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BUSINESS BULLETIN 36/1999

Friday 23  July 1999

Section E – Written questions lodged between 16 July 1999 and 22 July 1999

 

 

S1W-574 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take when dealing with new open cast planning applications from companies which have been in breach of planning regulations and/or health and safety regulations with regard to their existing mining operations.

 

S1W-576 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or the Greater Glasgow Health Board has any involvement in proposals for the future of the Healthcare International hospital at Clydebank.

 

S1W-577 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the resources available to local authorities in order to support the educational requirements of disabled children with special needs.

 

S1W-578 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the design team for the Holyrood Project has been appointed under standard RIBA/RIAS conditions of engagement and, if so, at 10 June 1999 what fee payment stage had been reached in respect of the design of the members’ building and the assembly building.

 

S1W-579 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Presiding Officer whether, in the light of the report on the Holyrood Project which indicated that the construction only cost of the new Parliament Building was 2,696 per square metre of floor space, he will state how this compares with other major public works projects in Scotland in recent years.

 

S1W-580 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Presiding Officer to specify the number of Parliamentary clerks to be accommodated in the new Parliament building under (a) the 50 million cost plan and (b) the revised 62 million cost plan.

 

S1W-581 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Presiding Officer to specify the total value of the contracts awarded to date in respect of the Holyrood Project and what percentage of the total value relates to provisional sums.

 

S1W-582 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what boundaries are implied by the use of the word ‘Scotland’ in Section 29(2)(a) of the Scotland Act 1998 and whether it will provide details relating to these boundaries to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

 

S1W-583 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Presiding Officer to specify the number of Parliamentary administrative staff to be accommodated in the new Parliament building under (a) the 50 million cost plan and (b) the revised 62 million cost plan.

 

S1W-584 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a list of the local authorities in Scotland who pay more than 25 per cent of their bills from contractors and suppliers after 30 days from the date due for payment.

 

S1W-585 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans have been made to prepare local authorities in Scotland for the possible entry of the United Kingdom into European Monetary Union between 2002 and 2005.

 

S1W-586 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the estimated cost to local authorities in Scotland of converting from Sterling to the Euro and whether local authorities will be expected to meet this cost from their existing resources.

 

S1W-587 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it envisages any disruption to local authority services in Scotland as a result of preparing for the possible entry of the United Kingdom into European Monetary Union.

 

S1W-588 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the expected impact on the financial systems of local authorities in Scotland in the event of the United Kingdom entering European Monetary Union and what measures will be put in place to deal with the impact.

 

S1W-589 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-270 by Ross Finnie on 13 July, what measures at the disposal of the European Commission it intends to encourage the Commission to use to assist the pig farming industry in Scotland.

 

S1W-590 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the operation of the Conservation of Seals Act (1970) to ensure that enforcement arrangements are as effective as possible.

 

S1W-591 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total number of staff currently employed in local authority economic development departments for Scotland as a whole and in each local authority area.

 

S1W-592 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total projected expenditure for the current financial year by local authority economic development departments in Scotland as a whole and in each local authority area.

 

S1W-593 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the projected expenditure for the current financial year by local authority economic development departments in Scotland on (a) staff and administration and (b) economic development activities.

 

S1W-594 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the current health service contracts which have been market tested and awarded to the private sector indicating: (a) the location; (b) the service type; (c) the organisation winning the tender, and (d) the expiry date of the contract.

 

S1W-595 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to ensure that local authorities pay their bills from private suppliers and contractors on time.

 

S1W-596 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the composition, terms of reference and timescale for completion of the review team established by the Chief Nursing Officer, as announced in "Towards A Healthier Scotland" (February 1998), to review the contribution made by nurses to improving the public’s health, focusing especially on the role of the health visitor, the school nurse and the practice nurse.

 

S1W-597 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunity was given to representatives of the health professions and patients’ organisations to nominate representatives to the review team established by the Chief Nursing Officer to examine the contribution made by nurses to improving the public’s health, as announced in "Towards a Healthier Scotland" (February 1998).

 

S1W-598 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in commissioning the study into student nurse attrition rates, referred to in the Acute Services Review Report (May 1998), and what is the timescale for completion and publication of the research findings.

 

S1W-599 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the proposals to explore the "underpinning causes of student nurse attrition" referred to in the Acute Services Review Report (May 1998), and whether it will make a statement on its intended course of action.

 

S1W-601 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to require local authority pension funds to have formal statements of investment principles setting out policies of socially responsible investment.

 

S1W-602 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of alleged child abuse by former care staff in residential care homes have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal; how many prosecutions have come to court, and how many staff have been convicted in the last period for which figures are available and in each of the previous three years.

 

S1W-603 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cochlea transplants have been undertaken within the NHS in Scotland over the last five years.

 

S1W-604 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the locations where cochlea transplants have taken place throughout the last five years, and the number of transplants recorded at each location.

 

S1W-605 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm its commitment to continued development of cochlea transplant technology and implementation within the Ayrshire Hospital Trust.

