Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 8 June 2000

  • Adoption

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many adoptions were granted in the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

  • Children’s Hearings

    To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights, what steps are being taken to ensure that legal advice is available at the outset rather...

  • Community Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress it has made in implementing the Carers’ Strategy for Scotland.

  • Council Tax

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the percentage of pensioners who received council tax benefit in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Dog Fouling

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of disease caused by exposure to dog fouling have been reported within the NHS in Scotland in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources are being made available to assist agencies in identifying the cause of the recent deaths of heroin users in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any guidance issued to local authorities on behavioural management techniques.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, following the Riddell report, whether the new National Special Educational Needs Forum will give early consideration to what steps are needed to simplify and speed...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what are the latest figures available for the average hours of physical education per week received by pupils in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools in S1 and...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its guidance to local authorities to allow easier access to children requesting assessment of educational needs.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms or incentives are in place to allow joint funding by health and education authorities to provide innovative visual aids to young people with visual...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to target investment in skills and lifelong learning to the job vacancies that currently exist.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the economic competitiveness of Glasgow.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in attracting new jobs and industry to Hamilton North and Bellshill.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in attracting new jobs and industry into the Kilmarnock and Loudoun area.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce unemployment by encouraging new business start-ups and by providing support for existing small- and medium-sized businesses in...

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Regional Selective Assistance boundaries will be finalised.

  • Geese

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to allow white-fronted goose numbers to be controlled by shooting in line with present policy in England and Wales.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2943 by Susan Deacon on 17 December 1999, whether it now has any plans to provide a dedicated brain injury rehabilitation unit...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to audit the impact on healthcare provision of variations in the number of NHS beds over the last three years.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what charges an NHS Trust makes to the NHS for a triple heart bypass operation.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5502 by Susan Deacon on 5 April 2000, whether it will consider all possible factors, not just the psychological ones,...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5503 by Susan Deacon on 5 April 2000, whether it will consider Scottish medical opinion on all possible models of the...

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to enable those from disadvantaged areas to gain entry to higher education.

  • Highlands and Islands Airports

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement of 30 May 2000 regarding the resurfacing of the main runway at Wick Airport, what plans it has to improve the condition of the cross runway.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a detailed breakdown of Scottish Homes investment levels in Hamilton North and Bellshill since May 1999.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a detailed breakdown of Scottish Homes investment levels in Kilmarnock and Loudoun since May 1999.

  • Influenza

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that it has a strategy to ensure that everyone over 75 was offered an influenza vaccination in autumn 1999 and whether it will outline the...

  • Influenza

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that health boards encourage NHS staff to get vaccinated against influenza next winter and in subsequent years.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to allay any public concerns regarding the forensic science service and in particular fingerprinting services.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to prevent solicitors from taking out additional court actions in neighbour disputes on behalf of...

  • Land Reform Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to abolish "ransom strips" in the forthcoming Land Reform Bill.

  • Local Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether North Lanarkshire Council acted within its powers in suspending all community councils with effect from 31 May 2000 and requiring each community council to...

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the NHS Management Executive to co-ordinate the planning and funding of...

  • Millennium Canal Link

    To ask the Scottish Executive what economic benefit will accrue from the opening of the Millennium Canal Link.

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-2385 and S1W-2386 by Susan Deacon on 13 January 2000 and 30 November 1999, whether it will specify the total annual cost of...

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that an investigation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of beta interferon as a treatment for multiple sclerosis sufferers is an early...

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3061 by Susan Deacon on 18 February 2000, what proportion of the £100 million expected saving has been re-invested in...

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what is the number of intensive care and high dependency beds and the level of new equipment that will be provided from the funding package announced on 22 February...

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much notice was given to health boards regarding spending the additional money provided to the health programme by Her Majesty’s Government under the...

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the reports that repairs to the roof of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh are necessary and, if so, to detail (a) the nature...

  • National Lottery Awards

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Heritage Lottery Fund with regard to support for Scottish museums.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Scottish Executive how effective the New Deal has been in providing jobs for young unemployed people in North Ayrshire and in Scotland in general.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Scottish Executive to detail, by constituency, the number of young people on the New Deal, and the number at each stage within the New Deal programme, namely (a) Gateway, (b) a New...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in preparing legislation to transfer to Scottish local authorities full planning control over marine developments in Scottish coastal waters.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Crown Estate Commissioners on proposals to transfer to Scottish local authorities full planning control over marine developments...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the costs currently borne by Shetland Islands Council and Orkney Islands Council as a result of exercising their statutory planning powers...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the costs currently borne by Scottish local authorities as a result of the work they undertake for the Crown Estate Commissioners in...

  • Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3721 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 27 January 2000, whether West Dunbartonshire can expect to benefit from the full range of...

  • Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its policies for tackling racism in Scotland.

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce the number of stations on the Perth to Inverness railway line.

  • Rape

    To ask the First Minister whether he will make a statement about the cross-examination of victims in rape trials.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated in grant aided expenditure to local authorities to spend on maintaining council roads in each of the last four years expressed in (i)...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the outstanding repair and maintenance requirements of primary schools in Hamilton North and Bellshill.

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the outstanding repair and maintenance requirements of primary schools in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the operation of Social Inclusion Partnerships is regulated.

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been awarded to Social Inclusion Partnership projects in Glasgow, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the designation of an area as a Social Inclusion Partnership Area.

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the operation of Social Inclusion Partnerships.

  • Social Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its social justice action plan.

  • Special Advisers

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-687 by Donald Dewar on 26 August 1999, what the total cost is to date, broken down by month, of employing the current seven...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in achieving a "Joined up Government" approach to the granting of permission for road signs, given the implications for tourism.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist or promote the use of motorbikes, scooters and other powered two wheelers.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure that bus companies cannot withdraw services for purely financial reasons.

  • Voluntary Sector

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in developing a funding regime for the voluntary sector which reflects ministerial commitment to the introduction of three-year funding...

  • Warm Deal

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates for Warm Deal contained in table 2.6 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish Executive, 2000.

  • Water Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to withdraw the statement on investment in the water industry contained on page 40 of Rural Scotland: A New Approach.

  • Holyrood Project

    To ask the Presiding Officer how many apprentices are employed, or will be employed, in the construction of the Scottish Parliament.

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