Scottish Parliament Written answers

Tuesday, 6 November 2001

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the cross-sector group referred to in Action 54 of A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture will meet; whether the group will include any trade union...

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to implement any strategies in order to make the agriculture industry safer for workers.

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has relating to any current use of organophosphates on farms.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to support a route development fund for air links to and from Scotland and, if so, what scheme is under consideration and, if not, what...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to distribute to health boards resources from the £28 million to be spent on tackling drugs, announced by the Minister for Finance...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that all education authorities will develop policies to meet the health care needs of all pupils.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) educational psychologists were employed by each local authority in each of the past three years and (b) posts for educational psychologists are...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the results of the information-gathering exercise on the provision of school swimming lessons, announced by the Deputy Minister for Education,...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement on 22 August 2001 of £12 million of funding for schools under the Grants for Improvements in School Education (Scotland)...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many job losses have been announced in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency since May 1999, broken down by employing organisation.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental protection the 1,448 locations currently designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest will receive.

  • Food Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many spot checks have been carried out on imported beef this year; (b) how many cases of these revealed carcasses which still contained spinal chord, and (c)...

  • Food Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken against meat importers, and the country of origin, of meat which the Meat Hygiene Service has identified as being unfit for human consumption.

  • Food Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether all processed food will be labelled by country of origin.

  • Food Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of imported meat is inspected.

  • Food Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive why every carcass leaving an abattoir in the UK is inspected in the UK yet every imported carcass is not.

  • Football

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the application by the Scottish Football Association to designate Hampden Park on trunk road signs has been refused.

  • Football

    To ask the Scottish Executive in the event of either no bid being submitted for the European Football Championship in 2008 or a bid being submitted but not being successful, what funding or...

  • Football

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it plans to give to Scottish Football Partnership Ltd.

  • Football

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide financial support to the Scottish Football Association or any other organisation for the development of a sports campus at Hampden Park.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the resistance to herbicide of genetically modified crops can spread to other plant life.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the herbicide used on the trial crop at Munlochy in the Black Isle has been tested and, if so, what the results were.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the weed killer glufosinate ammonium has on (a) genetically modified crops, (b) water sources and supplies, (c) other affected farm products and (d)...

  • Genetically Modified Food

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether food labels must state, where appropriate, that a product contains genetically modified ingredients.

  • Genetically Modified Organisms

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the consumption of genetically modified organisms can affect resistance to certain antibiotics.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive who the members are of the review group that has been set up to consider the operation and possible reform of the commitment payments scheme instituted by the...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all targets within the NHS that have been set since 1997 including those for waiting lists, waiting times and reducing the incidence of heart...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to speed treatment and shorten waiting times in the NHS particularly in the areas of heart disease, cancer and mental health.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many in-patients there are in NHSiS hospitals currently and how many there were at the same point in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include a specific nursing voice on the new unified NHS boards in line with the provision of the Munich Declaration on nurses and midwives which...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received information about any inquiry by the Office of Fair Trading into the provision of pharmacy services in Scotland and, if so, what explanation...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether white noise generators are available to patients to alleviate tinnitus.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has held any discussions with, or corresponded with, Lanarkshire Health Board or Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in relation to adverse press...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what alternative course of action it plans to take should Glasgow City Council housing tenants vote against housing stock transfer

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to ensure that Glasgow City Council housing tenants receive independent advice concerning the council’s proposed housing stock...

  • Information Technology

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take on its broadband rollout strategy following the recent visit to Finland by the First Minister and the Minister for Enterprise and...

  • Information Technology

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14686 by Nicol Stephen on 4 May 2001, what progress has been made in the discussions about how the e-Learning...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many existing adult mandatory life prisoners will be affected by the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Act 2001 and (b) when hearings under the Act...

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans exist to reduce the length of journeys for animals being transported for fattening and slaughter.

  • Livestock

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans exist to maintain the ban on export of live farm animals from Scotland and to replace such exports with meat and carcass exports.

