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BUSINESS BULLETIN 37/1999

Friday 30 July 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged between 23 and 29 July 1999

 

S1W-621 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the Scottish police forces which use the "trawling" procedure of inviting former residents in care homes to put forward complaints of child abuse against former care staff, and approximately how many hours of police time have been taken up in these "trawls" in the last period for which figures are available, and the previous three years.

 

S1W-672 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the catchment area of, and population served by Ayr Hospital and Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock.

 

S1W-673 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the number of people who were admitted for emergency fracture surgery in the last year to Ayr Hospital and Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock.

 

S1W-674 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the Scottish share of the 300 million UK domestic energy efficiency funding over the next two years.

 

S1W-675 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions about allowing local authorities in Scotland to sell memorials directly to the public at local authority run cemeteries.

 

S1W-676 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many passenger-miles were travelled in Scotland by (a) bus and (b) train for the latest period for which figures are available and for each of the previous three years.

 

S1W-677 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the funds which have been allocated to the Warm Deal for the period 1 July 1999 to 31 March 2000 and for the years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002.

 

S1W-678 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of Her Majesty’s Government Select Committee on Health’s recommendations made during the week ending 23 July 1999, what proposals does it have to tighten up regulation of the private health sector.

 

S1W-679 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an official residence is to be acquired for the Secretary of State for Scotland and, if so, to specify the expected total cost to the Scottish Consolidated Fund of acquiring such a residence.

 

S1W-681 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what official meetings have taken place between the First Minister and the Secretary of State for Scotland and between the Minister for Finance and the Secretary of State for Scotland to discuss the expected cost to the Scottish Consolidated Fund of establishing and running the Scotland Office.

 

S1W-682 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made or intends to make to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that there will be a continuing presence in the form of an office and staff to deal directly with complaints from Post Office users in Scotland.

 

S1W-683 Malcolm Chisholm : To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the number of nursing posts that were (a) vacant and (b) permanently held open in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 1998-99, for each NHS Trust in Scotland.

 

S1W-684 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the number of nursing posts, in this financial year, that are (a) vacant and (b) permanently held open, for each acute hospital trust and primary care trust in Scotland.

 

S1W-685 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of nursing posts that are (a) vacant and (b) permanently held open.

 

S1W-686 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the expected total cost of Scottish Executive Ministerial salaries for the current financial year and each of the next three financial years and to disaggregate the cost for each Minister.

 

S1W-687 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the expected total cost of Scottish Executive Ministers’ special advisers and press officers for the current financial year and each of the next three financial years, and to specify the number of special advisers and press officers, how many are attached to each department and the salary of each.

 

S1W-688 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the expected total cost of its press and public relations operations for the current financial year and each of the next three financial years.

 

S1W-689 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the expected total cost to the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the Scotland Office in the current financial year and each of the next three financial years.

 

S1W-691 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Scottish expenditure on devolved matters will increase more slowly than expenditure on the equivalent matters in England and Wales over the next three years.

 

S1W-692 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the percentage increase, in cash and in real terms, by which Scottish expenditure in each devolved area will increase over the next three years and the comparable figures for equivalent matters in England and Wales.

 

S1W-693 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures were taken to attempt to prevent job losses at the plants of UiE Scotland Limited in Clydebank and Greenock in the last year.

 

S1W-694 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it intends to provide to assist UiE Scotland Limited to continue as a major employer in Clydebank and Greenock.

 

S1W-695 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional finance for job creation will be made available for Clydebank and Greenock.

 

S1W-697 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the key performance targets it has set Historic Scotland for 1999-2000.

 

S1W-698 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has, in the light of the cut in European Regional Funding for Dumfries and Galloway, to minimise the effect of the shortfall and to improve employment prospects within that region.

 

S1W-699 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates will be the reduction in the number of car journeys in Scotland as a result of its proposed road tolling.

 

S1W-700 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average cost of each tourism-related job supported or created by grants from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

 

S1W-701 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average estimated cost of each job supported or created by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council or European Union grants to the proposed funicular railway on Cairn Gorm.

 

S1W-702 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial provisions have been agreed with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to provide future support to the proposed Cairn Gorm funicular railway in the event that it attracts insufficient visitors to be profitable.

 

S1W-703 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the assessment made by Highlands and Islands Enterprise of the number of likely visitors to the proposed funicular railway on Cairn Gorm.

 

S1W-704 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many representations it has received over the last six years opposing the proposed funicular railway on Cairn Gorm or calling for a review and how many it has received in support of the development.

 

S1W-705 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial or other provisions have been made by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to find an alternative operator, to become the operator itself or to dismantle the development should the proposed funicular railway on Cairn Gorm attract insufficient visitors to be viable and the Cairngorm Chairlift Company cease trading.

 

S1W-706 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been spent by Highlands and Islands Enterprise on studies, research and other preparatory work regarding the proposed funicular railway in Cairn Gorm.

 

S1W-707 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of any current or former Highlands and Islands Enterprise Board members who are shareholders of the Cairngorm Chairlift Company.

 

S1W-708 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Highland and Islands Enterprise’s estimate of the likely numbers of visitors to the proposed funicular railway on Cairn Gorm is based on the estimated or actual number of visitors to other existing Highland tourist attractions.

 

S1W-709 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how Highland and Islands Enterprise’s estimate of the likely number of visitors to the proposed funicular railway on Cairn Gorm compares with the independent assessment carried out by the former Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourist Board and the reason for any difference between these two figures.

 

S1W-710 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the names of all those who applied for the position of chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne, the names of those selected for interview and the criteria against which the candidates interviewed were judged.

 

S1W-711 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will oppose any calls for the privatisation of Caledonian MacBrayne.

