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BUSINESS BULLETIN 41/1999

Monday 23 August 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged between 18 August and 20 August 1999

 

 

S1W-927 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people admitted to accident and emergency at Ayr Hospital and Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock: (a) had been admitted to either of these two hospitals at any point in the previous year, and (b) had been admitted with a complaint related to that for which they had previously received treatment from Ayrshire and Arran health board in the preceding year, in (i) 1994; (ii) 1995; (iii) 1996; (iv) 1997, and (v) 1998.

 

S1W-929 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were re-admitted to Ayr Hospital or Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock suffering from a similar complaint to their first admission in: (a) 1994; (b) 1995; (c) 1996; (d) 1997, and (e) 1998.

 

S1W-950 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it will give to former World War Two prisoners of war residing in Scotland and claiming compensation from Her Majesty’s Government for suffering endured whilst captives of the Japanese.

 

S1W-951 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much revenue was raised through the car park trading account of each local authority in 1997/8; what was the expenditure on car parking facilities for each local authority in Scotland in 1997/8, and what was the accumulated balance held in the car park trading account of each local authority in Scotland at the end of financial year 1997/8.

 

S1W-952 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what support packages for the Newbridge plant of Continental Tyres have been presented to the German management of Continental Tyres, including any offers made prior to the announcement on the proposed closure of the Newbridge plant.

 

S1W-953 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what communications it has had with the German management of Continental Tyres since the company announced a consultation process on the future of the Newbridge plant on 15 July 1999 and what was the content of these communications.

 

S1W-954 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government about the effect which the high value of Sterling has on export, market and investment decisions made by international export companies with plants in Scotland such as Continental Tyres.

 

S1W-955 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it intends to provide to help find a buyer for the Continental Tyres plant at Newbridge.

 

S1W-956 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to examine the possibility of establishing a direct ferry link between Anstruther and North Berwick.

 

S1W-957 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the likely impact on acute patient mortality and morbidity in the area covered by Greater Glasgow Health Board of closing down acute service facilities in the Victoria Infirmary and the Western Infirmary and concentrating acute services in the Southern General and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

 

S1W-959 Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been involved in negotiations between Her Majesty’s Government and the National Health Service Pensions Agency, with reference to the Ambulance Service Association Report of the Pensions and Retirement Age Working Group (1997), and if so, whether it will give an update on the current position in Scotland.

 

S1W-960 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual budgeted cost of Scotland House in Brussels is and whether this cost is met from its block grant.

 

S1W-961 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many junior Doctors are presently contracted to work 72 or more hours per week.

 

S1W-962 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will, in line with proposed legislation on transport, seek the re-opening of Laurencekirk Station to assist commuters taking the train into Aberdeen.

 

S1W-963 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will re-examine the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 in order to re-define the Water Authorities’ duty towards clearing up pollution caused by deteriorating drainage infrastructure.

 

S1W-964 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that the new coast guard arrangements recently announced by Her Majesty’s Government will not detrimentally affect Scottish fishermen.

 

S1W-965 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage Her Majesty’s Government to proceed with the upgrade to motorway status of the A74 from Gretna to Carlisle.

 

S1W-966 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the crisis facing Scotland’s lamb industry and whether it intends to offer any assistance to help the industry with marketing and advertising measures.

 

S1W-967 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty’s Government requesting that the Scottish Executive lead European and International fisheries negotiations on behalf of the UK.

 

S1W-968 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to initiate research into the current crisis affecting the lamb industry, particularly its pricing structure.

 

S1W-969 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has corresponded with Scotland’s major supermarkets in order to seek their support for Scotland’s lamb industry.

 

S1W-970 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist the charity Epilepsy Bereaved in carrying out a national sentinel audit into epilepsy related deaths in Scotland.

 

S1W-971 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Partnership on domestic violence will reconvene.

 

S1W-973 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish the outcome of the 1998 consultation document "Access to Justice: Beyond the year 2000".

 

S1W-974 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many day care places are provided for people with dementia in each local authority area.

 

S1W-975 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown of resources allocated for services for people with dementia and their carers within each local authority area.

 

S1W-976 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the predicted 10 million overspend by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust will have any adverse impact on patient services.

 

S1W-977 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the predicted 10 million overspend by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust.

 

S1W-978 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it endorses the aims of the Scottish Human Rights Centre.

 

S1W-979 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it appropriate that under the new complaints procedure regulations, a police board can find a complaint to be ‘unfounded’ without any requirement for investigation.

