Scottish Parliament Written answers

Tuesday, 29 January 2002

  • Aggregates Tax

    To ask the Scottish Executive what economic assessment has been made of the impact of the imposition of the aggregates tax in Shetland and any cost rise implications for local businesses and...

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out its current policy on the aviation sector and what plans it has to support improvements to the aviation industry and increase the provision...

  • Airports

    To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision is expected on the application by Shetland Islands Council to operate Sumburgh Airport.

  • Airports

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Inverness airport terminal is (a) owned and (b) managed by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd only and, if not, by whom it is owned and managed.

  • Apprenticeships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much financial support it has provided for Modern Apprenticeships in each year since 1994 in respect of each (a) Local Enterprise Company and (b) framework.

  • Apprenticeships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many Modern Apprenticeship places have been available to candidates in each year since 1994 in respect of each (a) Local Enterprise Company and (b) framework and...

  • Apprenticeships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many Modern Apprenticeships have not been completed by those undertaking such training in respect of each (a) Local Enterprise Company and (b) framework in each...

  • Careleavers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in establishing a method for recording the educational achievement of children leaving care.

  • Crown Estate

    To ask the Scottish Executive what role it is playing in the current review of seabed rents charged by the Crown Estate to the aquaculture industry.

  • Crown Estate

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Crown Estate to discuss (a) fish farming research and (b) sub-seabed cable links to the Scottish islands.

  • Dental Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on dental provision in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02 and what the projected spending is for 2002-03, broken down by health/NHS board.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current and projected output of dental graduates will achieve the annual target output of 120 per annum for the next five years as recommended in Section...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the 10 additional vocational training posts and five two-year general professional training posts are now in place as recommended in Section 6.1 in the...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the basic education and training for dental hygienists and therapists is now in place as recommended in Section 6.2 in the report by the Scottish Advisory...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for at least one hygiene school to extend its courses to produce dually qualified dental hygienists/therapists to commence in 2002-03 as...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional 50 student places for dental hygienists and therapists are now in place as recommended in Section 6.2 in the report by the Scottish Advisory...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are in place to achieve the target of 200 dental nurses and 15 dental technicians to complete basic training as recommended in Section 6.3 in the...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for retention schemes rewarding on-going commitment to the NHS and for those returning to work after a career break as recommended in Section 6.4...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome was of the review of undergraduate financing and the linkage to quality assurance programmes as recommended in Section 7 in the report by the...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether structures and funding at NHS trusts are now identified for the education and training of dental nurses, dental technicians, dental receptionists and...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what specific measures it is discussing with the dental profession to improve the recruitment and retention of dental practitioners in rural, remote and island areas...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive with regard to its news release SE5127/2002 of 7 January 2002 and in light of the launch of the "know the net" campaign, the review of "click thinking" and concerns...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all pilot future school projects currently in operation.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing plans for the evaluation of future school projects and on what date the strategy documents regarding these are due for...

  • Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20150 by Iain Gray on 17 December 2001, how Energy Action Scotland’s targets are assessed and what specific targets have...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on Environmentally Sensitive Area schemes in each of the past six years for which figures are available; how many producers were eligible to...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what controls on agricultural producers to prevent damage from diffuse pollution are being planned as a result of the requirement to implement the EU Water Framework...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive how technical fisheries conservation measures reflect the difference between over 500hp twin- or single-rigged demersal fishing vessels and single low powered seine...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what economic assessment has been made, or is being made, of the effect on shore-based businesses in coastal communities of the reduction in catching capacity caused...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on inshore, single seine net fishing vessels resulting from the introduction of nets with 120mm mesh.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions are taking place with the European Commission regarding the introduction of a days at sea scheme targeted at whitefish species and, in particular, cod.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the scientific research on which the 25% cut in monkfish quotas for both the North Sea and the west coast was based, as agreed at the EU...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the EU/Norway blue whiting negotiations; what measures are currently in place for the period until an agreement is reached, and when...

  • Foot-and-Mouth Disease

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it undertook any review before 23 February 2001 of the state veterinary service; if so, who carried out the review, what recommendations the review...

  • Further and Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made or is making, and what research it has commissioned or plans to commission, to assess the impact of student poverty on academic performance...

  • Further and Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has commissioned, or plans to commission, into the effects on students’ academic performance of also being in employment and whether it will...

  • General Practitioners

    To ask the Scottish Executive what specific measures will be undertaken to improve the recruitment and retention of general practitioners in rural, remote and island areas.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of the Scottish Health Plan, Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change , how it plans to ensure that the NHS and local...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-19994 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 December 2001, who briefed the UK delegation to the EU Health Council meeting in Brussels on...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-11479 and S1W-16461 by Henry McLeish on 6 December 2000 and 22 June 2001, what further information it can give regarding...

  • Land Reform

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the introduction of Land Management Contracts as proposed in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture .

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to reform the Occupiers’ Liability (Scotland) Act 1960 in light of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill with reference to the liability on...

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals there are to ensure that personal liability is a matter for those who exercise a right to responsible access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive what implications arise as to the availability of grants and loans under the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grant and Loan schemes for crofters who pursue a...

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will ensure that those who seek to exercise a right of access do so at their own risk.

  • Lifelong Learning

    To ask the Scottish Executive which National Training Organisations are (a) based solely in Scotland and (b) have representative offices in Scotland, broken down by Local Enterprise Company area.

  • Lifelong Learning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many National Training Organisation employees are based in Scotland (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) organisation (ii) Local Enterprise Company area and...

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation paper by its Principal Medical Officer on mental health services for deaf and deafblind people will be published.

  • Ports

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will promote Rosyth as a ferry port for Edinburgh following the announcement of the continental ferry.

  • Ports

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials are responsible for ports policy and what its current policy is with respect to both trust and non-trust ports.

  • Public Appointments

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many independent assessors oversee the public appointments system and how much they are paid.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20256 by Ross Finnie on 9 January 2002, whether the study into the costs and feasibility of a heavy duty cable network to take...

  • Rural Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many definitions of "rural" it uses; what plans it has to review these definitions; who would conduct any such review and what role Her Majesty’s...

  • Rural Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take in response to the comments as reported on the BBC News Website by George Lyon MSP on 5 January 2002 in connection with the negotiations...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any directions it has given to any local authority to suspend its school capital repairs programme pending the outcome of its bid made under...

  • Sea Routes

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to initiate sea routes to Scandinavia and the Baltic.

  • Single European Currency

    To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring is taking place of the use by businesses and, in particular, the tourism industry of the euro and of the availability of trading in euro to foreign...

  • Skye Bridge

    To ask the Scottish Executive which body would be liable for any remaining debt on the Skye Bridge should the tolls there be declared illegal.

  • Student Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loans are a disincentive to potential students from less affluent backgrounds from entering further and higher education.

  • Student Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what amount has been automatically deducted from students’ travel expenses awarded by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland in each of the last three years...

  • Teacher Training

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funds have been made available for the training of teachers in educational courses designed to tackle drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding charter flight supplements charged on holiday flights from Scotland and what action it...

  • Veterinary Medicines

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made, or plans to make, to Her Majesty’s Government or the Office of Fair Trading regarding the supply of prescription-only...

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-20732 by Allan Wilson on 20 December 2001, whether it will give details of the visit made by officials to the company applying...

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive under what statutory instrument licences are granted which allow applicants to shoot to scare eider ducks.

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