Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 5 October 2000

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Office of Fair Trading regarding flight supplements charged on holidays from Scottish airports.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8302 by Sarah Boyack on 22 August 2000, in respect of which lifeline air routes a public service obligation has been imposed;...

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on moving towards a dispatch priority response service in the Scottish Ambulance Service.

  • Caledonian MacBrayne

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many vessels Caledonian MacBrayne retired from service in each year between 1989 and 1999 on routes excluding Kyle to Kyleakin.

  • Caledonian MacBrayne

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total capital value of the Caledonian MacBrayne fleet was in each year between 1989 and 1999.

  • Caledonian MacBrayne

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many new vessels Caledonian MacBrayne has put in service in each year between 1989 and 1999.

  • Caledonian MacBrayne

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average age of vessels operated by Caledonian MacBrayne was in each year between 1989 and 1999.

  • Caledonian MacBrayne

    To ask the Scottish Executive what total revenue was raised from (a) passenger fares and (b) vehicle fares by Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services in real terms for each year between 1989 and 1999...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7086 by Susan Deacon on 26 June 2000, why, when Ninewells Hospital has 29.3% of oncology patient episodes, 8.9% of...

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement on 19 September 2000 of free central heating for pensioners and families, how many private pensioner homes will have central heating...

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will implement the installation of central heating for pensioners as part of its recently announced £350 million investment in central heating for...

  • Deaf People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of hearing aids provided by NHS Trusts in Scotland were digital aids in each of the last three years.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being considered to address the fact that 70% of tooth decay in five-year-olds is untreated.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to improve communication between primary care dental services and other primary care services and, in particular, what measures are in...

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many instances of (a) false payment claims by dental practitioners and (b) dental patients making false claims of exemption from charges the Common Service...

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are being developed with health boards for consultation on the fluoridation of the water supply.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering introducing payments to dentists for the provision of advice and education to their patients in relation to prevention of dental disease...

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any guidelines to local authorities to ensure that oral and dental health is given priority in health education and health-related policies in...

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are proposed to ensure that patients are better informed and more actively involved in decisions about their dental care.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to register the 25% of children who currently have no ongoing dental care with a dentist.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure that fissure sealant work, as recommended in the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Network guideline, is sufficiently targeted at those with...

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish drop-in centres for dental care and in which areas any such centres will be situated.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive when clinical guidelines on sedation, pre-school dental treatment and orthodontics will be made available to dental practitioners.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage the majority of dental nurses who currently do not have any relevant qualifications to gain qualifications.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are proposed to increase the number of dental therapists, nurses, hygienists and technicians.

  • Education

    To ask the First Minister what progress is being made towards meeting its commitment to reduce primary one, two and three class sizes to 30 or less by August 2001.

  • Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that pensioner poverty will be eradicated.

  • Electricity Act 1989

    To ask the Scottish Executive when new regulations governing the environmental impact of developments under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 will come into force.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure high standards in the sewerage system.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive when an overall Scottish target for the reduction of emissions causing climate change will be announced and how and when separate targets for industry, commerce,...

  • Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the end-year balance in each sub-heading of the Crown Office budget was in 1999-2000.

  • Flood Prevention

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make funding available to the City of Edinburgh Council for flood prevention schemes.

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that fuel poverty is eradicated in the private rented sector.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1879 by Ross Finnie on 8 June 2000, what further action has been taken in relation to the possibility that crops contaminated...

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it undertook with the local authority and the local National Farmers Union regarding the decision to conduct a genetically modified crop trial at...

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the monitoring of sites mistakenly planted with GM-contaminated oilseed rape.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive what risks GM farm scale trials pose to organic farming.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive what risks GM farm scale trials pose to organic honey production.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any data relating to the number of people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

  • Homelessness

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline any emergency initiatives available to local authorities in the event of a rapid increase in homelessness.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the new Wishaw Hospital in Lanarkshire is expected to be completed and whether the project is proceeding on schedule.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the employment implications of the housing stock transfer proposal in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland.

  • Leylandii Hedges

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8076 by Mr Jim Wallace on 25 August 2000, when it will announce what action it intends to take on high hedges in the light of...

  • Leylandii Hedges

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to complete the evaluation of the responses to the consultation document on high hedges, such as leylandii.

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to monitor the application of the £60 million funds released to health boards in respect of the division between the priorities defined by the...

  • National Air Quality Strategy

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities are undertaking Stage 3 reviews of air quality under the National Air Quality Strategy, how many of these authorities met the June 2000...

  • National Parks

    To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is being made to ensure that ranger services are provided in the National Parks.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses to call in contentious planning applications and planning applications by local authorities for public inquiry or scrutiny.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how planning authorities are independently audited and whether there are any proposals to alter and improve the auditing procedure in order to maintain and improve...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what account is taken of other laws governing the use of the property concerned when planning decisions are made.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £8.9 million additional money allocated this year to the police to halt the decline in police numbers will be matched next year in order that police...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what was the average amount of additional time spent in prison by prisoners who lost remission during 1999.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the value for money offered by private prisons.

  • Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much Scottish public bodies spent on consultancy services in each of the last five years and how much they expect to spend in the current year and the following...

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the national public transport timetable is still on schedule to be adopted by December.

  • Road Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many claims for compensation for damage to vehicles and injuries to passengers and pedestrians caused by dangerous and/or poorly maintained trunk roads and...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s discussions with Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council regarding the proposed...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the current situation is regarding the M74 northern extension following the recently published report by the local authorities concerned.

  • Rural Affairs

    To ask the Scottish Executive what systems have been put in place to improve communication between the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department.

  • Rural Affairs

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to give all farmers and crofters access to free, comprehensive conservation advice.

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to discourage young women from taking up smoking.

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9480 by Mr Jack McConnell on 20 September 2000, why it is providing facilities to its staff who smoke at work in the form of...

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to release any funding for new Social Inclusion Partnerships.

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the evaluation of Social Inclusion Partnerships.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what targets have been set to measure the effectiveness of the Ossian project.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the monetary value of monthly bookings through the Ossian system has been since it was established.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve transport links to the Northern Isles.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans and resources it has put in place to allow (a) local authorities, (b) health boards, (c) police forces, (d) fire brigades, (e) the Scottish Ambulance...

  • Water Charges

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many households have (a) sought special payment schemes and (b) have made late payments due to being unable to pay their water bills on time for each of the last...

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-6666 by Sarah Boyack on 23 May 2000, when the survey being carried out by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental...

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S1W-6666 by Sarah Boyack on 26 May 2000, how many pre-habitation water samples did each water authority carry out in the most...

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