs; (iii) reckless driving; and (iv) careless driving, arising from such accidents, and (c) prosecutions in each of the foregoing categories in which the accused either pled or was found guilty and (i) a custodial sentence was imposed and (ii) the charge was reduced to a lesser one; and what was the range of non custodial sentences imposed in each of the categories referred to in (b) above.

 

S1W-804 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing the Task Force to review homelessness in Scotland which was announced on 17 June.

 


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