 

S1W-712 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-488 by Angus Mackay on 22 July 1999, what is the full timescale for the consultation process regarding proposals for taking forward the Drugs Enforcement Agency concept, and what are all the organisations who will participate within it.

 

S1W-713 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the amount of public money made available for capital expenditure to each of the airports in Scotland for each financial year since 1994/1995.

 

S1W-714 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made or intends to make any representations to the Secretary of State for Transport, Environment and the Regions in regard to his decision under the Merchant Shipping Act 1985 to prohibit the MV Greenpeace from entering UK territorial waters, including waters surrounding Scotland and, if it has, to provide details of such representations.

 

S1W-715 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to request the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland to conduct a separate review from that of the Chief Medical Officer for the UK of the Beef-on-the-bone ban and, if not, whether it will explain the reason for this.

 

S1W-716 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Presiding Officer to specify the total cost of MSP’s salaries and allowances for the current financial year and each of the next three financial years.

 

S1W-717 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify its estimated total running cost for the current financial year and each of the next three financial years and to disaggregate the cost by department.

 

S1W-718 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Presiding Officer to specify the total expected running cost of the Parliament for the current financial year and for each of the next three financial years and to disaggregate the cost by committee and by directorate.

 

S1W-719 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Twelfth Annual Report of the Committee for Monitoring Agreements on Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship will be published.

 

S1W-720 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to "The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland" (Recommendation 7), by what date is the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities due to report on their review of ethnic and cultural balance in Police Authorities.

 

S1W-721 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to "The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland" (Recommendation 18), what timescale has been set for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland to produce Major Crime Investigation Review Policy Documents.

 

S1W-722 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to "The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland" (Recommendation 57), what timescale has been set for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland to publish guidance for forces on what constitutes inappropriate behaviour or language, including racist words or acts.

 

S1W-723 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to "The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland" (Recommendations 20-22), what deadlines have been set for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland’s Personnel and Training Committee to produce the various proposals referred to.

 

S1W-724 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to "The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland" (Recommendation 54), what timescale has been set for the consideration of particularly Scottish initiatives to be pursued in the area of training in racism awareness.

 

S1W-725 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for an interpreter have been made in criminal conduct proceedings in Scotland in each of the last five years; how many of these requests were met at the stage of initial asking, and what was the breakdown of such requests by language in each year.

 

S1W-726 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the proportion of the Scottish Consolidated Fund that has been allocated to the Secretary of State for Scotland to perform his duties.

 

S1W-727 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made or intends to make any representations to Her Majesty’s Government in regard to the number and allocation of staff to be employed in the Scotland Office and the remit of each of its departments and, if it has, to provide details of such representations.

 

S1W-728 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister was consulted by the Secretary of State for Scotland in regard to the cost of setting up offices and employing additional staff for the Scotland Office.

 

S1W-729 Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the cost of renting office accommodation for the Scotland Office is being met from its block grant.

 

S1W-730 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total estimated cost, if any, to its block grant of the Secretary of State’s planned official residence and offices in Scotland.

 

S1W-731 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the estimated cost, if any, to its block grant of (a) extra civil servants being employed by the Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) providing office accommodation for those civil servants.

 

S1W-732 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its civil servants will be transferred to the Scotland Office and, if so, how many.

 

S1W-733 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the cost of the new network of roadside camera sensor stations in Scotland.

 

S1W-734 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the locations of each of the new roadside camera sensor stations which are proposed, operational or under construction in Scotland.

 

S1W-735 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the criteria being applied to the review of Cochlear Implant Services by the National Services Division of the NHS in Scotland.

 

S1W-736 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the composition of the review group on Cochlear Implant Services in Scotland.

 

S1W-737 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm its commitment to the continuation of the only Scottish paediatric Cochlear implant service at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock.

 

S1W-738 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the cost per Cochlear Implant by hospital, gender and age for all centres currently dealing with Scottish residents.

 

S1W-739 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the British Cochlear Implant Group Quality Standards in Paediatric Cochlear Implantation will be taken account of in determining the award of the Cochlear contract.

 

S1W-740 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of how many cochlear implants on Scottish residents have taken place elsewhere in the UK during the last five years.

 

S1W-741 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement regarding the justification for the genetic crop research being carried out in Scotland, and give an assurance that no experiment in respect of such research will endanger or compromise any near or adjacent organic farming enterprise.

 

S1W-742 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that no secret genetic modification experiments are being carried out in Scotland.

 

S1W-743 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of its planned level of support for local authority capital spending for each local authority in financial years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001 and (c) 2001-2002.

 

S1W-744 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the level of Scottish Office financial support for local authority capital spending for each local authority in financial years (a) 1994-1995, (b) 1995-1996, (c) 1996-1997, (d) 1997-1998 and (e) 1998-1999.

 

S1W-745 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any implications for its block grant arising from the cost of the 26 rooms of accommodation being acquired for the Secretary of State for Scotland and, if so, what consultations it has had with Her Majesty’s Government on the use of the rooms and in particular on the use of rooms not to be occupied by Scotland Office staff.

 

S1W-746 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria exist for the provision of infertility treatment in Scotland, whether these criteria are the same throughout Scotland and, if they are not, what action it intends to take to ensure that the highest standards and levels of availability in the provision of this treatment apply throughout Scotland.

 

S1W-747 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers investigations into the death of Ian Godley, believed to have been killed by arsonists in February 1998, to be closed, whether the police consider that there is sufficient evidence to bring a successful prosecution in the case, and whether it is considered to be against the public interest for any suspects to be brought to trial.

 

S1W-748 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to publish an annual self-assessment of its administrative record and, if so, how such a report would be distributed.

 


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