 

S1W-980 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the benefits to Aberdeen City Council’s financial position of closing the Victoria House hostel for homeless people outweigh the negative impact which the closure will have on the council’s ability to fulfil its centrally funded rough sleepers initiative project.

 

S1W-981 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed closure of the Victoria House hostel for homeless people will impact on its stated aim to end the need for rough sleeping by 2002.

 

S1W-982 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to promote research into the development of products made from recyclable waste.

 

S1W-983 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the recently introduced procedures used by police boards in addressing complaints against senior officers to be adequate.

 

S1W-984 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to assure the public that complaints against senior police officers are properly investigated.

 

S1W-985 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view on funding of a Scottish sentinel audit into epilepsy related deaths is.

 

S1W-987 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide an estimate of the amount of government resources saved through the unpaid efforts of carers of people with dementia.

 

S1W-988 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether rates relief to rural post offices is universally and uniformly applied by all local authorities in Scotland.

 

S1W-989 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the expert advisory group on infertility services in Scotland will be made available to MSPs and the public.

 

S1W-990 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has monitored the build up in traffic on the western perimeter of Edinburgh, whether it has put together a package of measures to address it and, if so, what these measures are.

 

S1W-991 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most up to date plans and timescales are for the upgrading of the A8000.

 

S1W-992 Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will redefine the powers available to litter wardens under section 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to enable them to demand the name and address of litter offenders without the presence of a police officer.

 

S1W-993 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it can take to alleviate the high costs many households are being required to incur in order to repair failures in old septic tank soakaways, given that many of these were part-constructed by local authorities, and whether it will implement any of these measures.

 

S1W-994 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Violence will announce further proposals.

 

S1W-995 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the names of the people who make up the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Violence.

 

S1W-996 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was allocated in the last financial year to assist agencies tackling the issue of domestic violence or trying to support those affected by it.

 

S1W-997 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the full text of the correspondence between the Minister for Communities and the Scottish Association of Law Centres relative to reform of the law on home repossession.

 

S1W-998 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify for each of the last 3 years, broken down, if possible, between actions raised by first and second standard security holders (a) how many home repossession actions were raised in Scottish courts against private house owners; (b) how many such actions proceeded to decree; (c) how many repossessions took place, and (d) how many families left their homes as a result of such orders.

 

S1W-999 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify, for each of the last 3 years, broken down between (a) council tenants (b) housing associations and co-operative tenants, and (c) private tenants, (i) how many eviction actions were raised in Scotland; (ii) how many such actions proceeded to decree; (iii) how many evictions took place, and (iv) how many families gave up their tenancies as a result of such actions.

 

S1W-1000 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake to give Sheriffs discretion to refuse or delay repossession decrees in the light of family circumstances in its first housing legislation.

 

S1W-1001 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the 1999 Arable Area Payments will be made in October, as they were last year, and whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that it will fill the funding gap which will occur when arable currency compensation becomes optional in 2000/01.

 

S1W-1002 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what records it has of the number of cardiac deaths of people aged under 25 years in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

 

S1W-1003 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce new measures to screen for cardiac problems in young people.

 

S1W-1004 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the regulations which set a maximum age of 60 for membership of children’s panels.

 

S1W-1005 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the practice of automatically excluding women over 65 from receiving invitations for breast cancer screening.

 

S1W-1006 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the co-ordination between the health service and local authority social work services in providing long term community care and health services.

 

S1W-1007 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the practice of witness citations being issued routinely by police officers on behalf of Procurator Fiscals.

 

S1W-1008 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods and standards of health safety are used to determine whether genetically modified crop produce poses a health risk.

 

S1W-1009 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive who monitors the health implications of genetically modified foods in Scotland.

 

S1W-1010 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many test sites of genetically modified crops are located in Scotland and where they are situated.

 

S1W-1011 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish guidance setting out its standards and procedures.

 

S1W-1012 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what key performance targets have been set for the Scottish Office Pensions Agency for 1999-2000, and what the Agency is to be called following the creation of the Scottish Executive.

 

S1W-1013 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to amend the list of courts attracting a 50 addition to the core payment prescribed in the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments (Scotland)) Regulations 1999.

 

S1W-1014 Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total spend by local authorities on transporting excluded pupils to alternative schools.

 

S1W-1015 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the death of Mrs Rose Reid of Baillieston, Glasgow who was knocked down by a car, and the fact that the case against the alledged driver has been dropped due to the expiry of the period within which the case could have been prosecuted.

 

S1W-1016 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement measures to amend the time bar rule in the prosecution system to ensure that cases still proceed in instances where human error of any professional involved means that a case is not brought within the time bar limit.


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