Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 9 November 2000

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive what methodology was used in the calculation of the average £550 estimated savings that elderly people are expected to make under the Scottish Executive central...

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive what methodology was used in the calculation of the statistic that 90% of those who will benefit under the Scottish Executive central heating scheme announced by the...

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding will be available under its central heating initiative for the replacement of existing obsolete or expensive heating systems.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Deputy Minister for Sport and Culture next proposes to meet representatives of the Scottish Arts Council and what issues are likely to be discussed.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is appropriate for six of the trustees of the National Library of Scotland to be appointed by the Faculty of Advocates and what the reasons are for its...

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many paintings owned by the national collections in Scotland are (a) on display in public galleries, (b) on loan to government departments, (c) on loan...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been advised by Her Majesty’s Government’s drugs tsar that cannabis is alleged to be 50 times more carcinogenic than tobacco and, if so,...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take in response to the call by the RAC Foundation for Motoring Ltd for a high profile television campaign warning of the dangers of driving...

  • Economic Development

    To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to take forward economic development at a local level.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to harmonising Scottish school holidays.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of recent announcements of up to 250 job losses at Fullarton Computer Industries, 78 job losses at GE Caledonian and the transfer of 30 jobs from Troon...

  • Gulf War Veterans

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the NHSiS has received from the Ministry of Defence any guidance, information or advice regarding Her Majesty’s Government’s response to the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust regarding the retention of paediatric services at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin and...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that adequate health care is provided for rough sleepers.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10242 by Susan Deacon on 18 October 2000, what steps it is taking to collate data on the number of branded prescriptions...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that generic medicines are dispensed when off-patent branded prescriptions are made out.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the proportion of generic rather than branded medicines which are prescribed and dispensed.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was budgeted to be spent in 1999-2000 under (a) the empty homes initiative and (b) the rough sleeper initiative; what the actual outturn was for each...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage the development of flexible tenure schemes on the model of the buy back scheme used by Weslo Housing Management.

  • Lingerbay Quarry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the report from the Reporter on the Lingerbay Inquiry was received by the Scottish Office on 29 April 1999; on what date it assumed responsibility for...

  • Lingerbay Quarry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether a time period of 1 July 1999 to the present for making a decision in respect of the Lingerbay Inquiry report is normal in such applications and what response...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce by legislation or other means a requirement which sets a time period within which it must reach a decision following receipt of a report by...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the target date for reaching a decision on the planning applications regarding the Ayr United Stadium is 2 November 2000 and, if so, whether it will give an...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to reconsider or review the Police (Scotland) Act 1967.

  • Rail Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive what direction and guidance it has given to Scottish Enterprise and local enterprise companies regarding the use of rail freight.

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Railtrack or any other body about facilitating disabled access from the south-bound platform at Lockerbie station.

  • Rail Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that Great North Eastern Rail services north of Edinburgh are restored.

  • Residential Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address present financial difficulties being experienced by the Relatives Association so that it can continue to support the relatives of those...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the Route Action Plan for the A75.

  • Rural Affairs

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that rural communities benefit from the Scottish Rural Partnership Fund.

  • Sexual Offences

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to publish proposals to prevent an accused person charged with a sex offence from cross-examining a victim personally and to strengthen the...

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in view of the targets outlined in Towards a Healthier Scotland , what strategy is in place to achieve a reduction in smoking among young people.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the British Tourist Authority concerning the promotion of Scotland overseas.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address any problems currently affecting the tourism industry in Scotland.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact on climate change emissions, traffic levels and air quality of the extra spending on transport announced by the Minister...

  • Voluntary Organisations

    To ask the First Minister what progress has been made on the levying of a fee on voluntary organisations for Scottish Criminal Records Office checks.

  • Water Charges

    To ask the Scottish Executive when a scheme will be introduced to help low income families pay their water charges.

  • Youth Hostels

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the use of youth hostels during off-peak periods by education authorities and other such bodies, whether any funding is available for...

  • Holyrood Project

    To ask the Presiding Officer what the meaning is of "identical characteristics" in the part of the specification for the granite cladding of the MSP block of the new Parliament building which...

  • Holyrood Project

    To ask the Presiding Officer, further to the statement by the Convener of the Holyrood Progress Group that materials "must be demonstrably from sources that respect the human rights of those...

  • Scottish Parliament Staff

    To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body staff are precluded from purchasing Scottish Parliament Christmas cards and what the reasons are for its position on...

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