Scottish Parliament Written answers

Monday, 14 October 2002

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek costings and timings for both Glasgow and Prestwick Airports in the specification for the public service obligation in respect of air services...

  • Civil Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications under paragraph 16, section 4.3, Annex A of the Civil Service Management Code have been approved (a) unconditionally and (b) conditionally in...

  • Community Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive how its community safety grant-making policies and monitoring procedures ensure that the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities are addressed by...

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that elderly and disabled people are informed of the concessionary fares scheme commencing from 30 September 2002.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered extending its free bus travel scheme for pensioners to include rail travel.

  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what policies and procedures the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has in place to ensure that equal opportunities policies, particularly in respect of...

  • Disclosure Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27002 by Mr Jim Wallace on 5 July 2002, whether Disclosure Scotland is meeting its target and how many applications it is...

  • Disclosure Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to Disclosure Scotland for checks on volunteers are currently outstanding and for how long they have been outstanding.

  • Disclosure Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether documents supplied by Disclosure Scotland are accessible to those with disabilities and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

  • Doors Open Day

    To ask the Scottish Executive to which of its buildings, other than those under care or control of Historic Scotland, it has allowed the public access under Doors Open Day schemes in each of the...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult universities and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council about resolving any problems with the cost of safely storing and disposing of...

  • Ferry Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive why Orkney Ferries, servicing the smaller islands, receives no tariff rebate subsidy (TRS), given that those who ship with Northlink do benefit from TRS.

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the removal of fire cover due to a strike by firefighters would have on the operation of (a) football grounds, (b) theatres, (c) cinemas, (d) airports,...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency planning arrangements are in place for the use of army personnel during any strike by firefighters; how many army personnel would be required, and...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any assessment of the insurance implications for local authorities of not being able to provide a normal fire service in the event of a strike...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance will be issued to army personnel in advance of any deployment of them on firefighting duties in dealing with particular situations and what training...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what training is being given to army personnel to allow them to undertake the duties normally undertaken by fire service personnel in the event of any industrial...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any requirement to introduce emergency legislation in respect of insurance cover for local authorities being lifted during the period of any...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans are now in place to deal with any industrial action by fire service personnel and what the estimated cost of implementing such plans would be.

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what life-saving and cutting equipment it or local authorities have purchased for use by the army in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel and...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how (a) football stadia, (b) theatres, (c) care homes, (d) cinemas, (e) airports and (f) the rail network will operate in the event of any industrial action by fire...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic consequences for, and impact on jobs in, the insurance industry will be in the event of any industrial action by fire service personnel and any...

  • Firearms

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to reduce illegal possession of firearms other than air weapons by under-21s.

  • Fuel Duty

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs to administer the Fuel Duty Rebate scheme annually.

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive on what scientific evidence the Supply Chain Initiative on Modified Agricultural Crops (SCIMAC) guidelines recommending separation distances between GM and non-GM...

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it retains confidence in the separation distances contained in the Supply Chain Initiative on Modified Agricultural Crops (SCIMAC) guidelines following the...

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the introduction of GM organisms into the food chain as a result of the contamination of honey with GM pollen breaches any laws and, if so, which specific...

  • Genetically Modified Crops

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any proposal for compensating beekeepers and farmers whose produce may be contaminated by GM crop trials.

  • Health Promotion

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the results of the consultation on the Physical Activity Task Force strategy will be published.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3541 by Mrs Margaret Curran on 6 June 2001, whose duty it is to monitor that transfers of Scottish Homes properties to social...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the findings of the Inquiry by Sir Robin Auld, Review of the Criminal Courts of England and Wales , published on 8 October 2001 in...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or directions it has issued, or plans to issue, to prosecutors in respect of the consideration of bail applications from people (a) charged with and...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations into the operation of the justiciary the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice has recently instructed should be carried out.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of offenders arrested for the possession of a knife in each year since 1993 were under the age of 18 in (a) Scotland and (b) each police force area.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of robberies in each year since 1993 involved young people as either (a) the victim, (b) the offender or (c) both in (i) Scotland and (ii) each...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of robberies in each year since 1993 were carried out at knife-point in (a) Scotland and (b) each police force area.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any police forces are reviewing old sexual assault cases using new DNA technology and, if so, which forces are doing so and what the results have been.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions there have been under section 1(5) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 in each of the last five years, detailing convictions with regard to...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27993 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 September 2002, why there are no plans to conduct research into the investigation and...

  • Licensing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to amend the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 which forbids the sale of alcohol in supermarkets prior to 12.30 pm on Sundays.

  • Ministerial Visits

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29052 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 September 2002, what the estimated cost of overseas engagements by ministers will be in the current...

  • Music Tuition

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was raised through receipts from charges for school music tuition in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority.

  • Music Tuition

    To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities charge for music tuition and how much each such local authority charges.

  • NHS Spending

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the NHS budget is spent on non-conventional medicine.