 

S1W-606 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the most up-to-date plans for enabling the Executive to use Dover House as the flagship location to further Scottish interests in Whitehall and which rooms have been allocated for use by Scotland’s First Minister and other Ministers.

 

S1W-607 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the most up-to-date plans for the premises used by Scotland’s Law Officers in Whitehall and whether these will be available as the key location to further the Scottish Executive’s interests in relation to law and justice matters within Whitehall.

 

S1W-608 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Fee Support Review Committee under Sir George Quigley will report and make recommendations on the effects of the decision that English, Welsh and Northern Irish students pay 1,000 more for attending a four-year degree course than Scottish and other European Union students, and whether the Executive will be prepared to take early action itself, if necessary, to end this situation.

 

S1W-609 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for public sector Ombudsmen, whether it plans a review of all Ombudsmen’s functions as is happening in England, and whether it will take account of the models in Eire and Northern Ireland.

 

S1W-610 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff have been appointed to the Scottish Legal Aid Board since 1 April 1999 and what is the nature and grade of their appointments.

 

S1W-611 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Legal Aid Board staff have (a) resigned; (b) been dismissed from their posts, and (c) been suspended since 1 January 1999 and what categories of staff fall into each of (a), (b) and (c).

 

S1W-612 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets are set by the Scottish Legal Aid Board for (a) response to telephone calls; (b) response to letters; (c) assessment of accounts in civil legal aid, criminal legal aid and legal advice and assistance respectively, and (d) payment of accounts, when the various targets were set, and to what extent these targets have been met since 1 March 1999.

 

S1W-613 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and what is the disposition of these staff.

 

S1W-614 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the establishment of a comprehensive clinical audit system within each Health Board in Central Scotland and what priority has been given to the establishment of such a system in the plans for creating a more client-focussed service.

 

S1W-615 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice will meet with Mrs Molly Godley, whose son Ian was killed in February 1998 in an alleged arson attack, to discuss with her the progress of the case.

 

S1W-616 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to adhere to the expenditure plans for motorways and trunk roads improvement in the period 1999 to 2002 as outlined in ‘Serving Scotland’s Needs’ (March 1999).

 

S1W-617 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total amount of money owed by local authorities in Scotland, in the current financial year, in respect of bills from contractors and suppliers after the date due for payment.

 

S1W-618 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any businesses in Scotland which were made bankrupt as a result of the late payment of bills by local authorities in Scotland in the financial years 1997/98 and 1998/99 and, if so, how many.

 

S1W-619 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to ensure that public sector organisations which are within its general responsibility and who are able to borrow in European currencies, review their currency portfolios or any derivative contracts in order to avoid being locked into higher interest payments in the event of the entry of the United Kingdom into European Monetary Union.

 

S1W-620 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it intends to bring forward to revise planning procedures and guidance issued to local authorities relating to the siting and erection of telecommunication masts.

 

S1W-622 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to enhance the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Scotland and if so by what means.

 

S1W-623 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for continuation funding for Rural Partnerships.

 

S1W-624 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will circulate information on the 2000-2001 round of Rural Challenge Funding earlier than in previous years to allow community groups more time to research and complete their applications.

 

S1W-625 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a post polio clinic within the Scottish Health Service and circulate details of post polio syndrome to health boards in Scotland.

 

S1W-626 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in domestic premises in Scotland.

 

S1W-627 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish the guidelines on fertility treatment in Scotland as commissioned from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

 

S1W-628 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive to publish average waiting times for patients requiring IVF treatment for each health board in Scotland.

 

S1W-629 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the actual expenditure of each health board in Scotland in the last financial year on IVF treatment and the estimated expenditure in the current financial year.

 

S1W-630 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics are available about the numbers and percentage of junior doctors whose hours of work are beyond the New Deal limits and what plans it has to ensure that accurate statistics are available in future.

 

S1W-631 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive which Minister has responsibility for human rights issues and what its responsibilities are under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international agreements relating to human rights.

 

S1W-632 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it played in recent negotiations regarding the future of Kvaerner shipyard, Govan; what categories of aid it offered to each of the private sector companies involved in the negotiations, and what commitments it has entered into concerning future liabilities under any guarantees it has made, and to which company.

 

S1W-633 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow Development Agency or Scottish Enterprise have been required to enter into any aid or guarantee package as part of the outcome of negotiations with Kvaerner.

 

S1W-634 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the number of jobs currently occupied at Kvaerner shipyard, Govan, the estimated number of jobs saved by its intervention, and whether there will be a net loss of jobs.

 

 

S1W-635 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms are of the bequest of Bute House, Charlotte Square and whether any restrictions on the use of the House were incorporated in the bequest.

 

S1W-636 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Bute House, Charlotte Square is occupied currently and, if so, by whom.

 

S1W-637 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all the rooms in Bute House, Charlotte Square are being utilised and, if so, for what purposes.

 

S1W-638 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for discussions with the Parliament and the Finance Committee on its strategic spending priorities for the financial year 2000-2001, and what is its deadline for those discussions.