  • Local Government

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average salary of a local authority employee was in each of the past five years (a) in Scotland as whole and (b) in each local authority.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Lothian Health Board regarding any decision by the board to limit the atypical drugs which GPs may prescribe to schizophrenia sufferers.

  • Ministerial Costs

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the route by which the First Minister and the Minister for Lifelong Learning recently travelled to Helsinki.

  • Ministerial Costs

    To ask the Scottish Executive who accompanied the First Minister and the Minister for Lifelong Learning on their recent visit to Finland; whether it will give a detailed breakdown of the costs of...

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of prescribing beta interferon through the NHS to those people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who it is considered could...

  • Nursery Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will make available to local authorities to allow them to meet any additional costs arising out of any National Joint Committee determinations on the...

  • Organophosphates

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken any action to ban the use of organophosphates on farms.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding (a) was received by each police force in each of the past three years, (b) is projected in each force for each of the next two years expressed...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) police officers and (b) civillian staff are currently employed by each police force, expressed per head of population in each police force area.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) police vehicles there are and (b) manned police stations there are per square mile, in each police force area.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any grants awarded to each police force for the last year in addition to core funding.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the inquiry by Fife Constabulary on Strathclyde Police Force’s handling of the demonstration at Govanhill Pool on 7 August 2001 will be concluded.

  • Rape

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) rapes and (b) attempted rapes have been reported to police in the city of Edinburgh in each year since 1997 and how many convictions were secured...

  • Road Accidents

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15671 by Sarah Boyack on 19 June 2001, whether the statement that the police would initiate a road closure means that it is...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding upgrading (a) the A70 and (b) the A71 to trunk road status.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it would require in order to decide to change the status of the A70 or A71 to a trunk road.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the absence of slip roads to East Linton on the proposed A1 expressway between Haddington and Dunbar results in greater national economic benefit than the...

  • Scottish Executive Departments

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the proportion of its vehicles capable of running on liquefied petroleum gas.

  • Scottish Executive Departments

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of leased vehicles used by its departments and agencies for which it is responsible are capable of running on liquefied petroleum gas.

  • Scottish Executive Departments

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed (a) cost savings to date and (b) potential future cost savings relating to the purchase, conversion or leasing of vehicles by departments or...

  • Scottish Executive Procurement

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it currently uses Consignia plc for its mail collection and delivery service in Edinburgh and what plans it has to consider using an alternative provider for...

  • Scottish Executive Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its vehicles are fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas.

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidelines to local authorities on minimum training requirement guidelines for staff recruited to provide support services to school-age...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to education authorities on the duties and responsibilities of teaching staff in relation to the supervision or support of children with...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to education authorities on the advance notice and information given to teachers about children joining their classes who have autistic...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive, what plans it has to legislate to introduce a duty on education authorities to prepare and implement an accessibility strategy for disabled pupils in line with the...

  • Student Loans

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8121 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 27 September 2001, how many of the court actions raised against graduates to recover student...

  • Student Loans

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-18120 by Ms Wendy Alexander on 27 September 2001, whether the operational procedures adopted by the Student Loans Company Ltd...

  • Telecommunications

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken following the breakdown of several 999 phone lines in the Highlands and Islands area.

  • Telecommunications

    To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans it has in place to ensure continuity of service in the event of the failure of 999 lines in the Highlands and Islands area.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it has made or plans to make available to the Scottish Youth Hostels Association following the recent terrorist attacks in the United States of...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used in the recent re-appointment of two members to the board of VisitScotland whether any other candidates were considered at that time for...

  • Parliamentary Publications

    To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) has any plans to make the Official Report available to MSPs on CD-ROM.

  • Parliamentary Publications

    To ask the Presiding Officer what the total cost was of publishing, printing and distributing the Scottish Parliament Annual Report 2000 to 2001 and how many copies have been produced.

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