  • Nursery Nurses

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to standardise qualifications for nursery nurses.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is on introduction of an independent ombudsman to oversee police complaints; how many complaints have been made against each police force...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average or median time is for a police officer to process an arrest from arrival with an accused at the police station to the officer’s returning to...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been made of police training programmes for the investigation of rape and sexual assaults; when any such evaluation was undertaken, and what the...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what input it or police forces had to the work of the Policing Bureaucracy Task Force under the chairmanship of Sir David O’Dowd.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the number of pro forma documents that are in regular use by front-line police and support staff.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of any unnecessary burdens or costs imposed by red tape on police forces.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Annual Report 2001-02 by the Over 21's Visiting Committee at HM Prison and Young Offenders' Institute Cornton Vale, whether sufficient resources...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive why figures for HM Prison Kilmarnock are not included in table 110 of Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2001 published by the Information and Statistics Division.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9900 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 September 2000, (a) how many and (b) what percentage of prison inmates (i) received drug...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28201 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 August 2002, what criteria were used in the allocation by the Scottish Prison Service to HM...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of the contract with Cranstoun Drug Services will be; what the cost will be in each prison, and what the contract covers in each prison.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, whether the proposed...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, what assessment it has...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, what assessment it has...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, what catchment area is...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, whether women prisoners...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002 and to the remarks by...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, what criteria it will...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, whether it envisages...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, what its estimate is of...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, whether a public sector...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, how it will ensure that...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, how it will ensure that...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, how it will ensure...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, how it will ensure that...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on the prison estates review by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on 5 September 2002, whether it will give...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25268 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 June 2002, what risk is attached to a fixed-price prison construction contract.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service constrains or plans to constrain the ability of serving prisoners to publish material relating to their crime.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28445 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 September 2002, when the studies carried out by Dr David Cooke, Psychological Disturbance...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether members of the board of the Scottish Prison Service receive performance related pay and, if so, what proportion of that pay has been related to (a) custody...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether its contract with Medacs for the provision of medical services in prisons includes the requirement that the contractor must comply with recommendation R(98)7...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in respect of each paragraph of recommendation R(98)7 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what specific provision it has made to ensure that the Scottish Prison Service or the contractor for the provision of medical services in prisons complies with...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what specific provision it has made to ensure that the Scottish Prison Service or the contractor for the provision of medical service in prisons complies with...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24997 by Mr Jim Wallace on 9 May 2002, how it monitors any improvements in the literacy, numeracy and other basic skills of...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of self-harm have been recorded in HM Prison Cornton Vale in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03 to date.

  • Public Appointments

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27777 by Mr Andy Kerr on 29 August 2002, whether it will list those outside bodies contacted as part of the parliamentary...

  • Public Appointments

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28344 by Ms Margaret Curran on 9 September 2002, whether it will list when there has been a vacancy for a Scottish position on...

  • Public Appointments

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 161 applicants received for the recent vacancies on the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) were politically active, broken down to...

  • Public Sector Ombudsman

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any decision has been made to locate the offices of the public sector ombudsman in Edinburgh and, if so, what consultation took place prior to such a decision.

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what specific funding will be made available to deliver the top priority public transport projects flowing from the Central Scotland Transport Corridor studies, as...

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive what sections of track on the railway line from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts need to be upgraded and electrified; what distance such sections cover; what the cost...

  • Road Accidents

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give injury accident statistics for each of the last six years for the A7 trunk road south of Galashiels, broken down to show statistics for the...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-24752 by Lewis Macdonald on 16 May 2002, whether it will issue an updated profile of its projected trunk roads programme and...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce national guidelines on rural school closures following the consideration of this matter by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and COSLA.

  • Scottish Executive Website

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on building and maintaining its website since May 1999.

  • Scottish Executive Website

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits its website received in each month since May 1999.

  • Scottish Transport Group Pension Schemes

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28257 by Lewis Macdonald on 5 September 2002, how many people have been identified under categories (a) to (e) in the booklet...

  • Secure Units

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many young girls have been placed in secure units for their own safety in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

  • Sexual Offences

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-27000 by Mr Jim Wallace on 18 July 2002, what funding has been provided to evaluate the usefulness of hair analysis in...

  • Sheltered Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what national standards of care apply to the provision of warden services in sheltered housing and whether any such standards contain information on the minimum...

  • Social Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive why milestone 6 of the Social Justice Annual Report Scotland 2001 - A Scotland where everyone matters , reducing the number of households with children living in...

  • Social Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive why milestone 14 of the Social Justice Annual Report Scotland 2001 - A Scotland where everyone matters , reducing the proportion of working age people with low...

  • Social Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive why milestone 23 of the Social Justice Annual Report Scotland 2001 - A Scotland where everyone matters , reducing the fear of crime among older people, is not an...

  • Social Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive why target 6 of the social justice section of its 2003-06 spending proposals only seeks to reduce the number of households that become homeless more than once in a year.

  • Special Advisers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what restrictions it places on the future employment of special advisers when they leave its employment.

  • Special Advisers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what contact John McTernan has had with civil servants or ministers since leaving his post as a special adviser to the former First Minister Henry McLeish MSP and...

  • Taxation

    To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the use of a Scottish service tax to increase public spending would have on the block grant.

  • Traffic

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary question to question S1F-1968 by Mr Jack McConnell on 13 June 2002, whether its position remains that clear public...

  • Traffic

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to the stabilisation of road traffic at 2001 levels by 2021, as referred to in Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvement .

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Department for Transport and the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency about the impact on its responsibilities of any conjoining...

  • Water Authorities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many operational staff there were in each water authority in each year since 1996 and what percentage of overall employees this represented.

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