 

S1W-639 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish its preliminary draft budget for the financial year 2000-2001.

 

S1W-640 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what is its timetable for a more detailed discussion on spending priorities with the Finance Committee, following the publication of its preliminary draft budget for the financial year 2000-2001.

 

S1W-641 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish its detailed budget proposals for the financial year 2000-2001.

 

S1W-642 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that existing security measures are reviewed and, if necessary, upgraded in all NHS hospitals in Scotland and in particular at Monklands hospital in North Lanarkshire.

 

S1W-643 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any responsibility for the administration of social security schemes in Scotland and, if so, what is the extent of the responsibility.

 

S1W-644 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the increasing number of incidents involving harmful internet material on school computers, what measures, further to the use of software guards, it intends to take to ensure that children and teaching staff are protected from inadvertently downloading or viewing such material.

 

S1W-645 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to ensure that labelling of meat or agricultural produce is more detailed in order to draw the consumer’s attention to additives such as hormones.

 

S1W-646 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will present the budget documents not only according to current Scottish Executive departmental structure, but also reflecting the former Scottish Office departmental structure, in order to make possible direct comparison with spending in previous years in both cash and real terms.

 

S1W-647 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to what detailed level it plans to disaggregate its budget figures.

 

S1W-648 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish its first Annual Report, as recommended in the Financial Issues Advisory Group report.

 

S1W-649 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that its first Annual Report will outline its budget proposals for the financial year 2001-2002 and its provisional budget plans for the following two financial years.

 

S1W-650 Phil Gallie: To ask the Presiding Officer when it is intended to make the Scottish Parliament website accessible for people with visual impairment.

 

S1W-651 Phil Gallie: To ask the Presiding Officer when it is intended to make available search facilities within the Official Report section of the Scottish Parliament website.

 

S1W-652 Phil Gallie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether he is satisfied that the Scottish Parliament website has been assembled in accordance with the original specification and when the specification will be met in full.

 

S1W-653 Phil Gallie: To ask the Presiding Officer whether he is satisfied that the Scottish Parliament website is specified to a standard which conforms with the best practice.

 

S1W-654 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the care records of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland to be health records and therefore subject to the Access to Health Records Act (1990).

 

S1W-655 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to protect council tax payers in East Ayrshire from additional costs incurred by the council as a result of housing benefit claims not being processed within the six week timescale required.

 

S1W-656 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures were agreed by East Ayrshire Council with the Accounts Commission, following their investigation into the financial management of the council in 1998, to ensure that housing benefit claims are processed within the statutory timescale and that no future penalties will be incurred, and whether these measures been followed.

 

S1W-657 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the local authorities in Scotland which have submitted structure plans for approval since 1 April 1996 and the structure plans that have been approved during the same period.

 

S1W-658 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail for each local authority in Scotland the local plans which (a) are currently being prepared, (b) have been issued for local consultation, (c) have been submitted and are awaiting approval and (d) have been approved since 1 April 1999.

 

S1W-659 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to notify the Parliament when the structure and local plans of local authorities are (a) submitted for approval and (b) approved.

 

S1W-660 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to restore funding to Planning Aid Scotland.

 

S1W-661 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the estimated cost of establishing a fluoridation system in Scotland and the estimated annual cost of operating such a system.

 

S1W-662 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the capital and revenue costs which will fall on water authorities, health boards and other public agencies in Scotland as a result of fluoridation and whether additional resources will be made available to each of the foregoing to offset these costs.

 

S1W-663 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to update, in the light of the 1999 Partnership Agreement, the answers, and all Tables, given by the then Secretary for State for Scotland in the House of Commons on 24 July 1998 in response to questions by Mr Browne on Public Expenditure and Local Government Finance (columns 138-144).

 

S1W-664 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to outline actual and planned public expenditure, other than by local government, on transport in Scotland for each financial year from 1995/1996 to 2001/2002, in both current and inflated-indexed prices, and to detail separately the expenditure on (a) road construction and improvement, (b) road management, (c) repair and maintenance and (d) support for transport, including Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL), CalMac and Scotrail.

 

S1W-665 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail the capital and revenue expenditure by each local authority in Scotland on roads and transportation, in cash and in real terms, in each of the past four financial years and the projected expenditure by each authority in the current financial year.

 

S1W-666 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the most recent estimated cost of each road construction project under consideration in its Strategic Road Review.

 

S1W-667 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-342 by Sarah Boyack on 21 July 1999, what representations has it made, or intends to make to Her Majesty’s Government in advance of its anticipated decision on "fifth freedom" rights.

 

S1W-668 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail the public money made available to each of the water authorities in Scotland in each financial year from 1995/1996 to 2001/2002, in cash and in real terms, either by way of revenue/capital grants or by the allocation of borrowing consents.

 

S1W-669 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to increase the number of designated bathing beaches in Scotland.

 

S1W-670 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to ensure that students applications for loans will be dealt with by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland timeously.

 

S1W-671 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the unemployment situation in (a) Wigtonshire and (b) Upper Nithsdale.

  

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