Scottish Parliament Written answers

Monday, 19 June 2000

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was represented at the Standing Veterinary Committee (Animal Health) meeting in Brussels on 10 May 2000.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6342 by Sarah Boyack on 10 May 2000, to detail (a) the routes and airports specified in the Public Service Obligations, (b)...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce widespread screening for prostate cancer and at what age.

  • Childcare

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of spending on the provision of childcare provision by it and its agencies for each of the past two years and the current year,...

  • Community Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any section 74(2) consents under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 have been given to Dumfries and Galloway Council in connection with the disposal of...

  • Community Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consents under any sections of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (other than section 74(2)) or under any other Acts have been given to Dumfries...

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on vehicle fuel by the (i) National Museum of Scotland, (ii) National Library of Scotland and (iii) National Galleries of Scotland during 1999.

  • Digital Scotland Task Force

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a detailed record of the visit to Finland by the Minister in charge of the Digital...

  • Disabled People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the use of taxi card schemes as means of addressing the mobility needs of disabled people.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Angus Council Education Authority has supplied it with a copy of its asset management plan and whether it will place a copy in the Scottish Parliament...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6736, S1W-6737 and S1W-6738 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, what target percentage of teachers in (a) secondary schools, (b)...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6739 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, whether it intends to introduce targets for the provision of e-mail addresses to...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6740, S1W-6741 and S1W-6748 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, what target percentage of pupils in (a) secondary schools, (b)...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6732, S1W-6733 and S1W-6734 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, to provide details, from information collated from the October...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-6744 and S1W-6745 by Peter Peacock on 25 May 2000, what target percentage of (a) primary schools and (b) special schools will...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funds was left in the education budget at the end of the last financial year.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce maximum class sizes for primary three to primary seven.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4231 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 18 February 2000, what programmes the £13.45 million remaining in the Excellence Fund for...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been consulted by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), about the SQA’s proposal that those teachers who act as markers should be...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many classroom days will be lost as a result of the Scottish Qualification Authority’s proposal that those teachers who act as markers should be released...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost will be of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s proposal that those teachers who act as markers should be released from classroom duties...

  • Europe

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6228 by Mr Jack McConnell on 9 May 2000, whether it will list the EU Council of Ministers’ meetings on matters within...

  • European Convention on Human Rights

    To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations are being made for the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into Scots law in October.

  • Executive Communication

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its communications with local authorities are carried out electronically and what targets it has to increase this proportion.

  • Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated proportion of each of the level 1 budget headings is spent on labour costs.

  • Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it pays for any advisers to House of Commons Committees or Her Majesty’s Government from its budget.

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what costs have been incurred on an annual basis since 1995, broken down by fire authority area, on (a) vehicle fuel and (b) transport.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1823 by Ross Finnie on 1 June 2000, why, following a departmental meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many paediatric patients currently being treated at Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital’s cardiac unit are referrals from health board areas in the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to train staff in nurseries and primary and secondary schools to provide any attention needed by children suffering from conditions such as asthma...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much housing association grant was allocated to housing associations in Glasgow in each year from 1995-96 to 1999-2000 inclusive in real terms.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many households in Scotland reside in non-permanent homes such as caravans, mobile homes and chalets.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates for Scottish Homes contained in table 2.4 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the Scottish...

  • Influenza

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the payment system to general practitioners for flu vaccination in the winter of 2000-01.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum number of available spaces in (a) penal establishments directly operated by the Scottish Prison Service, (b) legalised police cells and (c)...

  • Land Reform

    To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress has been made in implementing its Land Reform Action Plan, published in August 1999.

  • Local Government Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a detailed breakdown of the total spending guideline set down for West Dunbartonshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Council for each of the past four...

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what work it has undertaken in relation to the Millan Committee’s review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 and whether it will facilitate a debate on...

  • Mining

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to provide further guidance to local authorities on further development of opencast coal mining.

  • NHS Trusts

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether and how Yorkhill NHS Trust will continue as a principal academic centre of maternal and child health if it is transferred to a new site at the Southern...

  • NHS Trusts

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to use expertise available within the Yorkhill NHS Trust to shape a strategy on the health needs of mothers and their children within the Greater...

  • NHS Trusts

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of local community involvement and local volunteers Yorkhill NHS Trust currently engages.

  • NHS Trusts

    To ask the Scottish Executive what would happen to the £7 million operating theatre complex opened at Yorkhill Hospital last year if the Trust is transferred to a new site at the Southern...

  • National Lottery Awards

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had or will have with the Scotland committee of the National Lottery Charities Board to ensure that innovative and successful projects in...

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that all Non-Departmental Public Bodies are subjecting their public contracts to competitive tender; whether such bodies have been using...

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to reply to question S1W-5968 lodged on 4 April 2000.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the European Convention on Human Rights will have on current planning procedures and whether it will have any implications for third party right of appeal.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to prevent the closures of village police stations such as that in the Angus village of Letham and whether it plans to exercise any such powers in...

  • Recycling

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the arrangements are for monitoring levels of recycling and whether it will publish guidelines to local authorities on setting targets.

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve the safety of visually impaired people at road crossings, in particular through the installation of audible signals and cone...

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was provided to the Children’s Traffic Club in Scotland in each year since it was formed and what the club’s projected funding is in the...

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4825 by Sarah Boyack on 21 March 2000, what steps it takes to monitor clusters of accidents at particular locations and routes...

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4825 by Sarah Boyack on 21 March 2000, how it defines (a) a cluster of accidents and (b) a route with a high accident rate.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on maintaining (a) council roads and (b) trunk roads in each local authority area in each of the last four years expressed in (i) real terms...

  • Scottish Executive Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future transfer or creation of posts in the Scottish Executive, including its agencies, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

  • Social Inclusion

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the current spend estimates on Listening to Communities contained in table 2.7 of the Annual Expenditure Report of the...

  • Telecommunications

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider implementing a directive to halt the siting of telecommunications masts in Scotland until legislation to give councils greater planning...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is now a standard or preferred methodology for transport assessments as specified in NPPG 17 that should be adopted by local authorities when...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have followed the advice set out in NPPG 17 Transport and Planning to set maximum as opposed to minimum numbers of parking spaces for new...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is developing policies that explicitly link traffic reduction targets with the realisation of commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions or whether it...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to encourage large employers to adopt green transport plans.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will specify any targets relating to transport use and the environment that relate to the proposals within its proposed Integrated Transport Bill.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the preparation of local transport strategies by local authorities is non-statutory.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for tightening the laws governing parking controls around bus stops, pedestrian crossings and schools.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is proposing to address the traffic impact created by extensive customer parking provided at out-of-town retail and leisure facilities as an...

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive what advice Seafield Sewage Treatment Works has received from the Health and Safety Executive regarding public safety implications of the Health and Safety at Work...

  • Working Groups

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish, with regard to its Renewing Local Democracy Group, the criteria for selecting the individual members of the group, its budget allocation and...

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