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BUSINESS BULLETIN 43/1999

Monday 30 August 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged between 26 August and 27 August 1999

 

 

S1W-1023 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the use of job-sharing and under what circumstances it would refuse a request to job-share.

 

S1W-1139 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to find the source of or reason for the toxic algic bloom on the West of Scotland which is causing amnesic shellfish poisoning.

 

S1W-1158 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected lottery funding is for the Scottish Sports Council and the Scottish Arts Council for the next three years.

 

S1W-1159 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding the Scottish Sports Council and the Scottish Arts Council have received from the National Lottery since the Lottery’s inception.

 

S1W-1160 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been the total government funding for the Scottish Arts Council in each year from 1990 to 1999.

 

S1W-1161 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what is its projected funding for the Scottish Arts Council for the next three years.

 

S1W-1162 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S1W-754 by Susan Deacon on 17 August, what is the operational status and operational history of the MRI scanners located at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

 

S1W-1163 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what will be the cost of implementing the changes at Stracathro Hospital as announced by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust on 24 August 1999.

 

S1W-1164 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been raised by bequest and public donations to Stracathro Hospital, Angus and how this money has been distributed in each financial year since 1980.

 

S1W-1165 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive if it will extend the consultation period for the Scottish Tourism strategy document issued on 3 August beyond 31 August.

 

S1W-1166 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government as to the effects on Scotland of the Immigration and Asylum Bill.

 

S1W-1167 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take on the parts of the Immigration and Asylum Bill which amend domestic Scottish legislation in fields not reserved to Westminster.

 

S1W-1168 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when an announcement will be made on the introduction of a new definition of "tolerable standard" for housing as recommended in the consultation paper "Beyond the Tolerable Standard".

 

S1W-1169 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it proposes to initiate to ensure that the interests and views of business are taken into account when bringing forward legislation.

 

S1W-1170 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the Scottish Salmon Growers Association Ltd in relation to measures it has been asked to take to address the state of the salmon farming industry in Scotland.

 

S1W-1171 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs are generated by the Scottish salmon farming industry in Scotland and how many of those are in the Highlands and Islands.

 

S1W-1172 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the total annual value of the Scottish salmon farming industry’s output and also the export value.

 

S1W-1173 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps which would permit salmon farmers to obtain insurance cover for stocks destroyed by the Diseases of Fish (Control) Regulations 1994 (S1 1994/1447).

 

S1W-1176 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is to review the cost to the public purse of police pensions issued on grounds of ill health.

 

S1W-1177 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will designate the upper Forth Estuary as a sea fish nursery area and ban all net fishing other than for salmon.

 

S1W-1178 Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers below the rank on Inspector retired in each of the last four years, how many of these had completed thirty years or more service and how many retired on grounds of ill health.

 

S1W-1180 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to remedy the problems with the cervical screening systems in the Fife, Forth Valley and Tayside Health Board areas and what action it intends to take to audit these services in all other Health Board areas.

 

S1W-1181 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it provided to First Group PLC for the implementation of their "Overground" network in Glasgow in respect of both start-up funding and annual contributions for the next 5 financial years.

 

S1W-1182 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether similar funding to that made available to First Group Plc for the implementation of the "Overground" network in Glasgow on an annual or start-up basis has been offered to other bus operators, and if so, to provide details of these offers.

 

S1W-1183 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take in relation to the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee’s suggestion that all low level radioactive waste from sites within Scotland should be taken to Dounreay for storage.

 

S1W-1184 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to guarantee the independence of the appeals mechanism for farmers suffering penalties in relation to their EU subsidy claims.

 

S1W-1185 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the independent appeals mechanism for farmers suffering penalties in relation to their European Union subsidy claims will accept retrospective appeals from farmers who have already been penalised as a result of genuine errors made in their subsidy applications.

 

S1W-1186 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards the introduction of an independent appeals mechanism for farmers suffering penalties in relation to their European Union subsidy claims.

 

S1W-1187 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact ‘bed-blocking’ has had on NHS waiting lists in the last year.

 

S1W-1188 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average cost per patient per week to keep a patient in an NHS hospital bed when they are medically fit for discharge and how this compares with the average cost of a social work funded place in a nursing/residential home.

 

S1W-1189 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to each Health Board in Scotland to relieve bed blocking in 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-1190 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated by Health Boards to primary care and acute NHS Trusts to relieve bed blocking in 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 1999-2000.

 

S1W-1191 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any plans for road charging will take account of the service rendered by charities transporting patients to specialist care facilities, and whether such groups will therefore be exempted from such a scheme while doing so.

 

S1W-1192 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the fee for glaucoma tests provided for by the National Health Service is intended to include all three tests for glaucoma (namely opthalmoscopy, perimetry and tonometry) and if so, what steps it will take to encourage opticians who do not provide all three tests to do so.

 

S1W-1193 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to lay down guidance for general practitioners seeking to remove patients from their lists.

 

S1W-1194 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that the National Strategy for Carers links in with its work and that of the Scottish Parliament.

 

S1W-1196 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proposed staffing levels are for the Food Standards Agency.

 

S1W-1197 Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S1W-177 by Susan Deacon on 19 July 1999, what criteria are being applied to the sighting of the Food Standard Agency and when an announcement on the location of the Agency will now be made.

 

S1W-1199 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has made of the potential impact of energy taxes on the costs and competitiveness of high energy using Scottish industries.

 

S1W-1200 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the impact of energy taxes on the costs and competitiveness of high energy using Scottish industries, and what response it has had to these representations.

 

S1W-1201 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of New Housing Partnerships on employment in the building trades, what plans it has to ensure that locally provided training is available to meet additional demand for skilled labour in each local authority area, and what adjustments it will permit to Councils’ and schools’ targets for retaining pupils beyond the minimum leaving ages in order to release pupils for training at age 16.

 

S1W-1202 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S1W-190 by Jackie Baillie on 11 August 1999, what additional information it can provide about how policies are examined for any differential impact on different groups within society, and in particular how this is done in respect of the impact on single people.

 

S1W-1203 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to repeal Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act.

 

S1W-1204 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address the issue of homophobic bullying in schools.


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