Scottish Parliament Written answers

Friday, 17 September 1999

  • Business

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will use powers under Schedule 12 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to make regulations with regard to Section 6 of the Valuation and Rating...

  • Charity Shops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the concern amongst traders and some community groups about the increased numbers of charity shops working under preferential trading...

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are being made to ensure cross fertilisation between the focus group and consultation for the national cultural strategy and the work being done to...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total spend by local authorities on transporting excluded pupils to alternative schools.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers have been dismissed in Scotland since 1992 for failing to maintain professional teaching standards, broken down by Local Authority.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address the issue of homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional teachers, class room assistants and nursery assistants have been employed by each education authority as a consequence of the excellence fund.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether specific evaluative analysis is available regarding the Voluntary Sector strand of the New Deal programme in Scotland and, if so, whether it will publish its...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether specific evaluative analysis is available regarding the Environment Task Force strand of the New Deal Programme in Scotland and, if so, whether it will...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider making Local Enterprise Companies wholly owned subsidiaries of Scottish Enterprise.

  • Finance

    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...

  • Finance

    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...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any recent representations from the Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association regarding amnesic shellfish poisoning and, if so,...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address delays in allocating elderly people in hospital in West Lothian places in residential or nursing homes given that placement...

  • Housing

    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...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the outcome of the Alexander Reid appeal, it will lodge a similar appeal in relation to Noel Ruddle, and if not, why not.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that there is reasonable doubt about any criminal prosecution of members of the public accused of non-compliance under the Skye Crossing Toll...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review or conduct an inquiry into the actions and advice of the Lord Advocate’s office from 19 March 1998 to date and, if so, whether the...

  • Local Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recognise Renfrewshire Council’s case for continued European Structural Funding when it is negotiating with Her Majesty’s Government.

  • National Lottery

    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.

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-521 by Mr Jack McConnell on 23 August, how the £100 average cost of answering a Scottish Parliamentary Question was...

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S1W-521 by Mr Jack McConnell on 23 August, whether the reference to the £100 average cost of answering a Scottish...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost incurred to date by Central Scotland Police is in respect of current disciplinary hearings.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive to detail the increase or decrease in funding of the police force in Scotland every year since 1979 in real terms.

  • Recycling

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to allocate funds to universities to develop techniques to produce new products out of recyclable waste.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive who will prepare the new strategy for tourism.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive which of the recommendations of the House of Commons Select Committee on Scottish Affairs’ Report on "Tourism in Scotland" (published on 21 July 1999) it (a)...

  • Transport

    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.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to designate the A701 Edinburgh to Moffat road as (a) a scenic trail or (b) an alternative tourist route.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to respond conclusively to the studies prepared by Moray Council in 1998 for the National Roads Directorate in relation to the A95 Keith to Aviemore...

  • Transport

    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...

  • Transport

    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...

  • Transport

    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...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct the management of Caledonian MacBrayne to meet with the Colonsay Community Council to agree an acceptable level of ferry service and timetable.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister has met with the Chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne since Dr Mills’ appointment to that position and, if so, on what dates.

  • Water

    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...

  • Information Centre

    To ask the Presiding Officer what the Scottish Parliament Information Centre’s budget for the current financial year is giving a breakdown on the basis of (a) information technology; (b)...

  • Parliamentary Library

    To ask the Presiding Officer what powers the staff of the Parliamentary library have to purchase documents, reference books and statistical information requested by MSPs; and if there is any...

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