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Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive has no plans to do so.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Energy Efficiency Office is tasked with the encouragement of energy efficiency across the private and public sectors in Scotland. It does this by delivering, either on its own or through third parties such as local enterprise companies, the advice and technical information available through the UK Government’s Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme. It also works closely...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: There are none employed directly. However, the Scottish Energy Efficiency Office, the body responsible for the promotion of energy efficiency within the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department, buys in a wide range of engineering support through its participation in the Government’s Best Practice Programme. This Programme provides the public and private sectors with access to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Further Education: Further Education (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: Information is not collected on "drop-out" rates for universities but non-completion rates have been compiled and were published on 3 December 1999 for 1996-97 as part of a package of Performance Indicators. The figures below show the number of starters at each institution in 1996-97, those that are expected not to obtain a qualification and not to transfer to another HE institution, together...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Further Education: Further Education (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: College Boards of Management have a statutory duty to provide for the likely needs of potential students of their colleges. Colleges have yet to finalise their prospectuses for the forthcoming academic year.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Further Education: Further Education (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: There is no statutory requirement for further education colleges in Scotland to produce disability statements. It is however, a condition of a college’s grant-in-aid that its Annual Report should contain statements as to how students with learning difficulties are provided for.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Student Finance: Student Finance (11 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: No. The Quigley Committee is required to provide a report in time for it to be laid before each House of the Westminster Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly not later than 1 April 2000. The Executive will consider its response when the report is received.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Highlands and Islands: Highlands and Islands (12 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: Publication of information collected by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise is a matter for these bodies and enquiries about such information should be directed to them. I will inform the organisations of your interest and ask them to write to you.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Student Finance: Student Finance (12 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: There were over 107,000 students funded through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland in 1998-99. Of these, 8,071 or 7.5% were assessed to pay the full fee (the system is currently in a transition period). The independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance has recommended a contribution from all graduates under its Scottish Graduate Endowment scheme. It will not therefore be paid by...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Miners: Miners (13 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The Executive is keeping closely in touch with Her Majesty’s Government on the progress of compensation due to Scottish ex-miners, their widows and families. As of 2 January 2000, 254 full and final payments had been made to Scottish ex-miners, totalling over £500,000. A further £2.5 million had been disbursed as interim payments to Scottish ex-miners and their families. Prior to the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Student Finance: Student Finance (13 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The basis of the recommendations made in its report are a matter for the Committee of Inquiry. The Committee did, however, have terms of reference that required it to have regard to the desirability of promoting access to further and higher education particularly for those groups currently under-represented. The Executive is currently considering the report and its recommendations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Europe: Europe (14 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: Discussions continue with the European Commission on the proposed new Assisted Areas Map submitted by the UK Government in July. The Commission has made no formal statement on these proposals. It has not proved possible to have a new map agreed before the end of December. In common with most other member states, for a period from 1 January there will be no approved regional aid schemes in the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Europe: Europe (14 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: Ministers and officials of the Scottish Executive are in close touch with the progress of the UK Government’s exchanges with the Commission on a new Assisted Areas Map. All concerned are committed to seeking an early resolution and acceptance for an effective new state aid map for the period to end-2006.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (17 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the UK Government on a wide range of issues, including money laundering.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Further Education: Further Education (17 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The table below indicates the main reasons cited by higher education students, or presumed by their institution, for not continuing their education. Information is not available centrally on the cost of students leaving their course early. Comparable information about the further education sector is not available. Table: Reasons given by students in Higher Education Institutions in Scotland...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Further Education: Further Education (17 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: Following the recent publication of the Performance Indicators report for the whole of the UK higher education sector, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council are currently reviewing the figures, including those for non-completion, with a view to taking steps and will liaise with the Executive in this regard. A full copy of the Performance Indicators in Higher Education 1996-97, 1997-98...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (18 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The fabrication yards at Nigg and Ardersier were visited by Alasdair Morrison and myself, along with Brian Wilson of The Scotland Office, on Thursday 9 December, in recognition of the concern of the whole Executive about the difficulties currently facing the fabrication sector, and which are being faced by Barmac in particular. The First Minister takes a close interest in issues affecting the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Highlands and Islands: Highlands and Islands (18 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The First Minister last visited the Highlands and Islands on 17 September, when he attended an engagement on Iona. His next scheduled official visit to the Highlands and Islands will take place in March when he is due to visit Orkney. The Highland Council has made representations to Scottish Executive Ministers on a number of issues related to employment matters in the Highlands and Islands...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Affairs: Rural Affairs (18 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The UK Government has indicated its commitment to maintaining a network of post offices which can meet its customer requirements throughout the country. The Scottish Executive will continue to ensure that the UK Government is aware of the particular needs of communities in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (19 Jan 2000)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive does not make such estimates.


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